Thursday, September 5, 2013

Nominate a Limestone County Lady to be Athena of the 2013 Athens Grease Festival

by Holly Hollman

Athena of Greece was known as a wise goddess who loved and protected the City of Athens, could be a warrior, had a creative side and had interest in the arts, crafts and agriculture. 
The Spirit of Athens is looking for the Athens, Alabama, version.

For SOA’s second annual Athens Grease Festival, organizers will honor the first Athena – Grease Goddess.

“My idea was a woman who has similar qualities as the Greek Athena, a woman who protects our community because she has a willingness to give back to the City of Athens,” said Athens Grease Festival Publicity Chairwoman Holly Hollman.

Organizers are looking for a Limestone County woman who is involved in the community, such as volunteering within the city through non-profit organizations, serving on city boards, supporting environmental projects, working with youth or supporting the arts.

“And since this festival is about honoring how our Southern mothers and grandmothers made cooking an art form, our Athena – Grease Goddess should be a good cook,” said Festival Chairwoman Betsy Hyman.

The Athens Grease Festival is a celebration of all things fried and the Greek origin of the city’s name. Last year, an estimated 4,500 attended, many wearing togas with cowboy boots and hats. This year the event is Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on The Square. There will be a frozen turkey toss, fried food contest, the Dub’s Burgers Eating Contest, toga contest, music, children’s games and the Toga Run.

Athena – Grease Goddess will lead the opening ceremony. She will oversee the festivities from her royal seat at the top of the Limestone County Courthouse steps. Festival organizers will provide her with a toga, torch and for a Southern touch, a beauty queen sash made from burlap.

To nominate a Limestone County woman for Athena – Grease Goddess, go online Forms also will be available at City Hall at 1806 Wilkinson Street and at U.G. White Hardware on The Square. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m.

The festival’s major sponsors will choose the winner, whose identity will be revealed prior to the festival.

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