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.


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.


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

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.

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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


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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 today! Splashdash

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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!


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



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!













 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.

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



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.




 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


Lindsey, Katy, and Beth

aka 'The CVB Gals'


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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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