Soybean Festival is under way

Soybean Festival is under way
It is the time of year when the streets of downtown Martin become filled with visitors from near and far in celebration of one of the region’s cash crops – soybeans.
Now in its 17th year, the Tennessee Soybean Festival grows bigger each year as the week-long list of activities promises something for the young, old and everyone in between.
This evening, the sidewalks will be lined with pedestrians in anticipation of the Soybean Festival parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. Iconic restaurant owners, Roy and Barbara Wright, will serve as this year’s grand marshals of the parade. It was good news for the local family when it was announced recently that a historic landmark’s owners will serve as grand marshals of the 17th Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival Parade.
Roy and Barbara Wright, owners of KN Root beer drive-in, will lead the annual Soybean Festival parade tonight (Tuesday).
“We grew up them. They have been in business so long and the couple is very deserving of this,” Soybean Parade committee member Jennie Hutchens commented about the decision to choose the Wrights as grand marshals of the parade.
“I can remember as high school kids, KN was our hang out spot,” she added.
The Wrights celebrated 50 years in this spring. They will lead the annual Soybean Festival Parade which begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Martin. The route will begin at UT Martin’s Graham Stadium parking lot, down University Street to Lindell Street in downtown Martin.
On Wednesday, the streets will be filled with fellowship and the gospel music will fill the air as churches gathers in celebration of Faith and Community Night.
Thursday evening brings with it a free concert performance by country sensation, Jason Michael Carroll. Merchants will officially open their booths to guests as a part of the Downtown Sidewalk Sale.
The carnival opens tonight and will run through midnight each night until Saturday. For a complete schedule, visit tnsoybeanfestival.org.
WCP 9.07.10

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