Mayors Welcome

On behalf of the Board of Aldermen, staff, and residents, I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to Martin—home of the Tennessee Soybean Festival and the University of Tennessee at Martin. 

Just like the Tennessee Soybean Festival, the City of Martin has seen much change and growth over the years. We hope that you will come to Martin to see for yourself and enjoy the festival.

While you are with us in Martin, I encourage you to take advantage of our many unique shops and restaurants.

Planning a festival has its challenges, but we always strive to find the right mix of everything to present a festival for everyone. This year is no different as we celebrate Thirty Years of the Tennessee Soybean Festival.

Much recognition and appreciation are extended to the many who put in countless hours of work to make the Tennessee Soybean Festival a success. I sincerely thank those who give of their time and those who contribute both monetarily and in-kind. Leading this effort is really the easy task, and I would be remiss to not recognize and thank our Tennessee Soybean Festival Committee, volunteers, sponsors, city employees, and you, our patrons. 

As you may know, the soybean has many diverse uses. Just like the soybean, our Tennessee Soybean Festival, is comprised of diverse events, people, food, and activities where everyone is welcome. 

While the Tennessee Soybean Festival has a proven significant positive economic impact for our local businesses, it is the spirit of community the Tennessee Soybean Festival exudes that is the most rewarding. And, that community spirit, is why we have been investing in this festival for thirty years.

Please accept my invitation to witness the Martin Historic Business District, which is recognized on the National Registry of Historic Places, transformed into the acclaimed Best Festival in the Southeast—the Tennessee Soybean Festival. See you at the bean!