Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This Month's Top 10 Events in Alabama

Participate in one of Alabama's top 10 events of February. You may also click here to see a listing of every event Alabama has to offer this month.

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African-American Leadership Conference
Troy; Feb. 1-2
Celebrate Black History Month with various local and national speakers, breakout sessions for students and adults, and more.

16th Annual Locust Fork Invitational Canoe & Kayak Race
Cleveland; Feb. 2
The Alabama Cup is awarded to canoeists and kayakers who have the fastest total score in a series of three races: The Locust Fork Invitational held the first weekend in February; The Mulberry Fork Races held the first weekend in March; and The Locust Fork Whitewater Classic held the last weekend in March. Located at the bridge at King's Bend, north of Cleveland at the Hwy 231/79 split. Parking - $2, Camping - $5. Enjoy a day of family fun with a bonfire too. Food vendor is present.

Lifestyles Expo
Orange Beach; Feb. 7
The EXPO offers something of interest for all ages. Alabama, Florida and Mississippi residents and winter visitors can learn about “Living in Alabama Communities,” as well as places to see and things to do. The EXPO will provide upbeat information and products that promote healthy living and quality of life for people 50+, their families and grandchildren. An extensive range of services will be offered as well as free health screenings. This is a one-stop to meet exhibitors who provide products and services that will improve your quality of life.

Alabama All-State Orchestra Festival
Tuscaloosa; Feb. 7-10
Hosted by the Alabama Orchestra Association (of the Alabama Music Educators Association), elementary through high school music students from the state of Alabama compete to be placed in an orchestra conducted by guest conductors from around the country for a weekend of advanced orchestral music playing and performing.

Mercedes Marathon & Half-marathon Weekend
Birmingham; Feb. 8-10
Celebrate outdoor Alabama during this marathon weekend for runners, walkers and fun-seekers of all ages and skill levels. Race distances include: 5k (3.1 miles), one-mile kids marathon, 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, and a five-person marathon relay. Other features include a two-day race expo, and award parties from start to finish. Join us in Birmingham to experience a fun-filled athletic weekend of thrilling competition and the pleasurable charm of Southern hospitality from the people who created it, and maybe you will drive home in our Grand Prize, a new Mercedes-Benz going to some lucky qualifier!

WLIA Spring Crappie Rodeo
Centre; Feb. 15-May 15
Tagged fish tournament offering more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. Sponsored by Weiss Lake Improvement Association and local businesses. Must purchase a "Crappie Rodeo Badge" to receive prizes.

Black Heritage Festival
Anniston; Feb. 16
Anniston Museum proudly presents the 28th annual Black Heritage Festival, organized by Georgia Calhoun. Students from local schools will compete for cash prizes in the oratory competitions. Vocal and musical performances and a keynote speaker are featured in the event. Vendors with wares and gift items of all types will be present, offering their merchandise for purchase.

Mobile Boat Show
Mobile; Feb. 21-24
The largest boat show on the Gulf Coast, featuring hundreds of boats and marine accessories – inside, outside and in the water. Also, ski show, fishing and educational seminars.

Alabama Music Hall of Fame's Induction Banquet/Awards Show
Montgomery; Feb. 22
Induction and awards banquet honoring talented Alabama music achievers, the state of Alabama's Grammy Awards. Performances by music stars from Alabama. Inductions for those whose life work has left a mark on America's music. Contemporary awards given to other talented Alabamians. Black-tie event with dinner and awards/music show.

Longhorn World Championship Rodeo
Huntsville; Feb. 29-Mar. 2
Colorful opening pageantry that includes a tribute to the American cowboy, both ranch and rodeo, with more than 275 professional cowboys and cowgirls competing in bareback and saddle bronco riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, calf roping and bonus bull riding.

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