8-2-2013 1-51-24 PMCome to Ardmore for the 13th Annual Miss/Master Crape Myrtle Festival Pageant on August 23rd at the Ardmore, Tennessee Annex. Competitions will begin at 5:00pm with subsequent divisions competing throughout the evening. The pageant is open to young ladies from birth through nineteen years of age, and young men from birth through five years of age. This pageant is NOT limited to residents of Ardmore. There will be a $3 fee, per person, to attend the pageant.

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The “Miss Crape Myrtle” and the “Miss Teen” Division winners will be presented during the Crape Myrtle Festival on August 31. The festival will offer unique arts and crafts, delicious festival food, live entertainment and of course, all varieties, sizes and colors of Crape Myrtles. Live Country, Gospel, Bluegrass and Rock and Roll music can be enjoyed at the amphitheater. Bring your chairs or blankets and settle in for a wonderful day of music. The festival will be held at the Ardmore, TN, John Barnes Park, located on Ardmore Ridge Road.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION, HERE ARE A FEW TIPS WHEN SELECTING YOUR CRAPE MYRTLES
First, think about the flower color and matured size. With so many varieties to select from, you should have no trouble finding the color you want in the size and shape that will fit your planting site. By selecting a Crape Myrtle for the size of the space where it will grow, you will only need to do minor pruning. Be sure to remove small twiggy branches inside the plant to promote good air circulation.

However, do not prune Crape Myrtles in the fall or winter, since it compromises their cold hardiness. Crape Myrtles bloom on the current season’s growth, so they can be pruned in the spring and will still flower normally throughout the summer. Crape Myrtles drink in the full summer sun and heat, so find a place that meets these requirements and you will be rewarded beyond your wildest dreams. After the plants are well established in the landscape, avoid excess watering and fertilization.

Events and Up-Coming Activities for August 2013

Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival
NOW – Aug 3rd on Thursday-Saturday night -THIS IS THE LAST WEEKEND, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
There are rides for kids along with great concessions and bingo! The rides are: small Ferris wheel, rocket ships, small swings, carousel, train, roller coaster, parachutes, large swings and the scrambler. Concessions available include hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, french fries and cokes. Also available are the crowd favorites of cotton candy, dippin’ dots and funnel cakes. Our concessions are very reasonably priced and each of the rides is just one ticket, which is $.50. For more information or updates see our Facebook Page also: Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival.

Athens State Art Students to participate in National “Athens” Exhibition. Now – Aug 20, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 to noon. Athens Voices USA ’13, an Athens, Ohio biennial event by The Dairy Barn Arts Center, is an all media, juried art exhibition that aims to feature the diverse styles and visions of artists residing within 30 miles of a city named Athens in the United States. Athens Voices USA 2013 will be the fourth juried art exhibition celebrating “Athens” from all over the Nation. The event will be at the Alabama Center for the Arts located at 133 2nd Avenue in Decatur, Alabama.

Ardmore Police Reserve Rodeo – Aug 2 & 3 – It’s time for bucking Bronx, calf roping, barrel racing and much more at the Ardmore, TN John Barnes Park. To buy a chances on the Saddle, tickets are $3. Admission fee $8 for ages 6-12 & $10 for ages 13 and up. RODEO QUEEN CONTEST – ages 1-21. $25 to enter. Get your form today!! NEW this year: Kid Fun Zone with Pony Rides, Military Flight Simulators & Boys & Girls Club Face Painting. Contact ardmorepdreserves@hotmail.com or at Ardmore Police Dept. Contact: 256-423-2146.

Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days – Aug 2 & 3 – Antique Tractor ride on Aug 2nd at 10AM from Elkton Road and on the Rails to Trails to Elkmont. Cattlemen’s Association at the Depot with rib-eye sandwiches for sale. Contact:256-431-6226, 256-431-0619 – Fee

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call – Aug 3 at 8:00 AM – All veterans are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans. Contact 256-771-7578.

8-2-2013 1-52-02 PMAthens Cruise In on the Square – Aug 3 – The monthly Cruise In is held the 1st Saturday night of each month – Apr – Oct. Bring your antique vehicle and park around the square. Enjoy delicious dishes offered by our downtown restaurants. Come early and check out the great buys at the downtown businesses. Be sure and get you an ice cream cone at Limestone Drug or milk shake at Kreme Delight. Make it a family night. Contact: Tom at 256-457-9179.

Red Devil Rock Show Aug 3 at 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM Join the fun at the Elkmont Baseball Fields, Vaughn St., Elkmont, AL 35620. Tickets: $15-$75. Headlining will be the Americana/Rock collective, Banditos. A band known for being famously eclectic and recalling the sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revival and tributes to Aretha Franklin.They really make your feet stomp to the beat. The band is comprised of Timothy Parsons on guitar and vocals, Steven Pierce II on vocals and banjo, Mary Richardson on vocals and tambourine, Randy Wade on the drums, Jeffery Vines on the upright bass, and Jeffery Salter on the electric guitar and lap steel. The line-up also includes local Athens band Spiral Down South, Georgia natives Poanna, Missouri musician Riley Downing and more. Along with many other side acts who will be gracing the Second Stage. Contact Chris Hagood at chagood06@gmail.com, 256.777.7027, www.reddevilrockshow.org, or www.facebook.com/reddevilrockshow.

Ardmore Quarterback Club Car Show – Aug 10 at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – One of the biggest and best car shows in Tennessee and Alabama is in Ardmore at the Ardmore, TN John Barnes Park located on Ardmore Ridge Road. Awards will be presented in 10 classes with the top five by class. All judging is done by the contestants. Live music will be provided by Microwave Dave. Six grand prize drawings will be held during the day. The AQBC Grand Prize is a 1967 Chrysler Imperial. Brand Stovall’s Auto Body Shop will present cash prizes of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500.00 for third place. A Corporate Prize of a rolling tool box valued at $4,200 will be given away by Snap-On Tools. Naylor Performance Transmission will give away a 700R transmission. $50 cash drawings will be every 10 minutes. A 50/50 drawing will also be held. Pre-enter by August 4th and the fee is $20. Day of Show entry fee is $25. Spectator admission is $5 per person or $15 per family. Children 12 and under are admitted free. John Barnes Park, 30510 Ardmore Ridge Road, Ardmore, TN. Contact: Rodney at 205-908-2677 or Sandy at 256-656-3413.

Singing on the Square sponsored by Champion Chevrolet Aug 16 at 6:00 PM – Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the free concert featuring Athens State Community Band of Athens, AL. Contact: 256-232-5411 Free

Midnight Madness – day/night disc golf tournament – Aug 17 at 5:30 PM – The Athens State University Alumni Association announces this event benefiting the American Cancer Society. Registration begins at 4:30 PM., a players meeting at 5:20 PM., and the day round will begin at 5:30 PM. The tournament will be held on the disc golf course located near the Athens State University Library. There will be five divisions including an open category, women’s category, advanced/intermediate, recreational, and novice/junior categories. $30 entry fee will include a large player’s pack for all players including CRF Champion Glo Disc, LED and batteries for three discs, a golf towel, hiking socks, and snacks between rounds. Each round will also be offered a custom dyed trophy disc. Contact Bill Bullington from at 256-990-1254 or by email: Bill_Bullington@yahoo.com.

Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation Luncheon – August 21st 11:45AM – Held at the Limestone County Event Center on 114 W. Pryor Street. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.alhfevents.org or call 256-233-9236. Mail check to 100 Sanders Street, Athens, AL. 35611. Guest speakers will be AJH Chief Nursing Officer, Jan Lenz and Lori King-Taylor, M.Ed, Principle Consultant, Trinity Performance Solutions.

Miss Crape Myrtle Pageant – Aug 23 – Young ladies ages 1 day – 19 years and young men 1 day – 5 years are invited to participate. The pageants will be held at the Ardmore, TN Annex building. For more information visit website www.ardmorealtnchamber.org or call Tonya at 256-777-6621.

Athens State Zumba Fundraiser to Benefit Newly Formed Charity – Aug 24 at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM – A Zumba fundraiser will take place in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center at Athens State University. No reservation is necessary. The proceeds from this event will benefit a newly formed charity, Sarah’s Helping Hands. The cost for admission to the Zumba Event is $10 per person. Refreshments, door prizes, and a silent auction will be included. The silent auction items range from gift baskets by Avon and Pimentos of Athens to hair and beauty products as well as a Thirty-One bag and a haircut and style by Lindsey Rosson of Escape Spa. If you would like to help with this event or would like more information, contact Hannah Esch at (256) 749-5485 or hesch1@my.athens.edu.

Ladies Tea and Fashion Show at Creekside Plantation – Aug 25 from 2-4PM – Chapter Z P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Education Organization which provides scholarships, grants and low interest loans for women’s education. We are having a fundraiser Tea and Fashion Show on Sunday, August 25 from 2-4 pm at the historic Creekside Plantation in Mooresville, AL. The Sub Deb sorority at Athens High School will be assisting as servers for a service project. We would love to have you attend and wear your favorite Hat! The tickets are $20 each. Call Holly Carpenter 256-479-1429

Ardmore Crape Myrtle Festival – Aug 31 – It’s time for arts and crafts, delicious festival food and live entertainment. The festival is held at the Ardmore, TN John Barnes Park located on Ardmore Ridge Road. Contact: Linda at 256-423-8252, ardmorealtnchamber.org. Free admission.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

Before the kids go back to school, come out and enjoy all Limestone County has to offer.

7-19-2013 11-43-49 AMYou don’t want to miss the AL Championship Tractor & Truck Pull in Tanner on July 26th and 27th. For 35 years, the Tanner Tractor and Truck Pull has been one of the largest events in the South. Each night will include six classes sanctioned by the NTPA/Mid-South Pullers Association. Saturday night events include dual-wheel farm tractors. Concessions for food and T-shirts will be available. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the Tanner Quarterback Club, benefit Tanner High School athletics and Tanner youth sports. Make your plans today to attend at Tanner High School. Contact: 256-497-4309, 431-1292 or 256-233-7077. For more information visit: www.tannerhigh.org.

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Then the next weekend it’s the 21st Annual Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days on August 2nd and 3rd at 20147 Elkton Road, Athens, AL. Show grounds open at 9:00 AM on Friday and 7:00 AM on Saturday. Voted one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeastern Tourism Society, you will see these gasoline engines, steam engines, antique tractors, cars, trucks and horse drawn equipment in action. This year they are featuring Un-Styled John Deere Tractors and Engines. New to the event this year, on Friday Aug. 2nd, is a 20 mile tractor ride sponsored by the Limestone County Farmers Federation. Departure time is 10:00 AM with the Cattlemen’s Association serving rib-eye sandwiches at the Historic Elkmont Depot upon arrival. Events include the Parade of Power, Fast Crank Competition, Slow Races, Skillet Throw (for the ladies), Pedal Pull (for the kids) and lots of fun for the entire family. Live entertainment on Friday night will begin at 5:30 PM featuring “The Piney Creek Boys.” Admission is $5.00. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Contact David Hargrove at 256-431-6226 or Allen Dement at 256-431-0619 for more information.

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After a fun day at the Farm Heritage Days, take a drive to Ardmore for the 21th Annual Ardmore Police Rodeo on August 2nd & 3rd. It’s time for bucking broncs, calf roping, barrel racing and Rodeo Queens at the Ardmore, TN John Barnes Park. Chances on Saddle are $3 per ticket. Advanced Rodeo tickets are available at Ardmore Police Department, Adams Western Wear (Ardmore), Preston Western Wear (Athens), Roy & Rogers (Fayetteville), First National Bank (Ardmore) and Peoples State Bank of Commerce (Ardmore) – $8 for ages 6-12 & $10 for ages 13 and up. RODEO QUEEN CONTEST for ages 1-21 & $25 to enter so get your form today!! NEW this year is a Kid Fun Zone with Pony Rides, Military Flight Simulators & Boys & Girls Club Face Painting. The John Barnes Park is located at 30500 Ardmore Ridge Road. Gates open at 5:00 PM; Rodeo begins at 8:00 PM. Contact ardmorepdreserves@hotmail.com or the Ardmore Police Department @ 256-423-2146 for more information.

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Come to downtown Athens August 3rd, from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM for the monthly Cruise In on the Square. Bring your antique vehicle and park around the square. Join the fun and enjoy a delicious meal offered by our downtown restaurants. Come early and check out the great buys at our unique downtown businesses. Be sure and get ice cream at Limestone Drug or Kreme Delight and cupcakes at Wildwood Deli. Don’t forget to stop by the Kiddie Carnival at Forest and Beaty Streets for their last night of fun for the season.

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Ardmore Quarterback Club Car Show Aug 10 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. One of the biggest and best car shows in Tennessee and Alabama is in Ardmore at the Ardmore, TN John Barnes Park located on Ardmore Ridge Road. Awards are presented in 10 classes with the top five by class. All judging is done by the contestants. Live music will be provided by Microwave Dave. Six grand prize drawings will be held during the day. The AQBC Grand Prize is a 1967 Chrysler Imperial. Brad Stovall’s Auto Body Shop will present cash prizes of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. A Corporate Prize of a rolling tool box valued at $4,200 will be given away by Snap-On Tools. Naylor Performance Transmission will give away a 700R transmission. $50 cash drawings will be every 10 minutes. A 50/50 drawing will also be held. Pre-enter by August 4th and the fee is $20. Day of Show entry fee is $25. Spectator admission is $5 per person or $15 per family. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Contact: Rodney at 205-908-2677 or Sandy at 256-656-3413.

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On August 16th, the Athens State University Community Band will hold its annual ‘Concert on the Square.’ The concert will be held on the east side of the Limestone County courthouse @ 6:30 PM in historic downtown Athens, AL. The Community Band, sponsored by Athens State University, was founded in 2003 by Dan Havely. The band was created primarily as an outlet for former Athens State University students, but now has members from our community who wish to continue in their musical pursuits. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the music under the direction of Mr. Dan Havely. The event is hosted by the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association. The concert is free but donations will be appreciated.

For information about the above events or other Athens-Limestone County events call 256-232-5411/256-867-1438 or visit our website www.VisitAthensAL.com.

CASA Mud Volleyball Tournament – Jul 20 enter your team early. About 100 teams will be competing for the championship. Contact: 256-777-1038, www.casalimestonecounty.org.

AL Championship Tractor & Truck Pull (Tanner) Jul 26 & 27 – This Tractor Truck Pull is one of the best in the nation. Make your plans today to attend at Tanner High School. Contact: 256-497-4309, 431-1292 or 256-233-7077.

Ardmore Police Reserve Rodeo Aug 2 & 3 – Get your Ardmore Rodeo Advanced tickets at Ardmore Police Department, Adams Western Wear (Ardmore), Preston Western Wear (Athens), Roy & Rogers (Fayetteville), First National Bank (Ardmore) and Peoples State Bank of Commerce (Ardmore) – $8 for ages 6-12 & $10 for ages 13 and up. RODEO QUEEN CONTEST for ages 1-21 & $25 to enter. This year enjoy the Kid Fun Zone with Pony Rides, Military Flight Simulators & Boys & Girls Club Face Painting. Contact ardmorepdreserves@hotmail.com or at Ardmore Police Dept. 256-423-2146.

Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days on Aug 2 & 3 with an Antique Tractor ride on Aug 2nd on the Rails to Trails; Hays Mill to Elkmont starting at 10:00 AM.

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call on Aug 3 at 8:00 AM – All veterans are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans. Contact 256-771-7578.

Athens Cruise In on the Square on Aug 3rd. The monthly Cruise In is held the 1st Saturday night of each month. Bring your antique vehicle and park around the square. Be sure and get ice cream at Limestone Drug or Kreme Delight and cupcakes at Wildwood Deli.

Red Devil Rock Show Aug 3 at 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Join the fun at the Elkmont Baseball Fields, Vaughn St., Elkmont, AL. Tickets are $15-$75. Headlining will be the Americana/Rock collective, Banditos. A band known for being famously eclectic and recalling the sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revival and tributes to Aretha Franklin, they really make your feet stomp to the beat. The line-up also includes local Athens band Spiral Down South, Georgia natives Poanna, Missouri musician Riley Downing and more. Along with many other side acts who will be gracing the Second Stage. Contact Chris Hagood at chagood06@gmail.com, 256.777.7027, www.reddevilrockshow.org, or www.facebook.com/reddevilrockshow.

Ardmore Quarterback Club Car Show will be held on Aug 10th at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. This event is one of the biggest and best car shows in Tennessee and Alabama and held at the John Barnes Park located on Ardmore Ridge Road. Awards will be presented in 10 classes with the top five by class. All judging is done by the contestants. Live music will be provided by Microwave Dave. Pre-enter by August 4th for $20. Day of Show entry fee is $25. Spectator admission is $5.00 per person or $15.00 per family. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Contact: Rodney at 205-908-2677 or Sandy at 256-656-3413.

Singing on the Square sponsored by Champion Chevrolet on Aug 16 at 6:00 PM will feature Athens State Community Band of Athens, AL. Concert begins at 6PM on the East side to the Courthouse. Contact 256-232-5411 Sponsored by Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association.

For information on all the events in Athens-Limestone County call 256-232-5411/256-867-1438, email info@VisitAthensAl.com or visit our website www.VisitAthensAL.com.
By Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association
Teresa@VisitAthensAl.com – www.VisitAthensAl.com

7-6-2013 10-32-39 AMCoolbone Brass Band of New Orleans, pet parade and fresh food at July 6 market

Shopping for fresh, local produce just got jazzy along with pet-friendly and patriotic.

For the July 6 Athens Saturday Market, there will be a pet and children’s parade led by the Coolbone Brass Band of New Orleans. Steve “Coolbone” Johnson grew up in New Orleans and played with several brass bands until Hurricane Katrina disbursed players throughout the country. Johnson settled in North Alabama.

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“We in North Alabama are fortunate that Coolbone settled (here) and brought jazz with him,” said Patrick Chesnut, entertainment chairman for the market committee.

The Athens Saturday Market Committee will also hand out patriotic Mardi Gras-style beads and patriotic tattoos in honor of the Fourth of July being this week. Children can make Uncle Sam Mardi Gras-style masks or a crown.

“Of course the market is to promote buying fresh produce from local farmers, so we want to emphasize that we have vendors with tomatoes, corn, squash, beans and cucumbers,” said Market Committee Chairwoman Laurie Glenn.

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She said other produce that is beginning to come in plentifully includes peaches, blueberries and blackberries.

7-6-2013 10-32-54 AM“We also have vendors who are providing coffee, hummus, goat cheese and other products,” Glenn said.

The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The Coolbone Brass Band will perform from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The pet and children’s parade will start at 10:30 a.m.

For more information about the Athens Saturday Market and its weekly programs, go online at www.athenssaturdaymarket.com.

Coolbone Brass Band Members
Shelman “Drew” Miller on tuba
Reginald “Reggie” Hill on trumpet
Daniel “Muddy Waters” Newton on saxophone
Brian “B.B.” Brownlee on trumpet
Isaac “Jolly” Jolly on trumpet
Steve “Coolbone” Johnson on trombone
TRISHA BLACK
Spirit of Athens Director
LAURIE GLENN
Market Committee Chair
HOLLY HOLLMAN
Publicity Committee
By: Holly Hollman

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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

4-7-2013 12-28-04 PMLocal residents serving as guides will share personal remembrances and tall tales from the old days as well as the history of their respective walk.

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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