Thursday, September 3, 2009

Discover Decatur

Have you made that short drive across the river lately? Decatur has undergone an exciting transformation in recent years, and today, offers a cornucopia of activities that give new meaning to weekend fun.

Scheduled for September 18-19, Riverfest tickles your tastebuds with its State Barbeque Championship while a new raft race kicks the fun up a notch at this year’s event and good southern music fills the air both days. Downtown Decatur rocks every weekend at the Brick Deli & Tavern with performances by emerging and established artists representing a variety of music from rhythm and blues to rock ‘n’ roll. The Princess Theatre welcomes country music legend Ricky Skaggs along with Kentucky Thunder on November 19.

The new Jack Allen Recreational Complex and Ingalls Harbor have placed Decatur on the national radar for hosting world class events. National soccer tournaments hit the field in September and November with pro and amateur anglers rolling in to town in October. Fierce competition continues at the Celebration Arena with annual horse and dog shows.

Did you know Decatur is home to a library built by millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie? Today, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center calls the former Carnegie Library home and every third Friday, the fun heats up after the sun goes down with Fri@5, a relaxing evening of art and entertainment.

Cooler weather is an inviting time for scenic walks. The new Decatur Volksmarch takes you through the Old Decatur and New Albany Historic Districts on 5K and 10K walking trails. Combined, these districts represent one of the finest and largest collections of Victorian and earlier 20th century craftsman and bungalow homes in Alabama. Modern day treasure hunts are also found in Decatur with our Geocaching Passport.

I would like to invite you to make that short drive to Decatur. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit us at

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