MARTIN, Tenn. – The 22nd annual Tennessee Soybean Festival will be held Sept. 5-12 in Martin. A wide variety of events offer entertainment for the whole family, including the City of Martin’s Tennessee Soybean Festival Parade at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 8, and the traditional carnival midway and craft fair Sept. 8-12. This year’s concert headliners are Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Sept. 10, Night Ranger on Sept. 11 and Joe Nichols on Sept. 12. The University of Tennessee at Martin joins other businesses and organizations as a Big Harvester sponsor for the festival.
The university will host the Tennessee Soybean Festival/West Tennessee Dairy Show beginning at 8 a.m., Sept. 5, in the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex. There is no admission charge for spectators. Participants may register online at www.tnsoybeanfestival.org
Sept. 5 is also “Magical Martin” day, which will include appearances and performances by Disney princesses and superheroes. An Under the Sea Tea for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will begin at 10 a.m. in the Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite princesses or superheroes. Tickets are $25 per child; gallery seats for parents and guardians are available for $5 each. Tickets must be purchased online at www.tnsoybeanfestival.org
The annual “Guitar as Art” showcase competition will open Sept. 6 with a reception and awards presentation from 2-4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building Gallery. The creator of the guitar chosen as “Best in Show” will receive a $500 prize. Debi Henry Danielson, director of the Murray Art Guild, serves as this year’s exhibition juror. The exhibition runs through Sept. 19 and may be viewed from 4-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 1-5 p.m. on weekends. There is no admission charge. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Soybean Festival and the UT Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts.
UT Martin will also serve as the backdrop for The Crossroads Luncheon: A Celebration of Civic Organizations from noon-1 p.m., Sept. 9. The luncheon will be held in the Boling University Center’s
Duncan Ballroom and will include a service project to collect items for local food banks. For more information, contact Steve Vantrease, associate director of alumni relations, at 731-587-5198.
The 2015 Soybean Innovation Competition, new this year, will take place from 4-6 p.m., Sept. 9, in room 111 of the Boling University Center. The competition is open to all full-time college students to pitch new products, business ideas and production strategies using soybeans or soybean products. The top three ideas, as chosen by a panel of judges, will receive cash prizes. This event is co-sponsored by the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center and the UT Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. There is no entry fee. For more information, contact Carol Reed, director, Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center, at 731-587-4213 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The UT Martin Skyhawks will take the field in Hardy M. Graham Stadium against the Bethel University Wildcats at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 10, for the first home game of the season. Pre-game activities will begin at 5 p.m. For ticket pricing and information, contact the UT Martin Office of Intercollegiate Athletics at 731-881-7207.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will perform Thursday for the student night concert, sponsored by the UT Martin Student Activities Council. The group is best known for its 1982 hit “I Love Rock and Roll,” written by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of the Arrows group. The band will take the Festival Park stage at 9 p.m. There is no admission charge.
The UT Martin world percussion ensemble will perform at 7 p.m., Sept. 11, in Festival Park. High school bands from across the state will compete in the annual Skyhawk Marching Band Invitational from 1-5 p.m., Sept. 12, in Hardy M. Graham Stadium. Tickets for spectators are $10 per person over the age of 12, $5 for ages 6-11 and children under five may enter free.
The traditional Skyhawk Sunday Brunch will take place from 10:30-1:30 p.m., Sept. 13, in the Skyhawk Dining Hall, located in the Boling University Center. All community members are invited. The all-you-can-eat buffet is $10.82 per person, with children 10 and under eating for $5.08. For more information, contact UT Martin Dining Services at 731-881-7770.
For more information on the Tennessee Soybean Festival, and for a complete list of events not included here, visit www.tnsoybeanfestival.org
MARTIN, Tenn., Aug. 30, 2015 – TENNESSEE SOYBEAN FESTIVAL, UT MARTIN OFFER EVENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY – A crowd gathers around the Festival Park stage in downtown Martin to enjoy a concert during the 2014 Tennessee Soybean Festival. The 2015 Tennessee Soybean Festival will be held Sept. 5-12 in Martin.