Soybean Festival agenda includes plenty of events

Soybean Festival agenda includes plenty of events

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 8:01 pm

A talent show, musical contests, concerts, a parade, a street fair, a pet show and carnival — all are part of a lengthy agenda planned for the 17th Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival Saturday through Sept 12 in Martin.
The sixth annual Miss Soybean Festival Pageant is slated for Saturday at the University of Tennessee at Martin Student Life Center. The pageant begins at 10 a.m. and will include categories for ages birth to 19 years. Call (731) 587-7333 for more information.
The sixth annual Soybean Festival Talent Contest, with categories for contestants ages 8 and younger, 9-12, 13-21 and 22 and older, will be Monday on the downtown stage. The junior competition will be at 6 p.m. The competition serves as a Mid-South Fair Preliminary Contest for participants ages 13-21, who will compete at 7, along with those 22 and older. Call 587-5549 for more information.
The Tennessee Soybean Festival Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in the parking lot of Graham Stadium at the University of Tennessee at Martin. An entry fee is required and prizes will be awarded. Call Jeff Capps or Regina Vickers at 587-9561 for more information.
A carnival with food, entertainment and craft vendors begins at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 downtown and continuing through the night of Sept. 11.
The School Children’s Street Fair and lunch will take place from 9 a.m-1 p.m. Sept. 10 in downtown Martin. Call (731) 588-2507 for more information.
The Soybean Idol contest semi-finals will be Sunday and culminate with the final competition/performance Sept. 7 on the downtown stage. The winner will perform on stage at 8:30 p.m., prior to the John Michael Montgomery concert Sept. 11. Call 885-1240 for more information.
Children and youth can participate in “The Singing Bee” live game show program at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Weldon Park. Call 587-9526 for more information.
Other festival events and activities include Saturday’s lineup of the Soybean Festival 5K Road Race/1 Mile Fun Walk at 7:30 a.m. at the Martin Recreation Complex; a disc golf tournament at 9 a.m. at the Harrison Road Complex; youth soccer opening day matches beginning at 9 a.m. at the recreation complex; a pet show, with registration at 3 p.m. and the show at 4 at Weldon Park; and a sidewalk chalk art contest, with check-in at 9 a.m. at the Arts Co-op and drawing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., downtown, (preregistration required). Contact numbers are as follows: road race/fun walk, 587-9572; disc golf, 587-6784; soccer, (731) 514-6023; pet show, 587-5319; and chalk art contest, 587-3148.
Also included are the sixth annual Faith and Community Night, with The Peacemakers and Selah Sept. 8; and Jason Michael Carroll and Kip Moore Sept. 9. On Sept. 10, 38 Special, The Return Beatles Tribute Band and the Ryan Holladay Band are slated to perform. Montgomery is the Saturday night concert. All concerts are free.
Traditional festival events will include the Mayor’s Kickoff Luncheon, the Soybean Farmer’s Breakfast, Prayer Breakfast” and “Salute to Our Heroes” breakfast for the Martin police and fire departments. Also included in the lineup are a “What’s It Worth” segment, golf tournament, health fair, bicycle rodeo and Punt, Pass and Kick competition.
Among other activities planned are the Crossroads Lunch/Celebration of Civic Organizations, Bingo, an art exhibit and competition, Bikers for Books Poker Run, cancer crash car bash, book sale and literary reading, city-wide merchant sidewalk sale, musical performances by 27 B Stroke 6, Trees Leave, Jamie Worrell, King Beez and High Variety, along with Rock in the Park, quilt show, genealogy workshop, bake sale, several other breakfasts and a Sunday brunch.
Festival information, the schedule and sponsors are posted at www.tnsoybeanfestival.org. For additional information, call Kimberly Craddock at 588-2507 or e-mail mcd@martintennessee.org.
Published in The Messenger 8.31.10

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