TENNESSEE, THE VOLUNTEER STATE, invites Sunbelt Expo guests to
experience “The Soundtrack of America — Made in Tennessee” at this
year’s Spotlight State Exhibit. We’ll showcase Tennessee’s cultural diversity, agricultural history, and the many wonderful places and experiences
the state offers to residents and visitors alike.
Visitors to the exhibit will walk through the three grand divisions of the
state and discover some of the authentic sounds, experiences, and places
that are original to Tennessee.
From the Home of the Blues and the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in West Tennessee’s Memphis, to the sounds of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in
Middle Tennessee, and the Great Smoky Mountains, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Chattanooga ChooChoo in East Tennessee, visitors will truly
hear the soundtrack of America and explore the sights, history, and traditions of this major American agricultural state.
WHAT YOU’LL SEE AND DO
The Spotlight State Exhibit will include interactive engagements for guests looking to have
some fun, learn something new, experience
something old, and even sit a spell in a rocking
chair. There will be opportunities to win Tennessee vacation package prizes, and opportunities
to taste and see many of the products made by Tennessee’s farmers,
craftsmen, and industries.
■ Hungry? The iconic MoonPie, which is made in Tennessee, turned
100 this year! Come to the Welcome Center to taste this Tennessee delicacy.
■ Interested in history? Tennessee’s Civil War Trail has more than
400 markers across the state, as well as memorials and parks — for examples, the Shiloh National Military Park and the Stones River National
Battlefield. The state also features segments of the Trail of Tears and the
Natchez Trace. Pick up a map and locate a place you’d like to visit.
■ Need vistas or natural beauty? Tennessee is full of waterfalls and
mountains to see, and lakes, rivers, and streams perfect for fishing and
boating. The exhibit will highlight a few of the more famous.
■ With 56 award-winning state parks, Tennessee provides many recreational opportunities from hiking, picnicking, fishing, boating, biking,
and camping, to interpretive programs. Come and learn more about our
■ Feeling lucky? We’ll have daily drawings for unique Tennessee-made products, from rocking chairs to gourmet food baskets.
■ Got your dancing shoes? Boots or sneakers will do. Music will fill
the air throughout our state’s exhibit.
■ Like eagles? Tennessee has many resident bald eagles. One serves
as an ambassador for birds of prey, as well as our state park system, and
he plans to visit the Sunbelt Expo courtesy of the Tennessee Department
of Environment and Conservation.
■ Want to ‘shine? Well, we won’t be offering any well-known libations, but the recently unveiled Tennessee Whiskey Trail will feature an
exhibit on how some well-known agricultural products are distilled into
world famous products.
Two special features will be Tennessee State University’s Mobile Ag
Classroom, designed to build agricultural literacy among populations unfamiliar with the industry, and The AgSimulator, sponsored by the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. These displays will be located across from
the main exhibit building. Regardless of your interests, you’re sure to find
something to see and do at the Spotlight State Exhibit.
ENJOY OUR HOSPI TALIT Y
Tennessee is an American crossroad. More than two-thirds of the na-
tion’s population lives within a day’s drive to someplace in the state,
and travel to Tennessee recently topped 109 million overnight stays.
“Tennessee is a wonderful destination,” says Kevin Triplett, Tennessee
Commissioner of Tourist Development. “We are truly blessed with incred-
ible history, scenic beauty, culture, and of course, music and food.;Our top
two industries are agriculture and tourism, and we are proud of both. We
appreciate the opportunity to showcase them at the Sunbelt Ag Expo.”
Like the state’s tourism opportunities, Tennessee’ agricultural indus-
tries are many and diverse. From soybean, corn, and cotton fields in West
Tennessee, to nursery crops in Middle Tennessee, and cattle and poultry
operations in the eastern part of the state, agricultural and forestry pro-
duction in Tennessee impacts the state’s economy to the tune of $74.8
billion annually, including food and wood products industries. The state
boasts 67,300 farming operations, and more than 1,800 of those have
achieved Century Farm status. Many are open as agritourism destinations.
Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton invites all visitors
to the Sunbelt Ag Expo to be our guests. “We are proud of Tennessee’s ag-
ricultural heritage and history,” he says. “But you don’t have to come from
a farming background to appreciate what our state has to offer. Come visit
our Spotlight State Exhibit for an experience that will have you planning
your next trip to Tennessee.”
The Tennessee Spotlight State Exhibit is a
partnership of the University of Tennessee Insti-
tute of Agriculture; Tennessee State University
Cooperative Extension Service; Tennessee De-
partments of Agriculture, Tourist Development
and Environment and Conservation; Tennessee
Farm Bureau Federation; University of Tennes-
see Institute for Public Service; and USDA’s
Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, Natural Resources Conserva-
tion Service and National Agricultural Statistics Service in Tennessee. UT
Extension Dean Robert Burns served as the chair of the Spotlight State
Each of these organizations invites you to experience Tennessee —
The Soundtrack of America. Come and visit the Spotlight State Exhibit.
Then visit us in person in Tennessee.
Tennessee in the Spotlight:
'The Soundtrack of America — Made in Tennessee'
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