Top 10 Events of Alabama for August 2009 from the Alabama Tourism Department

145th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile and Siege of Fort Morgan
Gulf Shores; Aug 1-2
Fort Morgan State Historic Site Artillery fire and infantry sharpshooting, along with presentations by site historians on the battle and its significance in the history of the Civil War. Sat., 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun., 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission charged. (251) 540-7127

World’s Longest Yard Sale
Fort Payne; Aug 6-9
Lookout Mountain Parkway “America’s Most Scenic Shopping Mall,” featuring more than 450 miles of yard sale bargains stretching from Gadsden, Alabama, to Covington, Kentucky. Enjoy scenic vistas, waterfalls and canyons, and meet friendly people along the way. Free admission. (888) 805-4740; www.tourdekalb.com

Piney Chapel Antique Engine & Tractor Show
Athens; Aug 7-8
Piney Chapel Community One of the largest antique engine and tractor shows in North Alabama. Delicious food, arts and crafts, and much more. 8 a.m. until. Free. (256) 232-5411; www.tourathens.com

Franklin County Watermelon Festival
Russellville; Aug 14-15
Downtown Arts, crafts, 5K run, bike ride, golf, tennis tournament, antique car and truck show, beauty pageant, music, games, food and a watermelon contest. Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. 9 p.m. Free. (256) 332-1760; www.franklincountychamber.org

Killen Founders Day
Killen; Aug 21-22
Killen Park Celebrate the 51st anniversary of the town of Killen with a parade, 5K run, artisans, food vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, a working Colonial village, Native American demonstrations, classic vehicles and fireworks. Free. (256) 757-1158; www.visitflorenceal.com

Stokin’ the Fire BBQ & Music Festival, 5th Annual
Birmingham; Aug 21-22
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. At the cornerstone of the two-day event is a world-class barbecue competition, sanctioned by the prestigious Kansas City Barbeque Society. The competition will pit over 80 local amateur barbecue teams. Each will compete for the braggin rights to the best Q in Birmingham. The festival has something for everyone! In addition to the barbecue battles, visitors can enjoy all-day headliner music at the Stokin stage, purchase barbecue from nationally acclaimed barbecue vendors, enjoy global grilling demonstrations by chefs from some of Birmingham’s best restaurants, and participate in a Sloss metal arts iron pour. Kids will also have plenty of rib ticklin fun in the kids zone, with a variety of free activities and entertainment under the water tower stage. Admission charged. (205) 324-1911; www.slossfurnaces.com

Black Belt Folk Roots Festival
Eutaw; Aug 22-23
Old Courthouse Square, Main Street Handmade quilts, baskets and crafts, with blues on Saturday and gospel on Sunday. Down-home cooking, soul food, fish and homemade ice cream. Children’s tent with dancing, drumming, storytelling and face painting. Sat., 11 a.m. -6 p.m.; Sun., 2-7 p.m. Free. (205) 372-0525; www.eutawonline.com/festival.htm

Fort Mims Battle of 1813 Reenactment
Stockton; Aug 27-28
Fort Mims Historic Site, off state Highway 59 on County Road 80 W. See a reenactment of the battle of Burnt Corn and the battle of Fort Mims, where 500 settlers, American Indians, and militia lost their lives. Enjoy arts and crafts, music, and food. Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission charged. (251) 937-5896; www.fortmims.org

Yard Party for Art
Dothan; Aug 29
Wiregrass Museum of Art–Museum fundraiser in the gardens showcases the live tunes of amazing bands! Must be 18 to enter; cash bar. Tickets go on sale August 1. 6:30 p.m. until. Free. (334) 794-3871; www.wiregrassmuseum.org

The Red Clay: 2009 Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art
Huntsville; Aug 30-Nov 8
Huntsville Museum of Art The works in this exhibition range in style from the traditional to the avant-garde, and encompass painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, fine craft, photography and more. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission charged. (256) 535-4350; www.hsvmuseum.org

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