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.”
We hope you got to enjoy some of the great events and activities in the county this summer, such as Arab’s Poke Salat Festival, Spring 2 Summer Wakeboarding tournament in June, Boaz’s Independent Celebration, Albertville’s Main Street Music Festival, as well as the opening downtown Guntersville’s Errol Allan Park, to name a few. This fall promises to be full of more great things in the county! Here’s a sample:
* Lake Guntersville State Park is commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears on September 28th. An all day event, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a 1.6 mile hike, with a close up look at the signature marker trees in the park, trail blessing, symbolic walk, as well as many speakers, artifacts, and videos. More information in next week’s blog, as well as on www.alapark.com/LakeGuntersville
* Boaz’s 49th annual Harvest Festival on October 4-5 www.boazchamberofcommerce.com
* Gerald Swindle’s Oakley Big Bass Splash on October 12-13 www.oakleybigbass.com
And the big big event that is now almost 150 days away—The 2014 Bassmaster Classic! Lake Guntersville will be the host lake to this “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” tournament! We are expecting thousands to come to see the top anglers in the world launch and fish February 21-23. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of each city and so many businesses, organizations, and volunteers who are already getting involved and serving on planning committees to make this a huge success for Lake Guntersville! Local angler Chris Lane has made the cut and is now qualified for the 2014 Classic! How awesome wouldit be for him to have another Classic win on his home lake?
Hope everyone is as pumped and fired up for a fantastic fall/winter and the countdown to the biggest event to hit Lake Guntersville as we are!!!
One last thing! Had to share with y’all the newest thing at the office: THE NEW RIDE!
Here’s our new director, Katy Norton, ready to hop in and drive!
Look for this ride around the county and beyond as we prepare and promote the Bassmaster Classic! Give us a honk and a thumbs up on the road if you see it! Sand Mountain Toyota is graciously letting our office drive this truck for the next couple of months leading up to the Classic.
We have many great local sponsors, too, that helped make this possible!
Hope everyone has a great weekend! As always, thanks for reading, commenting, sharing, and posting with your friends about what’s going on in the county! For more information on all these events and more, including our calendar of events, visit our website www.marshallcountycvb.com
Katy, Beth, and Lindsey