The National Cornbread Festival is back for the 21st annual event. 

The festival will take place in South Pittsburg April 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $7 per day. Visitors can park at one of the large parking areas near the event and take a free shuttle to the festival. 

Click here for more information. 

Guests can try nine types of cornbread for a $5 donation, which supports several nonprofit organizations participating in the festival.

In 2016, Ronna Farley from Rockville, Maryland, won first place for her cornbread-topped cordon bleu skillet. (Photo: Contributed)

There will be a 5K, games, rides, booths and live entertainment. Guests can see glass blowing exhibits, antique cars and tractors, handmade quilt displays, and more. 

Click here to see the full schedule of events. 

Keith Anderson will be headlining the festival, and about 50 other artists are scheduled to perform throughout the weekend. 

Along with the scheduled events, visitors will be able to tour the historical town’s old neighborhoods and hear some of the local legends and folklore. 

South Pittsburg is also home to Lodge Manufacturing, where guests can take a free tour to see how the cast-iron cookware is made.

Profits from the festival will support South Pittsburg residents and organizations. Past proceeds from the event have helped landscape streets; build athletic facilities; support Boy Scouts, schools, day cares, theaters and churches; and more.

The highlight each year is the National Cornbread Cook-Off. Five chefs will participate in the final round, and the winner will be announced Saturday night at 5. 

Click here for recipes from previous winners.

Ashley Day is a contributing writer for Nooga.com. She is also a student at UTC, where she serves as opinion editor for The University Echo.