Books and trucks: Southeast Tourism Society selects 2 Rutherford events as best in region

Nov 05, 2019 at 11:00 am by Voice Wire

Tourism Southeast Tourism Society has named The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival and The Southern Invitational Truck and Tractor pull, both held in Rutherford County, as STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2020.

"We are elated to see the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival and the Southern Invitational Truck and Tractor Pull recognized," said Senior Vice President of the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau Barbara Wolke. "We are very proud that these events are held right here in Rutherford County, and look forward to welcoming all the visitors they bring."


The STS Top 20 Festival and Event awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: Southeast Tourism Society and Travel Media Press Room.

This year's SE-YA Book Fest takes place March 12-14, 2020 in the Student Union building of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, and the event is FREE and open to the public.

For three days, middle and high school students and the public have the opportunity to interact with authors like New York Times bestselling authors Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, Margaret Peterson Haddix, David Arnold and Nashville's Jeff Zentner (pictured above), whose "The Serpent King" and "Goodbye Days" were nominated for a Carnegie Medal.

Other local authors include Sharon Cameron, Greg Howard, Andrew Maraniss, C.J. Redwine, Courtney Stevens, Jamie Sumner and Kristin O'Donnell Tubb This year SE-YA Festival attendees will have the opportunity to attend panels, author meet & greets and shop the full service bookstore available onsite.

"Over the past five years, SE-YA Book Festival has established itself as a premier event that left a lasting impression on those involved by fostering a personal one-on-one experience between young adults and authors,"said SE-YA President Elizabeth Hicks. "Bringing readers and writers together has been a hallmark for the festival, and the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival is thrilled and proud to have been chosen by Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Festival & Event winner!"

This year's Southern Invitational Truck and Tractor Pull is Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020. Racing into its 15th year, the Southern Invitational Truck and Tractor Pull has been taking place at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum since 2006! This high-speed event is produced by Southern Motorsports Promotions as an invitation-only pull.

With almost 200 competitors traveling from around the country to participate, each event is as exciting as the last with them pulling their way to victory. The local attendance for this indoor tractor pull is always astounding with no space left unfilled and the community certainly welcomes the surplus of visitors during the annual event.



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