Tourism – Fall Belongs To Festivals

9-5-2014 2-16-54 PMOur fall events start off with a BANG. On September 5th the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce has their Inaugural Sporting Clays Tournament. The event will be held at the Limestone Hunting Preserve, located 28755 Coggins Road, Ardmore AL. The morning flight begins at 8:00AM-11:00AM, with an afternoon flight fro 1:00PM to 4:00PM. For more information or to register a team, contact Terry at 256-232-2609 or email

Our Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation invites you to join them for their annual fundraiser, the Crystal Cup Golf Tournament on September 11th held at Canebrake Golf Course, 23015 Founders Circle, Athens, AL. The tee times are 8:00AM and 1:00PM, with lunch 11:30AM to 1:00PM. To sign up, or for more information, contact the Foundation at 256-233-9136.

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Shake off your alter ego and let your inner Superhero shine through! Join us for Superhero Fun Day on September 13 and help raise money for childhood cancer research. Wear your favorite superhero costume or T-shirt and join us for a one-mile fun run. There will also be crafts, activities, a bounce house, balloons, and you may get an autograph and picture with your favorite superhero. Come out and meet the Hulk, Batman, Spiderman, Wolverine, Supergirl and Wonder Woman. The Proceeds will go to the Children’s Oncology Group, a non-profit research organization that a support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Children’s of Alabama at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. You can register for the fun run and order t-shirts online, or register for the fun run starting at 9 a.m. with the race to follow at 10 a.m. The festivities will be at Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens at 106 N Beaty St, Athens, Alabama 35611 and are scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, visit or email

Keep Athens Limestone Beautiful is gearing up for their 11th Annual Duck and Run 5K and Fun Run on September 20th. This run will take you through the beautiful historic districts of Athens. Contact Eric Patterson at for information or visit
The Smithsonian exhibit “The Way We Worked” comes to Athens on September 20th. Athens will be home to this traveling “Museum on Main Street” exhibit located downtown at the Limestone County Event Center until November 8th with free admission. There will be a kick-off on September 20th from 10AM till 5PM with special vendors participating in various areas of how Americans work. American workers have always performed a diverse array of jobs that powered our society. Whether we work for professional satisfaction and personal growth or to ensure the well being of ourselves and our families, work is and has been a part of nearly every American’s life. The Way We Worked, adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became such a significant element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections to tell this compelling story and Athens will now have her turn to tell our amazing story for the past 150 plus years. To volunteer, donate, schedule a group tour, or to just learn more about this remarkable event, visit the website at

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The historic Athens City Cemetery will “come alive” with more than 35 period attired personalities to represent notables from the past 200 years during the Annual Athens City Cemetery Stroll on Sunday, September 21 from 2:00-5:00P.M. The history of Athens City Cemetery is also the history of the southeast during America’s southern and westward expansion. This event is free to the public, though donations are welcomed to assist in the efforts of preserving these historical landmarks.
Food has always been where Southerners celebrated all facets of life. And fried food . . . well it must have been invented in the South. We now have a day set aside to enjoy (without guilt) our favorite fried delights. Yes, we can batter and fry Twinkies, butter, ice cream and all things in between at the 3rd Annual Athens Grease Festival on September 27th in downtown Athens, AL. Oh! Don’t forget your TOGA! This year, the Grease Festival is attempting to break the Guinness Book World Record. We need 3700 people wearing WHITE togas to be in the count, so help us achieved this recognition we so humbly deserve. For more information contact Betsy Hyman at or follow all the fun on Wear you toga, and bring your taste buds to the city that knows how to celebrate living Southern, being a classic, and having character the fun way!

To learn more about what is coming up the rest to the year go to or call 256-232-5411. Stop by and visit us at 100 N. Beaty Street at the Big Springs Memorial Park. We hope to see you soon!
By: Teresa Todd
President of Athens-Limestone County Tourism