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Event Information

National Cornbread Festival 2018


Historic Downtown South Pittsburg, Tennessee (South)

Phone: (423) 837-0022
Event Dates: 4/27/18 - 4/29/18
Application Deadline: 4/20/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Application Fee): $30.00


Event Summary
This spring, The National Cornbread Festival (NCF) will celebrate its 22nd anniversary!  The Festival is held in downtown South Pittsburg, Tennessee, a historic town nestled between the Cumberland Plateau and the Tennessee River in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.  South Pittsburg is located just two miles south of I-24, 30 miles west of Chattanooga.

The Festival will begin Friday evening, April 27th and end Sunday evening, April 29th.   You must be available to unload/set up on Friday, April 27th during your designated time. The Festival will host a cornbread cook-off, entertainment, food, arts, crafts, and a carnival.  The festivities will begin Friday night with a street dance and fireworks.  Food vendors will be open.  Arts and Crafts vendors may also be open if they wish.

The week preceding the festival, Kissel Entertainment's Carnival comes to town!  
Carnival information:
Tuesday 6:00PM - close  $20 Armband *$5 off coupons available at local merchants
Wednesday 6:00PM - close  $1.00 A Ride Nite 
Thursday 6:00PM - close Buddy Nite - (2 for 1) Get stickers at local merchants
Friday 6:00PM -close
Saturday and Sunday 10:00AM - close
See more at: http://www.nationalcornbread.com/events/carnival.html 

General Information
The National Cornbread Festival Arts & Crafts Committee (hereinafter referred to as “NCFACC”), selects approximately 80 vendors through a juried process, based on originality, quality, presentation and alignment with festival goals and expectations.  
Important Dates
9/05/17 – 1/20/18: Vendors submit applications
1/20/18 – 1/31/18: Jury reviews applications
2/1/18 – 2/15/18: Committee sends notifications
2/1/18 – 3/1/18: Vendors accept and purchase
3/2/18: Late Application Window (if remaining spots are available) from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CST

Common Arts & Crafts categories
Clothing/Fabric Items
Digital Media
Face Painting
Food and Drink
Paintings/Artist's Prints
Papermaking/Book Arts
Pet Items
Sauces and Jellies
2017 Vendors – this list is not all-inclusive
*Manasi's Art* Hennafy Me
5 Bears
A Beautiful Touch 
Appalachian Creations
Arnold's Art From The Heart
Art by Dorinda, LLC
BearVue Artworks
BejeweledOutlaw / Silks by dq
birdfeeder usa
Bundles of Burlap
Caney Creek Custom Wood Creations 
Chloe Lia
Christie Gobble Signs*
Clark Candles*
Coyote Cove
Crafts by Pat Lewis
Creative Arts by Cathy
Dewdrop Pottery
EL's SilverWear
Face and Body Art by Beth
Fatty Frog Pots Handmade Pottery
ff acres
Floating Leaf /HELLO MARY LOU
Four Corners Framing & Gifts, Inc.
Galvanized Creations
GingerBread Creations
Ginny's Fudge and Nuts
handmade baskets
In the Potter's Hand
Inglenook Soaps & Co.
Ivy Mist Candles
JCL Metals
Joshua's Pet Treat Bakery
Just 4 U Jewelry
Ken Lockhart Pottery*
LARM Communications
Laura Williams Glass*
Lil Kitchen Candles
Little Light Designs
Martins Wooden Crafts
Moe Bonin Jewelry*
Morning Star Glass
Mother Daughter Crafts5585
Muddy Creek Crafts Too
Nannetta Taylor Airbrush*
Nectar of the Vine
Newton Glass Art
Olde southern charm
Oxford Woodturning
P&B Woodworking, LLC
Paintopia Face and Body Painting
Papaw's Wood Art
Pathways Studio Harps
Patriot Strong dba 1st Sgt Salsa, LLC
Payne Pottery
Peggy Goodman Birdhouses*
Primitive Praise
quality Leather
Randall Hanson Woodwork*
RCD Honey
Robert Hitch Muscadine Juice*
S and R Accesories
Sannie Mae Foods
Sassyfras Jewelry and more
Sherry's Gourmet Dips and More
Shimmer Shine Design
Sisters at Heart Boutique
Sleepy Hollow Herb Farm
Smack Yo Mama Gourmet BBQ Sauce
Spiral Dyes
Stateline Trader
Tennessee medicinals
Tennessee Moonshine Cakes
The Dutch Maid
The Honey Bee Farm and Pantry
The Man of Chests
The Oak Shed
The Rainbow Dragon
The Sher Company*
The Snowman Store & More
The Wind
Treasure Chest/abzengraving
Two Southern Belles
Unique Stained Glass Creationss
Vintage Again and Red Tail Forge Works
Volunteer Laser Engraving

The Festival volunteers and sponsors generously donate a substantial amount of time, effort and energy to bring this Festival to fruition each year.  In return, vendors and guests benefit from the high quality standards expected from the Festival.  By adhering to the following procedures established by The NCFACC, you will help preserve the Festival’s pride.  Each vendor is expected to:
1.    Apply to the Festival via Zapplication (this website).  This is the method by which applications are submitted, reviewed and stored. If you get stuck/frustrated, or just want to check out how it’s done, see ARTIST HELP VIDEOS.
2.    Pay the non-refundable application fee of $30; the booth fee will be payable upon acceptance.
3.    Submit five (5) pictures – four (4) of your wares and one (1) of what your booth will look like at the Festival.
4.   Must be able to set up at designated set-up time on Friday, April 27th. The assigned time is at committee discretion and is dependant upon many variables. Assigned times could be as early as 7:00 am CST, but no later than 4:00 pm CST. All participants must have vehicles cleared from the streets no later than 5:00 pm CST.
5.    Participate regardless of weather conditions; the festival will be held rain or shine.  Springtime storms are common in the Sequatchie Valley during...well...the Spring.  It might rain.  We hope it does not.  But, if it does, be prepared to participate in the Festival.
6.    Stay open for business during these hours of 9:00am to 6:00pm CST on Saturday and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday—even if it rains.
7.    Have a tent – a 10’ X 10’ tent fits nicely into the 12’ X 12’ paved space provided—because it might rain bull dogs and pitchforks.
8.    Bring your own display tables, shelves or whatever is required to properly display your wares.
9.    Participate regardless of weather conditions; the festival will be held rain or shine.  Really.
10.    Clean up the space around your booth before leaving.
11.  Reapply next year—OK, this is more of a “hope” than an “expectation.”  But, we are confident that you will want to come back once you have tasted our cornbread!

Booth Information
All vendors will be charged a non-refundable booth fee of $200.00 per 12" x 12" space for the weekend. If a larger space is needed, please indicate on the application the number of spaces needed. (Double booth space is limited, and is $450 for a double booth space.)  In addition to your booth fee, manadatory vendor insurance policy will be charged for each booth space as well. The price on those is to be determined. All sales, taxes, etc. are to be handled by the vendor. No commission is taken at this Festival. No space assignment will be made until the booth fee is paid. Booth fee will be due upon notification of acceptance and will be payable on line at www.zapplication.org (this website). Booth fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
60-minute unloading times will be pre-assigned for Friday, April 27th. Each participant must be able to set up at the pre-assigned set-up time on Friday, April 27th. The assigned time is at committee discretion and is dependant upon many variables. Assigned times could be as early as  7:00 am CST, but no later than  4:00 pm CST. All participants must have vehicles cleared from the streets no later than  5:00 pm  CST. 

The Festival and/or agents thereof assume no responsibility for items damaged or broken while assisting vendors with loading and/or unloading goods.  Upon unloading, please park your vehicle in conveniently located vendor parking and return to set-up your booth.  The Festival/Festival volunteers are not responsible for broken items.
Vehicles are allowed on festival grounds during unloading on Friday, April 27th and after “all clear” is announced once the festival closes and the streets are clear of pedestrian traffic on Sunday, April 29th.  Vehicles are not allowed on the grounds at any time on Saturday, April 28th or Sunday, April 29th before “all clear” is announced by the Executive Committee.

Security will be furnished from Friday evening until Sunday morning; although, it is the responsibility of the vendor to properly close/cover their booth outside of Festival hours. The National Cornbread Festival will not be liable for any losses or damages occurring on the festival grounds.
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