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In celebration of the feather in Yankee Doodle Dandy’s cap, this year’s American Downtown 4th of July celebration is adding a macaroni cooking contest to the festivities.
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.” The contest will conclude with judging and prizes during the American Downtown celebration at the Big Spring area behind the Greeneville-Greene County Public Library.
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’ newly opened Italian restaurant, at 1240 East Andrew Johnson Highway. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
On Friday, 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.
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, please contact Charles at 638-1000.
In addition to the Yankee Noodle Dandy cooking contest, American Downtown will feature a parade, entertainment, kids activities, food vendors and fireworks
The celebration kicks off with a Main Street Parade at 2 p.m. Deadline to enter the parade is June 16 by contacting Amy Rose, Town of Greeneville Public Relations Manager, at 639-7105 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Joni Parker at 620-9933. Entry fees may apply, and prizes of up to $100 will be awarded.
Immediately following the parade, everyone can bring their chairs and blankets to the Big Spring for a full lineup of entertainment and the Funville Kids Zone. More details about the entertainment lineup, kids activities, food vendors, and more will be announced soon.
The celebration will conclude with a fireworks display, larger than last year’s, to be launched from the nearby practice field at Greeneville High School.
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; and Bronze-Level sponsors Andrew Johnson Bank, Consumer Credit Union, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Meco Corporation, Summers-Taylor, Inc., Takoma Regional Hospital, and Walmart Distribution Center.