Tourism – June 2017 Events

June 3 – Coffee Call: Veterans and their families are invited for breakfast and fellowship from 8:00AM-9:30AM at the Alabama Veterans Museum, 100 West Pryor Street in Athens. 256-771-7578

National Trail Day: Enjoy over 20 trails in Limestone County Alabama including the Limestone County Canoe and Kayak Trail, Richard Martin Rails-to-Trails, Marbut Bend Accessible Trail, Civil War Driving Trail, Noah Bike and Car Trail and more! For more info: 256-232-5411

Athens Saturday Market, 409 South Green Street in Athens, from 8:00AM-noon with local producers, growers and entertainment.

Book Sale at the Houston Memorial Library and Museum: At 101 N. Houston St. in Athens from 9am-noon. Paperbacks 10 for $1, hardbacks for $1 or 12 hardbacks for $10! Proceeds benefit the Houston Memorial Library and Museum’s repair and renovation.

Play Outside Day: Families are encouraged to get outside the first Saturday of every month and play in public parks, enjoy trails, hit the waterways, explore greenspaces and just play! Limestone County offers over 20 trails to explore including walking, cycling, horseback riding and kayaking – perfect for all ages. More info: 256-232-5411

Boogie Shoes Bash: At the Revival Center, 303 W. Washington St. in Athens, from 6:00PM-10:00PM. Come kick up your heels with Habitat for Humanity of Limestone County with music by Trippin’ Dixie. More info: Deb Kohlhase 256-230-6001

Bike MS: Rocket City 2017 will start and finish at James Clemens High School, 11306 County Line Road in Madison. Enjoy a scenic ride through Mooresville, Greenbrier and other portions of Limestone County. Riders can opt for a 20-, 40-, 63-, 100- or 126-mile ride on a fully supported course.

June 4 – Round Island Baptist Church 200th Celebration: Come celebrate 200 years of sharing the gospel of Jesus in our local community and the world. Many activities and historical displays covering two centuries of service. Food, fellowship and fun!

June 6 – Fishing & Boating with DCNR & ALEA: Starts 5:00PM in the Meeting Room of the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center. New to the community and want to learn the laws of the water? Join us for this info and Q&A session. Free! More info: 256-232-5411

June 9 & 10 – Elkmont Lions Club Smokin’ Railroad Street Barbecue Cookoff – Backyard Division in downtown Elkmont, AL, is a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event as well as a featured event of the Alabama Barbecue Trail.

June 10 – National Marina Day at Joe Wheeler State Park: Enjoy Concessions, free peddle boat rides, kids’ crafts and more at 4403 McLean Drive in Rogersville, AL. Hosted by Wheeler Yacht Club.

Battle for the Boards Cornhole Contest: The Blaze Baseball 9U team will host a cornhole tournament at Ardmore Park on Park Avenue in Ardmore, AL. Entry fee is $75.00 per team. Prizes: 1st Place – 20% of overall entry fee, 2nd Place – 10% of entry fee, 3rd Place – Gift Card + Entry Fee. If interested please phone Austin Turner (256)656-9313 or Tim Turner (256)508-0734 or go to the Blaze Baseball page. Registration deadline is 7:59 AM event day.

Athens Outdoor Short Track Race with the Tennessee Valley Flattrackers: Limestone County Sheriff’s Arena on AL-99. Gates open 2:00PM. Sign-up 4:00-6:00PM. Practice 7:00PM. Racing 8:00PM. Gate fee is $10.00; 6 years & under free. More info: Sam Brown 256-714-3729

Light Up the Night 5K & Fun Run with Athens Bible School: 7:30PM – 9:00PM. Runners will weave through the historic district of Athens, AL following luminaries to mark the course and wearing anything that glows.

June 10, 17, 24
– Athens Saturday Market, 409 South Green Street in Athens. from 8:00AM-12:00PM with local producers, growers and entertainment.

June 14 – Flag Day with Athens State University: Members of the ASU community will gather to honor the flag and first responders. Enjoy patriotic medleys performed by the Athens State Community Band and Copeland Road Barbershop Quartet. Guest speaker will be Eddie Hicks, Director of Morgan County EMA and Class of 2000. For info: 256-233-8184

Singer/Songwriter Night at Loft 1880: At 222 West Market St. in Athens from 6:00PM-9:00PM presented by Frank’s Good Stuff. Enjoy the sounds of Bruce Salmon of Austin, TX. Free to the public.

June 16 – Celebrate America at Yesterday’s Senior Lunch Matinee Show at 15631 Brownsferry Road in Athens featuring singer/impressionist Kevin Adams. All seating is reserved – $12.00 each. Groups are seated together. Doors open 10:30am; event starts at 11AM with seating, opening announcements, blessing, and lunch. Show begins around noon; about 1 hour show. Bus parking available. E-mail reservations are required

Singing on the Square at Limestone County Courthouse, Marion Street, Athens, AL: Join Tourism and sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick GMC for a free concert starting at 6:00PM with Trippin’ Dixie. Be sure to bring your lawn chair. Rain location is the Vietnam Veterans Bldg. 17915 W Elm St, Athens.

June 16 & 17 – 9th Annual Ardmore Truck& Tractor Pull at John Barnes Park, 26425 Hamlett St. in Ardmore, TN, starting at 7:00PM both nights. Ages 7 & up: $10.00; 6 & under: Free. No rain checks, no refunds. For more info call Mike Magnusson (256)468-4950 or

June 17 – Dalton Scott Memorial Trail Ridge on the Richard Martin Rails-to-Trails starting at 9:00AM with the Cowboys for Christ – Cowboyin’ for the Son Chapter. Park trailers at Veto Church on the north end or at Coffman Park on Airport Rd. on the south end and ride to Elkmont by noon for lunch and activities. $10.00 suggested donation to ride and for hamburger/hot dog lunch and drink. Bring your money for the auction! If you don’t ride, join the fun in Elkmont for music, activities and lunch. For more info call Shawn Adams 256-653-0159.

Celebrate Father’s Day in Limestone County with over 100 restaurants to choose from for a special meal. Take him fishing on the Tennessee or Elk River and try to land a record Bass or Catfish. Stroll, bike, kayak, or drive one of our 20+ themed trails. For more ideas visit the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center, 100 North Beaty St. in Athens.

June 24 – Christmas in June at Joe Wheeler State Park, 4403 McLean Drive in Rogersville, AL. Join Santa on his vacation at Joe Wheeler State Park from 7:00PM-10:00PM. Campers are encouraged to decorate their sites with traditional Christmas decor. Enjoy the Christmas parade at 7:00PM followed by a Christmas movie at the Activities Center in Section B of the Campground.

Heartland Angler Bass Tournament Div 1 Wheeler Lake/Elk River: Lee-Hi Boat Ramp at US 72 in Athens, from safe light until 3:00PM for the weekend angler. Membership: $35; Tournament fees: $50; Lunker: $10. Matt Leicher ~ 256-777-9843 or E-mail:

Jun 29, 30, and July 1
– Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival opens at 309 East Forrest Street (at the corner of Beaty and Forrest St. across from Athens Middle School in Athens from 6:30-9:30PM. Tickets are $0.50 each, 1 ticket per ride. Concessions available.
By: Teresa Todd