what we've HOSTED
AAU Youth Wrestling (2013-2015)
Cookeville has served as home to the Team Tennessee AAU Youth Wrestling State Championships welcoming approximately 1,000 youth wrestlers (age five-years-old to eighth grade) along with fans and families, and 300 coaches for each two-day event at the Hyder-Burks Pavilion.
Outdoor Channel: Major League Fishing GEICO Select Series (2015)
Cookeville was selected as host city for filming the second season of the Outdoor Channel’s Major League Fishing GEICO Select Series with 24 top anglers competing on Center Hill and Dale Hollow Lakes. (Air date: January 2016). The Select series is a companion to the Major League Fishing Cup series. “We are thankful that we were able to develop a terrific partnership with the Cookeville community, because we’re having an outstanding event. Cookeville has been a gracious host, and the waters in the area helping us put together another great Major League Fishing television series.” Don Rucks, Major League Fishing Commissioner.
Southern Cruisers Tennessee State Rally (2000-present)
Cookeville has been home to the Southern Cruisers Riding Club’s annual state rally ince 2000. The event is an all-brands rally providing funds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Tennessee Preservation Trust (2013)
History and hospitality collided as Cookeville was selected as host of the 2013 Tennessee Preservation Trust, a statewide conference in conjunction with the Tennessee Historical Commission.
Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic (2012-2016)
The Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association furthered Cookeville’s reputation as the state’s high school football capital by choosing the city and Tennessee Tech University as host for the Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic. The all-star game welcomes 88 players, 18 cheerleaders, 16 coaches and countless fans and families from across Tennessee for a battle of the best-of-the-best from east to west Tennessee. “Since Cookeville and Tennessee Tech have proven to be great hosts for the BlueCross Bowl, it was an easy choice for us to make.” Murphy Fair, Guru of Tennessee High School Football, and All-Star Classic Game Coordinator
International Baja SAE Competition (2013, 2016)
Cookeville’s Tennessee Tech University has served as host to the annual international Baja SAE competition welcoming 100 teams from across the globe, including India, Canada, Mexico, and Egypt to the Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion.
Run For The Wall (2013-present)
A major overnight stop for Run For the Wall since 2013, Cookeville welcomes hundreds of riders each year riding in honor of POWs, MIAs, and KIAs during the cross-country motorcycle route from Los Angeles to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. “There is always one city that stands out. Cookeville is obviously that city for the Midway Route! This community’s hospitality is one I know will remain in each of our hearts, and will only grow each year when we return!” - James “Gunny” Gregory, Founder of RFTW
Tennessee H.O.G. Rally (2012, 2014, 2015)
Cookeville has made Harley-Davidson history, setting record-breaking attendance numbers, serving as smallest city to host, and is the only Tennessee city to host consecutive years. As a result, Cookeville was also selected to serve as the host of the first Southern Backroads H.O.G. Rally, July 11-15, 2017. “Cookeville is an ideal hub for the rally. Aside from the roads of the Upper Cumberland being a motorcyclists’ dream, there is so much support from the entire community. Local residents, businesses, and law enforcement have shown so much hospitality, it’s astounding.” - Gary Bagwell, H.O.G. Rally Coordinator.
Tiny House RoadShow (2016)
More than 15 tiny houses and 30 vendors made Cookeville’s Hyder-Burks Pavilion home for three days to showcase homes and products dedicated to “tiny living”.
TSSAA BlueCross Bowl (2009-2020)
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association has allowed Cookeville to serve as Tennessee’s high school football capital, hosting the BlueCross Bowl championships since 2009, welcoming an average of 30,000 attendees over the three-day event each December. “The history and tradition of football, and especially high school football, run very deep in our state. There are so many reasons why the event is what it is today. One of the main reasons it is so special is the city of Cookeville, Tennessee Tech University, and the numerous volunteers who put so much hard work and dedication into making it a truly memorable experience for the student-athletes. That is our goal for each event, and we certainly couldn't do it without them. TTU’s Tucker Stadium is a great venue for the BlueCross Bowl. It's large enough to accommodate our biggest crowds, and it creates for a great atmosphere for each championship game.” – Bernard Childress, TSSAA Executive Director