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Every June, a weekend is dedicated as Fan Appreciation weekend by the Country Music Hall of Fame group and local Fort Payne legends, Alabama. This weekend is even more special as Alabama celebrates their 50th anniversary. They are on their 50th anniversary tour all year.

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Travelers spent $90 million and were responsible for 1,104 jobs last year in DeKalb County, according to a report conducted for the Alabama Tourism Department by Montgomery economist Dr. Keivan Deravi. That figure represents a 4.6% increase in traveler spending from the prior year on hotels,…

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We are in the process of our Alabama 200 Bicentennial celebration all this year. In 1819, Alabama sent a delegation to Washington to apply for statehood to became a state and on December 14th our U.S. Congress voted in favor of statehood. At that time Alabama became our 22nd state.

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For a scenic shopping experience, visitors can take the back roads through the Appalachia region for a shop ‘til you drop experience. Set for May 16-19, 2019, the US 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale offers 502 miles of roadside sales from Meridian, Miss. through DeKalb County, and ending in Bristo…

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Good Morning Fort Payne friends and visitors from Fort Payne Main Street. I feel blessed to live in this beautiful area with all the natural resources we enjoy. We have several events happening soon.

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Our area has been a leisure tourism destination for more than 100 years. The beauty of our area, the parks, the waterfalls, the mountains and pleasant valley views have all contributed to the desire for people to come here and relax. With that, desire a tourism business grew up around it. Su…

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One of my all time favorite towns in wonderful and beautiful DeKalb County is Collinsville. Mayor Johnny Traffenstedt and former Mayor Jimmy Carter and their City Councils have worked tirelessly with the local community and a number of local organizations to dramatically improve downtown Col…

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The Southeast Tourism Society is the foremost multi-state tourism promotion and educational resource in the southeast. This organization covers twelve states in the southeast. They are well known nationally as one of the best organizations in our industry for providing its member organizatio…

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Our area has been a leisure tourism destination for more than 100 years. The beauty of our area, the parks, the waterfalls, the mountains and pleasant valley views have all contributed to the desire for people to come here and relax. With that desire, a tourism business grew up around it. Su…

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Litter hurts all of us. It is unhealthy, unsightly and hurts tourism and overall economic development. Maybe you don’t think about litter and perhaps you have become blind to it. Next time you drive around town or on a county road, have a look. Think about our roadsides, what do you see? If …

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Spring is close, daffodils are blooming, rivers are racing, ponds are overflowing, and despite record rain, we are already getting visitors coming in fairly large numbers to our parks, to Mentone and throughout the county to enjoy mild temperatures, slightly longer days and that first feelin…

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In the tourism industry, networking and relationship building is everything. Our industry consists of several primary organizations that interweave responsibilities with volunteerism, networking and cross promotion. DeKalb Tourism is a small non-profit legislated by the state as the official…

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It is cold, wet, perhaps snowy and probably cloudy and miserable outside. It is at this time of year in those more northern locations that some major cities host their own travel and sports extravaganzas in their civic centers, fairgrounds or other large convention halls.

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Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to the official 200th birthday year of our great state. The Alabama Department of Travel and Tourism is the official state agency managing our Alabama Bicentennial. Under their department, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission was formed to develop and mana…

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In 2017, tourists spent over 85 million dollars in DeKalb County. In order to be a visitor/tourist by definition, you must live 50 or more miles away from your destination and the money you will be spending will be delivered into an economy that is not the one you live in. In order to be inc…

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We are very fortunate in North Alabama to have Alabama’s largest and strongest regional tourism organization working to support our efforts in DeKalb County, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA). AMLA was founded in 1964 through an act of legislation that provides a small percen…

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Some people love every minute of this season. From Thanksgiving to Christmas it is fun with family and friends, it is special decorations, lots of home cooked food and baked items, football, seasonal music and movies. The children and grand children are playing joyfully. They are living in t…

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On behalf of a personal desire, DeKalb Tourism and the DeKalb County Commission, along with the support and help of Leadership DeKalb and Jennifer McCurdy at the Fort Payne Chamber, myself along with Leadership DeKalb volunteers will be teaching a Litter Education program to all 4th graders …

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We finally have some pretty nice fall color. Our color is about two weeks later than usual. Cold nights with sunny days are the trigger for the trees to begin their descent into dormancy.

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Fall has become the second largest tourist season for us. June and July are still number one, but over the last decade, our growth in tourists from mid September through mid November has increased at a more rapid rate.

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F all is here, trees are getting colorful and that all means it is time for the annual Mentone Colorfest. Next weekend, as has been the case for more than 35 years, our quaint mountain village of Mentone comes alive with a full weekend of festivities.

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Last week, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) held its annual tourism conference and awards banquet. AMLA is a regional tourism organization that was founded in 1964 to promote tourism in the northern sixteen counties of Alabama. They are funded via membership and by a legisla…

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Country Roads! Do I need to say anything else to spark some memories? Those of you who are from the Great Generation or are Baby Boomers your minds will start their way down some old dirt road, past the farms and pastures with car windows down, dust flying up…no traffic; wildflowers lining t…

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It is almost here. Next Friday and Saturday we will celebrate our 13th annual Fort Payne Boom Days Heritage Celebration in historic downtown Fort Payne.

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School is now two and a half weeks old, and it is time to do something different this weekend. We have just the thing for you; Fyffe UFO Day is here, this Saturday August 25th. The gates open at 9 a.m. for a day of fun celebrating the nearly 200 UFO reports seen in Fyffe in 1989.

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All of a sudden, seemingly without warning, the streets seem empty, the parks are quiet, the hotels have fewer guests and the bustle of summer tourism has come to a screeching halt. The World’s Longest Yard Sale is over and school has begun, way too early in the opinion of someone who enjoye…

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So perhaps you grew up here and do not spend a lot of time analyzing our area from the perspective of our visitors. The tendency of people who are born and raised in an area is to take for granted the very things that people are taking their vacations to come see.

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Ever since I was a small child, visiting state parks has always been one of my favorite things to do.

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Each year, since 1992 Southeast Tourism Society has held its annual one-week certified tourism education program at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.

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Big news! The Alabama Museum re-opened this week just in time for Fan Appreciation weekend. In recent years Alabama has remodeled the exterior of their building and the interior of the fan club and gift store and now the museum. The back story is the group Alabama was featured at the Country…

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Last Tuesday the state of Alabama Department of Travel and Tourism held a press conference at Barber Motor Sports in Leeds to unveil our statewide tourism economic impact for last year. Lee Sentell, director of Tourism for the state of Alabama, welcomed everyone then he introduced Gov. Kay I…

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Visitors love coming to our area, and our visitor numbers have been rapidly increasing for several years, but now seem to be exploding. We are having our best spring volume ever. Spring is blooming and so is tourism. Lodging throughout the area is near max on the weekends and school is not e…

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One of the daily tasks for our staff here at DeKalb Tourism is our official DeKalb County Calendar of Events. This may seem like a simple task but it is perhaps more involved than you think. First, let me state it is our goal to function as the official all inclusive calendar of events for t…

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DeKalb Tourism, the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce and Fort Payne Main Street are working together on several projects where our business models closely align, allowing us to work together doing projects that can be shared by each of us.

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This is a question for you, our local audience. When was the last time you spent a nice, relaxing spring day in one of our many city, county, state or National Parks? Yep, that is what I thought — it has been awhile.

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This time of year as February comes to an end and the first warm winds of spring have begun to blow in, Daffodils are blooming and winter seems to be gradually fading away as days get longer and more of them are warmer.

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The Bicentennial of Alabama is officially in 2019 but statewide we are celebrating for three years, beginning last year. Each year will have its own focus; 2017 was “Exploring our Places”, this year’s focus is “Honoring our People” and next year during the official Bicentennial will be dedic…

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This is the time of year DeKalb Tourism is busy planning for spring, summer and fall. January and February are our two slowest months for visitors. I wish that were not true, but it is due to the fact that most of our tourism is based on the outdoor environment and people tend to come from m…

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We ended last year with a banner year in tourism. We had a strong summer and an especially high volume fall season. I owe the increased success to additional advertising dollars allotted us through the City of Fort Payne lodging taxes. We used all of the additional money for outside advertis…

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Okay let’s make 2018 the best year ever, so far. It is a time for renewal, new commitments, and new promises for self improvement…oh my, if that’s the case my list just got real long list.

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It is amazing how time lapses. Seems like yesterday we were getting ready for our fall color season which ended as a banner year in tourism, despite the fact the color came late then ended quickly. 

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We are a progressive organization, promoting tourism and travel and encouraging economic development. We are working to present a greater awareness of our region’s natural scenic attractions, businesses and unique accommodations. Join us in partnership and help make DeKalb County and Lookout…

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Tourism has had a banner year during the summer and fall seasons. One of the primary factors in our growth is the great support we have received from the City of Fort Payne in the way of providing additional lodging tax income to be assigned to us for the purpose of advertising and promotion…

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In this day of totally automatic cameras that take good looking pictures without working hard for them, it could also be the reason for a lot of bad photographs.

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Mentone Colorfest– A two-day celebration filled with free family fun atop Lookout Mountain welcomes the arrival of autumn, cooler temperatures and Mother Nature’s fabulous display of colors.

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The air is crisp; fog and dew cover the landscape. The morning sunlight is at a low angle shining brightly from behind, lighting up the bright yellow-orange Maple leaves like the glow of a Tiffany lamp in a cozy room by the fireplace. The season is changing once again, the growing season is …