Tourism – Summer Comes Early In Athens!

5-6-2016 10-08-59 AMWhen it is May, it is time for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo. Come out to the Downtown Square and enjoy the Sheriff’s Rodeo Parade on May 14th. Line up at the Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena located at Highway 99 at 1pm. The Parade will take off around 2pm. The 34th Annual Rodeo Parade will feature our Queen Contestants along with our favorite Cowboys and Cowgirls. Along with the Limestone County Sheriff, Mike Blakely, will be our Grand Marshal, Allen Craig.

The Preston’s Rodeo Kickoff will be on May 15th at 5pm, with special fun for the young ones. The Rodeo Street Dance and Fashion Show will take place at 6pm on the Downtown Square on May 17th, with the Jeff Whitlow Country band performing. May 19th is the all team roping contest. Area elementary schools will reward their “Leader in Me” and “Reading Initiatives” participants with a field day to watch the “Slack” roping competition at 9am for free.

On May 20th at 10am, individuals with special needs will have the arena. A morning of roping, dancing, face-painting and a fun hay ride, followed by lunch for everyone who attends. Later in the evening will kick off our first night of the rodeo. Gates open at 6pm, and the Kids Gold Rush at 7pm and the events from Bronc Riding, Calf Roping to Steer Wrestling. On Saturday May 21st at noon, the Queen’s Luncheon will be held at the Limestone County Event Center. See part of the requirements our Queen contestants undergo to achieve the title of Miss Limestone Rodeo Queen. The Queen will be crowned Saturday night at the Rodeo in the arena before thousands of guests. The Queens range from 3 years of age to the 18-26 years of age division. Prizes in the senior division compete for a trophy saddle, custom belt buckle, a watch, scholarship money and so much more. Put this event on your calendar and come out to see “The Largest Outdoor Rodeo East of the Mississippi” with over $50,000 in prize money!

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Other events coming up in May include:

Saturday Supper with Belle Chevre on May 14th at the Belle Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room located at 18849 Upper Fort Hampton Road in Elkmont, AL. Back by popular demand, Belle Chevre is again offering their Saturday Suppers cooked by our award-winning “Chief Cheese”, Tasia Malakasis, and Chef de Cuisine Rick Vonk. Saturday Suppers are inspired by fresh, local ingredients, including Belle Chevre’s fine artisanal goat cheeses made in Alabama. Southern-made 5 Course meals that reflect Southern heritage and our passion for spreading love around meals. Two Seating options: 5:30PM and 7:30pm, $75/person. To view their menu or make reservations:

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Also in Elkmont, you will be able to attend the Singer-Songwriters Night at The Red Caboose on May 14th at 25483 Railroad Street, Elkmont, AL. Join with friends from around the TN Valley at The Red Caboose for an evening of live music. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Admission is $25.00 and includes snacks. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, performers and directions:

Girl Scout Troop 1922 Pancake Fundraiser will be held at Applebee’s on May 21st at Highway 72E, Athens, AL. Join Girl Scout Troop 1922 from 8AM to 10AM for a tasty pancake breakfast. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.00 each, and the event features a bonus coupon for $3.00 off your next Applebee’s visit.

On May 21st, get ready to run the 5K Tiger Dash at Cedar Hill Elementary, located at 27905 Cedar Hill Road, Ardmore, AL. Race time is 7am and proceeds will benefit the Ardmore High School Cross Country/Track Team and Cedar Hill Elementary Physical Education Department. Awards for overall male and female as well as top three in each age division. Registration before May 1st is $20.00. After May 1st registration is $25.00. For more information, contact Brenda Morrow at or download registration form at:

On May 27th, look for the Senior Lunch Matinee Show at Yesterday’s Event Center located at 15631 Brownsferry Road Athens, AL. Join Yesterdays for a complete lunch including drink and dessert for $11.00, and entertainment featuring Elvis Remembered starring Michael Dean. Doors open 10:30am. Event begins 11am and show time is at 12pm with a show length 60-75 minutes. Groups of all size welcome. Bus parking is available. Cancellation fee may apply. Pre-reservation required, send reservation email to:
Athens- Limestone County Tourism – 100 N. Beaty Street – 256-232-5411 –
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association