The National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg celebrates 20 years this weekend with two days of activities for the entire family.

Considered one of the premier festivals in the South, thousands of people gather annually to enjoy the festival, which is a 30-minute drive from Chattanooga.

Admission is $5 per day. The festival is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The epicenter of activity is at 221 S. Cedar Ave. Click here for more information.

This year, organizers have filled the schedule with events, including 5K races, amateur cornbread cook-offs, professional cook-offs, and live bluegrass and country music.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will perform Saturday night at 6; country superstar Bryan White will perform Sunday afternoon at 3:30 (all times are Central). More than 40 bands/musical acts are expected to perform during the event.

The National Cornbread Festival is so much more than cornbread. (Photo: Contributed)

In addition to all the cornbread you could possibly stomach, guests will have an opportunity to enjoy tours of the Lodge Cast Iron plant and historical South Pittsburg neighborhoods.

And the city of South Pittsburg benefits from every bite you take.

The National Cornbread Festival started as a way for South Pittsburg residents to promote the sights, sounds, taste, people and history of the community. Lodge Manufacturing was founded there in 1896 and continues production of some of the most revered cast-iron products in the world.

Guests can enjoy nine cornbread recipes throughout the day in “Cornbread Alley.” A $4 donation gets you a plate of all nine recipes, with proceeds benefitting the nonprofit organizations that prepared them.

One of the highlights every year is the National Championship Cook-Off, which offers the best original dishes prepared with cornbread. The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize, a 30-inch stainless steel gas range from Five Star Professional Cooking Equipment and gifts from Lodge Cast Iron.

The cook-off winners will be announced Saturday at 5 p.m. A selection of cornbread recipes from the event will be available here