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20th Anniversary

National Cornbread Festival

By Lodge Cast iron / April 1, 2016

Every year, at the end of April, our tiny hometown hosts the National Cornbread Festival, a weekend of fun, fellowship, and food! This year we are proud to celebrate its 20th Anniversary!

Group at the festival entrance

The National Cornbread Festival began as a simple idea. In 1996, a group of civic-minded local leaders and citizens got together to talk about the long-term future of South Pittsburg, TN. The question: how do we promote civic engagement and help local businesses? 

It seemed natural to feature Lodge Manufacturing, the local maker of world-class cast iron cookware. South Pittsburg’s citizens wanted to find a way to feature Lodge and include tours of the foundry. A food-oriented festival was the winning idea. The South Pittsburg community united to support the cause. Individuals volunteered, businesses and organizations joined in, and the first annual festival was a success. 

Since the Festival began all of the proceeds have helped to: 

  • Landscape streets 
  • Build and support athletic facilities and grounds 
  • Support local boy scout troops, schools, and daycares 
  • Donate to local theaters, churches, and libraries 
Now, thousands of people come to South Pittsburg to see the sights, hear the music, feel the history and get their fill of cornbread. 

Come see what’s cookin’ at the Cornbread Festival! Visit www.nationalcornbread.com for more info.

Happy hand prints at the Lodge foundry tour Happy hand prints at the Lodge foundry tour The historic Princess Theater The historic Princess Theater opened in 1920 The jam tent The jam tent is open to everyone
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