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August 11, 2013

Ardmore Crape Myrtle Festival promises fun, good food

Ardmore officials say the best time to end the month of August is the 21st annual Crape Myrtle Festival.

On Aug. 31, make plans to arrive early at 8 a.m. and stay until 3 p.m. at John Barnes Park on Ardmore Ridge Road on the Tennessee side.

Chairwoman Wendy Brake says at least seven musical acts are booked to perform that day, and from 30 to 35 food vendors have signed to provide the goodies to sustain almost any appetite.

“Our acts include Loaded Dice, Taylor McLain, John Douglas Mitchell & Friends, The Gates Boys, Melinda Chaney, Christy Tygett, and Daniel Miles,” said Brake.

Brake said the one-day festival has traditionally drawn some 2,500 to 3,000 people. She said there is plenty of parking to accommodate all who want to join in the fun.

“We are going to have a lot of vendors selling hot dogs, ice cream, roasted corn, rib-eye sandwiches, nachos, lemonade and popcorn,” said Brake. “For the kids, we have a bounce house, a slide, obstacle course and train rides.”

Festival-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets they can set up under numerous shade trees while listening to gospel, country and bluegrass music. Shade tree pickers are also welcome for impromptu jam sessions.

There will also be home-baked goods, handcrafted items, clothing, jewelry and candles, as well as other craft items.

Crape myrtles, from which the festival takes its name, will also be available for purchase in 3-and-5-gallon containers. To preorder in your favorite color, call 256-423-2141.

Admission is free.

“There is absolutely no admission,” said Brake. “Whatever you buy will be what you spend.”

For more information, visit the Crape Myrtle Festival Facebook page; call the Alabama-Tennessee Chamber of Commerce at 256-278-5524, or the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center at 256-232-5411.

 

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