By: Lynne Hart
About this time each year, the hustle and bustle in the KALB office is at full tilt! So what’s all the excitement about?
On Saturday, 9/16, we will host our 14th Annual Duck and Run 5K. Our first 5K was held in 2004 making ours the longest-running 5K in Athens. Registrations will be accepted on race day beginning at 6:45 a.m.
Once we clean up after our 5K, we will begin gearing up for the Grease Festival on 9/30. This is an Athens Main Street event; however, KALB will have a presence there all day. Look for the yellow ducks and that’s where you’ll find us. We will be promoting grease recycling in Athens as well as our Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby. KALB will also help vendors recycle their grease at the end of this festival. Don’t forget to wear your toga!
Leigh and I will pack away our grease recycling paraphernalia and get ready for the Old Time Fiddlers Convention on October 6 and 7. This is one of our all-time favorite events. We enjoy ourselves, but we also work very hard. KALB will be responsible for providing recycling opportunities for guests and vendors. Our Athens-Limestone Recycling Center staff will be present to ensure that containers are serviced and vendors have what they need. We will also have volunteers handing out litter bags at the gates reminding guests that it is a clean and green event. Cub Scouts will also work with us to help clean up litter that just might find its way to the ground.
In between all of that, we will also be adopting ducks for our Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby. The rubber duck race takes place Saturday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m.at the Duck Pond across from the college campus. Our business community never fails to amaze us. Check out this prize list!
$1,000 American Leakless Co. Grand Prize
4 One-Day Park Hopper Passes – Disney World
Round of Golf for 4 Plus Cart – Canebrake Club
$250 Osborne’s Jewelers Gift Card
1-Night Stay – Marriott Shoals
$100 Gift Card – Hobb’s Jewelers
$100 Gift Card - Publix
$100 cash from each of the following: Brody Jackson, State Farm Agent; Distinctive Landscaping, Inc.; Limestone Drug; Morell Engineering
Inline Lighting – TBA
$100+ Gift Package – SK Salon
4 Passes – U.S. Space and Rocket Center
4 Flex Tickets – Theatre Huntsville
2 Flex Tickets – Theatre Huntsville
Family Package – Birmingham Zoo
$50 Free Beef Purchase – Limestone County Farmers Federation
$50 Gift Certificate – Eastside Pharmacy (2)
Free Ice Cream for a Year – MaggieMoo’s
$25 Free Poultry Purchase – Limestone County Farmers Federation
Photo Frame – Pimentos
Candle and Melts – Trinity’s of Athens
We’ll also be proudly showing off the ducks entered into our Quacky Duck Decorating Contest. Guest can vote for their favorite to win Best Decorated Duck – People’s Choice with their donations to KALB. $1 equals 1 vote. These ducks will also be auctioned off. I heard one duck say he hopes that you will take him home! Several ducks come with some very valuable attachments!
Fundraisers are a fact of life for all non-profits. It has become even more important for KALB due to loss of some appropriations last year. Since fundraising is a requirement, we work hard to make it fun for all! Your support will allow us to continue to take our message of personal responsibility for our local environment into the city and county schools, and continue our other litter-abatement, recycling, and beautification projects throughout the year!
If you are at any of these events, do stop and say hello!
By: Lynne Hart
Executive Coordinator - Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful