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Around Alabama Cullman - 14th Annual Alabama Gourd Festival, October 20 & 21 Cullman Civic Center Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $3 Children 12 & under free Come see the beautiful, original pieces of gourd art. They make unique gifts for you or that special someone on your list who has everything. Learn how the artists achieve their special techniques with the many demonstrations throughout the weekend. If you’re not satisfied with just watching, you can participate October 5 & 6 • Dothan, KCBS Sanctioned

Barbecue Competition Houston County Farm Center Fri. 5 - 9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Oktoberfest theme, entertainment, demonstrations and barbecue sampling. Admission: Free to spectators, low entry fee for participants Contact: The Main Event, 334-699-1475 or 6 • Folsom, 6th Annual Fall in Folsom Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Featuring all-natural Holmestead Beef Burgers, 20 historic farm buildings with live demonstrations, live music, pumpkin patch, hayride and more. 6 • Robertsdale, Honey Bee Festival and 3rd Annual Honey Bee 5K Run and 1 mile Run/Walk Honey Bee Park, Hwy 59 N. Vendor information: Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, 251-947-2626 Run information: 6-27 • Leroy, St. Stephens Park Haunted House Ghost Trail through the old town and spooky hay rides. Admission: $6 per event, ages 12 and up; $4 ages 5-11; 4 and under free Contact: 251-247-2622 or kat7777@ 12 & 13 • Phenix City, Russell County 2nd Annual Stampede Rodeo Arthur Sumbry Park, gates open at 5 p.m. Contact: Larry Laney, 334-297-6670 or 12 • Monroeville, Ghost Stories at Rikard. Rikard’s Mill Historical Park,

6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Pumpkin featured games, bonfire and spine-chilling ghost stories from the area and Haunted Swamp Trail for those brave enough to see ghosts of Native American Indians, Confederate Soldiers and the Headless Horseman of Gin House Bottom. Food vendors on site. Contact: 251-575-7433 or mchm@ 13 • Greenville, Daybreak Farms Corn Maze Adventures 600 Dunn Road. Pioneer EC’s Annual Meeting held will be held here on the 13th featuring the Touchstone Energy Hot Air Balloon. Contact: 334-312-0772 or www. 13 • Montgomery, “The Lovely Patient,” presented by Sylvester K. Folks Davis Theater of Performing Arts Showtime 6:30 p.m. Tickets:$20 advanced, $25 at the door $2 from each ticket goes to Joy to Life 13 • Waverly, 21st Annual Waverly Barbecue. Waverly Community Center, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Barbecue chicken and pork, arts and crafts, barnyard bingo, auction and door prizes. 13 • Orange Beach, 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off. The Compleat Angler at the Wharf, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Silent auction, chili tasting and voting, SEC football on TVs. Tickets: $15, children under 12 free Contact: Patsy Layfield, 251-709-3898 or

To place an event, mail to Events Calendar, P.O. Box 244014, Montgomery, AL 36124; e-mail to calendar@ (Subject Line: Around Alabama) or visit Each submission must include a contact name and phone number. Deadline is two months prior to issue date. We regret that we cannot publish every event due to space limitations.

in a class. Don’t miss the exhibition room where gourd artists and growers have entered a juried competition. You will be amazed at the talent and creativity of the artists. Even the kids can get in on all the gourd fun.Bring them by the free kids’ patch booth where they can decorate their very own little gourd and take it home with them. Contact Pam Montgomery at 256355-4634, email or visit our

12 & 13 • Butler, 9th Annual Butler Fest. Downtown Butler Memphis Barbecue Cookoff, Backyard Cookoff, Little Porkers Cookoff, 5k run, 2 mile walk, various vendors, entertainment and street day both nights. Information: 205-459-3793 or 19-21 • Arab, 11th Annual Fall Festival. National Guard Armory Cherokee Road Singers, Luck of the Draw Dancing and food. Contact: Matonda Hill, 256-316-8474 19 • Selma, Haunted History Tours’ Cahawba Spirits Investigation Hear personal and historical accounts of sightings from guides and watch Central Alabama Paranormal Investigation demonstrate the art of “ghost hunting.” Admission: $15, advanced tickets required for the 90-minute deluxe wagon tour Contact: Selma-Dallas County Tourism, 800-45-SELMA or 20 • Bay Minette, 14th Annual Baldwin Catfish Roundup for the Disabled Grimes Nursery, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. All disabled persons and volunteers welcomed. Fishing equipment provided. Information: Jeanette Grimes-Cabaniss, 251-937-5993 20 • Millbrook, 15th Angel Fest St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Bake sale, silent auction, children’s carnival, entertainment, vendors and food. Contact church office: 334-285-3905

20 • Dothan, Fall FURfest Cottage Antiques, 9 a.m - 2 p.m. Outdoor festival featuring antiques and antique appraisals, collectibles, art, bake sale, and other unique vendors. Contact: 334-693-5277 20 • Selma, Haunted History Tour 5 p.m. - last tour begins at 8 p.m. Tour magnificent antebellum Sturdivant Hall to hear stories of its resident ghosts, drive by haunted residences and participate in living history tour at Old Live Oak Cemetery. Admission: $15, ages 12 and up only Contact: Linda Vice, 334-636-5506 or 20 • Demopolis, Tombigbee Haints and Haunts 2012 A spine-tingling presentation of stories about real people, true history and ghosts. Tickets: $15, for tickets and information: Canebrake Craft Corner, 334-289-9644 or marengohistory@ 20 • Thomasville, Thomasville Ghost Walk Other activities include costume contest, hay rides, carnival, food vendors and craft booths. Tickets: $5 per person or $15 per family Information: Karen Dean, 334-8307305 or Debra Allen, 334-636-1542 or More events on page 31

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