The 21st Annual Soybean Festival will take place from Thursday, August 28 to Saturday, September 6.
Free concerts, a bacon eating contest, carnival rides, and more are just some of the highlights of the festival.
Friday, Aug. 29th- Biodiesel Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. at the Martin Recreation Complex
Saturday, Aug. 30th - Eat Out, Come On Out, Go Out
Various food deals at participating restaurants will be happening all afternoon, along with children’s activity booths around Festival Park starting at 4:30 p.m. The Martin Community Band will perform at 7 p.m. and for the kid in everyone, Frozen will be the outdoor movie.
Sunday, Aug. 31st – Guitar As Art
The Guitar and Art Contest and Exhibition Gallery Opening and Award Ceremony event opens up at 2 p.m. in the Art Gallery of the Fine Arts Building on the UT Martin Campus. This event features acoustic guitars altered by local artists using 2D media such as painting, mosaic, photo transfer and drawing. This event is sponsored by the Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival, City of Martin, The League of Striving Artists (LSA), UT Martin Department of Visual and Theater Arts and Sodexo.
Monday, Sept. 1st – The Sidewalk Chalk Contest will take place from 3-6 p.m. at the Weldon Public Library. The 10th Annual Soybean talent Festival will also take place, starting at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 2nd – The Festival Carnival opens up to the public from 5 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. and the Soybean Festival parade, featuring the UT Martin Rodeo Team as the Parade Marshalls, will start at 6:30 p.m. The Cadillac Three will perform on the Festival Park Main Stage at 8:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, Sept. 3rd – Faith and Community Night
Audio Adrenaline, free concert, will start at 6 p.m. on the Festival Park Main Stage.
Thursday, Sept 4th – UT Martin Student Night.
The Street Fair and Carnival opens up at 5 p.m. featuring various food and craft vendors. The Cancer Crash Car Bash will take place from 5 – 10 p.m. and for a donation of $1, you can take a sledgehammer to a car. For $10, you get five minutes to bash the car and get a t-shirt in support of Relay for Life. UT Martin Student Night’s concert will feature The Percussion Society at 7:00 p.m. and the feature band, We The Kings on the Festival main Stage, starting at 9 p.m. sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC) at UT Martin.
Friday, Sept. 5th - The Street Fair and Carnival opens at 5 p.m. and stays open until midnight. Free BBQ will be at designated tents during the 21st Annual Chicken Crazy, Hog Wild BBQ Cook-off, starting at 5 p.m. The Little River Band will take the stage at 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6th – The Soybean Festival 5K Road Race and 1 Mile Fun Walk will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Martin Recreation Complex. For more information about the event, contact Laura Fieser at 731-332-1132 or Courtney Henson at 731-587-9572.
The 5th Annual Soybean Disc Golf Tournament will start at 9 a.m. at the Harrison Road Complex. For more information, call 731-587-6764.
The Carnival opens at 1 p.m. and from 1-5 p.m. a $20 carnival armband special (unlimited rides) will take place.
Tom DeLuca will take the stage at 6 p.m. for comedy and hypnosis.
Soybean Festival headliner Lee Brice will take the state at 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 7th – The Sodexo Sunday Brunch will start at 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Skyhawk Dining Hall. Cost is $10.82 per person and kids 10 and under are $5.08. UTM students with a meal plan will just need to swipe their card.
For a complete list of the 21st Annual Soybean Festival activities, please visit http://www.tnsoybeanfestival.org
Mandatory Student Organization Business Meeting
The first Student Organization Business meeting of the year will be held on Monday, September 8, from 8-9:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. All student organizations (RSOs and Greek) are required to attend. Organizations may not double up their attendance. For example, one person may not represent two organizations at the meeting.
If you are the president of more than one organization or can’t attend, please appoint another officer (preferably) or member of your organization to attend in your place. Organizations that do not attend, will have their portal disabled for one week, and will not be eligible for travel funds.