By: Teresa Todd, TMP NORTH POLE STROLL – Christmas trees are being presold for the North Pole Stroll. DEADLINE IS Oct 31, 2017. Lowes of Athens sponsors our 7ft tall Christmas trees. Only SOLAR-LED lights are used along with unbreakable ornaments. There will be signs at each tree by Athens Sign Co. highlighting its sponsor and decorator. The deadline to order your Christmas tree is October 31! Pick up your forms at the Tourism Office or online at VisitAthensAL.com (go to “Things to do” tab – click on the ‘North Pole Stroll’ link, look for a ‘click here’ link at the top of text for forms.) Now - December 10 -- Deck our Halls with Jingle Paws picture collection with the Friends of Athens-Limestone Animal Shelter. Bring your 4x6 or small picture and commemorate your pet for $10.00. Pictures will be non-returnable. Your pet's picture will be laminated and featured at the Athens North Pole Stroll and Ardmore Tinsel Trail. Drop off -- Athens Tree: Athens-Limestone Animal Shelter; Ardmore Tree: Ardmore Companion Hospital VisitAthensAL.com Oct 19 -- Judge James E. Horton Jr. Monument Dedication on the lawn of the Limestone County Courthouse (520 South Jefferson Street in Athens) at noon honoring the judge's contribution to the Scottsboro Boys Trial. Light refreshments to follow. VisitAthensAL.com Oct 19 -- Through the Eyes of a Soldier with the Captain Thomas H. Hobbs Sons of Confederate Veterans at the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives (100 West Pryor Street in Athens) starting at 6:00 P.M. Speaker Bruce Stewart will talk about the common man in the ranks, perspectives/lives before, during and after the Civil War based on his manuscript. FB Event Page Oct 20 & 21, 27 & 28 -- Doomsday at Dog Days (Dog Day Flea Market Grounds 30444 Gowan Road in Ardmore, TN) with ticket sales 7:00 -11:00 P.M and attraction opens 7:30 P.M. VisitAthensAL.com Oct 20 -- ARToberfest with High Cotton Arts (103 West Washington Street in Athens) from 6:00 -9:00 P.M. Enjoy beverages, brats and brushes to the sounds of The Little German Band of Huntsville. Tickets at EVENTBRITE FB Event Page Oct 21 -- Fall Festival at the Shops of Ardmore Avenue in Ardmore, Alabama with Trunk or Treat with merchants, games, coloring contest, fall food and music. Oct 23-28 -- 11th Annual Athens Storytelling Festival in downtown Athens, AL will make you laugh, cry, and sigh as the storytellers fill the tent with entertainment. www.AthensStoryTellingFestival.com Special Monday night FREE music night with members of ‘Iron Horse’ and ‘Just Down the Road’ starting at 6:30 P.M. School Days Oct 24 – 26 with Donald Davis, Bil Lepp, Carmen Deedy and Bobby Norfolk. Oct 24 - Dan Williams Local Teller Competition Oct 26 is the Tellers Olio, with a sampling of all tellers and winner of competition Oct 27 – 28 All day tellers Friday and Saturday with Donald Davis, The Dill Pickers, Bil Lepp, Geraldine Buckley and Bill Harley. VisitAthensAL.com Oct 28 -- Pride of Athens Marching Invitational at Athens Stadium (100 U.S. Highway 31N in Athens) from 3:00 -10:00 P.M. This annual Marching Band Contest will feature regional High School Marching Bands and an exhibition of the Golden Eagle Marching Band and the UNA "Pride of Dixie" Marching Band. Open to the public. ABOUT US: For more information on any of these events, go to VISITATHENSAL.COM – (FACEBOOK) ATHENS-LIMESTONE TOURISM or call 256-232-5411. (The Tourism Office is located at 100 N. Beaty Street, Athens, AL, in Big Springs Memorial Park @ the Duck Pond) you can also email your events to CAYCE@VISITATHENSAL.COM to be published on our website and/or Facebook pages. Please give at least a 2-week or more notice of your event to publicize on our website. By: Teresa Todd, TMP President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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