Hey Y’all, It’s Fall! Athens-Limestone Fall Festivals Await

By: Cayce Lee

There is something about that little temperature change that brings a burst of cooler temperatures between the last week of September and the first week of October kick starting fall in Athens-Limestone. The fall spices start appearing on the menus of local eateries, the bright lights fill the stadiums, a giddiness rolls across the populous as two of the biggest festivals in the community nears. That bolt of energy and eagerness to collect candy takes over the end of October. All of these aspects are traditions in Athens-Limestone Alabama – and as always you can find the details about them and other events of October 2021 at VisitAthensAL.com.

Bring On The Pickin’

The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention kicks off September 30 – a little oddity for the event that is usually the “first full weekend of October” – but it doesn’t hurt to celebrate early with a concert. The competitions will be the traditional first two days of October on the 1st and 2nd.

Attendees of the Fiddlers Convention will be supporting many of the scholarships the school offers plus small business vendors in the arts and crafts section. They can see the awarding of a plaque to Athens-Limestone’s own Delmore Brothers, enjoy a variety of food, support local organizations in their fundraisers like KALB’s Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby and others, see some big names out of Nashville, and of course, watch a lot of great performers competing for state titles.

So join Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, Mayor Ronnie Marks and City Council of the City of Athens, and Chairman Collin Daly and the Limestone County Commission in celebrating the Week of The Old Time Fiddlers Convention as part of the Month of Country Music and its role in our communities and nation.

The Spirits Come Alive…

The Hobbs Camp’s Sons of Confederate Veterans and Athens-Limestone Tourism are proud to continue this immersive storytelling-history-heritage event that features individuals from Athens-Limestone’s history portrayed by their descendants and some well-known names of North Alabama on October 3, the Sunday after the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.

Celebrate Our Native American Heritage…

The organizers of the Limestone County Powwow are returning to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Arena on October 9-10 with drumming, dancing, music, and more for the whole family. Enjoy Grand Entry each day at noon and explore the sounds, sights, and rhythms with vendors, displays, and more.

Fall Festivals Fill The Weekends…

Athens Fall Saturday Market will be under the Green Street Pavilion on October 16. Stop by the Athens-Limestone Rescue Squad Yard Sale and support these local heroes by shopping the tables and racks and continue your retail therapy by dropping into the Treasure Chest just across the street. Check out the chrome and rev up your weekend with the Ardmore Car Show at John Barnes Park on the 16th as well, or head to the FunFest with Lighthouse Apostolic Church for food and fun. Dads, dust off that suit and take your daughter to the Athens High School Father-Daughter Dance the evening of the 16th.  Don’t miss the Pride of Athens Marching Festival on the 23rd or the 6th Annual Fall Festival in Ardmore. And Studio H Dance Company takes over John Barnes Park with a Fall Festival Pageant, Fall Festival, and a Trunk or Treat on the 30th.

Get Out And Go FORE It…

October 7 brings the Athens Bible School Fore the Student Golf Tournament fundraiser. Can’t tee up for that event? – step up for the CASA Swing Fore Children Golf Tournament on the 21st.

An Evening To Pause…

The Alabama Chapter of the TEARS Foundation will be on the Marion Street side of the Limestone County Courthouse for the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Candlelight Memorial on October 15. Candles will be lit and the names of babies lost to miscarriage, still birth, and infant and child loss will be spoken during this event.

Tall Tales And Laughs Resound…

The second large festival that marks the arrival of fall in Athens-Limestone, the Athens Storytelling Festival will be from held October 18-23.

By:  Cayce Lee

Social Media Specialist, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association