Thursday, July 31, 2014

Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival slated for September 20

"Athens, Texas boasts a strong claim to being the original home of one of the nation's favorite foods, the
hamburger. Although accounts differ as to the origins of this American classic, the staff at McDonald's management training center has traced its beginnings back to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, where it was sold on the midway; a reporter for the New York Tribune, writing about the fair, made note of the new sandwich in an article and commented that it was the vendor's own creation." (Texas House Resolution) That vendor was none other than Uncle Fletch.

Come enjoy the day in downtown Athens for the Uncle Fletch Davis Hamburger Festival that will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 on the historic downtown Courthouse Square.

Several events are planned for the day including the hamburger cook-off contest, to decide who can cook the best burger. Burgers will be judged on flavor, texture of meat, aroma and presentation. Other events include a contest to see who can eat the most hamburgers, a bob for burger, a contest to see who can best imitate the "moo" of a cow and a dine 'n dash race around the square.

For more information about the Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival, please click here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cain Center's Ready, Set, Glow Run July 26

Join the Cain Center on Saturday, July 26 for Ready, Set, Glow Run. This is an evening fun run that is

Come enjoy the warm summer night in a colorful display of glowing sticks, necklaces, glasses, bracelets, and lights along with lots of cool stuff. Refreshments and entertainment are provided at the end of the race.

To register online, visit or contact the Cain Center at 903-677-2000.

For more information about this event, please click here.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

July 4 Blues Concert featuring "Beautiful Bobby" Blackmon

National blues artist "Beautiful Bobby" Blackmon will make his first blues concert in Athens since 1960, that will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4 on the Courthouse square. Also international blues recording artist, Zac Harmon and his band will perform.
"Beautiful Bobby" Blackmon will be singing songs from his CDs. He has appeared on shows with Buddy Guy and BB King as well as numerous other blues acts at festivals in Florida where he resides. Bobby is a graduate of Fisher High School Class of 1960, which will be celebrating their class reunion in Athens July 3-6.
This is a free concert and open to the public to attend, so come on out and have some fun. 
For more information, please click here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fourth of July Fireworks at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center July 4

One of the biggest fireworks displays in East Texas will light up the skies over the Texas Freshwater
Fisheries Center and adjacent Lake Athens on Friday, July 4.

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for regular paid visitation. Free admission for the fireworks show will start at 4 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to fish in the stocked casting pond until 8:30 p.m. while waiting for the fireworks, which will begin about 9 p.m. No license is required to fish, and bait and tackle are furnished for free as long as supplies last.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and people are encouraged to bring picnics. KCKL (FM 95.9) will broadcast patriotic music during the show.

Pets, alcohol, tobacco products and private fireworks, including "snap caps" and sparklers, are not allowed.

The event has become an area tradition, with many people dressing in red, white and blue in keeping with the holiday theme.

Parking is available in the main TFFC parking lot and in an overflow parking area on Peninsula Point Road. Persons using the overflow parking may enter through Gate C, which is across the street from the parking area.

For more information, please click here.

Monday, June 2, 2014

National Fishing Day at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center June 7

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week on June 7 by making a family fishing trip affordable with free admission for kids 12 and under plus free fishing for the whole family.

Free hot dogs, chip and drinks will be served from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families may also win prizes in a catfishing tournament at TFFC’s casting pond. Anglers may fish as individuals or as teams with an adult assisting a child.

In addition to fishing, visitors can walk the wetlands trail; see a diver hand feed fish; learn about the history of fishing in the freshwater fishing museum; shop for gifts in the Flat Creek Bait ‘n Goods Gift Shop and watch the alligator feeding at 3:30 p.m.

National Fishing and Boating Week comes at the start of the summer vacation season and is designed to encourage families to spend time together on and around water. No fishing license is required anywhere in the state on the first Saturday in June, which is designated Free Sportfishing Day.

For more information about National Fishing Day, please click here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

83rd Annual Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion May 31

The 83rd annual Old Fiddlers Contest and Reunion is known nationwide, and as far as we know it, is the oldest such contest that has run continuously year after year.
The big attraction is the Fiddlers Contest, which is broken down into 5 divisions, Senior Ages 66 & over, Adult Ages 30-65, Young Adult Ages 19-29, Youth Ages 18 & Under and the Open Division which is All Ages. There will be a playoff between the 1st place winners of each of the five divisions. This will be the Grand Champion and this person will get a Grand Prize of $600, in addition to the $200 which he or she has already won by being the 1st place winner of his/her division.
At 6 p.m., there will be an Acoustic Guitar Picking Competition for all ages. The Fiddlers Contest will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 31st and will run throughout the day. Beginning at 8 p.m., there will be a country western band with professional musicians playing until Midnight for the famous Street Dance.
On Friday night, before the Fiddlers Contest, a Jam Session will take place on the courthouse lawn at 7 p.m. There will be concession stands along the sidewalks, and a carnival will be set up just off the Courthouse Square.
Schedule: Saturday, May 31
9 a.m. Invocation, Welcome Address, Western Swing Band
10 a.m. Seniors 66 and Over Contest
11 a.m. Adult Ages 30-65 Contest
12 noon Western Swing Band
1:30 p.m. Adult Ages 30-65 Contest Continued
2 p.m. Young Adult Ages 19-29 Contest
3 p.m. Youth Ages 18 & Under Contest
4 p.m. Open Division, All Ages Contest
5 p.m. Grand Champion Playoff
6 p.m. Acoustic Guitar Picking Contest
8 p.m.-12 Midnight Street Dance
For more information about the event, please click here.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught Signs Proclamation Declaring Tourism Week

Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught signed the proclamation declaring Tourism Week May 3-11, 2014. The travel industry is one of Texas' largest industries with visitor spending generating $65 billion and directly supporting 568,000 jobs with earnings of $18.9 billion. Henderson County generated $125.5 million in visitor spending and supported 500 jobs with earnings of $19.5 million. National Tourism Week is annually recognized the first full week in May, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Pictured from left to right are Pam Burton, City Administrator; Sherri Skeeters, Tourism Coordinator, showing the two-page ad promoting Athens that is in this month's issue of Texas Monthly; Mayor Jerry Don Vaught; and Lisa Fields, General Manager at Best Western Plus Royal Mountain Inn & Suites.