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Cell Phones Guide Tours Back in Time

It's a bit of a paradox but in today's cell phone crazed society, it is the most convenient and efficient way to experience history--at the Arab Historocal Village anyway.

Did you know that if by chance you are strolling in the Arab City Park and wondering around the Historical Village at a time when the Village is closed, you can take a guided cell phone tour?

There are codes and signage with numbers to call for each building. The narrative explains what the building is, when it came to the Village and its inner going-ons.

The tour begins at the Elvin Light Museum, and along the way tour goers are enlightened with fun facts about the 1900's. If using the dial in option, tourists are able to stay on the line or hang up until they choose to go to the next building.

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If using the barcode scanner, all the user has to do is scan the next plaque.

Other stops in the village include the Hunt School, where visitors will learn about school life, which centered around spring and fall harvests, and washing hands with water brought in with buckets.

The Rice Church is another stop, which included that "foot stompin" gospel music. The Smith Country Store is another stop not to miss, as is the Ruth Club House, grist mill, and blacksmith shop.

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The voices narrating the tour varies throughout and the time depends on how long visitors have to spend. It is well worth the trip throughout the village--a refreshing but ironic thing--to be transplanted back in the 1900's with the help of...a cell phone.

For more information, visit www.arabcity.org or call 256-586-3138

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Experience the Great Outdoors with a Family Day at Bucks Pocket State Park

June is National Great Outdoors Month and what better way to kick off summer than a free day of outdoor fun at Buck's Pocket State Park.

One of three state parks located in Marshall County, Bucks Pocket has wooded hiking trails, a campground and picnic area, one the most beautiful lookout points around and some of the nation's best white water. And, on Saturday, May 30th, the park will be alive with activities of all sorts to encourage families to spend a little time together in the outdoors.

The events are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will center in the campground area. There is no fee to attend and no gate fees. Donations however are much appreciated.

For those families who have spent the winter lounging on the couch, take one of the guided nature hikes which will highlight the wildflowers in bloom and are designed to get the heart pumping. For those of you up to the challenge and looking for a "learn and burn" experience, try the power hike to the overlook which will be offered.

Buck's Pocket is shaded and offers the perfect location for a picnic, so pack one and enjoy. Or, bring a fishing pole and fish from the banks. If you are feeling brave, grab your kayak and try out the rapids running along the base of the mountains.

Other activities offered throughout the day include fly fishing demos, a Dutch oven Cooking Demonstration, a snake program offered by Pet Depot, a Bird of Prey program by Rise Raptor Project, a blacksmith demonstration and much more!

The Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau will offer outdoor activities for kids at our booth as well as a scavenger hunt. Participants who complete the scavenger hunt will have the opportunity to register to win a Majestic 3 weekend stay at the Lake Guntersville State Park which includes lodging, meals, and a trip to Cathedral Caverns.

Join us for a rock painting activity and create your very own bug or fish rock.

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A Look Back at Classic

This week, thousands of fishing fans will begin pouring into South Carolina for what's known as the "Superbowl of Bass Fishing" AKA The Bassmaster Classic!

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Lake Guntersville had the honor of hosting last year, February 21-23, and what an amazing three days it was!

The 55 anglers who qualified had been pre-fishing for months in advance on Lake Guntersville. The anglers, media, and fans begin coming in the week of and some stayed until well after it was over. This was a huge boost for the economy, as the winter months are often the slowest.

With thousands of rooms nights over the course of the week/weekend, hundreds of media stories written and blogged about Lake Guntersville, millions of social media impressions, it proved to be one of the most successful events for Lake Guntersville! The last year Guntersville had hosted a Classic was in 1976! A lot had changed since then, and the whole city and county came together to show all the anglers and visitors a great time, full of southern pride and hospitality! The whole county saw an economic impact well into the millions for just the three days!

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The Blastoff at the Guntersville Habor drew around 12,000 spectators, the largest in launch crowd history for a Classic. Crowds packed the banks of the harbor for three days to watch their favorite head out for the day.

After a stormy night, the first day of fishing started slow. By day two however, the pros began to weigh-in with 20-25 lb bags. Paul Mueller proved what all the anglers know about Lake Guntersville with his 32 pound bag, breaking the daily record for the Classic.

On day three, Randy Howell had what he has called his best fishing day yet, coming back from 11th place to win the 2014 Bassmaster Classic with a three day total of 67 lbs, 8 oz!

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 This weekend, February 20-22, in Anderson, SC, we would like to wish everyone best of luck! And especially our local pro, Chris Lane! Bring home another championship!

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A Record Breaking Start to the Year

Our events for 2015 are off to a record breaking start!

The February 8th Rat-L-Trap Tournament, presented by Duckett Fishing was held on Sunday at Civitan Park. This tournament held the most boats--213 to be exact, the most in Rat-L-Trap history! And Guntersville's own Willie Staten and Gil Summerlin won with 26.05 lbs! They took home $4,000.00! Not too shabby for a day on the lake! See them pictured below with their great catch & local pro angler Boyd Duckett.

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Big fish was caught by Craig Watts at 10.75 lbs!

This weekend was also the Diamond Classic Show Choir competition at Albertville High School. Over 25 choirs performed, with first place going to Homewood High School's "The Network," followed by Clover Hill in Virginia, Bradley Central High in Tennsessee, Enterprise High School, and Tullahoma, Tennessee.

 

We have great events planned for March---stay tuned and visit our calendar of events for the latest!

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Honoring Park Naturalist Linda Reynolds

This past weekend, the Lake Guntersville State Park honored longtime park naturalist Linda Reynolds for her brainchild and passion for the Eagle Awareness Program.

Her family, friends, fellow coworkers and employees in State Park system showed up for her to be recognized for her hardwork for the 30 year old program.

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Linda has been retired for many years, but her legacy is ever present today as the program reaches it's 30 year anniversary this year.

Many speakers including longtime park superindentent John Meredith had everyone smiling and in tears as he shared his many heartfelt memories with hiring and working with Linda.

Desoto State Park superintendent Ken Thomas also spoke and had the crowd rolling with his quick wit and memories as being hired and working for her.

Ann Miller with the Alabama Wildlife Center and Mark Jackson, Superintendent of Lake Point State Park also spoke about their personal experiences with Linda and how she also went above and beyond to educate and care for the wildlife.

Lake Guntersville State Park Superintendent Micheal Jeffries presented her with a plaque and unveiled the sign for the future Linda B. Reynolds Nature Center, to be located in Lake Guntersville State Park.

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The Eagle Awareness Program will continue each weekend now through February 22nd. Visit their new website at

http://www.alapark.com/lake-guntersville-state-park for a complete listing of each weekend's speakers and details.

 

 

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Tis the Season for Christmas Trees

One of my favorite holiday traditions is the Christmas tree. My tree at home is a 12-footer and I can’t even put the top on the tree without scraping the ceiling. It was one of those “spur of the moment” purchases that caused my husband to roll his eyes and sigh.

Even though I have to create a topper out of artificial berries, branches and one very large bow, I love my tree. And, I love pulling out the ornaments each year, unwrapping them and remembering where and when we purchased them or who gave them to us or which kid made them. Boxes and boxes of ornaments. (Here is where my husband sighs again).

We decorate our tree the weekend of Thanksgiving every year so that we can enjoy it through the Advent season, but we don’t take it down until after Twelfth Night or January 5th. According to my husband, it is bad luck to do so. Although I secretly think he uses this superstition as an excuse to leave our tree up longer because he loves it as much as I do.

I remember my first Christmas tree as an adult. I had taken a job at a newspaper in Hutchinson, Kansas. I went to the local store and purchased a live tree, which a nice man was kind enough to tie to the top of my Subaru. I drove back to my small apartment, drug the tree upstairs and placed it in front of my window.

It stood a little crooked. Of course, that was probably because it was so big. I seem to have a problem picking trees that fit my space. Anyway, I tied the tree to the wall, don’t ask me how….it was complicated and probably against my renter’s agreement.

But, when it was decorated with my small box of ornaments, given to me from my grandmother, it was fabulous, if a little crooked.

This year I had the opportunity to decorate my own tree, and to help the staff at the convention and visitor’s bureau decorate a tree in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the eagle awareness program at the Lake Guntersville State Park.

The tree is part of many that line the rooms of Guntersville Museum as part of their annual Festival of Trees. I encourage you to take an hour and wander through the many trees that have been decorated this year. The museum is open daily and admission is free.

The tree it seems is an important part of the holiday tradition, for me and for many others. Trees have been part of Christmas since the Protestant Reformer Martin Luther added candles to an evergreen in 16th Century Germany. The first trees were often decorated with edible items such as apples, berries and nuts. Children would then eat the items on Christmas Day.

With the development of electricity, strings of lights replaced candles and figurines and symbols of Christmas such as angels and stars replaced the edible decorations. The United States has had an official Christmas tree lighting every year since 1923. And, most of our local cities light their own tree each year to kick off the holiday season.

Why, even Charlie Brown recognized that with a little love and a few colorful lights, the smallest evergreen, no matter how thin its branches, could shine. Maybe I should take a few pointers from one of my favorite cartoon characters and downsize next year…..nah!

I am all about the ode to the evergreen. I am humming even as I type the words “Oh Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree.”

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Marshall County Makes Their Times Square Debut!

The Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau is thinking big in terms of
advertising these days—as in the "Center of the Universe" big, the number one
most visited place globally, known as Times Square, aka "The Big Apple" big.

With an average of 360,000 visitors a day in Times Square, the CVB is excited to advertise
beautiful Lake Guntersville and all of Marshall County's unique attractions in
one of the most popular cities in America.

The CVB's 5-second digital ad will be featured on the billboard outside ABC's Good Morning America studios in Times
Square December 1-7, as well as on digital boards in Dundas Square, Toronto,
Canada.

In addition to the digital ad, Marshall County will be featured in the January edition of Horizon Magazine's "Discover America"
edition. This magazine has a distribution in Canada of 100,000.

Canada is Alabama's number one customer, with more than $6.3 billion in trade annually. In 2012, 108,000 Canadians visited Alabama and spent
$22 million in tourism dollars.

"This opportunity will allow us to receive international exposure for our lake and our county," said Katy Norton, President, Marshall
County CVB. "We hope the natural beauty displayed through this ad campaign will
draw visitors to our area."

Check out some clips to what our ad looked like:

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Catch the Fall Foliage Before It's Gone!

It's hard to believe that Christmas is almost 40 days away and Thanksgiving it literally right around the corner!

The weather certainly feels like it's December already! Before the Christmas lights are up for viewing, stop and look around at the beautiful fall leaves, or what's left of them! Marshall County has some majestic trees and mountains to view these bright orange, yellow, and reds leaf trees.

AL.com has just released a list of the top 10 spots in the state to view the leaves:

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It's no surprise that Lake Guntersville State Park made the #3 spot! Check the list out, but better yet, make a drive this weekend to savor in one of the last beautiful weekend's this fall for color! Here's a few photos to tempt you:

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Why We Do What We Do

Why We Do What We Do

The fact is, we all need to know the answers to these
questions, in our professional and personal life.

 Ask any marketing professional and you'll see that brand identity is key to success in the business sense. Our job at the CVB is to promote tourism for Marshall County. Lake Guntersville is a huge attraction enjoyed by both locals and visitors, as well as our many attractions, events, and southern hospitality that truly makes Marshall County a unique and enjoyable place!

We at the CVB are very lucky to have a great board of
directors, in which some of them have been on the board longer than most of our
employees have been here. Our board helps govern why we do what we do and how
we do it. They strive to make us a better organization.

Our staff is always looking to better our organization and
grow it so tourism in Marshall County is better than ever.

Where am I going with this? Well, back in August, we
conducted a board retreat, a full day of brainstorming as an organization with
our board of directors and a facilitator, Cynthia Hill, from Decatur. She was
able to get us thinking of where we should be headed, what our main focus
should be, and how to get there.

Great day and great progress! Meet our new mission
statement: Our mission is to stimulate the economy by creating and promoting a unique lesire experience for our overnight guests. In 2013, Marshall County saw employment in the tourism industry up 8 percent with 1,428 jobs directly related to tourism.

So in moving forward, I wanted to give you an update on what
we've been working on this fall:

·Top Eats MC

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visitors and locals alike to take photos of their food at Marshall County
restaurants and upload to social media using the hashtag #TopEatsMC. Photos are
also displayed on our website.

·Hosted events such as Aviation Airport
Conference, SPRO Frog & Oakley Big Bass tournaments, boasting around 300
boats each.

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·Worked with Lake Guntersville Stakeholders to produce
a lake map and educate the public about the TVA rules and regulations on
aquatic plant management.

·Working with the Lake Guntersville State Park to plan the 30th
Anniversary Eagle Awareness Program at the State Park (January-February 2015)
www.alapark.com/lakeguntersville

·Meeting with each city concerning a raise in
surcharge tax on lodging properties. We would work with the cities to split the
additional surcharge tax. Our office is looking to grow our advertising budget
to further promote and recruit new events in the area, having a direct affect
on lodging increase.

·Launched the "Marshall County Bucket List"
campaign in an effort to put a list of all the must-see attractions and events
in the county.

·Assist with the 50th Annual Boaz
Harvest Festival on October 3-4—over 12,000 in attendance!

·Assisted with the 90th Annual DAR
Dedication October 8-10.

·Continuing to promote the Majestic 3 campaign.

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Did you know we are the only county in the state with 3 State Parks?! Bucks
Pocket, Cathedral Caverns, and Lake Guntersville State Park. This being the 75th
anniversary of the State Park system in Alabama, make sure you pay homage! Cathedral Caverns boasts over 50,000 visitors a year!

·Nominated Albertville's Main Street Music
Festival for AMLA's Event of the Year—and they won!

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Pictured from left to right: John Dersham, Board Chair of AMLA, Ben McGowan and Melody Whitten from the City of Albertville, and Tami Reist, Director of AMLA.

·Announced plans to host a Bassmaster Elite—April
9-12, 2015, among many other great events and tournaments in 2015. For a
complete list visit: www.marshallcountycvb.com

·Attended SEOPA to network with travel writers
and give them info about our area

·Attended and worked the Sunbelt Ag Expo in
Moultrie Expo. This is the country's largest agricultural expo, held the third
week in October, over 1200 vendors are represented. I attended as well as the
Boaz Chamber in an effort to promote Boaz's newly formed festival, the Farm and
Poultry Expo, April 10-11, 2015. We were able to make good contacts with
potential vendors and interested attendees, as well as tell them about the neat
things Marshall County has to offer.

 

So as you can see, things are always busy here at the tourism office! We wear many hats and are always in the business of growing and promoting our county's attractions. We are fortunate to have the lodging properties, restaurants, festivals, attractions, and events throughout the year that have a postive impact on the economy and is a place where memories are made. Whether it's anglers fishing in a tournament or just going fishing for the day, groups coming in for a conference, families vacationing on the lake, thousands coming in for music and craft festivals, people exploring the caves, hiking and biking trails, playing rounds of golf at our four beautiful courses, sampling wine at the local winery, or going back in time at the historical society, you can imagine that it's all an interesting place to see and retreat to, no matter your age or purpose!

Get out and explore the area, take photos, and give us some feedback on what you enjoyed! lake

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What Do You Think Belongs on Marshall County's Bucket List

In the tourism business, we know that the best tour guide is a local. Someone who loves their hometown and all the unique aspects that make it special. So we are challenging all of you to help us develop our Marshall County Alabama “bucket list.”

We want to create a short list of “must see” places and “must do” activities for the people who visit with us. When my husband and I lived first in Florida and later in New Jersey, we visited our families in Alabama usually during the holiday season or in the summer. And, when we came home, there were certain places we had to eat and activities that we had to do.

I am sure it is the same with you and your families. These are the activities, places and restaurants that tourists are looking to find. When vacationing, tourists are no longer looking for a canned vacation. They want adventure. They want educational. They want one-of-a kind experiences that fit within their budget.

And, they are willing to leave the traditional hotspots behind to find this memorable vacation or experience.

We know that our “wow factors” like the 69,000 acre Lake Guntersville and the largest natural cave opening in the world at Cathedral Caverns will be on the list. But, we want you to show us the Marshall County that you love.

Once we hear back from you, the bucket list will be featured on our website, and be used to promote our county as a destination.

Think outside the box. Think about how you describe your hometown to friends who don’t live here. Think about not just places to visit, but annual activities or events that only happen in Marshall County.

More and more often, we rely on our peers to tell us thumbs up or thumbs down on a place to visit or a restaurant to try. The power of advertising has been overshadowed by the power of peer reviews and online message boards.

No negative comments please. Simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a sentence statement describing a place, activity, event or adventure that you believe is unique to Marshall County. Share your ideas on our Facebook page, MarshallCo Al, or tweet us at marshallcoal. And, thanks for playing tour guide.

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Bon Appetit Appalachia Spotlights Local Attractions

The Appalachian Regional Commission has featured Albertville’s Jules J. Berta Vineyards and the Boaz Farm & Poultry Expo in their recent Bon Appétit Appalachia guide.

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North Alabama is known for being included in the 205,000 square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains, stretching from southern New York to northern Mississippi. This Appalachian Region of the United States boasts many natural resources and beautiful landscapes, waterways, and rich history. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee,

The recent publication features a large map of the whole Appalachia area and highlights some of the region’s most cultural and interesting attractions. Listed on the map are farmers markets, farm-to-fork restaurants, farm tours, festivals and events, vineyards and wineries, and craft breweries and spirits.

Jules J. Berta Vineyard in Albertville is listed fifth in the Vineyards & Wineries category (alphabetically listed by state), and the Alabama Farm & Poultry Expo is listed number two in the Festivals & Events.

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This guide opens up another door to tourism opportunities in the county, reaching an audience of world travelers hungry for a taste of natural flavor through our unique festivals and events, great food and culture, and showcasing the beautiful vineyard.

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For your own copy of the Bon Appétit Appalachia!, visit Jules J. Berta Vineyard in Albertville, the Boaz Chamber of Commerce, or the Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau in Guntersville. You can also download a copy at www.visitappalachia.com.

The Bon Appétit Appalachia! Campaign is a project of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a regional economic development agency whose mission is to be a strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia. Particular gratitude is extended to ARC’s Tourism Advisory Council. www.visitappalachia.com

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Favorite Festival Foods

fairOk, so let's be honest. We love good festival but more than a festival, we love good festival food!

It doesn't matter what the festival theme is about, we are there to not just enjoy the festival, whether it's art and crafts, music, history/hertitage, etc., but we live in a "foodie crazed culture" where we love to eat and post to social media the tasty, wild and crazy things we are eating at these festivals!

There are so many festivals today centered by food as well. There's the Poke Salat festival in Arab of course, a cornbread festival, the Peanut Festival in Dothan, and Banana Pudding Festival, Chocolate Festival in Gadsden, and every other imagineable festival centered around a particular food.

These are all great and we as American flock to them to sample all the best and most outlandish type of cuisine out there for the experiece and memories we carry long after.

What are your personal favorite festivals and most unique you've seen and experienced? What are some of your favorite festival foods???

Did anyone try this at this year's Farm & Poultry Expo in Boaz this year?

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Deep Fried Kool-Aid, y'all! Proof that you can deep fry anthing!

Most festival food is something that you can't get at restaurants or fast food, or even make at home. It's the cotton candy, freshly squeezed lemondade, chicken on a stick, shaved ice, and everything fried you can imagine and more!

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If your mouth is watering for this sweet, salty, gooey, authentic festival food, never fear. There are numerous festivals and events annually around Marshall County where you can sample the very best in festival cuisine! The 50th Annual Boaz Harvest Festival will feature a smorgasboard of all these yummy treats mentioned--mark your foody calendars--October 3-4 in downtown Boaz!

See ya there for some good food, music, and fun!

 

 

 

                                                 

 

 

 

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Splash & Dash for the Kids!

Summer is the perfect time for kids to be outdoors and doing some fun activities!

The Mountain Lakes Triathlon will be August 9, but they are trying something new this year with kids in mind. On August 8th, they will host a Splash & Dash for kids of all ages and fitness levels. Each child will receive a t-shirt, finisher prize, and fun prize drawings at the awards celebration. Awards will be given to top three boy and girl in each age division.

 

NOTE: Everyone who registers by Wednesday, July 30th will receive a tie dye

t-shirt!!!

Register at: www.team-magic.com

 

And adults, don't forget you too can register for the 27th Annual Mountain Lakes Triathlon. It will be August 9th at the Guntersville Recreation Center. Start time is 7:30 AM and includes a 600 yard swim, 16.2 mile bike, and 3 mile run. Register at www.team-magic.com today! Splashdash

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Shrimp: My Favorite Summertime Food

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Shrimp are best served the good ole’ fashioned way. Just peel’em and eat’em. At least that is what I thought initially and then I began to think of all my favorite shrimp dishes. Well, I am not so sure anymore.

I mean, I love to eat them battered and deep fried, maybe with a little coconut thrown in, which reminds me of breezy carefree nights at the beach.

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Or I could sauté them in a little butter and a few spices, toss into a white sauce with my pasta of choice, and a good glass of wine. Suddenly I am thinking date night and cuddling with my hubby.

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Or, I could boil them, along with some corn and potatoes, a little sausage and it is amazing how the sounds of New Orleans fill my brain.

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I could crank up the grill and skewer a few with some veggies and have a healthy snack that reminds me of nothing in particular, but makes me feel good that I am eating healthy.

So, I guess I could call myself a shrimp lover. Those little sea creatures just do it for me. They are part of my summer menu at least once a week. Hoping some of you will comment and share your favorite shrimp dishes.

If you are looking to eat them the New Orleans way, join us for Shrimpfest this Saturday at Lake Guntersville State Park #ShrimpfestLakeG. Tickets are only $3 per person. For more info visit http://www.marshallcountycvb.com/what-to-do/upcoming-events#year=2014&month=7&day=24&view=month

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Dragon Boats, Hee Haw, Grease is the Word, Absolutely Alabama, and MORE!

Summer is in full gear and we've had some pretty amazing events and things going on in Marshall County!

Did you make it out to see the Spring 2 Summer Wakeboarding Tournament? With hundreds of spectators and many participants, it made for an awesome day to be out on the lake, watching some talented wakeboarding!

Albertville just got through hosting the 12 yr old Dizzy Dean baseball tournament, with 15 teams and many staying in Marshall County, it is always a great economic impact!

We were on site for registration and got to have our new display booth on hand that we will use at expos, events, trade shows, etc. What do y'all think?display

 

This weekend, you and your family will want to get out and enjoy the weather and activities going on!

On Friday night, the Lake Guntersville State Park is showing the movie "Tangled" at the Nature Center at 8 pm! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the movie and the nice evening!

On Saturday, Boaz hosts the Antique & Power Show:

 

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And in Guntersville, Habitat for Humanity hosts the 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Races at Civitan Park, beginning at 8:00 am.

It is a free event for the public to watch this 2,000 year old tradition! Visit http://habitatdragonboatrace.com/ for complete details.

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 The Lake Guntersville State Park will have Larry Beane, LRC NPS Ranger, discussing "Native American Weapons and Tools" with many on display at the Nature Center at 1 pm on Saturday. They will also have a puppet show at the Buckeye Pavilion at 8 pm.

 

And last, but certainly not least, the Whole Backstage Theatre presents "Grease" opening this weekend!

The Friday night performance is sold out, but tickets are available for the remaining shows so get yours today!

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Also, be sure and tune in to WAFF this Sunday night at 10:30 pm to see Albertville featured on Absolutely Alabama.

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We hope you have a great weekend and get to enjoy some of the fun events and shows going on!

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Lucky #7 Spring2Summer Wakeboarding Tournament Rolls Into Town!

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The Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a proud sponsor of the 7th annual Spring2Summer Wakeboarding tournament, happening June 20-22 in Guntersville, AL. The event is put on by Wake Factory productions and organizer and pro wakeboarder, Dustin Middlebrooks.

Friday, Russell Marine and Hyperlite Pro Rider Trever Maur present a “Hyperlite Experience,” demonstration from 9 am to 4 pm at the Steel Ford boat ramp, followed by a kickoff party at the Wyndham Hotel from 7-10 pm.
The actual wakeboarding contest is Saturday only, beginning at 9 am and going until sunset. Registration is still open online at www.wakefactory.net as well as on site all day Friday and Saturday morning. It is open for ages and skill levels to compete. All activities are free and open to the public to view at the Steel Ford boat ramp.

Sunday, Guntersville’s newest wakeboarding shop, Wake Guntersville, located inside Lake Guntersville Pool and Patio, presents the “Hyperlite Experience” demonstration from 9 am to 4 pm.

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It’s thrilling to be going 7 years strong with Spring2Summer,” said organizer Dustin Middlebrooks. “This sport and event continues to grow each year and attract people from all over the U.S. to Lake Guntersville. This year will be epic!”

For more information on Spring2Summer, visit www.wakefactory.net and follow Wake Factory on Facebook for all the latest information at this weekend’s event.

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18 lb Minimum for Top 15 College Advancers

 Last weekend, our office hosted the  FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference on Saturday May 17th. Over 100 anglers from fifty different universities/teams competed in this one day tournament held at Civitan Park in Guntersville.

The University of Georgia team of Byron Kenney of Griffin, GA., and Will Treadwell of Buford, GA., won the tournament with five bass weighing 26 pounds, 15 ounces. The win earned the club $2,000 and a spot in the FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference Invitational tournament. Kenney and Treadwell said they targeted ledges, fishing deep with a jig and a deep-diving crankbait. They also estimated that they caught between 60-80 fish throughout the day, with 30 of them weighing more than four pounds.flw college-U of GA

 

The top 15 teams advancing to the Southeastern Conference Invitational tournament all weighed five fish over 18 pounds, a true testament to the popularity and renown of anglers to fish Lake Guntersville. The top 15 teams include the University of Georgia, University of Alabama, Birmingham Southern University, Mississippi State University, University of South Carolina, Auburn University, Bethel University, Auburn University-Montgomery, Seminole State College, Tennessee Tech University, Auburn University, North Alabama University, Columbus State University, North Carolina State University, and Florida Gulf Coast University. Complete results can be found at www.collegefishing.com

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The top 15 teams from each regular season tournament will qualify for one of five conference invitational tournaments. The Southeastern Conference Invitational will be held October 18-19 at Lake Chickamauga in Hixon, Tenn. The top 10 teams from each conference invitational tournament will advance to the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

 

Marshall County has got lots of fun things to do with your family this Memorial Day Weekend! Looking to escape the heat and see something cool? Check out Cathedral Caverns, where it's 60 degress year round! This being the 75th Anniversary of the Alabama Parks System, we are so fortunate to boast three State Parks in the county. We have launched our Majestic 3 campaign. Buck's Pocket, Lake Guntersville, and Cathedral Caverns State Parks are all so special and unique to our area. Make sure you visit them all at least once this summer with your family and friends. ThinkOutside

Here are some of the fun activities planned this weekend at the Lake Guntersville State Park:

Friday, May 23: 8 pm--Movie Night's showing of "The Lion King" at the Nature Center/Activity Building at the campground. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Saturday, May 24: 9 am--Hike King's Chapel Trail. Meet at the waterfall/Moonshine/King's Chapel parking area.

Saturday, May 24: 9 am--Leaf craft and games at the Nature Center/Activity Building at the campground.

Saturday, May 24: 1 pm--Hike Nature Trail. Meet in the Lodge Lobby.

Saturday, May 24: 1-4 pm--Wet & Wild Time at the Nature Center/Activity Building at the campground. Watter battle with water guns and balloons.

Saturday, May 24: 8 pm: Campfire with music provided by the FBC Pickers at the Nature Center/Activity Buidling

Sunday, May 25: 9 am: Bingo at the Nature Center/Activity Building

Sunday, May 25: 1 pm: Guided tour of High Falls. Meet Park Naturalist Patti Donnellan in the Lodge Lobby.

 

 Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

 

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Marshall Co. 'May'hem

We are already halfway through May--one of the busiest months it seems...schools is rapping up, graduations, wedding showers, baby showers, ballgames, vacations, etc. It seems like there is always something going on in our busy lives!

It's been a great last couple of weeks here in Marshall County!

On April 24-26, the FLW Rayovac Series was in town, with over 300 anglers competing for the grand prize of $40,000 and a new boat! Jonathan Henry, pictured below won the three day tournament with over 77 pounds of fish!fishing

That same weekend, Marshall County welcomed the Muzzy Classic Bowfishing tournament (pictured above).

With around 80 boats and 250 anglers, the weather cooperated and many huge and near record setting buffalo, carp, and gar fish were caught.

National Tourism week was May 4-10 and our office celebrated by hosting a tourism breakfast at Hampton Inn Lake Guntersville on Friday, May 9th. We invited city officials, lodging properties, and others in the tourism industry. Spices Smokehouse catered the yummy food--candied bacon is all we have to say. The whole meal had everyone raving!

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Here is a great video we shared with the crowd featuring some of the many faces that keep tourism in Marshall County thriving!

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Wednesday morning, the Lake Guntersville's Early Bird Breakfast was at Riverview Campground. It was a nice morning and relaxing morning to be outside under the pavilioriverviewcollagen, enjoying breakfast prepared by Jamokas and Char Burger! Riverview has got some exciting things coming this summer--including paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, and many more water activities, as well as live music, retreats, and is a perfect spot to set up for the week or the weekend with your family and friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Happening this weekend is Arab's 30th Annual Poke Salat Festival!

Hosted by the Arab Downtown Association and the City of Arab, it features a variety of vendors, contests, entertainment areas and street performances, children's activities and more!

Vendor booths include art and craftsmen, a variety of food, non-profit organizations and churches, and local businesses. Artisan Avenue is an area dedicated to showcasing some of the area's best artists and artisans - browse a variety of handcrafted items along 1st Avenue NW. Basket weaving, broom making, chair caning, beekeeping, and pottery demonstrations will be held each day from 8 am-5 pm. 

There will be plenty of "Poke Salat" at the L'Rancho Cafe and a variety of other foods and treats in Downtown diners and cafes and the Festival's Food Court.

The Jeff Cook Band will be performing a free concert at the City Park Amphitheater Friday night at 6 pm.

For the runners/walkers, there will be a 5K on Saturday at 8 am at the Arab City Park.

Children’s activities including puppet shows, bouncy houses, train rides and carnival games will be held from 8 am- 4 pm. A pet parade and contest will be held at noon downtown, followed by a hula hoop contest.

After a full day of entertainment throughout Downtown on Saturday, the spotlight will move to the Main Stage with East Lake 3 performing at 5 pm, and The Joe Cagle Band at 6:30pm, and The Kyle Wilson Band (formerly The Wayne Mills Band) will close out from 8-10 pm.

For a full schedule and show times, visit the Festival's website or Facebook page. www.pokesalatfestival.com www.facebook.com/pokesalat

                 Also happening this weekend is the Lake Guntersville Mayfest in conjunction with the Splash-In & Antique Boat Show.

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Also happening this weekend is the Albertville Chamber of Commerce's Hot Momma 5K and Bike Ride! It's not too late to register!

The FLW College Series Tournament comes to Lake Guntersville for a one day tournament on Saturday, May 17th! Several Alabama teams including Alabama, Auburn, UAB, and Birmingham Soutehrn will all be represented. flw image

The public is encouraged to come out and support these 50+ university teams weigh-in at 2:30 p.m. at Civitan Park.

 
 
   
  
  

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 With everything else going on, we still find time to do the behind the scenes type work--including stuffing bags for large groups coming in, like these 215 bags for a group in town this weekend. We include information about our county--things to do, where to eat, shop, etc. and also including is the hot off the press Summer edition of the Good Life Marshall County, available at any of these fine establishments. Get your copy today!

 

 

 

 

 

Hope your month of May is filled with lots of fun and memories! Marshall County sure is hopping with activities and events! Be sure and visit our website for all the latest tourism information and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @MarshallCoAl

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Lindsey, Katy, and Beth

aka 'The CVB Gals'

 

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A Classic Start to 2014

A Classic Start to 2014

Wow! Can you believe it's already mid April?! It has been an exciting year for Marshall County!

The 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic (aka, the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing) was held at the Guntersville City Harbor on February 21-23. An event such as this does not happen overnight, nor very often in our county. The last Classic on Lake Guntersville was in 1976. Thirty eight years later, a lot has changed, making it all the more special! It took exactly one year and two months worth of planning and was worth it all to be able to have the best 55 anglers in the world weighing in some of Guntersville Lake's most prize winning fish!

We couldn't have done this without the support and assistance from our cities and many volunteers who worked to make it a memorable and successful event. Many stores opened early during the three days after the blast off, and most all hotels were full for the weekend. Record breaking crowds at the morning blast off totaled over 12,000 for the three days combined. The daily weigh-ins and expo were held at the BJCC in Birmingham.

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Above, Miss Marshall County, Shelby Cochran, sang the National Anthem on Day 3 and members of the local National Guard presented the colors.

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Photo courtesy of Brad Wiegmann.

Randy Howell (Springville, AL) blasts off on Day 3--this would be his winning day as he claimed the coveted title of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champion with a 3 day total weight of over 67 lbs! The media coverage before, during, and after Classic have really put Lake Guntersville trending through the roof! It was also just recently named the top bass fishing lake by Fishhound.com

 The Classic was a great event and here are some other highlights from this year thus far:

Back in January, we were pleased to host Boyd Duckett's Rat-L-Trap Tournament at Civitan Park. It was a cold but great day for fishing! 160 boats registered for the tournament. The winners, Tony Redwine and Bobby Ovell, took home $4,000 for their five fish limit weighing in at 25.06. The big fish weight was 8.75, caught by Lonnie O’Neal and Jeff Sparks.

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Boyd is pictured below with his catch of the day, 5 fish weighing over 38 lbs! BoydDuckett

 

On February 1st, Lake Guntersville was the first stop on the newly formed Alabama Bass Trail tournament series.

With over 200 boats and 400 angler spots filled up last year just weeks after the announcement, it proved to be a highly successful tournament, boasting a local economic impact of around $500,000.

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The BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society) sanctioned ABT tournament paid out $10,000 to first place winners Jerry Wright of Waterloo, Ala, and Brandon Staggs of Summertown, Tenn. Their winning five largemouth bass total of 32.09 came as a pleasant unexpected outcome after overcoming a trolling motor earlier in the morning.

 

On March 15 we hosted over 600 anglers in the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association tournament at Civitan Park.

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The first place team from Childersburg was Alec Nortega and Jesse Smith, with a 5 fish bag weighing 26.63 lbs and the big fish winner at 10.95 lbs! This one big bass weight surpasses the big fish caught in the Bassmaster Classic by Fred Roumbanis at 9.3 lbs.     210 teams competed to earn points for their school and take home a coveted plaque.

 

 

Several other great events our county has already hosted this year include: Taste of Albertville, Albertville's Diamond Classic Show Choir Competition, American Bass Anglers Weekend Series, Alabama Bass Federation, Guntersville's Rowing Regatta, and the Alabama Trails Conference, and the Boaz Farm and Poultry Expo to name a few!

 

We have several upcoming events that will really get you in the spring spirit:

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 Be sure and check out our new website for a complete Calendar of Events! Happy Spring eveyone! Get out and enjoy the beauty found in our parks, attractions, and events going on this season!

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Santa & Saban

For those of you who haven’t heard, Nick Saban is coming to town. There is another guy with the same name coming soon as well - Ole Saint Nick. The two don’t look anything alike. One is famous for bringing toys. The other is famous for bringing national championships.

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100 Days Until Bassmasters Arrive

November 12 is 100 days prior to the biggest event Marshall County has ever hosted. Yes it is a fishing event, not that anyone should be surprised by that. After all, Lake Guntersville ranks number 4 in Bassmaster Magazine's 100 Best Bass Lakes for 2013.

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Summer is Behind…Fall Forward Into FUN!

Wow–The first day of fall is Sunday! Where has the summer gone? School, football, and cooler weather are a nice change but it’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to the carefree comforts of vacation, dips in the pool, and watermelon and other popular seasonal eats. We asked the question on Facebook the other day of “You know summer is over when ________.” We got several responses, such as “When snow biz closes,” “When Saturdays are spent in front of the TV instead of on the lake,” and “It’s too cold to swim in the lake.”

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Spring Into Action

With the green glazed cars, streets, lake, and everything else that is still long enough to suffer the pollen wrath, we know spring is upon us! Despite the surge of allergies among most residents, spring is a beautiful and eventful time in Marshall County! It is a busy time with prom, graduations, various sporting events, etc., but we wanted to you to be aware of many great events around the county in the next couple of weeks that you won’t want to miss!

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