By: Cayce Lee
Various groups, attractions, and events throughout Limestone County will be hosting amazing numbers of guest during the month of June. From sightseeing, to paddling, to peddling, and beyond – visitors from near and far will be trekking with a purpose to our communities.
The first Friday of June sees the return of school children and their chaperones to explore the educational offerings of Athens State University and Robotics Technology Park, as well as our history and heritage. This group is part of Edu Outing Concepts of Mumbai India, which is making its fourth trip to the community to continue exploring the growing educational offerings of both schools.
The week of June 11-16 will have the All-American Smart Cars rolling into Athens. This unique car group will have a procession on June 13 from the Best Western on U.S. Highway 72 in Athens to Bolyn Street, then Freeman Street, turning north on U.S. Highway 31 before taking Forrest Street, then Hoffman Street, then Washington Street into downtown Athens Square. The community is invited to come out and watch the procession starting at 8:30 a.m., as well as come look at the cars around the Square until 1:00 p.m.
June 2 is going to be packed with all kinds of events including the kickoff of the Athens Saturday Market under the pavilion on Green Street in Athens; the Color Run for Dyslexia at the Athens Recreation Center on Alabama 251; a Benefit Motorcycle Ride with the Widow’s Sons starting at the Ardmore Mason Lodge; plus vendors and shopping at the Main Street Market Days at the Shoppes of Ardmore Avenue; the Kids Fishing Rodeo, free for ages 5-15, with Limestone County Sportsman’s Club at their pond on Kennedy Rd.; as well as the 2nd Annual Ardmore Spring Clean starting downtown at Jones Pharmacy, sprucing up Ardmore with the helping hands of the community.
Our community will be full of active, fun-loving people on June 9, as Bike MS: Rocket City returns to James Clemens High School and peddles through Mooresville, Madison, and Greenbrier. Those who aren’t the cycling types will be hitting the Limestone County Elk River Canoe and Kayak Trail for Kayak MS. They’ll be kicking up their heels at Revival for the Music for Mission: Boogie Shoe Bash featuring the sounds of Trippin’ Dixie. Families won’t want to miss the fun as the Sweet Pea Jamboree returns to the Ardmore Town Park raising money to support area NICU.
Make room on your calendar for June 15 and 16 – you are not going to want to miss these events! Singing on the Square will rock the steps of the Limestone County Courthouse with Tomcat and Bark the Dawg. Things will rev up for two days of fun and excitement as the 10th Annual Ardmore Truck and Tractor Pull comes to John Barnes Park. Don’t forget your reservations for Camped on a Stream, a bicentennial event happening in Mooresville featuring reenactments of the Civil War and loads of demonstrations.
Families with small children will want to make memories as the Athens Lions Club kicks off their season of fun at the Athens Kiddie Carnival June 28, 29, and 30. No little ones, no problem! Pack your appetite and enjoy the Elkmont Lions Club Smokin’ Railroad Street BBQ Cookoff Backyard Division for a little Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned fun. Hit the water and pack your patriotic spirit for a little pre-Independence Day celebrating as the 12th Annual Elk River Boat Party on June 30 rocks the river at Anderson Creek.
These are the just the highlights to fill your calendar in June. You get all the details and even more events, including farmers markets, live music, and more, by visiting our website at VisitAthensAL.com.
By: Cayce Lee
Social Media Specialist, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association