Doodle Soup Days

Doodle Soup Days

Once a year the community of Bradford, Tennessee celebrates a one-of-a-kind festival known as Doodle Soup Days. Why not? Bradford is known as the Doodle Soup Capital of the World. This unique concoction is rooted in local history and has raised the curiosity of many abroad. We invite you to come celebrate with us and experience small town hospitality and a savory bowl of Doodle Soup.

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Doodle Soup Days is an annual event held in Bradford, Tennessee. The town became known for its “doodle soup” in 1957 and was tagged as “Doodle Soup Capital of the World” after a reporter asked the school principal what made Bradford famous.

Doodle soup gained recognition in the 1970s in Bradford when Millard R. Hampton would cook large vats of his special recipe soup and his fellow Lions Club members transported and sold the soup at the City Park. It became a huge success and the Doodle Soup Festival was born.

The first official Bradford Doodle Soup Festival was held on July 20, 1980. Over 30 gallons of doodle soup along with broiled chicken, barbecue, sauce, crackers, and biscuits. Main attractions still include a parade, singings, cake walk and, of course, the serving of doodle soup.

For most of the 1990s, the festival was discontinued, but never forgotten. In 2000, the Bradford Lions and Lioness Clubs reestablished the festival as Bradford Doodle Soup Days and organized the event until 2014. In 2015, a newly formed committee took over the festival after many of the founding Lions Club members passed away. Visit our Contact Us page to connect with a committee member if you have a question or inquiring about a specific event.


Doodle Soup Days 2018

This year’s Doodle Soup Days festival will be held September 21 & 22.

Doodle Soup Days 2017

This year’s Doodle Soup Days festival will feature performances by artists such as:

Doodle Soup Days - Brian Free & Assurance

Brian Free & Assurance

Thursday, Sept. 21
Bradford First Baptist Church
7:00 pm
Opening with Kindred Spirits

Doodle Soup Days - Elam McKnight Bank

Elam McKnight Band

Friday, Sept. 22
Bradford City Park
7:00 pm

Doodle Soup Days - The Buzz Kings

The Buzz Kings

Saturday, Sept. 23
Bradford City Park
7:00 pm

Doodle Soup Days - The System

The System – The Bob Seger Tribute

Saturday, Sept. 23
Bradford City Park
8:30 pm

Doodle Soup Days - Wrestling

Coming to Bradford Tn SPWA Championship Wrestling at the Bradford High School Gym on August 4th Jerry The King Lawler and Dangerous Doug Gilbert in UNFINISHED BUSINESS, After Saturday Night in Jackson Tn, Doug Gilbert has a score to settle with Lawler and says it will be settled in Bradford, Also that night Bradford’s favorite son Rooster Griffith will be there and Rooster son Charlie Griffith is being brought in as special Guest referee , And all your SPWA stars, Check us out on Facebook at SPWA Championship Wrestling!! #SPWA Just added to the card for August 4th Danny Dollar!!