The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


June 6, 2014

Full slate of events in Limestone Saturday

Motorists should expect delays

— Event-wise, Limestone County should be a busy place come Saturday. 

Officials are warning that a couple of the slated events will impact travel in Athens and surrounding areas.

Events like Bike MS: North Alabama, which raises money and awareness for research and support programs for those living with multiple sclerosis, will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The ride includes options for 25-mile, 45-mile, 75-mile and 100-mile routes, which means cyclists will be in and out of Fitness Park during the day. Roaming mechanics, medical support and other support vehicles for bicyclists will also be on the route.

Cyclists will follow the Noah Bike Trail, which includes parts of Athens, Coxey, Salem, Elkmont and Piney Chapel. Streets impacted include Washington, Market, Hine and West Hobbs streets as well as Fifth Avenue, Quinn Road, Elm Street and Edgewood Road.

Motorists should use caution, share the road with bicyclists and expect delays and temporarily closed roads.

Other events

Athens Saturday Market will be open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Farmers Market Pavilion. The Saturday Market will be open through August. Market-goers can purchase fresh produce, flowers and baked goods as well as enjoy entertainment and more.

Spring Garden Tours, hosted by Friends of the Athens-Limestone Public Library, will feature traditional gardens in downtown Athens, three church prayer gardens, a country garden and four 21st century landscaped gardens. Tickets are $20. To find out more, visit

Athens Cruise-In is 3-6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Athens. Participants will have the chance to view antique vehicles while enjoying the atmosphere on The Square.

Gospel Talent Explosion is 5-7 p.m. at the Limestone Event Center. Attendees have the opportunity to listen to area gospel acts in competition. Tickets are $5. To find out more, visit


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