The fourth weekend in October is a very popular one around here. Looking for something to do? Try one of these:
The Nashville Flea Market: A fun way to spend a beautiful fall day, rambling around this huge flea market at the fairgrounds. We always enjoy it when we get to go, but the October market is the biggest and best one all year. We usually buy a big bag of kettle corn when we get there and munch on it all day!
Jack Daniels Barbecue Championship in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We have gone a few times and it is something to behold. Almost all the competitors give out samples and sell their barbecue plates for lunch. There are many other activities, and Lynchburg has several quaint little shops. Of course, you can tour the distillery while you are there. Don't plan to eating at Miss Mary Bobo's Restaurant unless you have booked reservations months ago.
The Athens Storytelling Festival in Athens, Alabama, is happening today, and they have a line-up of the best storytellers in the country. It is on the courthouse square, and during the lunch break, you can stroll around town and eat at one of the restaurants within walking distance. It was at this festival when I last heard my all-time favorite teller, Kathryn Tucker Windham.
Although the leaves are late in turning this year, if you are in the mood for some leaf-peeping, take a ride on the Natchez Trace Parkway. If you go north, take time to stop at Leipers Fork, Tennessee.
Closer to home, the Alabama Renaissance Faire is happening today and tomorrow at Wilson Park in downtown Florence. There is a Fall Fest downtown at 4 and UNA is playing football at home.
There are too many fall festivals and other activities going on to mention them all here. The problem isn't finding something to do this week-end, but deciding what you want to do most. Don't waste this precious day; go out and make some memories!