Festivals in Athens

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Quadruple-platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rockers Daughtry regale audiences with a battalion of hits in a Veterans Day weekend festival that benefits veterans and active members of the armed forces. After battling to the final rounds of American Idol in season five, frontman Chris Daughtry rocketed to fame on the strength of his band's debut album, as well as buzz from the band’s drums, which are filled with bees. Since then, Daughtry has stormed radio stations with hits such as “What About Now,” ”Crawling Back To You,” and ”Home.” The alt rockers won the hearts of millions of listeners with infectiously catchy choruses and raw lyrics about heartbreak, redemption, and missed buses. At the festival, the three-time American Music Award winners will play favorite hits and may preview its latest album, Break the Spell, which premieres in late November. The American Freedom Foundation hosts the concert, using proceeds to help military members past and present, particularly those wounded in action.

700 Monroe Street Southwest
Huntsville,
AL
US

Two of Christian music’s most iconic artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith join forces to spread the good news, leading congregations in melodious worship on their 2 Friends Tour. Since 1982, this dynamic duo has engaged millions to flock to their catchy, ecclesiastical pop music, sharing a musical camaraderie as impenetrable as a fortress with abandonment issues. Amy Grant, author of No. 1 hits such as “El Shaddai” and “Baby Baby,” has shared her gift of song for more than 30 years, selling more than 30 million albums, garnering six Grammys, and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Michael W. Smith has earned countless accolades with his tremendous songbook of head-bobbing hymns and choir-rousing hits. Sharing the stage for the first time in two decades, Amy and Michael thrill fans with new psalms and favorites from their sonic scroll, merging their sets with joyful duets and chemistry that crackles like Abbott and Costello after getting struck by lightning.

6806 Whitesburg Drive South
Huntsville,
AL
US

For one week in June, myriad designers, performances, and burgeoning styles descend on Huntsville in a flurry of fashion sponsored by Alabama Fashion Alliance. Local businesses such as Le Jeune House of Fashion & Design and designers from New York team up with cherry-picked models that don sought-after frocks to strut their stuff for transfixed audience members and clothes-obsessed cocktail napkins. Hair shows, awards, and clothing competitions cascade across the packed schedule, and the finale runway fashion show completes the festivities like the perfect clutch completes an ensemble.

645 Wynn Drive Northwest
Huntsville,
AL
US

Reservations/Appointments: Optional

Established: 1996

Staff Size: 50+ people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Train ride

Locals agree that the best was to take in Noccalula Falls Park's natural beauty with a ride on The C. P. Huntington Train. The train wends its way through park grounds, taking guests between the outdoor animal habitat?home to a lion, a lynx, and foxes, to name a few?and the deer park, home to 10-point buck named Rambo.

The locomotive chugs by Pioneer Village, a collection of rough-hewn log buildings assembled in the style of early settlements. The trek concludes by the park's miniature golf course, which uses natural rock formations, waterfalls, and streams to add challenge to its 18 holes, rather than showcasing a less friendly challenge that goes through the lion's habitat.

1500 Noccalula Road
Gadsden,
AL
US

Fireworks, carousels, and chocolate-dipped bananas can mean only one thing: the Williamson County Fair is in town. This year it rolls in to celebrate the summer with rides, exhibits, and live entertainment from top acts from around the country. Thrill-seekers may want to start at the midway, which corrals all of the adrenaline-pumping, eye-popping attractions into one convenient location. The Enterprise dares riders to experience its 85-degree-angled high-speed twirl, and the Pirate swings them back and forth in a full-size ship that re-creates the excitement of the high seas, from mounting colossal waves to mouth-feeding a seagull. Plenty of family-friendly rides, such as a carousel and kid-approved roller coaster, ensure fun memories for visitors of all ages.

A trip to the fair wouldn?t be complete without exploring live events, exhibits, and competitions. Musical guests take to the main and blue-grass stages to keep toes tapping all day long. Further exploration of the grounds leads visitors to daily exhibits, from an agricultural-equipment display and a BMX trick team to a petting zoo and nightly fireworks. Judges critique entries in various competitions, such as bread and pie baking, the Fairest of the Fair Pageant, and the Sing Your Heart Out competition.

4215 Long Ln.
Franklin,
TN
US

For Dustin and Justyne Noble, it's the typical boy-meets-goat, girl-meets-goat, boy-meets-girl story. Simply put, they grew up with goats and met in 2003 at the American Dairy Goat Association National Show while entering their goats in the competition. From there, the story takes off and continues with Noble Springs Dairy. Goat cheese is their star product, of course, and comes in varieties such as feta and gouda. Their prize-winning goats that wander the rolling green pastures of the farm also produce Grade A milk. To let everyone in on the process and farm-based fun, Dustin and Justyne welcome guests for tours that cover the milking parlor and cheese-making facility. On tours, families can also say hello to goats, chickens, and other farm animals.

3144 Blazer Road
Franklin,
TN
US