“You see Helen working at Bean Day, Mud Volleyball, Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament and other activities throughout the year,” said Mayor Ronnie Marks. “She is a great example to all of us on taking time to give back.”
Those who nominated her also praised Carter’s abilities in the kitchen, stating her best fried dishes are okra and chicken.
“We are excited that Helen Carter is our first Athena,” said Festival Chairwoman Betsy Hyman. “You read over her activities, and you’re amazed at all she does for the city and Limestone County. And she can cook, which is important for our version of Athena.”
As Athena, Helen Carter will receive a toga, head piece, torch and gift basket. She will lead the opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. and be introduced to the crowd. She will have an inflatable throne at the top of the courthouse steps from which she can watch the festivities or rest from her duties. She will also judge the toga contest.