Friday, October 19, 2007

Events around the state of Alabama

National Peanut Festival
Dothan; Nov. 2-10
Farmers, agriculture and agribusiness honored. Livestock exhibits, competitions, crafts, food preservation, recipe contests, entertainment, carnival rides, pageants and a parade where the street is covered with peanuts.

41st Annual Pike Road Arts & Crafts Fair
Pike Road; Nov. 3
A fun day in the country with more than 300 arts and crafts vendors, homemade sweets and treats, plenty of barbecue, other food and shopping opportunities.

Frank Brown Songwriters Festival, 23rd Annual
Orange Beach; Nov. 8-18
Musicians from all over the world bring magical music to the Gulf Coast area in November. Music of all genres will be performed throughout the festival, which serves as a time for hit writers, aspiring newcomers and an audience that appreciates great music to come together.

National Veterans Day Parade
Birmingham; Nov. 11
Each year, National Veterans Day in Birmingham salutes those men and women who have served their country as members of the armed services and those today who proudly wear the uniform of the active, reserve and national guard forces.

Annual Veterans Day events include the largest and oldest Veterans Day parade in the U.S., a dinner honoring the National Veterans Award recipient, a World Peace Luncheon, ROTC/JROTC Drill Competition and a Memorial Service.

Quilt Challenge '07
Florence; Nov. 14-Dec. 19
The Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Guild "challenges" members to create innovative quilts following a new set of rules each year. Subject matter and the use of a specific material are part of the requirements. The exhibit includes amazingly creative and varied works of fiber art.

Mobile International Festival
Mobile; Nov. 17
Travel around the world in a day and experience the wonders of the cultures of more than 70 countries. Visit, explore, shop and taste the delicious fanfare presented. Artists, entertainment, food and more.

Alabama's Finest Artists Showcase
Gadsden; Nov. 18-Jan. 18
This show selects some of Alabama's finest emerging artists and showcases their talents in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. The 2005 exhibit featured canvas artist T.S. Carson of Birmingham and stoneware vessels by Larry Allen of Leeds.

Galaxy of Lights Driving Tours
Huntsville; Nov. 22-Dec. 31
A magnificent holiday light extravaganza over a two-mile route through the garden. Animated displays of holiday scenes, nature, nursery rhymes and much more.

Magic Christmas in Lights, 12th Annual
Mobile; Nov. 23-Dec. 31
Stroll through over 3 million twinkling lights and hundreds of animated displays during the annual celebration of Magic Christmas in Lights. Tour the Bellingrath Home, decorated in its holiday finery and enjoy the sounds of nightly performances on the South Terrace of the Bellingrath Home. Have your photo taken with Santa and enjoy supper in the Magnolia Cafe. Finish your shopping in the Bellingrath Gift Shop and experience the wonders of the holiday season.

Christmas on the River Week
Demopolis; Nov. 25-Dec. 1
River festival featuring the Alabama State Championship BBQ Cook-off, musical and theatrical holiday performances, a community-wide church service, live nativity, a fair on the square, Christmas in the canebrake, a day parade and the famous nautical light parade and fireworks.

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