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!
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 pavilion, 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.
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.
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'