Summer Fun For The Entire Family

There is no need to leave Alabama to enjoy fun family activities. Check out some of the exciting festivals and events happening across the state this summer!

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April to July:  Lawrence County Saddle Club Horse Show

Everyone should have the opportunity to ride a horse! The Lawrence County Saddle Club Horse Show hosts western pleasure classes, barrel racing, gaited classes and more at the Iron Rail Arena on the first Saturday of each month.

When: April 7 to July 7, 2012

Where: Iron Rail Arena, Moulton, Alabama

Contact: Jody Jones at 256-974-3724

Website: www.showaha.com

May to June:  Muleday/Chickenfest, 25th Annual

The 25th Annual Muleday/Chickenfest is a celebration of Alabama's agricultural heritage. There's so much to do and see: a carnival for the kids, live entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, a 5K race and a parade featuring -- who else? -- the mule!

When: May 31 to June 2, 2012

Where: Main Street, Gordo, Pickens County Alabama

Contact:  Craig Patterson at 205-364-7111, ext. 23 or townofgordomayor@centurytel.net

Website:  www.gordochamber.com

June to September:  Blackberry and Blueberry Picking

Your family won't want to leave Barber Berry Farm with its acres of berry bushes, fruit trees and a hydroponic vegetable garden. Pick your own pesticide-free blackberries and blueberries from May through July and muscadine and scuppernongs from mid-August through September.

When:  May to Sept., 2012

Where: Barber Berry Farm, Millbrook, Alabama

Contact: Ken Barber at 334-549-4710 or kenandanida@barberberryfarm.com

Website: www.barberberryfarm.com

June: Hot Air Balloon Festival

The City of Valley and the Valley Historic Preservation Council will host the first ever Hot Air Balloon Festival on June 1 and 2. The event kicks off with a balloon glow on Friday, followed by the launch on Saturday.

When: June 1 and June 2, 2012

Where: Shawmut Airport, Valley, Alabama

Contact: Martha Cato at 334-756-5228 or mcato@cityofvalley.com

Website: www.cityofvalley.com

June to July:  Alabama in the Making: Traditional Arts of People and Places

The Alabama Folklife Association organized this exhibit. Folk art and traditional art that is unique to Alabama helped to define the state's five culturally defined regions. The arts of these regions provided a sense of place and identity to their peoples. The exhibit's first stop is the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, followed by visits to other state museums.

When: June 3 to July 13, 2012

Where: Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Water Street, Tuscumbia, Alabama

Contact:  Tennessee Valley Museum of Art at 256-383-0533 or tvaa@comcast.net

Website: www.tvaa.net

June to July:  Animal Adventures

What a great opportunity to learn about Alabama's native animals along with some exotic animals too. Located just on the outskirts of Dothan, Landmark Park offers special one-hour educational programs suitable for everyone ages 5 and up. Reservations are required.

When: June 1 to July 27

Where: Interpretive Center Auditorium, Landmark Park, U.S. Hwy 431 N., Dothan, Alabama

Contact: Laura Stakelum at 334-794-3452 or laurav@landmarkpark.com

Website: www.landmarkpark.com

July:  38th Annual World Championship Domino Tournament

More than 300 participants will compete for over $20,000 in cash and trophies. There is "fun, fellowship and competition" for all ages. Take in the singles and doubles competitions, meet Miss World Domino and stick around for cash drawings.

When: July 13 and July 14, 2012

Where: Andalusia Kiwanis Fair Complex, Andalusia, Alabama

Contact: Andalusia Chamber at 334-222-2030 or 334-428-2342, ext. 23

Website: www.worlddomino.com

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