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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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