Barbecue and country music … two things that are staples in
the state of Alabama. With spring on its way in and summer just around the
corner, what better way to get out and enjoy the weather than to take in a
concert or two and eat some good food.
Head on up to Atmore, Ala., to the Wind Creek
Casino and Hotel on March 28, 2015, for the Biggest Backyard Barbecue
Competition and Tasting. This event features country music duo Thompson Square,
as well as Ronnie Milsap, and includes free tastings of the people’s choice
competition at the Throwdown Backyard Barbecue. Milsap performs at 6:30 p.m.,
and Thompson Square goes on stage at 8 p.m.
Atmore will be alive with things to do all season
long, but you won’t want to miss this great spring kick-off event. Tickets
range from $20 to $50. Don’t want to spend a lot on a hotel stay? No problem!
Stay just 1/8 of a mile from the venue at Muskogee
Inn, where you get complimentary shuttle to and from the event, plus a free
play at the casino, all for a fraction of the cost.
If barbecue isn’t your thing and you need to kill time
before the concerts, the City of Atmore has declared March 28 "Welcome
Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day.” The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 7016 will host a
Welcome Home Ceremony at 4 p.m. at Heritage Park. Everyone is invited to attend
as the community gathers to honor our heroes.
And for those who want to spend the day getting in tune with
nature, check out Magnolia Branch
Wildlife Reserve, tucked deep into the woods just 20 minutes
from Wind Creek Casino and entertainment center. Go hiking on one of the trails
and observe birds, trees and other wildlife. Or maybe pack a picnic lunch and
relax near the creek on the beach, which offers cool, clean water perfect for
swimming or just lounging and soaking up the sun. Dig your toes in and stay a
There are also miles and miles of campgrounds, both rustic and
modern. Bring your tent or RV and set up camp.
So get your taste buds ready and your toes tappin’ to some
music and come enjoy the outdoors.