Food Vendors Announced For American Downtown 4th Of July CelebrationJune 25, 2014
Deadline July 1 For ‘Yankee Noodle Dandy’ Macaroni Cooking Contest
Food will be an important part of this year’s American Downtown 4th of July celebration.
A wide variety of food vendors will be at the Big Spring area for the festivities on Friday, July 4, and entries still are being accepted for the “Yankee Noodle Dandy” macaroni cooking contest.
In celebration of the feather in Yankee Doodle Dandy’s cap, the macaroni cooking contest has been added to this year’s event.
Renowned local chef Jan Charles is coordinating the “Yankee Noodle Dandy” contest, based on the patriotic folk song in which Yankee Doodle Dandy “stuck a feature in his cap and called it macaroni.”
Entries must submit their name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, name of dish to be entered, and a $5 entry fee by July 1. Entries will be accepted at Scintillare, Charles’ Italian restaurant, at 1240 East Andrew Johnson Highway. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
On July 4, entrants must bring a minimum of four servings of their dish and its recipe to the gazebo at the Big Spring for judging during the American Downtown celebration. Judging will be held at 5 p.m.
Eligible entries can be hot or cold dishes and must be made using elbow macaroni.
A panel of judges will vote for the winners based on taste, appearance, ease of preparation, and creativity.
Winners will receive monetary prizes and gift certificates to Scintillare.
For more information about the contest, including how kids can participate, please contact Charles at 638-1000.
Food vendors for this year’s celebration include:
• Auntie Ruth’s – homemade donuts, soft pretzels
• Evia’s Kettle Corn – kettle corn, apple fritters, ice cream
• Mr. Turkey Leg – turkey legs, chicken on a stick, corn dogs, French fries, cheddar rounds, funnel
• Sno-Biz – lemonade, frozen lemonade, cotton candy, shaved ice
• Sunshine’s Kitchen – hand-pattied hamburgers
• Top Dog Catering – hot dogs, polish sausage, bratwurst, mettwurst, Italian sausage, strawberry shortcake
• Tray’s BBQ – pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, wings
Most of these vendors also will be offering a variety of beverages.
In addition to food, American Downtown will feature a parade, entertainment, kids activities, and fireworks
The celebration kicks off with a Main Street Parade at 2 p.m., beginning at Bohannon Avenue and ending at Calvary Chapel (the former Kiser Funeral Home location). Entries will line up beginning at 1 p.m. from Austin Street, off Tusculum Boulevard.
Immediately following the parade, everyone can bring their chairs and blankets to the Big Spring for a full lineup of entertainment, beginning at 2:30 and the Funville Kids Zone, featuring free inflatables.
The celebration will conclude with a fireworks display, much larger than last year’s, to be launched from the hill behind Greeneville High School’s Burley Stadium.
Admission to American Downtown is free, thanks to numerous sponsors: Gold-Level sponsors Landair Transport, Inc., and Porter’s Tire Service; Silver-Level sponsors Greeneville Federal Bank, Greeneville Oil & Petroleum, Inc., DTR Tennessee, Inc., and Computer Pros; Bronze-Level sponsors Andrew Johnson Bank, Consumer Credit Union, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Meco Corporation, Summers-Taylor, Inc., Takoma Regional Hospital, and Walmart Distribution Center; additional sponsors CenturyLink, Fatz, and Food City; and media sponsors Radio Greeneville and The Greeneville Sun.