Athens Homecoming Celebration Activities

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Saturday's Events

What's is a better way to start off a hot day, than with an old fashion Ice Cream tasting 'Crank Off'?

Spirit of Athens and U. G. Whites sponsored the first annual 'Crank Off' with participants vying for the title of 'Best Ice Cream' and 'Best Booth' titles. The participants were required to make 2 or 3 gallons of homemade ice cream and make one gallon at the event.

There were some really creative and tasty treats as well as some well planned booths from which each contestant served their samples. The overall winner was Kristi Valls with 'Kristi's Caribbean Crush'. The winner walked away with a new Ice Cream maker from U. G. Whites and bragging rights until next year.

Shane Black kept all the kids and adults moving with a train ride around the square. The 2 cart train held everyone from small children in the parents arms to our area Cheerleaders enjoying the ride around town. Shane seemed to enjoy each trip he made with his passengers, calling, "All Aboard" and blowing his train whistle.

The Sons of the Confederate Veterans made a presentation of a Historical Marker and presented the flags. Buzz Estes, Jimmy Hill, Charles Kilpatrick and Tom Strain, also informed people of the background of the Captain Thomas H. Hobbs camp and how they can get involved.

Trinity School Program directed by Frank Travis presented skits and music honoring the life and career of Patti Malone, one of Athens famous singers and one of the first internationally known black mezzo-sopranos. The Fisk Jubilee Singers also presented a poignant concert of Gospel songs.

East Limestone High School Marching Band, West Limestone Marching Band the the Athens Pep Band participated in a 'Homecoming Spirit Contest' which was won by East Limestone.

Spirit of Athens director, Trisha Black provided games of years past for the children to enjoy. The 3 legged race, Hoola-hoop, checkers, limbo and sidewalk art were just a few of the popular games.

Council President Ronnie Marks and his wife Sandra had the company of their charming grandchildren who were visiting from Vestavia in Birmingham. I also saw other local families enjoying the event with their children such as President of the Alabama Veterans Museum Jerry Crabtree and his wife Mica with their daughter and 2 beautiful granddaughters.

Although the festivities were cut a little short before the Antique Cars could cruise the square, Mother Nature blessed us all with a much needed rain shower, her timing was a little early for the event planners, but it wasn't a total wash.

As the Vice President for Spirit of Athens, I would like to thank the above mentioned participants as well as the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, Athens Tourism and Jeanette Dunnavant, Art on the Square, KALB (Keep Athens Limestone Beautiful - Lynne Hart), News Courier, U. G. Whites, Pepsi Cola, Reddy Ice, Sub Debs, TRAIL, RSVP and everyone who came out to help and or participate. It really was a great homecoming.

Teresa Todd
August 21st, 2010