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09/20/2014 – Depot Days Festival Rolls into Hartselle September 20, 2014

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Depot Days Festival Rolls into Hartselle September 20

Decatur, Alabama – Hosted by the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce, the Depot Days Festival rolls into downtown Hartselle September 20, 2014, bringing a day of family fun to the quaint downtown area. The festival has been a tradition in the community for the past 33 years and features a full day of live music, art, food, children’s rides and games, and more.

The Depot Days Festival gets underway at 8 a.m. and lasts all day until the music stops. Along with live music, the annual event offers a car, truck and motorcycle show, an arts show, crafts, a tractor and engine show, and a variety of fun and games for children covering a five-block area of downtown Hartselle. Admission is free.

Also on Saturday, the College Street Players will present the Great Bank Robbery re-enactment at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center. Show times are at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. (Admission charged.)

The Half-Marathon, a partnership between the Depot Days Festival and the Hartselle Kiwanis Club, returns in 2014 after a successful debut during last year’s event. Race time is set for 7 a.m. at Quail Creek Golf Resort and Convention Center. For more information, visit http://www.hartsellekiwanisclub.org/half-marathon/.

Additional activities leading up to the 34th annual event include the Miss and Master Depot Days Pageant at the Sparkman Civic Center on September 13th, a community worship service with hymn and gospel singing on September 14th, “Down Memory Lane” program at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center on September 15th, and a concert by the Hartselle High School choral department in the Hartselle High School auditorium on September 18th.

The annual event pays tribute to the history of the railroad and its contribution to the growth and development of Hartselle and north Alabama area. For more information on the Depot Days Festival, visit http://www.hartsellechamber.org and click on News & Events or call the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce at 256.773.4370.

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 and Morgan County, contact the DMCCVB at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028; or visit its website at http://www.decaturcvb.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Melinda Dunn, President & CEO
Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau
PHONE: 256.350.2028, 800.524.6181
mdunn@decaturcvb.org

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Written by 49 County News.Net

September 20, 2014 at 1:44 AM

08/27/2014 – Depot Days Festival Rolls into Hartselle September 20

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Decatur, Alabama – Hosted by the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce, the Depot Days Festival rolls into downtown Hartselle September 20, 2014, bringing a day of family fun to the quaint downtown area. The festival has been a tradition in the community for the past 33 years and features a full day of live music, art, food, children’s rides and games, and more.

The Depot Days Festival gets underway at 8 a.m. and lasts all day until the music stops. Along with live music, the annual event offers a car, truck and motorcycle show, an arts show, crafts, a tractor and engine show, and a variety of fun and games for children covering a five-block area of downtown Hartselle. Admission is free.

Also on Saturday, the College Street Players will present the Great Bank Robbery re-enactment at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center. Show times are at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. (Admission charged.)

The Half-Marathon, a partnership between the Depot Days Festival and the Hartselle Kiwanis Club, returns in 2014 after a successful debut during last year’s event. Race time is set for 7 a.m. at Quail Creek Golf Resort and Convention Center. For more information, visit www.hartsellekiwanisclub.org/half-marathon/.

Additional activities leading up to the 34th annual event include the Miss and Master Depot Days Pageant at the Sparkman Civic Center on September 13th, a community worship service with hymn and gospel singing on September 14th, “Down Memory Lane” program at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center on September 15th, and a concert by the Hartselle High School choral department in the Hartselle High School auditorium on September 18th.

The annual event pays tribute to the history of the railroad and its contribution to the growth and development of Hartselle and north Alabama area. For more information on the Depot Days Festival, visit www.hartsellechamber.org and click on News & Events or call the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce at 256.773.4370.

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 and Morgan County, contact the DMCCVB at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028; or visit its website at www.decaturcvb.org.

05/01/2013 – HARTSELLE, AL – Smokin’ it up in downtown Hartselle, AL – 3rd Week-end in May

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SMOKIN’ IT UP IN DOWNTOWN HARTSELLE

Decatur, Ala. – The third weekend in May, downtown Hartselle will be filled with the aroma of slow-cooked barbeque when the annual Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-off comes to town. Professional and amateur grill masters are invited to show off their barbeque expertise as festival goers experience the excitement of a cook-off and enjoy shopping in the historic downtown area.

Presented by the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce, the fourth annual Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-off is set for May 17-18, 2013. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the cook-off attracts competitive chefs and backyard teams from across the South competing for over $4000 in prize money including a $1,500 Grand Champion award. Entry forms are still being accepted and may be downloaded from the Cotton Pickin’s BBQ Facebook page or by calling 256.773.4370.

The People’s Choice BBQ Tasting is set for Friday, May 17 beginning at 6 p.m. Taste test wristbands will be available for purchase. The Taste Test wristbands provide barbeque samples for each of the competing teams and a vote in the People’s Choice BBQ Tasting. Participants vote by placing money – one dollar is equivalent to one vote – into their selection. The team receiving the most votes will be declared People’s Choice Winner and will win one half of the total amount votes taken in and bragging rights for the year.

Along with the Cook-off on Saturday, May 18, a variety of vendors will be set up in the downtown area. As barbeque chefs smoke it out, festival goers can shop in the many specialty and antique shops located in the historic buildings downtown. Several of the buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission is free.

The Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-off is held in conjunction with Hartselle’s Spring Fling shopping spree. Shoppers are invited to make purchases anywhere in the city of Hartselle beginning May 4 until 3 p.m. on May 18. Receipts must be brought to The Depot on Saturday, May 18 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and for every $10 spent, shoppers will receive one ticket towards a chance to win prizes. The drawing will be held in the Depot Station at approximately 6:30 p.m. and you must be present to win. Prizes range from a cruise for two, flat screen TV, free gas, dinners for two at local restaurants, plus more.

For more information on the Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-off or Spring Fling, contact Susan Hines, President of the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce, at 256.773.4370.

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 http://www.decaturcvb.org.

Written by 49 County News.Net

May 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

03/08/2013 – Watercolor Society of Alabama to Bring 72nd National Exhibition to Hartselle

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Melinda Dunn, President & CEO
Decatur/Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau
PHONE: 256.350.2028, 800.524.6181
EMAIL: mdunn@decaturcvb.org

Watercolor Society of Alabama to Bring 72nd National Exhibition to Hartselle

Decatur, Ala. – The Hartselle Fine Arts Center will host the Watercolor Society of Alabama 72nd National Exhibition April 7 through May 26, 2013. Over 100 paintings by artists from across the United States will be on display in the juried collection. The Award Ceremony and Opening Reception is set for April 7, 2-5 p.m.

The National Exhibition attracts artists from across the United States who submit artwork inspired by a wide diversity of subject matter. An internationally recognized juror, Stan Miller of Spokane, Washington, will select 110 paintings for this collection of fine art. Each of the 110 works will have its own story to tell through the artist’s own stylistic approach. Miller is an American Watercolor Society award winner, and serves as workshop instructor throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. As an international award winner, his art was granted publication in The Artist’s Magazine’s National Competition; Watercolor Magic Magazine’s National Competition; Best of 2012 American Watermedia Artists; and Pratique Des Arts.

Richard Stephens of Hot Springs, Ark., will serve as the judge of awards. Stephens is a nationally acclaimed award winning transparent impressionistic watercolorist. He served as an illustrator in the Army and now has a commercial graphic design business studio in Little Rock, Ark. He holds signature status in Watercolor West, Missouri Watercolor Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society, and Mid-Southern Watercolorists. His art has been featured in Watercolor Magic and in North Light Books “Splash 2013.”

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The Hartselle Fine Arts Center is located at 307 College Street NE in Hartselle. For more information, call WSA Exhibition Chair Shirley Tucker at 256.733.8353.

In conjunction with the National Exhibition, the Watercolor Society of Alabama is sponsoring a watercolor workshop led by Awards Judge Richard Stephens. The three-day event is set for April 4-6 at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center. An instructor for many years, Stephens is concerned with technique and mastery of the medium of watercolors. His emphasis is on design, contrast, and brushstrokes of color. Participants will be exposed to information sprinkled with humor and antidotes, entertaining and educational painting demonstrations and one-on-one time with the instructor. Workshop hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $300 for WSA members and $330 for non-WSA members. A $200 registration fee is required to hold a reservation with the balance due no later than March 15. A registration form may be downloaded from http://www.hartsellefineartscenter.org under upcoming events or for more information, call Tora Johnson at 205.423.0922.

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 http://www.decaturcvb.org.

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Written by 49 County News.Net

March 13, 2013 at 12:43 AM

08/19/2012 32nd Annual Hartselle Depot Days Set for September 15

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Decatur, Alabama –The annual Depot Days festival, a tribute to the railroad industry and its contribution to Hartselle and the North Alabama region, returns September 15, 2012. Covering four blocks in the downtown area, the day-long event offers a day of live music, a car, truck and motorcycle show, 5K & 1-mile fun run, craft show, karaoke contest, children’s art show, children’s rides and games, Antique Tractor & Gasoline Engine Show, food and an assortment of vendors.

For the past 31 years, the streets of downtown Hartselle transforms into festival grounds for as many as 20,000 visitors the third Saturday in September. Live music featuring up and coming local talent runs all day and a variety of craft vendors have their wares on display throughout the downtown area. The car, truck and motorcycle show gets underway as early as 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church located on Hickory Street.

For the children, there are a variety of activities and games all day long. All artwork submitted for the Youth Art Contest will be on display at Slate Gallery and Framing. The Decatur Alabama Kennel Club will be providing agility, rally, flyball and meet the breeds demonstrations in E.A.R.T.H. Park from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The Depot Days festival begins at 8 a.m. and lasts all day until the music stops. Admission is free. In addition to the festivities, many of the specialty and antique shops located in the historic buildings downtown are open for business throughout the festival. Several of these buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Additional activities are also scheduled in the week leading up to Depot Days. The Miss Depot Days Pageant takes to the stage Saturday, September 8th, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Sparkman Civic Center. The pageant is open to girls 0 to 18 years old with age divisions set at 0-24 months, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-13 years, 14-15 years, and 16-18 years old. A Queen, and 1st and 2nd alternates, along with a Miss Photogenic, Best Smile, Prettiest Hair, and Prettiest Eyes, will be selected from each age group.  A Tiny Miss and Master, Little Miss and Master, Petite Miss Depot Days, Teen Miss Depot Days and a Miss Depot Days will also be crowned.

First United Methodist Church will host a community worship service at 6 p.m. on September 9th. On September 10th, the Hartselle Historical Society will host “Down Memory Lane” at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center. Displays and demonstrations begin at 5:30 p.m. with the program following at 7 p.m. On September 11th, the Hartselle Fine Arts Center presents “Hartselle Sings and More – An Evening of Sacred Music. The Hartselle High School Choral Department will have a Depot Days Community Concert at the First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m.

For information on the Depot Days Festival, call the Hartselle Chamber of Commerce at 256.773.4370.

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 http://www.decaturcvb.org and click on the “Things to Do” link.

Written by 49 County News.Net

August 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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