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Tennessee Soybean Festival...!?!?

Postby bloke » Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:21 am

I had never heard of the "Tennessee Soybean Festival".
Seemingly, it's a pretty big deal for a quarter century, with events that last for a month. :shock:

Nighttime outdoor concerts seem to be quite well-attended, and it seems as though they sell tickets (our orchestra pops concert: apparently $15 & $10)

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Martin is a really safe place to take your family/kids/etc., with half the chance of being a victim of violent crime compared to the average of the entire State of Tennessee.

The festival website shows pictures of a midway (rides, etc.), but if that' not really your style, the beautiful/historical Land Between The Lakes is nearby, and is well worth a self-tour. (suggestion: Read up on it and its controversial history before visiting.)

This is the outdoor pops concert where I'm playing all of this stuff:

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Oddly, our concert is slated for a weeknight: Wednesday, Sept. 5th at 7:30 P.M.
Just fwiw, I will be dragging out the cimbasso for a couple of the pops things: probably the "Big Apple" and "Rocky" medleys.

The circle shows an approximate 1-1/2 hour drive to Martin, Tennessee (very near the Kentucky border). Within the 1-1/2 hour circle are suburban Memphis and suburban Nashville, as are Clarksville/Fort Campbell, and Murray, Kentucky. The Selmer/Corinth (TN/MS) area as at the bottom of the 1-1/2 hr. circle. The Land Between The Lakes area is apparent on the map.

It might be a nice family outing. :idea:

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Here's the festival's website: :arrow: http://www.tnsoybeanfestival.org
Here's a direct link to concert tickets: :arrow: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-jackson-symphony-orchestra-tickets-46338584955?ref=elink
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Re: Tennessee Soybean Festival...!?!?

Postby bisontuba » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:58 pm

Where I use to live is having their last day of their Corn Festival today. Where I live now had their Burger Fest Festival...even talking about painting the water Tower like a Hamburger for a mere $500,000 :roll:
Actually, small town festivals are quite enjoyable and relaxing....
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Re: Tennessee Soybean Festival...!?!?

Postby tofu » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:46 pm

The Monkees recommend you take the Last Train to Clarksville.

I've always enjoyed the out in the country festivals - especially the ones with operating steam threshing machines and hit and miss engines.
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Re: Tennessee Soybean Festival...!?!?

Postby bloke » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:57 am

tofu wrote:The Monkees recommend you take the Last Train to Clarksville.


yep...That was a Vietnam War era protest song (sneaked into their repertoire with softened lyrics, and which immediately rocketed to #1 on the charts) with obvious references to a draftee shipping out from Fort Campbell. I'm thinking that train service to Clarksville, TN (probably, Louisville & Nashville Railroad...??) ended about a year before the song was released.
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tofu wrote:I've always enjoyed the out in the country festivals - especially the ones with operating steam threshing machines and hit and miss engines.


We actually have an annual October festival of antique cars and antique farm machinery (quite a bit of farm machinery...much more than is shown on this webpage - below - that I found) in our town of under-400-people:

https://www.burnsland.com/category/williston-old-timers-festival/
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Re: Tennessee Soybean Festival...!?!?

Postby bloke » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:19 am

of on yet ANOTHER tangent...topic: "Vietnam War protest songs"

The song, "American Woman" (which - and probably few know this - refers to the Statue of Liberty) has been covered several times over the decades.
All covers - to my ears - are crappy compared to the original, which (apparently) not very many have actually heard...particularly not with the (usually: cut) introduction...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uf6EY2BZBw

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Re: Tennessee Soybean Festival...!?!?

Postby Mike C855B » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:35 pm

Somewhat recent to the rural scene, I'm sort of amazed by the number of local harvest festivals. The awful summer band I'm in only to keep active - I've been told by many in and out of the group that the band is an excuse for free beer, at all practices and performances - has a "Wheat Festival" and a "schlactfest" on the calendar, schlactfest a German ceremonial tradition observing harvesting of livestock. I think two other now-named "fall festival" performances on the schedule were originally post-harvest parties.

bloke wrote: I'm thinking that train service to Clarksville, TN (probably, Louisville & Nashville Railroad...??) ended about a year before the song was released.


Yes, L&N. According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia (not!), the Clarksville, TN reference was not the original thought, it just worked better with the lyrics, and the Fort Campbell proximity just happened to fit the soft-protest nature of the song.
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Re: Tennessee Soybean Festival...!?!?

Postby Three Valves » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:46 pm

Soybeans nust be more topical and less controversial than Cotton??

Looks like a great gig to me!!

I may even be able to play some of those parts. :oops:
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Re: Tennessee Soybean Festival...!?!?

Postby bloke » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:01 pm

Three Valves wrote:Soybeans nust be more topical and less controversial than Cotton??

Looks like a great gig to me!!

I may even be able to play some of those parts. :oops:


Show up here at blokePlace (or at the Mefus airport, or whatever...I'll pick you up, if you fly in) a day or two or three before the thing, and you can take it easy here, enjoy Mrs. bloke's cooking, and play through some of the charts (plenty of spare tubas, here). I'll bring you up on the stage with me and tell the maestro that you were my teacher at Conservatoire de Paris, that I was your protégé, that you're in the area visiting, and willing to sit in. Of course, I would shuttle you there and back, and make sure you get in the chow lines.

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...and cotton is just fine, thanks.


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Re: Tennessee Soybean Festival...!?!?

Postby hup_d_dup » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:47 am

bloke wrote:That was a Vietnam War era protest song . . . with obvious references to a draftee shipping out from Fort Campbell


I'd say it was more of an obscure reference. Generally Vietnam War protests were pretty clear in their message, whether on the street or in song.

If no one gets the message, it's not much of a protest.

It will be very interesting to see if, how, and when soybean farmers protest the new tariffs. The Soybean Festival could be an interesting place to be.

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Re: Tennessee Soybean Festival...!?!?

Postby Three Valves » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:28 pm

bloke wrote:
Three Valves wrote:

bloke "You think I'm kidding, don't you...??" :|



I’ll be pulling stunts like that 3X a week when I’m retired....

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Re: Tennessee Soybean Festival...!?!?

Postby bloke » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:46 pm

hup_d_dup wrote:
bloke wrote:That was a Vietnam War era protest song . . . with obvious references to a draftee shipping out from Fort Campbell


I'd say it was more of an obscure reference. Generally Vietnam War protests were pretty clear in their message, whether on the street or in song.

If no one gets the message, it's not much of a protest.

It will be very interesting to see if, how, and when soybean farmers protest the new tariffs. The Soybean Festival could be an interesting place to be.

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yeah...If you research it a little bit (easy to find with google) you'll see that the lyrics were watered down prior to the recording session.
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