Absolutely Alabama: Cahaba Lily Festival information | News
WEST BLOCTON, AL (WBRC)- Here is more information about the Cahaba Lily Festival featured in Fred Hunter's Absolutely Alabama report. It is happening May 26, 2012, in West Blocton.
The following is a press release from festival organizers.
WEST BLOCTON HOSTS 23rd ANNUAL CAHABA LILY FESTIVAL
The 23rd annual Cahaba Lily Festival will take place on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at the Cahaba Lily Center on Main Street, West Blocton. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program at 9:10 a.m. The festival celebrates the rare and unique lily that grows in spectacular clusters in the rocky shoals of the nearby Cahaba River.
The world's leading authority on the Cahaba Lily, Dr. Larry Davenport of Samford University, will headline the morning's program. The crowning of Miss Cahaba Lily as well as presentations by the Cahaba River Society, Nature Conservancy, Alabama Wildflower Society and the Bibb County Citizens for Wildflowers will also take place.
Just outside the Lily Center, a variety of native plants will be displayed for viewing and purchase.
Field trips to the river to view the lilies will take place following the morning program and lunch served by the West Blocton Improvement Committee. Donations for the lunch are welcomed. Shuttle buses to the river will be provided. Canoe rentals will be available for $20 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Afternoon tours of the nearby historic Blocton Beehive Coke Ovens will also take place between 1:15 and 3:00 p.m.
Evening events at the Cahaba Lily Center will begin at 3:15 p.m. including story telling highlighting the contributions of Bibb County's soldiers in World War II. Featured heroes include Ross Gray, who was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor for bravery on Iwo Jima and later had a Navy ship named in his honor; Kent West, a B-17 gunner, who was credited with being the first U.S. airman to shoot down a German fighter, and Claude Holland, the county's first war casualty, who met his fate aboard the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. Performances by the Cahaba Olde Tyme Music Society will be interspersed between the stories as well as local yarns of dubious historical merit.
All events are free of charge.
West Blocton is located off Alabama Highway 5 and can easily be reached from Interstate 59/20 at Exit 97. From the junction of Federal Highway 82 and Alabama Highway 5 in Centreville/Brent, take Highway 5 north thirteen miles.
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