Top 10 Events of the Month – March 2008

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These are not events picked by Your Town Alabama, but they sure sound fun!

Spring Azalea Festival
Mobile; Mar. 1-Apr. 30
Enjoy the blooms of more than 250,000 vibrant azaleas in an explosion
of color throughout the 65 acres of Bellingrath Gardens. Varieties
include: ‘Formosa’, ‘Daphne Salmon’, ‘Southern Charm’, ‘Pride of
Mobile’, ‘G.G. Gerbing’, ‘George Lindley Tabor’ and ‘Christmas Cheer’.
Hydrangeas, Easter lilies, fuchsia, geraniums, wave petunias, cape
daisies, delphiniums, Dutch iris and more will be featured throughout
the Gardens.

“Come Home, It’s Suppertime”
Brundidge; Mar. 4, 6-8, 11, 13-15
Alabama’s Official Folklike Play, performed by a local cast each spring
and fall, tells stories of ordinary people during the Great Depression
of the 1930s. Stories adapted from those appearing over the years in
the Troy Messenger.


Alabama River Festival
Monroeville; Mar. 6-8

Travel back in time to an early 1800s camp on the river. Visit with
Indians, Frontiersmen, Traders and Travelers. Music, demonstrations and
food, all at the only museum on the Alabama River. School groups
welcomed.

Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo
Montgomery; Mar. 6-8
Celebrate the 51st Anniversary of “The Greatest Show on Dirt.” Cowboys
and cowgirls compete in bull riding, calf roping and other rodeo
events. A special tribute performance takes place Sat. at 8 p.m.

Bridge Crossing Jubilee
Selma; Mar. 6-9
Commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March.
Highlights include a parade, pageant, symposiums, music, Voting Rights
Hall of Fame induction and much more.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
Columbiana; Mar. 7-9
BOW is a three-day workshop designed for women ages 18 years or older.
The workshop offers hands-on instruction in a fun and non-threatening
learning environment. Participants choose from over 50 courses such as
scuba diving, backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and
compass, camping, mountain biking, shooting sports (pistol, rifle,
shotgun, muzzleloader, as well as gun safety), fishing, hunting,
canoeing, nature photography, nature crafts, archery, ATV handling,
bird watching, motor boat handling and more. Cost for the weekend
adventure is $199 and covers meals, lodging, program materials and
instruction. All instructional equipment is provided.

Huff ‘N Puff 15K Race & Relay
Sheffield; Mar. 8
The 15-kilometer (9.3-mile) Alabama State Championship foot race is a
fundraiser for the American Red Cross of Northwest Alabama.

Arts & Crafts Festival
Fairhope; Mar. 14-16
Springtime is probably most people’s favorite season of the year, and
it couldn’t be nicer than in Fairhope, where thousands of beautiful
azaleas are in full bloom. More than 245 exhibitors from throughout the
nation will bring their best works to show and sell at this prestigious
juried show. Live local entertainment throughout the three-day event,
and classic festival foods will be served up. Last year the event
attracted 200,000 visitors to the area. The festival was named the
number one event of the year by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism &
Travel for 2004 and is listed as one of the top ten activities in the
Alabama Tourism Guide. It has also been chosen as one of the top 20
events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, and it is
voted as #10 out of 100 Best Predominantly Classic & Contemporary
Craft Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist
magazine in 2005. BRATS (Baldwin County Area Transportation System)
will offer a shuttle service from the Baldwin Square Shopping Center,
Plantation Point Shopping Center and Eastern Shore Village Shopping
Center and Ecor Rouge Place. All of the parking is free, and the
locations are less than a five-minute ride away. The shuttle ride costs
only $1.

Wild Irish Run
Guntersville; Mar. 15
One of the largest and fastest 10K runs in Alabama. The course starts
along beautiful Lake Guntersville and then turns and continues through
the town square. The entire town comes out to cheer on the runners and
have fun watching the event.

Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Dadeville; Mar. 29-30
This annual event recreates frontier life in the year 1814 and
emphasizes the importance of the battle in United States history
through a variety of special demonstrations and interpretive programs.
Experience the life of the Creek and Cherokee Indians. Visit authentic
hunting camps and watch demonstrations of traditional skills like hide
tanning, flint knapping and finger weaving. Learn how to make Cherokee
baskets and participate in an authentic Creek stomp dance. Experience
the life of Andrew Jackson’s frontier army. Watch Tennessee militiamen
and United States regular soldiers fire smoothbore cannon and flintlock
muskets. Learn how soldiers cooked their meals and cast bullets over an
open fire.

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