Thousands of cornbread enthusiasts will flock to South Pittsburg, Tennessee this weekend for the 22nd annual National Cornbread Festival. 

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The festival is a weekend-long celebration of cornbread and many cornbread related activities for adults and kids.

Admission is $7 per day and hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

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.

Exile will headline the music portion of the festival at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The band is known for their hit “I Want to Kiss You All Over.” Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will perform on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

The highlight of the festival is the annual Cornbread Cook-Off presented by Lodge Cast Iron. 10 finalists will cook their best cornbread recipes for the event.

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

A full schedule is here.

Parking

Organizers are hoping changes made to the parking areas will help traffic control run smoothly this weekend. This year, several large parking areas have been added.

According to the website, the best parking is on 12th Street.

Here are some more parking tips for visiting the festival grounds:

  • Come Early! Most festival goers don’t know the gates are open at 8 a.m. Get there early to avoid traffic. Peak traffic hours are 9:30 am until about 2 pm. Keep in mind, the festival closes at 6 pm.
  • Visit the festival on Sunday morning. You can enjoy a pancake breakfast and church service. After your belly is full you’ll be able to enjoy all the sites and sounds without the large crowds.
  • Check out our new online festival map. 
  • Keep moving. The helpful parking volunteers and TDOT signs will direct you to the best parking.
  • Remember to relax. Yes, we are a large festival and that’s because festival-goers have a great time! We’re always voted one of the best festivals in the South. So, if you decide not to come early or on Sunday just relax and know it will take a little longer to park. Either way, you’re sure to have a grand time!
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