Travel & Tourism


Decatur, Ala. – The town of Ardmore has designated itself the Crape Myrtle Capital of the South and in celebration, it hosts a free event filled with live music, food, and family-friendly activities. Always the last Saturday in August, the annual Crape Myrtle Festival arrives just in time for the peak of blooming season.

Festival-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chair and picnic blankets to enjoy the day under plenty of shade trees while listening to a variety of music including gospel, country, and rock-n-roll. Shade tree pickers are also welcome for an impromptu gathering at any time. For the children, there will be a kid’s area with free activities.

Along with ongoing live music, food vendors featuring traditional festival food and dozens of vendors offering home-baked goods, hand-crafted items, clothing, jewelry, candles, and more will be set up. Crape myrtles of various colors available in three- and five-gallon containers will be for sale throughout the day. To pre-order your favorite color, call 256.423.2141.

Set for August 25, 2012, the Crape Myrtle Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John Barnes City Park located on Ardmore Ridge Road in Ardmore, Tennessee. Admission is free. For more information, visit their Facebook page or call the Ardmore AL/TN Chamber of Commerce Office at 256.423.7588 or the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center at 256.232.5411.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)

AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consist of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from the AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at


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