With 28 years of experience backed by a Master's in guitar from the Berklee College of Music, Matt Pruitt helps guitar students reach their potential one strum at a time. Pruitt operates out of the Cotten Music Center, where he typically meets one-on-one with students for lessons tailored to suit the individual's skill level, goals, and interest in smashing guitars.
A real stock car roars around a banked oval track as a coach's voice crackles in the driver's ear. This isn?t the Indy 500; it's L.A. Racing. Featured on NBC Today in L.A., L.A. Racing's Adventure programs let would-be racers grip the wheel during fast-forward laps around a real track. This video shows the rubber meeting the road at Irwindale Speedway.
Inside, L.A. Racing's instructors educate new drivers, helping them get a feel for new tracks and learn to follow the proper line through turns. These practice cars feature realistic racing effects?engine vibrations and road-surface texture, for example. Competition courses are available for drivers who want to take racing to the next level and master advanced techniques such as throttle control, trail braking, and passing.
Inspired by the La Tomatina festival in Spain, Tomato Dodge is a combination 5K run and food-fight extravaganza. During the fun 5K, runners skirt tomato pits and ambush zones. Once across the finish line they strap on goggles and arm their hands with juicy produce. The large-scale tomato-hurling exhibition exclusively makes use of tomatoes that are over-ripe and too old to sell, giving them a final hurrah rather having them wind up directly in the trash. Every participant will receive a T-shirt, sweatband, and decal upon check-in. See Tomato Dodge's FAQ page for additional information.
With the exception of four years during World War II, the Tennessee State Fair has kept the family-friendly party going ever since 1906. Classic fair foods such as cotton candy, corn dogs, and snow cones fuel visitors as they stop in on the prize-seeking animals, tap their toes to live music, and belt tunes at the karaoke showdown. While smaller kids ride the merry-go-round and explore the Tomb of Doom, their older siblings can get their thrills on rides with spine-tingling names such as the Mega Drop and the Fireball. And parents can learn all about Tennessee's small-time brewing operations and distilleries at local drink-making showcases.
Grilled, seasoned, and served to perfection, Trax is a prime burger joint everyone can enjoy.
Dieters beware — Trax does not offer low-fat cuisine.
Trax's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Make sure to check out Trax's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Casual dining at its best, Trax customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
You can also serve food from Trax at your next party — the burger joint offers catering.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
You won't break the bank at Trax, with a meal typically hovering below the $15 mark.
All major credit cards are accepted.
Established in 1855, the Tennessee State Fair's long history includes more than thrilling Midway rides and food on sticks; the festival also features a yearly theme around which events and exhibits center. This year, the fair's theme is "Let the Good Times Grow," an idea embodying the fair's fiscal growth and the locally-grown entertainments it houses. The Taste of Tennessee event, for instance, gathers chefs who craft native cuisines, local bands, and area craft brewers.
The grounds also showcase a range of entertaining shows, from beauty pageants and pig races to dogs performing gravity-defying tricks to catch frisbees. Plus, the Kenya Safari Acrobats return for the 7th year to show off their incredible agility. Should younger visitors feel inspired to step on stage themselves, they can enter the kids' ice cream eating contest; a winner's trophy goes to the kid whose mouth can shovel the most ice cream and whose brain can withstand the worst ice cream headache.