By: Teresa Todd, TMP
Sept 1- 30 — Fall Archery Registration opens with the Athens Park & Rec Department.
Sept 5 — Fall Soccer Opening Day at the Athens SportsPlex. VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 8 — Marvel-ous Friday After Five with High Cotton Art (103 West Washington Street in downtown Athens) from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Wear your superhero t-shirts or costumes in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Live music by John David Crow. Superhero/Comic-book Art Contest Winners display. Info: 256-232-7717
Sept 9 — Elkmont Lions Club Dove Hunt at Hobbs Farm (26229 Veto Road in Elkmont).
Sept 9 — Superhero Day in Big Spring Memorial Park (100 North Beaty Street in Athens) with Eli’s Block Party. VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 9 — 9/11 Heroes Run at the Alabama Veterans Museum (100 West Pryor Street in Athens) from 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. VisitAthensAL.com.
Sept 9 — Drayer’s Swing Through 5K at Calhoun Community College (6250 U.S. Highway 31 in Tanner) starting at 8:00 a.m. VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 9 — 2nd Saturday Cruise-In at Bojangle’s (1316 U.S. Highway 72E in Athens just west of I-65 Exit 351) from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sept 9 — 2017 Youth Dove Hunt for Limestone County: Licensed adults will be allowed to register up to two youth hunters 15 years or younger. VisitAthensAL.com or 256-353-2634
Sept 11 — Monthly Meeting of the Limestone County Master Gardeners Association at the Athens-Limestone Visitor Center. The speaker and meeting is open to the public. Janet Hunt 256-614-3530
Sept 12 — Donnell House Membership Meeting at 5:00 p.m. at the Donnell House (601 South Clinton Street in Athens) with guest speaker from the Alabama 200 Committee. Free and open to the public.
Sept 12 — Elkmont High School Homecoming Parade at 6:00 p.m. starting at Piggly Wiggly on AL-127 to Upper Fort Hampton Road to Highland Avenue to Redus Road to Elkmont High School.
Sept 14 — Farm to Fork Dinner 2017 with 1818 Farms (24889 Lauderdale Street in Mooresville) from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. benefiting the Nature Conservancy. Tickets $100.00 each. VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 16 — Duck & Run 5K start and finish in Big Spring Memorial Park (100 North Beaty Street in Athens) starting at 8:00 a.m. For more information or registration VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 16 — Alabama Tennessee Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride. VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 16 — Power of Pink Pageant at Cedar Hill Elementary School (27905 Cedar Hill Road in Ardmore, AL) in the gymnasium. Proceeds benefit the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund. VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 17 — Winter Series 2017 with 2-S Arena (26155 Thach Road in Athens; off I-65 Exit 361). Exhibition Barrels from noon to 2:30 p.m. and show starts after 3:00 p.m. For more info: Mindy Sanders 256-278-5758
Sept 18 — Crystal Cup Golf Tournament with the Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation at Canebrake Golf Club starting at 1:00 p.m. with a shotgun start. Leah Beth McNutt 256-233-9557
Sept 21 — Elvis Remembered at Yesterday’s Senior Lunch Matinee Show at 15631 Brownsferry Road in Athens featuring your favorite Elvis songs. All seating is reserved – $12.00 each, groups are seated together, doors open 10:30 a.m., events start at 11 a.m. with seating, opening announcements, blessing, and lunch. Show begins about noon. (About 1 hour show) E-mail reservations are required firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept 21 — 5th Annual Golf Tournament for the Foundation of Mental Health at Canebrake Golf Course (23015 Founders Circle in Athens). Registration starts at 11:30 a.m.; Lunch at noon; Golf at 1:00 p.m. Fee: $150.00 per person; $600.00 per foursome team. Putting Contest: 1 Putt $5.00/3 Putts $10.00. First hole-in-one on #3 wins a car. Info: Suzanne Linneman VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 21 — Be Ready Day at the Limestone County Event Center (114 West Pryor Street in Athens) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn about local responders’ roles in the community, giveaways, free lunch and free admission.
Sept 22 & 23 — Doomsday at Dog Days (Dog Day Flea Market Grounds 30444 Gowan Road in Ardmore, TN) with tickets sales 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. and attraction open 7:30 p.m. VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 23 — Athens PTO Cars & Truck Show (Athens High School 100 US31N in Athens, AL) from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Vehicles are $10.00 each. Proceeds benefit the Athens High School PTO. Spectators free.
Sept 23 — 2017 Jessica Elkins 5K in downtown Athens benefiting the Limestone Area Community Foundation Scholarship and Meningitis Awareness Fund. Walkers and runners invited. Registration: 7:00 a.m.; Race starts: 8:00 a.m. VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 23 — National Hunting and Fishing Day. Pledge to take someone hunting, fishing or target shooting. NHFDay.org Find resources like license, permits, shooting ranges, archery ranges & more at outdooralabama.com
Sept 23 — Who Greased the Greaser Mystery Dinner Show and the Warton Bed and Breakfast (300 North Marion Street in Athens) from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 23 — 1st Annual Union Hall Instrument Drive Concert at Big Spring Memorial Park (100 North Beaty Street in Athens) starting at 6:00 p.m. Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats of Nashville, TN, and Lamon Landers Band of Huntsville, AL, will headline. Proceeds benefit Athens-Limestone County School systems. Free and open to the public.
Sept 23 — Door Hanger Painting Bonding Night with Mays Memorial Baptist Church (23636 AL-251 in Toney) from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Deadline Sep 3rd. Cost: $30.00. VisitAthensAL.com FB Page
Sept 28 — Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night for Natalee Emerson (1291 U.S. Highway 72 East in Athens) from 5:00 p.m.-8:00p.m. Natalee Emerson is a 16-year-old student at Ardmore High School diagnosed with leukemia in July 2017, and is in treatment at St. Jude’s Hospital. Place an order and mention Natalee to help the Emerson family.
Sept 29 & 30 and Oct 6 & 7th — The Haunted Lester Hospital with tours from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Strange things happen in the old Lester Hospital — blood curdling screams, sightings of the undead, and other unworldly apparitions — and they’re saving a bed for you. Admission: $10.00. VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 30 — Athens Grease Festival in downtown Athens, AL featuring fried food, music, and more. VisitAthensAL.com
Sept 30 — Limestone County Junior Rodeo 19 & Under at the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena with gates opening at 7:00 a.m. For information, send text to 256-318-3593
October 2017 Events
Oct 3 and 5 – Athens-Limestone County Tourism will have their first week of the popular ‘Haunts Walks.’ Reservations are being accepted for Tuesday or Thursday night walks. Tickets are $5 per person.
Contact the Tourism Office at 256-232-5411 for reservations. VisitAthensAL.com
Oct 5 – 7 — 51st Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention at Athens State University (300 North Beaty Street in Athens). Three days of music, crafts, and fun. Thursday, October 5 headliners are Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks and Asheville Bluegrass. Friday, October 6 headliners Daily and Vincent. VisitAthensAL.com
Now – Oct 31 – The North Pole Stroll: Tree sponsors are being accepted now! North Pole Stroll is a display of live cut Christmas Trees located in the Big Spring Memorial Park (AKA ‘the Duck Pond’) in the Historic Beaty District. Lowes of Athens has made these 7’ trees available to Athens-Limestone County Tourism to be sponsored by businesses, organizations, churches, schools, individuals and families for $100 ea. Athens City Parks and Rec Department will have the trees standing and awaiting the decorators. This holiday event will offer great fun coming up with your own special theme, and bringing family and friends to visit the park. Request your tree now; deadline is Oct 31, 2017!
By: Teresa Todd
President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association