Friday, July 29, 2016

Rodeo Dance, Truck Pull and Music Galore -- Events Jul 27 - Aug 3 , 2016

Here's What's Happening in Athens-Limestone AL during July 27th - Aug 3rd, 2016
Get Ready!

It's time to get outside and have some fun!  Grab your calendar and make room for all of our  festivals, concerts, tours and more awaiting you and your family in
Athens-Limestone Alabama.
Upcoming Events
Jul 27th -- Johnny Collier Live  
Juggs 18289 Minor Hill Highway Minor Hill, TN (Approximately 12 minutes 

from Lester, AL MAP)  Join Jonny Collier from 7:00PM-10:00PM

Jul 28th or 29th -- Stained Glass with Julie Gill High Cotton Arts 103 West Washington Street Athens, AL
Julie Gill will be giving classes in stained glass on July 28th and 29th at 6pm either night at High Cotton. We will be making a small sun catcher that takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours but we will learn the basics of the tiffany style.  Cost: $35.00 per person payable on the night you attend.  To register: 1.) Select the "make and take" piece you would like to do here:  2.) Let us know which night you plan to attend and which project by calling 256-232-7717   Julie will bring the appropriate supplies based on our selections and we will meet at High Cotton for the classes.

Jul 28th, 29th & 30th -- Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival 
Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival Grounds 309 East Forrest Street Athens, AL   Join the Athens Lions Club Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30PM-9:30PM for 10 rides including a small ferris wheel, rocket ships, swings, carousel, train, roller coaster, parachute rides, bigger swings and the scrambler. Also we have bingo and delicious concessions are available. We serve sandwiches, french fries, popcorn, sno cones, funnel cakes and drinks. Tokens to ride are just $.50 each and all monies go to local charities.

Jul 28th & 30th -- Fall Try-Outs for 12u Fastpitch Softball 
Tryouts 12199 Brownsferry Road Athens, AL
 Looking for young ladies that want to learn the game and compete - all positions open.  More information: Allen Tucker 256-658-7821

Jul 29th -- Yes, I'll Comment hosted by WHNT Anchor Greg Screws 
 McCandless Hall Athens State University 300 North Beaty Street Athens, AL   Greg will share hilarious stories about those who make the news and report the news, as well as some Facebook photos and posts that make one wonder, "Why would you share that?"  Tickets are $20.00 each or $35.00 per couple. Tickets will be available at Athens City Hall 200 West Hobbs Street and High Cotton Arts 103 West Washington starting Friday, July 1st. Proceeds will benefit the City of Athens Relay for Team and Athens Arts League.  You can also email Holly Hollman at or call Vicky at 256-233-8730 for tickets.

Jul 29th & 30th -- 40th Annual Alabama Championship Tractor and Truck Pull  Tanner High School 12060 Sommers Road  Tanner, AL
  The excitement at this Mid-South Pullers Association's 2015 2-day Pull of the Year Award event will start at 7:00PM both nights. Tickets will be available at the gate and prices are: Ages 13 and up, $15.00; Ages 6 to 12, $10.00; under 6 is free.

Jul 29th -- The Wolves of Chernobyl Live  El Opry Event Center 24861 Airport Road Athens, AL   Come listen to the Post Apocalyptic Progressive sound of The Wolves of Chernobyl.  Also featuring Sailour and Snailmate.  Admission $7.00

Jul 30th -- Athens Saturday Markets 
 Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion 409 West Green Street Athens, AL
  Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans.  Activities for the kids.  Live music.

Jul 30th -- Will Haney Foundation Race of Champions 5K   Athens High School Football Stadium  100 U.S. Highway 31N  Athens, AL
 Race Course is USTAF distance Certified and is multi-surface, high school stadium track, asphalt, fine gravel running trail, and boardwalk. A multi-surface shoe is suggested. The course is flat and fairly fast. 7:00AM Sign-In & Registration; 8:00AM Run/Walk;  1 Mile Fun Run Immediately Following; 10:00AM Awards.

Jul 30th -- Ardmore Police Reserve Rodeo Street Dance  John Barnes Park  Ardmore Ridge Road  Ardmore, TN   Advanced tickets are now on sale at Ardmore Police Dept or from any Ardmore Police Officer or Reserve Officer. They will also be available at the following locations: Adams Western Wear, First National Bank (Ardmore), Peoples State Bank (Ardmore), CB & S Bank (Ardmore) and offices of Town of Ardmore & City of Ardmore!! Advance prices are 13 & up $12.00, Kids 6-12 are $8 and 5 and under are free. Get them early and save some money.

Jul 30th Section Eight at Hard Dock  
Hard Dock The Marina U.S. Highway 31N  Decatur, AL  Rock, country, dance and everything between with favorite Section Eight from 8:00PM-1:00AM

Jul 30th -- Buck'd Up Live  Ronnie's Bar & Grill 4360 Salem Minor Hill Minor Hill, TN (Approximately 7 minutes from Lester, AL MAP) 
Come rock the night away with Buck'd Up starting at 8:00PM.

Jul 30th -- USSSA Softball "Closing Day Friendly" Tournament
 Athens SportsPlex 1403 U.S. Highway 31N  Athens, AL  
The United States Specialty Sports Association comes to the Athens SportsPlex to close out the season with the Closing Day Friendly Tournament.

Jul 31st -- Singing with Reunion Church  
Reunion Church of Christ  Reunion Road  Athens, AL
Join the congregation from 3:00PM-4:00PM

Aug 2nd -- Booked for Lunch: Making the Most of School Lunches 

Athens-Limestone Public Library 603 South Jefferson Street   Athens, AL
 Grab your lunch and enjoy this Booked for Lunch with Freida Houk from 12:00PM-1:00PM.

Aug 2nd -- Pool Tournament   Juggs 18289 Minor Hill Highway Minor Hill, TN (Approximately 12 minutes from Lester, AL MAP)
Come try your skills at the Double Elimination Pool Tournament starting at 7:00PM.  $5.00 to enter.

Book Your Room...
Here's some of the big events that coming this year... so don't wait to book your rooms!

Jul 30th -- USSSA Softball "Closing Day Friendly" Tournament
Oct 1st Apple Annie 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

2017 Events


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Tanner Tractor & Truck Pull A Tradition and Boost to Athletics

Written by
Cayce Lee
Social Media Specialist
Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

The dust will fly and the engines will roar during the Alabama Championship Tractor and Truck Pull will rev up the fun June 29th and 30th at Tanner High School 12060 Sommers Road in Athens, Alabama at 7:00PM both nights.  This annual event held by the Tanner Quarterback club benefiting Tanner Athletics Program brings an estimated 6,000 people each night to Tanner, AL and the Limestone County community.

This highly heralded Mid-South pulling event is one of Limestone County's largest agritourism event.  It's origins can be traced back to the 1970's when Shirley Haney and Johnny Malone returned from a pull in Columbia, TN.  They put together this Tanner cornerstone event following the devastation of the 1974 Tornado Super Outbreak that tore through the community with intentions of boosting the athletics program of Tanner School.

Celebrating 40 years this year, the event has raised more than $1.5 million dollars. The Tanner Quarterback Club and Tanner School athletics programs have worked together to expand sports fields and associated services for their student athletes. Their hardwork and dedication has allowed for the purchase of seven acres to construct two youth sports fields. Additionally, 20 acres have been purchased in the school's vicinity with discussions of expansion for future sports fields. The Tanner Quarterback Club has also use the funds to light the baseball and football fields and construct a baseball diamond.

Tickets for the Alabama Championship Tractor and Truck Pull will be sold at the gate each night and are $15.00 for adults; $10.00 for children 7 & up; and children 6 & under are free.  Food and beverage concessions will be available during the pull.  Ear plugs are suggested, as these professional trucks and tractors can be extremely loud.

Inaugural Race of Champions 5K Brings Over 100 Runners To Athens

Written by
Cayce Lee
Social Media Specialist
Athens-Limestone County Tourism

The Will Haney Foundation's inaugural Race of Champions slated for July 30th at Athens High School has over 100 runners signed up for the 5K and/or Fun Run starting at 8:00AM.  The proceeds from the race will benefit the Will Haney Foundation Scholarship.

The USTAF Certified route will be run on a multi-surface of asphalt, stadium track,  fine gravel running trail, and boardwalk.  The top male and female and Masters (40+) finishers will receive awards.  Runners interested in registering day, fee will be $30.00 for the 5K and $15.00 for the Fun Run.

​For more about the race or information about the Will Haney Foundation, please visit:

Ardmore Car Show Revs Up John Barnes Park
Written by
Cayce Lee
Social Media Specialist
Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

One of the biggest and best car shows in Tennessee and Alabama is in Ardmore at  John Barnes Park located on Ardmore Ridge Road. Cars, trucks and motorcycles from all over the Southeast descend on over 4 acres of the park on August 13, 2016 from 10:00AM-3:00PM.

Awards will be presented in 10 classes with the top three by class.  Classes include Pre-'48 Cars; Pre-'48; '49-'59 Cars; '49-'59 Trucks; '60-'69 Cars; '60-'69 Trucks; '70-'79 Cars; '70-'79 Trucks; '80-'89 Cars; '80-'89 Trucks; '90-'99 Cars; '90-'99 Trucks; '00-'16 Cars and '00-'16 Trucks.  All judging for the car show is done by fellow contestants.  Corporate Sponsor Picks will include:  Brad Stovall Body Shop Pick; Snap-On Pick; Ardmore Auto Sales Pick; Stovall Rad Rod Pick; Carolina Handling Pick; Air Care Systems Pick; PDR Pick; and Allstate Insurance Knight Agency Pick.

The Ardmore Quarterback Club Grand Prize is a 1959 Ford Thunderbird. Brad Stovall Body Shop Cash Prizes will be $1,500.00; $1,000.00; and $500.00.  There will be 50/50 Drawings and a Snap-On Tool Box in the prizes too.  Pre-enter by August 6th for $20.00 and receive a souvenir travel mug, dash plaque, 1 ticket for door prizes and 5 chances for grand prizes.  Day of registration will be $25.00 and will be giving a dash plaque and 1 chance on all prizes.  Register early online at

Spectators will enjoy music from Fender Bender and over 1000 entries.  Anyone looking for parts will enjoy the Swap Meet as well.  Admission is $5.00 per person, $15.00 per family with children under 12 enjoying free admission.

Singing of the Square Wraps Up 2016 Season Aug 19th

Written by
Cayce Lee
Social Media Specialist
Athens-Limestone County
Tourism Association

The 2016 concert series is sponsored by Jimmy Smith Buick GMC and presented by Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association free to the public.  Most shows kick off at 6:00PM and go to 8:00PM.






  • August 19th

    • 6:30PM - Athens State Community Band at Athens State University

The specific location on the campus of Athens State University for the Athens State Community Band performance will be announced shortly.