State promotes 1,650 events

More than 1,650 events including a major Star Wars exhibit at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the first Indy Racing League competition in Alabama are featured in a calendar of events published by the Alabama Tourism Department. Several major anniversary celebrations are scheduled for the year including the 50th anniversary of the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Monroeville and the centennial of Birmingham’s Rickwood Field. The 96-page calendar has a city-by-city index of events and features a top ten list for each month.  “We’ve made planning a trip to Alabama easier than ever,” said tourism director Lee Sentell.

The calendar also serves to kick-off the tourism agency’s campaign of the “The Year of Small Towns & Downtowns.” More than 200 communities across the state are participating in “Small Towns & Downtowns” by holding local homecomings. These events, known collectively as the Great Alabama Homecoming, are highlighted in the calendar.  
The cover features Bellingrath Gardens and Trowbridge’s, a 1917 ice cream parlor in Florence. Travelers can pick up copies of the publication at each of the eight Alabama Welcome Centers, by calling 1.800.ALABAMA or by going online at

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