Tennessee Spring Festivals Include Cornbread Celebration, World’s Largest Fish Fry

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April is a beautiful time in Tennessee, and fun festivals are happening all over the state, including the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville, the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, the Iris Festival in Dresden, and World’s Biggest Fish Fry in Paris.


Henry County hosts the World’s Biggest Fish Fry April 19-27, 2014. Since 1961, this event has grown from serving up 1,600 pounds of catfish to over 5 tons cooked and served at the Robert E. “Booby” Cox Memorial Fish Tent. The community comes together for a week of beauty pageants, a 5K run, souvenirs, fish dinners, a rodeo, the Grand and the Small Fry parades and a carnival. Find a full schedule schedule of the week’s events on the fish fry’s website.


Knoxville is celebrating the harbinger of spring with the annual Dogwood Arts Festival. Walk along more than 60 miles of trails featuring some of the most spectacular dogwood trees of all kinds and colors. This monthlong event offers a chance to visit beautiful gardens, an arts and crafts fair, downtown parade and outdoor concerts by local musicians. For more information, call (865) 637-4561 or check out the calendar of events on their website.

National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, TN

You can follow that up with the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, which is just outside of Chattanooga. This festival, held April 26-27, 2014, celebrates the great Southern side dish of cornbread with the National Cornbread Cook-Off, and over the two days you can sample many cornbreads and main dish recipes. You can also tour the foundry that’s home to Lodge Manufacturing Co. – to see what’s in store, check out our video of the Lodge cast iron skillets factory. Before you go, check out 11-year-old Marissa Brown’s festival-award-winning recipe for Berry Delightful Cornmeal Cake.

Iris Garden at Ellington Agricultural Center

Enjoy the beauty of the season at Dresden’s annual Iris Festival, held April 26-May 3, 2014. What began as a community Easter parade in Dresden in 1980 has turned into one of Tennessee’s best-loved small-town festivals. Throughout the week, there’s a citywide yard sale, carnival, bingo games, a baking contest, community gospel sing-along, golf tournament, arts and crafts marketplace, quilt and needlework show, flower show, princess and queen pageants, music fest, 5K run, pet show and tractor pull. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

For more events this spring, see Tennessee Home & Farm‘s April events, or check out more at tnvacation.com. What’s your favorite Tennessee event this time of year – one of the above or other noteworthy festivals? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Greg and Jackie Merrell

    April 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    How do go about getting listed on here? We are becoming a very popular venue and so much more than a great Restaurant and have so much planned for the coming year. We have a wonderful General Store that is full of wonderful arts and crafts from “LOCAL” artist. We even have a local potter that has an open studio where you can watch him work. We have so much entertainment on the weekend….music, movies, tours, tractor shows, arts and crafts, etc. The list is endless. Please get in touch with us about plugging into the south end of the state. We are also long time Farm Bureau customers.

    Thanks and Blessings,

    Greg and Jackie Merrell
    Whistle Hollow Farm
    701 Lofton Hall Road
    Ardmore, TN 38449
    931-468-9437 or

    ….leave your worries at the gate!!

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