6-21-2013 3-02-30 PMBeing reared on a farm in Tennessee, and the seventh of eight kids, when my dad brought home a dozen horses, (mares and colts) I was the happiest little four year old girl in the world. I had new friends to talk to, tell secrets to, and they never told on me.

One of those mares my Dad brought home was a Tennessee Walker bred to a Champion Tennessee Walking Horse. On July 12, 1963 she delivered our first of many show horses, which started my love of riding, raising colts and show competitions.

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Now, fast forward a few decades to April 2012.

6-21-2013 3-03-27 PMKen Wilson, owner and manager of Southeastern Saddle Club, contacted me with an idea to bring back the TWH shows to Athens. He asked if I knew of an organization that could help promote the event and he in return he would donate the proceeds. As fate would have it, the late Col. Sam Gibbons, one of the founding fathers of the Veterans Museum, had been associated for 37 years to the World Champion Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, TN as their show manager. It was a perfect fit!

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This June 21st the 2nd Annual Sam Gibbons Memorial Walking Horse Show will be held at the Sheriff’s arena on Highway 99. You may contact Museum Director Sandy Thompson, 256-771-7578 or visit their website: www.AlabamaVeteransMuseum.com to see how you can sponsor a class, advertise in the program or get class information.

6-21-2013 3-03-16 PMIf you are looking for a great place to enjoy a scenic horseback ride, try the Richard Martin Rails to Trails. Located in Elkmont, this 10.2 mile trail offers a back-to-nature getaway. The trail is accessible at Veto or by the Red Caboose in downtown Elkmont, and ends at Piney Chapel Road. The trail is mile-marked, has resting benches and a facility with a pavilion at Piney Chapel Road. There is a large parking area for horse trailers at either section of the trail. This trail is suitable for walking, biking and horseback riding.

Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a brochure on our 17 free trails in Athens-Limestone County or any of our brochures on the Civil War, Historic Homes, Birding, Hallelujah Trail, Antiques, Shopping, and Hotels & Restaurants. We are always happy to see you and will help make your stay enjoyable.

By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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Athens, AL – Lawlers Hwy 72 store Athens did not win the state championship but they were chosen as the North Alabama regional winner by judges Bobby Shuttleworth of WAFF-48, Evan Carden of Decatur Life magazine and Melinda Dunn of the Decatur/Morgan Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Decatur/Morgan County Farmer’s Market was the host site for the regional contest.

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“We are so proud of Lawlers and appreciate their participation in the BBQ sauce contest”, said Jeanette Jones, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association Co-President. “We worked really hard getting the word out to our BBQ restaurants to enter the competition. There will be more contests during the Year of Alabama Food. We hope other restaurants participate in upcoming contest.”

BBQ sauce championship generates wide press coverage. Celebrity judges picked the sauce from Phil’s BBQ restaurant in Eufaula as the state “BBQ Sauce-Off.”

The Central Alabama regional winner was Costas from Birmingham. Phil’s BBQ from Eufaula was chosen as the Southern Alabama regional winner.

“The Alabama Tourism Department designed the BBQ Sauce-Off as a way of promoting the state’s barbecue restaurants and independent sauce producers,” said contest coordinator Brian Jones. “The regional contests got great coverage and our championship in Birmingham was covered by channel 48 in Huntsville, channel 6 in Birmingham, channel 12 in Montgomery and AL.com. It was also featured in USA TODAY, on public radio and was picked up by the Associated Press,” he said.

Thirty-four sauces were gathered from restaurants and grocery stores across the state for the BBQ Sauce-Off. Sauces in the contest included: Bailey’s, Baumhower’s, Berdeaux’s, BBQ Shack, Big Bob Gibson, Bishop’s, Bob Sykes, Bryant, Carlile’s, Costas, Crusty Butts & Bones, Dale’s BBQ, Demetri’s, Dreamland, Fat Boy’s, Full Moon, Golden Rule, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Johnny’s BBQ, Lawlers, Mike & Ed’s, Mike Elliott’s, Moon Hollow, Noodie’s, Ollie’s, Perfect Bite BBQ, Phil’s, Rob’s, Saban Sauce, Saw’s, Saucy Q, Slaphappy BBQ, Thomas Rib Shack and Viper. Learn more about Alabama food products, chefs, culinary destinations and events at Facebook.com/AlabamaFood and at www.yearofalabamafood.com.

The sign up process is now open for restaurants to become a part of Alabama Restaurant Week. The process is quick and easy. Any Alabama restaurant that qualifies (and most quality if they are not part of a national chain) only has to enter their basic information at this time. You have until July 15 to enter your exact fix-priced meal offering. Sign up at www.alabamarestaurantweek.com. See the ABOUT section for a summary of the rules of the promotion.

6-7-2013 3-17-25 PMAlabama Restaurant Week is an August 16-August 25, 2013 promotion and is part of the Year of Alabama Food state tourism campaign. For more on Year of Alabama Food, contact Brian Jones Brian.jones@tourism.alabama.gov. For more on Alabama Restaurant Week, contact Grey Brennan grey.brennan@tourism.alabama.gov.

For information and assistance in entering your restaurant, call the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association office at 256-232-5411 or email info@VisitAthensAL.com.
By: Jeanette Dunnavant Jones President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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4-19-2013 9-06-52 AMAs children, our parents would send us outside to play and not come back inside until we were called for supper. Today, children are texting, watching TV or playing handheld games. What a waste! There is so much to do outside; and so much beauty to enjoy in our community.

We just added two trails to our Trails Brochure including the African-American Heritage Trail and the Athens-Limestone County Antique Shopping Trail. All of the trails are free. Brochures are available at our office. We have 17 walking, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, bird watching and horseback riding trails. Take your family and enjoy one of these trails.

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On May 17th, everyone should bring their lawn chairs or blankets downtown and enjoy a 2-hour concert featuring “Just Down the Road” bluegrass band at Singing on the Square. It’s a great family event. Come to downtown early and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the restaurants. Casa Blanca is now open on the square. Village Pizza and LuVici’s are still open on the square and just across the railroad tracks you find Washington Street Diner and Inez’s Soul Food on Washington Street. On the south-west side of the square you can still get your ice cream at Kreme Delight. If you come early, you can get hand dipped ice cream and floats at the Limestone Drug located on the north side of the square.

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Friday and Saturday night (May 17th & 18th) features one of our largest events – Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo. Bring the family and enjoy all the rodeo events – bareback riding, calf roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, saddle Bronc riding, cowgirl’s barrel racing, and bull riding. Of course, the smaller kids love the rodeo clowns, chuck wagon races, and the kids’ calf scramble.

On May 18th you can enjoy the movie, Eating Alabama, at the Farmers Market at dark sponsored by Spirit of Athens (the Athens Main Street Organization).

5-17-2013 4-14-35 PMMay 31st is National Tourism Day at the Ardmore Welcome Center. Everyone is invited to come to the Welcome Center and help celebrate. It will be a day of fun for everyone. Visitors will be given free ice cream, Pepsi products, and various give away items from local tourist organizations. You will also be able to pick up information about our respective events and attractions. Over 2 million visitors sign the register annually and that is considered to be only a quarter of those who stopped. We are fortunate to have the Ardmore Welcome Center in our county.

Visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 Beaty Street North for information on the above events and other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone County or call 256-232-5411 or 256-867-1438. Check out our website (www.VisitAthensAL.com) for information.
By: Jeanette Dunnavant Jones, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

4-19-2013 9-06-52 AMThe 2013 tourism year started in Athens-Limestone County with an outstanding crowd at the first Cruise-In and Athens Cars & Bikes on the Square. Singing on the Square and Earth Day Celebration and Outdoor EXPO had to be moved inside. Belle Chevre Cheese opened in downtown Elkmont and 1818 Farms in Mooresville had their first Sheep Shearing Party. From The Year of Alabama Food to Agri-tourism, it’s all in our communities.

May brings lots of fun and exciting events. We’ll kick off the events with the Athens State University Homecoming Weekend, May 3 & 4. The festivities for Homecoming Weekend will coincide with Geezerfest III (self-titled reunion of 1965-1975 Greeks). Contact 256-233-8185.

34th Annual Athens Bible School Homespun, May 3 & 4, craft show is adding a charity 5k race and a car show to the family-fun weekend. The starting gun of The Homespun Wheels and Deals Charity 5K Run will fire at 8:00 a.m. on May 4. “Smoking’ Chief BBQ will sell baby back ribs, whole Boston butts, and plate lunches on Saturday of Homespun. This show is the perfect place to buy those special handmade gifts and beautiful plants. Contact: 256-232-3525.

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Ardmore Lions Club Tractor Pull will be May 3 & 4 at 7 PM on Friday and 6 PM on Saturday. The Ardmore Lions Club presents the Mid-South Sanctioned Tractor and Truck Pull that will be held at the John Barnes City Park, 30515 Ardmore Ridge Rd., Ardmore, TN. Gates open Friday Night at 7pm and Saturday Night at 6pm. Admission: $10, 6 and under FREE. Contact Mike Magnusson at 256-468- 4950.

Relay for Life-Limestone County, May 3 & 4 from 7:00 PM – 7:00 AM. This year we are “Saving the World, One Cure at a Time.” Opening Ceremonies will be May 3 at 7:00 PM Athens SportsPlex on Hwy 31. Closing Ceremonies will be May 4 at 7:00 AM. Contact Ina Holland at ina4relay@gmail.com or 256-777-5396.

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Athens Cruise In on the Square will be May 4 at 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Bring your antique vehicle and family and make it a family night. Contact Tom at 256-457-9179.

2nd Annual Relay for Life Fishing Tournament, May 4, will be at Ingalls Harbor on Wheeler Lake in Decatur. There is a guaranteed $4,500 payout with cash prizes for first through 10th place. The Athens Gas Department’s grilling team will provide lunch to registered boaters. For more information call Anna Leigh Peacock at 256-656-2463 and Heather Rouse at 256-497-6737.

The Living History Festival will be May 11 at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Donnell House. The Festival features a working Confederate & Federal Encampment by the SCV, a strolling minstrel and a reenactment of a crucial turning point at the Donnell House with Federal troops which impacted Limestone County. Step back in time as history comes alive as period characters give a glimpse of civilian life amid the turmoil of the war. There will also be cannon firings throughout the day and long rifle demonstrations. Fun activities are planned for the kids including enlisting in the Donnell House Regiment, physical examinations prior to being accepted for “rifle training” and more. Contact 256-434-0441 or 256-232-5411.

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Limestone Sheriff Rodeo Parade will be May 11. Lineup begins at 1:00 PM at the Rodeo Arena. Parade begins at 2:00 PM. For more information contact 256-232-0111, limestonesheriff.com.

Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Street Dance will be May 14 downtown Athens.
Contact: 256-232-0111, limestonesheriff.com. Free.

Singing on the Square sponsored by Champion Chevrolet will be May 17 at 6:00 PM. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the free concert featuring Just Down the Road. Contact: 256-232-5411. Free.

31st Annual Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo will be May 17 & 18 at the Rodeo arena. Gates open 6:00 p.m. Coronation of Miss Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo during intermission. Contact: 256-232-0111.

Annual Historic Mooresville Walking Tour will be May 17 & 18. There will be workshops, home tours, concerts and picnic supper on Friday. Reservations and fees apply to some events. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12, under 6 free. All funds will be used to support the preservation of historic Mooresville. Streets will be closed to traffic with free parking available at the front of town. Contact www.mooresvilleal.com/walking-tour.

Visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 Beaty Street North for information on the above events and other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone County or call 256-232-5411 or 256-867-1438.
By: Jeanette Dunnavant Jones, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

4-19-2013 9-06-52 AMThe Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association is excited to bring two groups from North Alabama to kick off Singing on the Square on April 19th. Ashley Maine will perform at 6:00 PM followed by The Valley Roots at 7:00 PM. The younger generation should really enjoy these two bands. The Valley Roots style is very similar to Alabama Shakes.

4-19-2013 9-07-11 AMAshlyn Maine is an Indie Folk band born out of the backwoods of Madison County, Alabama in a sleepy and small community known as Harvest. Influenced by bands such as City and Colour, Brand New, and Mumford and Sons, Ashlyn Maine has slowly and steadily been making a name for themselves in the North Alabama area.

Formed in mid 2011, Ashlyn Maine has been touring extensively in the North Alabama area and recording in both home-grown and professional studios. The band has also made a name for themselves by having their debut LP titled “Cigar Clouds” chart in the top 40 on the Amazon.com folk category. Their hit songs “The Weather on Fridays” and “Ben City” have also been featured on WTAK 106.1 FM in Huntsville, Alabama, as well as WFMH Big 95.5 FM in Russellville, Alabama.

Born out of both Modern Rock and Southern Soul, The Valley Roots are leading the way in the new revitalization of the Muscle Shoals Sound. Hailing from Florence, Alabama, The Valley Roots combine the best of the old school and the new in a unique sound that’s equally down home southern Rock and Roll as it is Alabama rhythm.

4-19-2013 9-07-03 AMThe Valley Roots are known locally for their raucous live shows which usually include dancing not only from the crowds enjoying them, but from band members joining in on the fun too. Songs from The Valley Roots come at the audience in not only a fast paced rock show, but also in a soulful groove perfect for a summertime slow dance with a sweetheart.

Singing on the Square is sponsored by Champion Chevrolet every 3rd Friday night. The 2013 Schedule follows:

April 19 – 6:00 PM – Ashlyn Maine ~ 7:00 PM – The Valley Roots

May 17 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Just Down the Road

June 21 – 6:00 PM – Dixie Bluegrass Boys ~ 7:00 PM Tilford Sellers & the Wagon Burners

July 19 – 6:00 PM – Dixon Todd ~ 7:00 PM – Southern Splendor Chorus

August 16 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Athens State University Community Band

September 20 – 6:00 PM – Nedia Keel – 7:00 PM – Rocket City Chorus

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the free concert on the east side of the courthouse in historic downtown Athens, AL. For a complete list of all the 2013 Singing on the Square entertainers, visit our website, www.VisitAthensAL.com. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside. Please call 256-232-5411 or 256-867-1438 to get the rain location. Visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 Beaty Street North for information on this event and other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone County.
By Jeanette Dunnavant Jones, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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Enjoy the spring weather and find out about the history of our town!

The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association announces its April Historic Walking Tours to be held each Saturday in April (April 6, 13, 20, and 27). Walkers should meet at the Athens Visitors Center, 100 North Beaty Street, (corner of Beaty and Market Streets by the duck pond) at 9:45 AM. The walks will begin promptly at 10:00 AM and will last approximately one hour.

4-7-2013 12-27-31 PMAlabama is the only state in the nation to hold statewide, simultaneous walking tours. Tourism President Jeanette Jones said, “We have had over 800 walkers since Athens started participating in the state walks in 2006 and they keep increasing in popularity every year.” “Walkers may choose one of 5 different walks each Saturday in April.” The walks are free and open to the public. It’s a great way for children to learn about local history. Groups are welcome.

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Experience the culture and history of Athens by taking one of the walks.

Tour 1: Historic Downtown Athens Square
Tour 2: Beaty Historic District, Washington Street and Old Town Cemetery
Tour 3: Athens State University, Big Spring Memorial Park and College Inn
Tour 4 – City Cemetery
Tour 5 – Houston Historic District

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OTHER EVENTS YOU MAY WANT TO ENJOY DURING APRIL INCLUDE:

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call – Apr 6 at 8:00 AM

Athens Historic Walking Tours – Apr 6, 13, 20, 27 at 10:00 AM

Chick-fil-A Connect Race Series: Athens, AL – April 6 at 8:00 AM

Athens Cruise In on the Square – Apr 6 at 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Athens State’s Athenian Players to present The Glass Menagerie – April 11–13 and Apr 19–20 at 7:30 PM

Confederate Memorial Ceremony – Apr 19 at 2:00 PM

Singing on the Square – Apr 19 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Limestone County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale – Apr 20 at 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

1818 Farms Spring Sheep Shearing Party – Apr 20 at 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Earth Day Celebration and Outdoor EXPO – Apr 20 at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Southern Crossroads 8th Annual Best Buckin’ BBQ Cook-off – Apr 26 & 27

Athens Cars & Bikes on the Square – Apr 27 at 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM followed by free live entertainment 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Community Unsung Heroes Awards – Apr 27 at 5:00 PM

For more information on the above event or other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone, visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 North Beaty Street or call 256-232-5411. Information is also posted on our website – www.visitathensal.com.
By Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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Spring is Springing

3-16-2013 9-52-13 AMIt’s March and the fun begins! You can find several things to do each weekend during March. One of the favorite is the annual Athens Home and Garden Show, hosted by the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. The show will be Saturday March 16th from 9AM – 4PM and Sunday, March 17th from 12PM – 4PM at the Limestone County Event Center located at 100 West Pryor Street, Athens.

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There is no admission fee. The show will be filled with many demonstrations, an area for kid’s activities and door prizes also. Over 50 booths will have all types of home and garden items for review and sale, as well as great ideas for your home and garden projects. It’s a great time to purchase those spring plants too. Contact: 256-232-2600, www.tourathens.com.

Another special event this month is the Easter Egg Hunt March 16th on the Courthouse Square. The event is sponsored by Spirit of Athens with First Baptist Church partnering this year. The Egg Hunt will begin at 10AM and is limited to ages 11 and under. You can also have your child’s photo made for $5. There will be a jelly bean guessing contest and a color contest conducted by First Baptist Church.

Other events this month include:

3-16-2013 9-53-37 AMMar 16 The Athens/Limestone County Learn-to-Read 10:00 AM
Council announces the 18th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee at Athens High School. Free admission to spectators. Refreshments served. To make a donation to help sponsor the spelling bee, or to obtain more information about the Learn-to-Read Programs, call 256-230-3050

Mar 16 – Mooresville Rocket Run 10-Miler at 8:00 AM
This is a 10 mile run in Mooresville, AL. Huntsville Track Club membership required to participate in race. Member Forms www.huntsvilletrackclub.org/MemberApp2012.pdf
www.active.com/running/mooresville-al/rocket-run-ten-miler-2013

Mar 16th Easter Egg Hunt on the Courthouse Lawn from 10AM-12PM sponsored by Spirit of Athens has partnered with First Baptist Church for a huge egg hunt for ages under 11. Photos will be made outside for $5. A jelly bean guessing contest and a color contest will be held by First Baptist Church.

Mar 16 & 17 Home and Garden Show – It’s time to start planning that garden and this is the perfect place to get your plants and lots of ideas. The event is hosted by the Greater Limestone County Chamber.

Mar 23 Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 AM. Join the fun at Chick-fil-A on Hwy 72 hosted by Athens-Limestone Hospital in partnership with Chick-fil-A.

Mar 30 Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful is having a Free Dump Day for Limestone County Resident. Visit www.keepathenslimestonebeautiful.com for more information.

Mar 30 – March is Women’s History Month at the Alabama Veterans Museum. The theme selected for this year’s programs is: “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” Honoree is Miss Mattye Murray with Mary Scott Hunter Representative to the Alabama Board of Education as the guest speaker.

For more information on the above events or other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone, visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 North Beaty Street or call 256-232-5411. Information is also posted on our website – www.visitathensal.com.
By Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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Jeanette Dunnavant JonesIt’s March and the fun begins! You can find several things to do each weekend during March. One of the favorites is the annual Poke Sallet Follies, March 7, 8 & 9 at 7:00 PM. This unique variety show features local talent that draws a sellout crowd each night. Local residents perform in a musical that is sure to please all who attend. In addition to the outstanding show, a delicious meal is served. Tickets are available for $35.00 at the Athens Senior Center. Contact 256-233-6412.

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Another favorite event for Athens each year is the annual Athens Home and Garden Show, hosted by the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. The show will be March 16th & 17th at the Limestone County Event Center located at 100 West Pryor Street, Athens. Over 70 booths will have all types of home and garden items for review and sale as well as great ideas for your home and garden projects. It’s a great time to purchase spring plants. Contact: 256-232-2600, www.tourathens.com. Free admission.

Other March events include:

23rd Annual Gospel Fest – Mar 1 at 6:00 PM – Showcasing a variety of local talent including singing, liturgical dance and step groups at the Grand Foyer – Huntsville Campus. Contact Pamela Little at 256/306-2634 or the Calhoun Office of Public Relations at 256-306-2560.

2nd Annual Storybook Ball – Mar 2 at 7:00 PM – Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation invites you to attend this library fundraiser.Tickets are $20 each for adults and $15 for ages 3-18 years. Visit www.alcpl.org for more information.

3-1-2013 1-56-30 PMThe Flashbacks in Concert – Mar 2 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM) – “The Flashbacks” will be at Yesterdays Event Center for a night of fantastic memories, and some exciting new surprises. This group performs your all time favorite hits from the 70’s and 80’s, with a little 60’s, Motown, and Disco included, all with high energy and crowd interaction. This will be a complete dinner show, but no dance floor for this show. Admission is $15. Email reservations are required. Dinner is available for $9.95.

Minority Male Summit – Mar 7 at 7:00 PM – featuring motivational speaker Tim Worley, former running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears, at the Huntsville Campus. Contact Pamela Little at 256-306-2634 or the Calhoun Office of Public Relations at 256-306-2560.

Dogwood Festival Fashion Show – Mar 12 at 12:00 PM – Athens Limestone Beautification Board invites you to attend their Fashion Show at the Beasley Center on Marion Street. Fashions will be presented by Claborn Specialties and Shoe Gallery II. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased by Mar 5th. Contact 256-232-70207

City of Athens Relay for Life Celebrity Waiters Night – Mar 12 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM – Our local celebrities will be working for tips to donate to the American Cancer Society at Applebee’s on Hwy 72. The waiters we have so far are Mayor Ronnie Marks, Police Chief Floyd Johnson, Sheriff Mike Blakely, Councilman Jimmy Gill, actor Frank Travis, retired Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page and current Circuit Court Clerk Brad Curnutt.

Corporate Spelling Bee – Mar 16 at 8:00 AM – noon at Athens High School.

Mooresville Rocket Run 10-Mile – Mar16 at 8:00 AM – This is a 10 mile run in Mooresville, AL. Huntsville Track Club membership required to participate in race. Member Forms https://www.huntsvilletrackclub.org/MemberApp2012.pdf

https://www.active.com/running/mooresville-al/rocket-run-ten-miler-2013

Easter Egg Hunt on the Courthouse Lawn – Mar 16 at10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – The hunt is for ages toddlers to 11 years. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be $5.00 and taken outside this year. There will also be a jelly bean guessing contest and a coloring contest. Sponsored by Spirit of Athens partnering with First Baptist Church.

For more information on the above events or other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone, visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 North Beaty Street or call 256-232-5411. Information is also posted on our website – www.visitathensal.com.

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Celebrating Outdoor Events!

TourismThe Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association is excited to be joining forces with KALB’s Earth Day Celebration this year by adding an Outdoor EXPO to highlight our outdoor activities in our county.

TourismThe Earth Day Celebration and Outdoor EXPO are scheduled to be April 20th at Big Spring Memorial Park. This event offers all types of Earth Day activities as well as recycling projects for the children, live entertainment and vendors displaying and selling outdoor wares such as hunting and fishing supplies, canoes/kayaks, archery supplies, softball/baseball/volleyball/soccer supplies and much more.

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We are currently accepting vendor applications for the Outdoor EXPOs. Vendors may demonstrate their products but not sell them without paying a vendor’s fee. For vendors wishing to sell their products, there is a required vendor’s fee.

We believe this will be a wonderful opportunity for local retailers to show the community what they offer in support of our outdoor activities. Any retailers interested in participating in the Outdoor EXPO should contact 256-232-5411 for a vendor application or information.

Anyone desiring to participate in Earth Day Celebration should contact 256-233-8728.

If you need information about these or other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone, visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 North Beaty Street, Athens, AL, 35611.
By Jeanette Dunnavant Jones, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association, Inc.

TourismThis time of year, couples are making special plans to show their love for one another with a special Valentine’s Day celebration. What do we do this year? Where do we go? Do we just stay home and watch a movie? Valentine’s Day is a day to express your love and to celebrate the spirit of love – so do something special for your loved one.

Flowers, candy, jewelry, candle-light dinner, a night at the movies, a day of shopping or even a get away weekend at a nice hotel/motel is always great. Athens and Limestone County businesses would enjoy the opportunity to help you celebrate.

Local florists will deliver bouquets to your loved one. Most women that work love having flowers delivered to their workplace. Valentine’s Day cards and candy are available at local stores as well as chocolate coated strawberries from Russell Stovers, Sugar Mama’s Sweet Treats, Bakery at Elkmont and other locations. Sonic is offering chocolate-cherry Sweetheart milkshakes and of course, Shoney’s has their delicious strawberry pies. Want something extra special – Southern Splendor Chorus will deliver a singing valentine to your sweetheart.

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Go to one of our locally owned restaurants like LuVici’s and Village Pizza downtown on the square or Catfish Cabin, Clark’s Family Restaurant, 306 BBQ and others on Hwy 72 for a nice cozy meal. Take your sweetheart to a dinner theater show at Yesterdays Event Center, Spoon & Croon Valentine’s Lunch at the Athens State University (ASU) Sandridge Hall Ballroom hosted by the ASU Center for Life Long Learning or the Valentine’s Day Dinner at Canebrake.

Make your loved one feel special with a get away from the kids weekend (or just one night) at one of our local hotels/motels. Local properties will treat you like royalty when you spend the weekend with them. Most offer hot breakfast and two have indoor pools (Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn & Suites). Some hotels are offering special Valentine’s Day packages. Call around and see what’s available.

Gifts of all types are available throughout the county at the specialty shops and department stores. Stop by one of the jewelry stores (Hobbs Jewelers and Osborne’s Jewelers) and pick up a “shiny” surprise for your special person. Not sure what to get that special person, the sales personnel at downtown shops like Pablo’s, Pimento’s, Trinity’s, Crawford’s, Shoe Gallery, UG White and others will help you pick out something special. You can do something as simple as walking hand-in-hand through one of the parks or walking trails and watch the sunset. It’s all about showing your special person how important they are to you. You still have time to plan that special night!

If you need information about these or other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone, visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 North Beaty Street or call 256-232-5411. Information is also posted on our websites – www.VisitAthensAL.com.
By Jeanette Dunnavant Jones, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association, Inc.

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