Event Information

National Cornbread Festival 2019

Historic Downtown South Pittsburg
South Pittsburg, Tennessee (South)

Phone: 423-837-0022 (Whitney Winters)
Event Dates: 4/27/19 - 4/28/19
Application Deadline: 1/14/19 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 26th and end Sunday evening, April 28th.   You must be available to unload/set up on Friday, April 26th 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
9/16/18 – 1/04/19: Vendors submit applications
1/15/19 – 1/25/19: Jury reviews applications
2/1/19 – 2/15/19: Committee sends notifications
2/1/19 – 3/1/19: Vendors accept and purchase
3/2/19: 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

2018 Vendors included, but was not limited to:
5 Bears
521 Specialty Graphics
A Beautiful Touch 
Appalachian Archery
Arnold's Art From The Heart
Bags, Bows and Doll Clothes
BAKER HOSIERY  / Authentic Sox
birdfeeder usa
Boone Creek Creamery
Britt's Leather
Bundles of Burlap
Burton's Maplewood Farm
Caricatures by Dorinda, LLC
Cheese Brothers
Chloe Lia
Clean Stitches Embroidery
Clear Branch Woodworks
Clearly Unique
Corn Shux
Craft Love DIY Workshop
Crafts by Pat Lewis
Creative Arts by Cathy
DB Dabblings
Dixie Wreaths By Marypat
DJ DeLouis Art Shop
EL's SilverWear
Face and Body Art by Beth
FF Acres
Floating Leaf /HELLO MARY LOU
Galvanized Creations
GingerBread Creations
Ginny's Fudge and Nuts
Grimy Girl
Handmade baskets
Handmade by K&A
In the Potter's Hand
Ivy Mist Candles
Just4u by Ken Zech
Karrie Evenson Art 
Kaye's Krafts & Kreations
LARM Communications
Lucky Shoe Crafts 
Lucy's Toys
*Manasi's Art* Hennafy Me
Martin Wood Products
Morning Star Glass
Muddy Creek Crafts Too
Mudslingers pottery
Nectar of the Vine
Newton Glass Art
Olde southern charm
Outlaw Jewelry Co. / Silks by DQ
Ox in the Shop
Paintopia Face and Body Painting
Papaw's Wood Art
Pathways Studio Harps
Payne Pottery
Quality Leather
S and R Accesories
Sassyfras Jewelry and more
Shimmer Shine Design
Sisters at Heart Boutique
Smack Yo Mama Gourmet BBQ Sauce
Southern Made Designs
Spiral Dyes
Swinehearts BBQ Sauce
Tennessee Tagman
The Bag Girl
The Blue Chair Boutique 
The Mineral Store
The Oak Shed
The Rainbow Dragon
The Rice Guyz
The Wind
Timbo's Licorice
Toe Wranglers
Tony's Intarsia and woodworking
Treasure Chest/abzengraving
Two Southern Belles
Vintage Again and Red Tail Forge Works
Wood Chuckers 
World of Smiles

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 will be assigned by the committee based on availability. The fee for a double booth space is $450.00.)  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 26th. Each participant must be able to set up at the pre-assigned set-up time on Friday, April 26th. The assigned time is at committee discretion and is dependant upon many variables. Assigned times could be as early as  8:00 am CST, but no later than 3:30 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 26th and after “all clear” is announced once the festival closes and the streets are clear of pedestrian traffic on Sunday, April 28th.  Vehicles are not allowed on the grounds at any time on Saturday, April 27th or Sunday, April 28th 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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