The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

July 30, 2013

Lots to do this week in Limestone County

From staff reports

— As the summer winds down, there’s no reason to sit and wonder, “What’s to do?” The coming week holds a variety of activities for both young and old.

Ardmore Police Reserve Rodeo

Friday and Saturday is the time for bucking broncs, calf roping, barrel racing and much more at the Ardmore Police Reserve Rodeo at the Ardmore, Tenn., John Barnes Park.

Chances on saddle tickets are $3. Annual Ardmore Rodeo T-Shirts are available at $10 in sizes youth to extra large, and $12 for 2XL-3XL.

Advanced rodeo tickets are available at Ardmore Police Department; Adams Western Wear in Ardmore; Preston Western Wear in Athens; Roy & Rogers in Fayetteville, Tenn.; First National Bank in Ardmore, and Peoples State Bank of Commerce in Ardmore. Prices are $8 for ages 6-12, and $10 for ages 13 and up.

New this year are:  Kid Fun Zone with Pony Rides, Military Flight Simulators and Boys and Girls Club Face Painting.  Contact or at Ardmore Police Dept, contact 256-423-2146.

Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days

The much anticipated Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days will be Friday and Saturday. Events feature an Antique Tractor ride on Friday on the Rails to Trails, Hays Mill to Elkmont.  Contact 256-431-6226, 256-431-0619, or 256-431-12316

Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call

Veterans and spouses are welcome to come to the monthly Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives Coffee Call at 8 a.m. Saturday. All veterans are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans. Contact 256-771-7578.

Free Fishing Rodeo

Limestone County Sportsman’s Club Free Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the club’s pond on Kennedy Road, just north of the intersection of Oakdale and Pepper roads. Prizes will be given to each age group 4-8; 9-11; and 12-15, for largest fish, smallest fish and weight. Lunch will be served. Call Michael Hardy at 256-431-7734 for more information.

Athens Cruise-In on the Square

Saturday is the day for the monthly Cruise-In on the Athens courthouse square. Bring your antique vehicle and park around the square. Enjoy delicious dishes offered by downtown restaurants.  Come early and shop the downtown businesses. Be sure you get an ice cream cone at Limestone Drug or milkshake at Kreme Delight. Make it a family night. Contact Tom at 256-457-9179.

Red Devil Rock Show

It’s going to rock down in Elkmont Saturday when the first Red Devil Rock show is held from noon to 11 p.m. Join the fun at the Elkmont baseball fields off Vaughn Street. Tickets start at $15.

Headlining will be the Americana/Rock collective, Banditos. A band known for being famously eclectic and reminiscent of the sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revival and with tributes to Aretha Franklin. The band is comprised of Timothy Parsons on guitar and vocals, Steven Pierce II on vocals and banjo, Mary Richardson on vocals and tambourine, Randy Wade on the drums, Jeffery Vines on the upright bass, and Jeffery Salter on the electric guitar and lap steel.

The line-up also includes local Athens band Spiral Down South, Georgia natives Poanna, Missouri musician Riley Downing and more. Many other side acts will be gracing the Second Stage. Contact Chris Hagood at, 256.777.7027, or