Archive for March 2011
Decatur , Ala. — The second largest Racking Horse Show in the United States celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2011. Featuring different classes and divisions of Racking Horses, entries from over 25 states will travel to Decatur to compete for honors, as well as over $21,000 in prize money in the Spring Celebration which kicks off the start of the Racking Horse show season. The 40th annual event is set for April 27 through 30 at the Morgan County Celebration Arena located at 67 Horse Center Road (off Highway 67 East) in Decatur.
The competition begins each night at 6 p.m. On Saturday night prior to announcing the Grand Champion, children are invited to participate in the “Stick Horse” class. This event allows children to bring their own stick horse for friendly competition in the arena. Every participant receives a ribbon.
According to event organizers, one of the more popular classes is the speed racking class, where horses are judged on speed. Speed racking classes will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. General admission for the nightly shows is $5 and free for 12 years old and under. On Wednesday evening, admission is free for attendees.
For additional information on the racking horse breed and a current show schedule, contact the RHBAA at 256.353.7225 or visit its website at www.rackinghorse.com.
03/24/2011 Smoke, Engines, and Music – Courtland Airshow and Music Festival set for September 23-24, 2011
MOULTON, ALABAMA – Top aerobatic performers from across the United States and live music will entertain crowds on September 23-24, 2011 at the Courtland Airshow and Music Festival. Thrilling aerial demonstrations will fill the skies while live music, food concessions and other family-friendly activities will fill the tarmac at the Old Courtland Air Base located at 1390 Sanderson Lane in Courtland, Alabama.
Seven nationally known aerobatic performers are slated for this year’s heart pounding event.
– Flying the Red Eagle and one-of-a kind Talon Eagle, Red Eagle Air Sports (www.redeagleairsports.com) entertains crowds with low-level precision formations including flat spins, torque rolls, multiple snap rolls, plus their signature maneuvers—the Torqued Eagle, Topcoat This, the Towering Centrifuge, daring head-on passes plus more.
– The Red Thunder Air Show Team (www.tailwindonline.com/RedThunder) offers lots of smoke and wonderful sounds of big radial engine airplanes plus precision close formation warbird demonstrations.
– If the crowd is not already excited, Grayout Aerosports (www.grayout.com) and its G-pullin’ aerobatic maneuvers will sure to get one’s heart going.
– Greg Koontz and The Alabama Boys Comedy Team provide wholesome family entertainment with breathtaking aerobatic demonstrations in a Super Decathlon and world’s smallest airport – a moving truck.
– Greg Aldridge and his Super Chipmunk (www.aldridgeairshows.com) put on a thrill of a show with his low flying technique and upside down stunts along with lots of noise and smoke.
– Based in Huntsville, Ala., Wright Attitudes (www.wrightattitudes.com) is especially popular with children. His car top landing act and jet with his 1979 Ford Econoline jet-powered dragster van – also known as the world’s fastest van – provide in the air and on the ground action.
– Tennessee Valley Air Center owner and Airport Manager Jim Achord has teamed up with Chris Murphy, a captain for United Airlines based in Denver, Col., to form C and J Flying Circus featuring fast and loud individual and dual aerobatic routines.
This year’s Air Show includes a musical aspect to it in celebration of the Year of Alabama Music. Live music will run both days featuring local, homegrown as well as regional talent. The Alabama Blues Brothers is slated to headline on Saturday, September 24th. Other performers include “the fastest guitar player in the South” Travis Wammack, The Ray Sparks Band, Ben Parker Project, and popular local group Southern Comfort.
“We are excited to have some of the finest aerobatic performers coming to Lawrence County for the 2011 Courtland Airshow and Music Festival,” said Kim Hood, executive director of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. “With the addition of live music, we hope the Air Show will become Lawrence County’s signature fall event.”
Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. Admission is $10 per person which allows entry for both days. Proceeds benefit the Lawrence County Airport Authority and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the Air Show, visit www.tvacenter.com. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date is set for Sunday, September 25th.
Over 15 businesses and organizations have come together to bring the Air Show to Lawrence County. Sponsors include Platinum level – Lawrence County Airport Authority, Tennessee Valley Air Center, The Albemarle Corporation and Martin Farm, Joe Wheeler EMC, Lawrence Medical Center, Cook’s Pest Control and Clear Channel Radio (WDRM 102.1); Gold level – International Paper, NHC Healthcare, CB & S Bank, Lockheed Martin; Silver level – Lawrence County Industrial Development Board, Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Bronze level – John Carpenter Ford, city of Courtland, Servico Gin, Family Security Credit Union; Volunteer level – Electrical Outlet, Southern Printing.
Organizers are still accepting sponsors and food vendors. For more information, call Jim Achord, owner of Tennessee Valley Air Center, at 256.637.0901 or Kim Hood at 256.974.1658.
About Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit business organization dedicated to uniting and engaging its’ members to ensure the ongoing prosperity and family-oriented quality of life in Lawrence County. It strives to be a catalyst for growth and a unified voice advocating on behalf of its members. For more information, visit http://www.lawrencealabama.com
WINFIELD – Hop on board for the Winfield Public Library’s summer reading program beginning June 7, 2011. Readers from 3yrs old to 12 years of age will celebrate One World, Many Stories with folktales, music and more from around the world. Registration begins NOW till May 31, 2011. Stop in the library for a registration form and schedule. The Public Library Summer Reading Program is a fun way to include reading and related activities into summer family time. It helps children maintain and improve reading skills. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program. Read-to-Me programs introduce the *summer reading* concept to young children, promote good will with parents, (who often have older children participating in the school-age programs), provide a family activity, and encourage reading aloud to children at home.
All programs are free of charge.
June 7th – McWane Science Center
June 14th – Storyteller Lisa Hick
June 21 – Animal Tales
June 28th – Storyteller Marty Hoer
Moulton, Alabama – From chickens and pigs to quilting and wood carvings, the “Down on the Farm” area at the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival introduces festival goers to farm life and a diversity of folk skills dating back to the pioneer days. The kid-friendly area comes complete with a Bluegrass music stage with live music running during the two-day event, antique tractors, a variety of live demonstrations, and much more.
This year’s Down on the Farm area will feature Larry Burns from Warrior, Ala. Burns is noted for his carefully and tedious creation of life-size animals using a chain saw. Some of his more notable pieces include a man-sized bear in a standing position, a mountain lion, a wolf, and an eagle with a six-foot wingspan carved from cottonwood. Visitors can see how Burns can turn an ordinary piece of wood into a full-size animal in just a matter of minutes. Three demonstrations will take place both days of the festival.
From Jasper, Ala., Mike Bagwell of the Back Country Horsemen of America will be sharing the importance of protecting our land and forests, and will be demonstrating an antique corn sheller and old implements used for forestry and logging work.
A variety of farm animals including chickens, goats, and pigs will be on display. Jimmy Parker of Vinemont will be bringing his pigs and sharing tips for pig farming and raising pigs as a source for food.
“This year’s Southern Folklife Artists will help illustrate the many folk traditions from yesteryear,” said Vicki Morese, event coordinator for the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival. “It is important for us to introduce our children to how our ancestors once lived and survived without the use of today’s technology.” Additional folklife artists lined up for this year’s event include demonstrations by a farrier, blacksmith, potter, quilter, chair weaver, and a stain glass artist.
The “Down on the Farm” area also features tractors ranging from antiques to today’s state of the art farming equipment. Members of the Lawrence County Classic Tractor and Engine Club will have approximately thirty antique tractors on display and will be available to share stories and discuss the importance of farming and preservation of farming equipment. In addition, the Club is providing peddle tractors for children to ride and is sponsoring a Peddle Tractor Pull on both days of the festival.
For more information, visit http://www.AlabamaChickenandEggFestival.com or contact Event Coordinator Vicki Morese at 256.905.0700.
About the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival
The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is an interactive agricultural experience offering old-fashioned fun, food vendors featuring chicken entrees prepared in a variety of ways, and live entertainment by popular regional bands and local favorites. The seventh annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is scheduled for April 9-10, 2011 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are free.
Sponsors committed for the 2011 festival consist of Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence County Commission, Lawrence County Board of Education, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Logan Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Marshall Durbin, Alabama State Council on the Arts, CB&S Bank, International Paper, Bank Independent, Joe Wheeler EMC, Pepsi-Cola, Southern Printing, City of Moulton, Alabama Farmers Co-op, Lawrence Medical Center, The Burch Agency, Dr. Don Beach, Lewis Innovative Technologies, NHC Healthcare, Lawrence County Antique Tractor and Engine Club, Home Depot, Regions Bank, Alabama Tourism Department, West Lawrence Water Co-op, Patrick Johnson Agency, and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
Education Partners are University of Alabama in Huntsville Engineering Department, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University Poultry Science Department. Media sponsors include WAAY 31 TV, WALW 98.3, Valley Planet, Moulton Advertiser, 100.3 The River, WDRM 102.1, WTAK 106.1, Hot Stuff, WQAH 105.7, and Southern Family.
For the latest updates, visit the Festival’s website at http://www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter.com/alabamacef, and http://www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg. To request a media kit or poultry-related photography, call 256.905.0700.
3/22/2011 Celebrate National Library Week and Create your own story @ your library® at the Winfield Public Library, April 10-16
Winfield, AL – Libraries are places for new beginnings. Whether you are getting your first library card, learning new computer skills or planning a trip, the library is the place where your story begins. This National Library Week, join our nation’s libraries and librarians and create your own story @ your library.
The Winfield Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with “Libraries, The Heart of Every Community” theme. Each day we will focus on city departments in our community. Come in and see our displays and find out more information about your community. We will have daily prizes, a ½ off book sale, magazine sale, raffle tickets to win 1 of 8 Sesame Streets own “Elmo Live!” (an $80 value) and reading fun. There will be something new every day of the week.
Every day, libraries across the country are helping people create their own unique stories. Whether it is by opening a book and exploring distant lands, or by learning how to use new technologies to find a job, people at our library are creating new stories for themselves.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
For more information, visit the Winfield Public Library at 185 Ashwood Drive or call 487-2484
Performance Follows Crowning of 2011 Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year on June 19th
Decatur, Ala. – Colt Ford may not look like your average country music star, but his unique sound and story-telling ability, bigger-than-life stage presence, and connection to his fans have attracted the attention of people from all walks of life. North Alabamians will have the opportunity to see him when he performs a live concert on Father’s Day in conjunction with the Bassmaster Elite Series Dixie Duel Tournament. Sponsored by the Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the free public concert is set for June 19, 2011 at Ingalls Harbor.
Hailing from Athens, Georgia, Colt Ford performed over 250 concerts in 2010 including his Opry debut at the historic Ryman Auditorium. He recently earned his first ACM Nomination for Vocal Event of the Year for his collaboration with Jamey Johnson on single, “Cold Beer,” which can be found on Colt’s debut album, Ride Through The Country. The 46th annual ACM Awards air live on CBS at 8 p.m. EST on April 4, 2011. His new album titled Every Chance I Get featuring his latest single, “Country Thang” which is now available on iTunes, is expected to hit stores on May 3, 2011.
The 90-minute concert is part of a free family expo held in conjunction with the Bassmaster Elite Series Dixie Duel tournament. The Bassmaster Elite Series wraps up its 2011 season on Wheeler Lake June 16-19, 2011 and at the conclusion of the tournament, B.A.S.S. will crown the 2011 Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year.
The public is invited to attend the weigh-ins beginning at 3:30 p.m. Following the naming of the Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year, popular local group Southern Comfort will take to the stage followed by Ford. The celebration will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display. All activities take place at Ingalls Harbor located at 802 Wilson Street NW in Decatur.
“We are very excited and look with great anticipation to what we hope to be a very special Father’s Day for many,” said Tami Reist, president of the Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “All eyes will be on the city of Decatur and the state of Alabama for the announcement of the Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year, and whether you are an avid fisherman or not, everyone is invited to be a part of the festivities. The free concert with Southern Comfort and Colt Ford will sure to be a memorable conclusion to the day-long celebration.”
To learn more about Colt Ford, visit www.coltford.com. For more information on the Bassmaster Elite Series, contact B.A.S.S. Communications at 407.566.2208 or visit www.bassmaster.com. For more information on the free concert and family expo, contact the Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028.
About The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCCVB)
The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization promoting tourism and economic growth in Morgan County. For information on special events and attractions in Decatur, contact the DMCCVB at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028; or visit its website at www.decaturcvb.org.