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National Cornbread Festival

Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Excitement is in the air as preparations begin for the 17th Annual National Cornbread Festival, which will be held here April 26 and 27.  

Activities for the festival are held in the beautiful downtown area of South Pittsburg, with cornbread cook-offs, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, all day entertainment, children’s corner, a historic tour of homes via a double-decker bus and a full midway style carnival.

A 5-K Road Race will kick off the festival on Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 a.m. The 4-H cook-off competitions follow at 9:30 a.m., with The National Cornbread Cook-off beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the competition area on 2nd Street. Weekend long activities include singers, dancers, buttermilk chugs, dry cornbread eating and ice cream eating contests at Citizens Park Stage on 4th Street and in the newly renovated Princess Theater.

Be sure to visit Cornbread Alley, where customers buy and sample nine different cornbread dishes. Great activities are available for the entire family throughout the weekend.

It’s also time to find a new Cornbread Queen. The National Cornbread Festival is proud to present this contest as part of the Festival. Miss National Cornbread Queen will represent The National Cornbread Festival for the year to come.

The Festival has also added cash prizes to the winners of each age group. The 2014 Miss National Cornbread Queen will receive a crown, trophy, sash, flowers and a cash prize. 

The contest will be held on Saturday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. CDT at The Princess Theater. Admission is only $5 for adults and $3 for students.

If you wish to participate in this year’s contest, go to and download the rules and entry forms. Bring your completed entry forms with you on the designated registrations dates.

Registration forms can be emailed to

The attire for the pageant should represent your personality and our community. 

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