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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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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:

http://www.al.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/11/10_places_to_see_beautiful_aut.html#incart_river?&hootPostID=d310c3b6baaea2b996009ca89bc9198d

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

Top Eats Logo Color Small –A social media campaign encouraging
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.

SPRO Winners

·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!

Event of the Year Award

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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