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The Top 10 Workout Songs for November 2016


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Fort Wayne, IN – November 1, 2016 – This month’s top 10 workout songs span a wider tempo range then normal—with the fastest song clocking at more than double the speed of the slowest. Moreover, that’s just the beginning of this playlist’s variety. So, with no further ado, let’s get into the mix.

On the lower end of the spectrum, you’ll find new tunes from The Weekend and Lady Gaga that are perfect for warming up, cooling down, and stretching. At the other end, you’ll find lightning fast tracks from Green Day and Dagny that will give you an extra boost mid-routine. Those tracks alone incorporate country touches, Scandinavian melodies, pop punk, and Daft Punk. Elsewhere, you can find remixes from Ellie Goulding and The Chainsmokers alongside soundtrack hits by Years & Years (from Bridget Jones’ Baby) and Christina Aguilera (from The Get Down).

Whatever your tastes, new faves await. When you’re ready to make tracks, here’s the full top 10 list—according to the votes logged on workout music site Run Hundred.

Christina Aguilera & Nile Rodgers – Telepathy (Rare Candy Radio Mix) – 123 BPM

The Weekend & Daft Punk – Starboy – 93 BPM

Green Day – Revolution Radio – 180 BPM

The Chainsmokers & Halsey – Closer (Wuki Remix) – 108 BPM

Dagny – Ultraviolet – 150 BPM

Lady Gaga – A-YO – 75 BPM

Years & Years – Meteorite – 120 BPM

Maroon 5 & Kendrick Lamar – Don’t Wanna Know – 100 BPM

Bruno Mars – 24k Magic – 107 BPM

Ellie Goulding – Still Falling for You (Jonas Blue Remix) – 123 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Contact:
Chris Lawhorn
Run Hundred
Email: mail@runhundred.com

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Top 10 Workout Songs for August 2016


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Fort Wayne, IN – August 1, 2016 – Collaborations and remixes reign in this month’s top 10 list—with all but one of the tracks being credited to multiple artists. In the mix, you’ll find an unlikely pairing between country superstar Brad Paisley and pop siren Demi Lovato. Equally unusual is a club cut featuring Bright Light Bright Light and Sir Elton John. Lastly, there’s a Top 40 hit featuring festival giants Major Lazer, Danish songstress MØ, and Justin Bieber.

On the remix front, you’ll find an ode to weekend featuring Flo Rida and Jason Derulo and an uptempo version of the rap anthem “All the Way Up.” In addition, there’s a song that Alan Walker released as in instrumental dance cut in 2014, which was re-released with vocals in 2015, and is back on the charts in 2016—after being reworked by Tungevaag & Raaban. For all of these tunes and more, check out the full top 10 list—according to the votes logged on workout music site Run Hundred.

Brad Paisley & Demi Lovato – Without a Fight – 113 BPM

Martin Garrix & Third Party – Lions in the Wild – 128 BPM

Bright Light Bright Light & Elton John – All in the Name – 124 BPM

Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, Infrared, David Guetta & GLOWINTHEDARK – All the Way Up (Remix) – 98 BPM

Major Lazer, Justin Bieber & MØ – Cold Water – 93 BPM

Carlos Vives & Shakira – La Bicicleta – 90 BPM

Alan Walker – Faded (Tungevaag & Raaban Remix) – 128 BPM

Cash Cash, Digital Farm Animals & Nelly – Millionaire – 100 BPM

The Chainsmokers, Tritonal & Emily Warren – Until You Were Gone – 127 BPM

Flo Rida & Jason Derulo – Hello Friday (Owen Norton Remix) – 128 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Contact:
Chris Lawhorn
Run Hundred
Email: mail@runhundred.com
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The Top 10 Workout Songs for April 2016


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Fort Wayne, IN – April 4, 2016 – Ladies rule the gym this month—with females out front on all but three of the month’s top tunes. The list also favors the poppier end of the musical spectrum. At the same time–even with these elements in common—there’s still room for a few surprises.

The most anticipated songs of the month are the new singles from Sia and Meghan Trainor. Collaborations also proved popular—with Zara Larsson and Fifth Harmony teaming up with MNEK and Ty Dolla $ign, respectively. Lastly, from the fellows, you’ll find the latest from Pitbull, a remix from Coldplay, and a fast track from St. Lucia.

In short, what seems like a homogeneous playlist on the surface turns out to be a remarkably fluid mix of dance, pop, rap, and rock on further inspection. Moreover, it’s spring—when pop’s jauntiness returns after months of hibernation. So, it’s a great time of year for buoyant beats and an even better time to get outdoors.

Here’s the full list—according to the votes logged on workout music site Run Hundred.

Pitbull – Freedom – 118 BPM

Zara Larsson & MNEK – Never Forget You – 73 BPM

Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime (Matoma Remix) – 112 BPM

Years& Years & Tove Lo – Desire – 126 BPM

Sia – Cheap Thrills – 90 BPM

Meghan Trainor – NO – 94 BPM

St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away – 158 BPM

JoJo – When Love Hurts (Hugel Remix) – 120 BPM

Fifth Harmony & Ty Dolla $ign – Work from Home – 105 BPM

Tori Kelly – Something Beautiful – 93 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Contact:
Chris Lawhorn
Run Hundred
Email: mail@runhundred.com

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The Top 10 Workout Songs for December 2015


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Fort Wayne, IN – December 1, 2015 – What summer is to the blockbuster movie, winter is to the blockbuster album. With record labels competing for your holiday loot, the marketplace is flooded with new releases from the biggest acts on their rosters. While this wealth of new music is great if you’re hitting the mall looking for gifts, it’s just as great if you’re hitting the gym and looking for new tracks.

In the mix below, you’ll find new singles from Top 40 regulars like Coldplay and Missy Elliott. There are also remixes of smash hits from Selena Gomez and The Weeknd. Elsewhere club favorites like Audien and Rudimental create cross-genre collaborations with Lady Antebellum and Ed Sheeran. Lastly, you can hear Megan Trainor break from her signature style with a tropical tune from The Peanuts Movie.

The strength of this month’s mix is its simplicity: big acts, catchy choruses, good vibes. The end of the year is plenty hectic on its own—without additional challenges in the workout music department. So, don’t overthink it. Just try a few tracks below, then make a few tracks through the snow.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

Missy Elliott & Pharrell Williams – WTF (Where They From) – 120 BPM

Daya – Hide Away – 95 BPM

Grimes – Flesh Without Blood – 156 BPM

Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime – 113 BPM

Selena Gomez & A$AP Rocky – Good for You (Phantoms Remix) – 119 BPM

Audien & Lady Antebellum – Something Better – 126 BPM

Rudimental & Ed Sheeran – Lay It All on Me – 123 BPM

The Weeknd – I Can’t Feel My Face (Martin Garrix Remix) – 127 BPM

Meghan Trainor – Better When I’m Dancin’ – 128 BPM

Andy Grammer – Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah) – 120 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Contact:
Chris Lawhorn
Run Hundred
Email: mail@runhundred.com
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South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, Myrtle Beach, November 26-28


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South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, Myrtle Beach, November 26-28

The South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival is an indoor show that draws fans from throughout the eastern half of the United States and Canada for a “Who’s Who” array of traditional bluegrass talent.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC, November 2, 2015 – Jimmy Fortune along with Dailey & Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Marty Raybon, The Lonesome River Band and The Spinney Brothers headline this terrific talent lineup announced by promoters Adams Bluegrass, LLC, for the 46th Annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, the Palmetto State’s oldest, largest, and best bluegrass event. The Thanksgiving weekend extravaganza of family fun and American music is slated for November 26-28, 2015 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, located at 2101 North Oak St., Myrtle Beach, SC. This is the world’s premier late fall Bluegrass Festival. This indoor show draws fans from throughout the eastern half of the United States and Canada for a “Who’s Who” array of traditional bluegrass talent.

This year’s talent lineup begins Thursday at 12:00 noon and goes until 10:00 p.m. with Flatt Lonesome (IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year), Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion, The Spinney Brothers, Big Country Bluegrass, Feller & Hill and The Bluegrass Buckaroos, and The Grascals (IBMA Entertainers of The Year 2006 and 2007).

Friday’s lineup of talent begins at 12:00 noon and goes until 10:30 p.m. featuring Ted Jones & The Tarheel Boys, Lonesome River Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Goldwing Express, Marty Raybon & Full Circle (formerly with the country group Shenandoah) and Old Friends, (Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams).

The Myrtle Beach Festival reaches its crescendo from 12:00 noon until 10:30 p.m. on Saturday with The Malpass Brothers, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Seven Time Vocal Group & Gospel Recorded Performance of The Year), Jimmy Fortune Trio (formerly with The Statler Brothers and Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee) will perform two sets. Dailey & Vincent (IBMA Entertainers of the Year 2008-2010) will perform one 90 minute show beginning at 8:30 p.m. and Jimmy
Fortune will perform with Dailey & Vincent beginning at 9:30 p.m.

The luxurious accommodations at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center includes a large area for great jam sessions, and modern facilities all within walking distance of many hotels and motels.

TICKETS: Reserved Seat Tickets: Reserved Individual: Adult $45 Per Day (Thursday, Friday or Saturday). Children: 7-15 $25 Per Day; 3 day Reserved Adult: $95, Children $50. General Admission Tickets: Individual Adult $40 Per Day, Children $20 Per Day, 3 day Adult General Admission $90, Children $45 for General Admission with under 7 free with parents.

Reserved and general admission tickets will be sold at the Convention Center Box Office during the festival opening at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.

For Tickets or More Information go to http://www.adamsbluegrass.com or call: (706) 864-7203 Adams Bluegrass, LLC
Convention Center (843) 918-1225

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Event Date: November 26-28, 2015
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Means Bluegrass on November 26-28
Jimmy Fortune along with Dailey & Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Marty Raybon, The Lonesome River Band and The Spinney Brothers headline this terrific talent lineup announced by promoters Adams Bluegrass, LLC, for the 46th Annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival, the Palmetto State’s oldest, largest, and best bluegrass event. The Thanksgiving weekend extravaganza of family fun and American music is slated for November 26-28, 2015 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, located at 2101 North Oak St., SC. This is the world’s premier late fall Bluegrass Festival. This indoor show draws fans from throughout the eastern half of the United States and Canada for a “Who’s Who” array of traditional bluegrass talent.
TICKETS: Reserved Seat Tickets: Reserved Individual: Adult $45 Per Day (Thursday, Friday or Saturday). Children: 7-15 $25 Per Day; 3 day Reserved Adult: $95, Children $50. General Admission Tickets: Individual Adult $40 Per Day, Children $20 Per Day, 3 day Adult General Admission $90, Children $45 for General Admission with under 7 free with parents. Reserved and general admission tickets will be sold at the Convention Center Box Office during the festival opening at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. For Tickets or More Information go to http://www.adamsbluegrass.com or call: (706) 864-7203 Adams Bluegrass, LLC. Convention Center (843) 918-1225

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The Top 10 Workout Songs for November 2015


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The Top 10 Workout Songs for November 2015

Fort Wayne, IN – November 2, 2015 – The autumn is an excellent time to find new music. In the summer, Top 40 artists are all over the radio, competing for the season’s biggest song. In winter, the year’s biggest releases are competing for your holiday dollars. In between, the competition dies down a bit—making room for new acts to seize control of the charts and the gym.

In this month’s mix, you’ll find a social media-powered hit from Madison Beer, one of the fastest rap tracks in recent memory from Shy Carter, and a pop track from Pitch Perfect 2 star Hailee Steinfeld. Additionally, the month’s most popular track comes from Jess Glynne—the vocalist from Clean Bandit’s multi-platinum smash “Rather Be.” In with the newcomers, you’ll find two big comebacks—a single from Joe Jonas’ new group DNCE and a collaboration between Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott.

Even with most of the heavyweights out of the running this month, there was still plenty of action on the charts. Moreover, without reputations on they can rely, tracks by new acts have to battle their way to the top on merits alone. Since only the catchiest, newest songs made the cut, the 10 tracks below should be perfect for freshening up your current workout mix.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

John Newman & Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game – 128 BPM

Ellie Goulding – On My Mind – 78 BPM

Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love – 122 BPM

DNCE – Cake by the Ocean – 119 BPM

Madison Beer & Jack & Jack – All for Love – 121 BPM

Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself – 124 BPM

Shy Carter & Aleon Craft – Bring It Back – 152 BPM

Demi Lovato – Confident – 130 BPM

Janet Jackson & Missy Elliott – BURNITUP! – 124 BPM

Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand – 123 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Contact:
Chris Lawhorn
Run Hundred
Email: mail@runhundred.com
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The Top 10 Workout Songs for September 2015


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The Top 10 Workout Songs for September 2015

Fort Wayne, IN – September 1, 2015 – As summer gives way to fall, let the played out songs in your gym mix give way to some current alternatives. This month’s top picks have plenty going for them—with a variety of genres and tempos represented. Moreover, with just a few new tracks here and there, you can re-energize your whole routine.
In the list below, you’ll find a pair of uptempo remixes from Demi Lovato and Madonna. Elsewhere, there are wildcard tracks—like a single from reunited ’90s darlings Veruca Salt and a collaboration between Flo Rida, Robin Thicke, and the bass player from Earth, Wind & Fire. Lastly, you’ll find a pair of brisk tracks above 140 beats per minute (BPM) from Canadian teen sensation Shawn Mendes and roots rocker Elle King.
Any workout mix can be improved with some fresh tracks and a bit of variety. The list below has plenty of both. So, take a look at what’s new, preview a few, and put your favorites to work.
Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.
Beck – Dreams – 114 BPM

Grace Potter – Alive Tonight – 120 BPM

Veruca Salt – Laughing in the Sugar Bowl – 163 BPM

Demi Lovato – Cool for the Summer (Mike Cruz Remix) – 126 BPM

Flo Rida, Robin Thicke & Verdine White – I Don’t Like It, I Love It – 119 BPM

Madonna – Bitch, I’m Madonna (Fedde Le Grande Remix) – 128 BPM

Shawn Mendes – Stitches – 150 BPM

Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s – 140 BPM

One Direction – Drag Me Down – 139 BPM

Little Mix – Black Magic – 112 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Contact:
Chris Lawhorn
Run Hundred
Email: mail@runhundred.com

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Gloria Gaynor at The Calvin Gilmore Theater August 30


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Gloria Gaynor at The Calvin Gilmore Theater August 30

Gloria Gaynor will appear at The Calvin Gilmore Theater on August 30 for an exclusive concert. Gloria and her band are bringing her critically acclaimed performance to the stage with all of her biggest hits—“Never Can Say Goodbye”, “I Am What I Am”, “I Will Survive” and more. In addition to her powerhouse show, Gloria will add a local flair by inviting the Coastal Inspirational Ambassadors Gospel Choir (CIA) of Coastal Carolina University and the Socastee Singers each to perform in one special number with her.

Global superstar, World Music Award Honoree and Grammy Award winner, Gloria Gaynor, has topped the Billboard Music charts throughout her illustrious career spanning the past four decades. Her hit songs are known across the world and Gloria has performed in more than 80 countries. Gloria is also a Grammy Nominated author; an honor she received for the audio recording of her 2nd book, “We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song”. Gaynor’s famous “I Will Survive” not only became the greatest disco anthem of all time, but has also become an anthem for social survival across the world.

Gloria Gaynor will perform in Myrtle Beach for one night only, Sunday, August 30 at 6pm at The Calvin Gilmore Theater. Tickets start at $49 and are on sale now. To buy tickets call 800-843-6779, visit TheCalvinGilmoreTheater.com or visit the box office.

New Myrtle Beach Performing Arts Series

Gloria Gaynor is among many artists booked in the new Myrtle Beach Performing Arts series launched at The Calvin Gilmore Theater. The series was launched with Garrison Keillor’s performance this past January. The Theater plans to bring you musical artists, but also to add in some high profile celebrity lecturers, authors, and political figures. Possible artists include Bill Bryson, Frank Abagnail, Pat Conroy, Michael Bolton, Kevin James, Rachel Ray and various Tribute Bands.

Gilmore says, “With its burgeoning local population, the area is ready for something new in entertainment—something that brings popular culture and an intellectual edge to the forefront.”

More Information about Calvin Gilmore and Gilmore Entertainment

Gilmore Entertainment and The Calvin Gilmore Theater have long been the leader of musical variety show entertainment in the Southeast, with the classic TCO show, their new hit, Thunder and Light, and the all new retro show, Time Warp. Gilmore and his shows have been featured by USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Southern Living Magazine, Variety, and a host of other newspapers and television shows. It is the only Myrtle Beach show to receive the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup, as well as being voted South Carolina’s Most Outstanding Attraction. In recent years, Gilmore has performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he is designated as South Carolina’s Official Country Music Ambassador.

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Civil War Reenactment Set for September 5-6 at Point Mallard Park


CONTACT: Melinda Dunn
President & CEO
Decatur-Morgan County CVB
PHONE: 256.350.2028, 800.524.6181
EMAIL: mdunn@decaturcvb.org
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Civil War Reenactment Set for September 5-6 at Point Mallard Park

Decatur, Alabama (August 20, 2015) – Labor Day is quickly approaching and the North Alabama region boasts plenty of things to see and do over the long holiday weekend. On top of the list is a compelling Civil War reenactment set to take place September 5-6, 2015, at Point Mallard Park in Decatur Ala. Hosted by the 1st Alabama Cavalry Company G “Wheelers Escort”, the Battle for Decatur Civil War Reenactment commemorates the four-day battle which took place in October 1864, telling the story of Decatur’s small, but significant role in the War Between the States.

More than 200 Civil War reenactors are expected to take part in the Battle for Decatur Civil War Reenactment. The weekend event includes mock battles, Civil War relic displays and a Civil War camp with displays of authentic equipment, dress, and drills. Camps open to the public beginning at 10 a.m. with maneuvers and battles taking place at 2 p.m. The Confederate forces will repeatedly attack the Union troops in the Union fort to mimic the event that occurred at and near the Old State Bank.

The public is also invited to a Ladies’ Tea at 10 a.m. and the Military Ball at 7 p.m. on Saturday and a Church Service at 10 a.m. on Sunday. These three events are held at The Chapel located near the entrance of Point Mallard Park.

Other activities include drill and firing of mid-19th century muskets mounted cavalry patrols, cannon and a living history of daily camp life where spectators can purchase Civil War related items and visit with soldiers.

The historical reenactment represents the historic battle event that took place 151 years ago on the east side of Decatur near the Old State Bank. The City of Decatur was an important transportation site for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War due to the Memphis and Charleston’s railroad bridge crossing the Tennessee River. During the 1864 battle at Decatur, Confederate General Hood attempted to break Union supply lines at the crucial railroad crossing at Decatur. He was not successful and had to cross the river at Florence. Decatur’s involvement in this campaign and the fierce four-day battle led to the city to be known as “a hard nut to crack.”

Sponsored by the City of Decatur, Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Morgan County Commission and Camp 580 Sons of Confederate Veterans Alabama Division, the two-day event is held at Point Mallard Park, a 750-acre municipal park providing year round recreation facilities in Decatur, Ala. Admission is free. For more information on the Battle for Decatur Civil War Reenactment, call Larry Thomson, SCV Camp 580 Adjutant, at 256.520.2906.

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About The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCCVB)
The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization promoting tourism and economic growth in Morgan County. For information on special events and attractions in Decatur and Morgan County, contact the DMCCVB at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028; or visit its website at http://www.decaturcvb.org and click on the “Things to Do” link.

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Labor Day Celebration to be Held at Coon Dog Cemetery


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CONTACT: Janice M. Williams, President
Friends of the Coon Dog Cemetery, Inc.
PHONE: 256.412.5970
EMAIL: coondogcemetery@comcast.net

Labor Day Celebration to be Held at Coon Dog Cemetery

Tuscumbia, Ala. (August 18, 2015) – On a ridge in the Freedom Hills of Northwest Alabama, in a clearing among century-old oaks and “piney” woods, one may visit the graves of more than 300 coon hounds, all tried and true. For most of the year one hears only the peaceful sounds of nature. On Labor Day, however, the quiet is broken when folks gather for the annual Coon Dog Cemetery Labor Day Celebration. They come to have a good time and to pay tribute to the dogs and to those who loved them, especially the cemetery’s founder, Mr. Key Underwood, and the first dog buried here.

It was Labor Day, 1937, when Underwood lost his beloved canine hunting companion, Troop. Remembering the special times and the special place where Underwood had gathered with friends and other dogs to enjoy the night-time sport and its accompanying camaraderie, he decided that it was the perfect place to lay Troop to rest. The grave was dug by Key, Raymond Wheeler and Wilburn Prater. The dog, wrapped in an old cotton pick sack, was buried. Underwood chiseled his name and the date on a sandstone chimney rock. Today, this grave and its marker remain as a tribute to one man’s love of his dog. Surrounded now by others (many with colorful epitaphs) and with not one, but two, memorial monuments depicting treeing coonhounds, the site rivals human cemeteries in history and in love. The Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery is the only one of its kind in the world.

The 2015 Labor Day Celebration, set for Monday, September 7, 2015, will begin at 10 a.m. and will close at 4 p.m. No admission is charged.

According to Janice Williams, president of the Friends of the Coon Dog Cemetery, Inc., “This year’s celebration should prove to be bigger and better than ever. We welcome back the Southern Strangers to play their old-time Bluegrass music and as an added attraction this year, we will have Muscle Shoals Music Legend, Travis Wammack, and the Snake Man Band.”

L.O. Bishop will be on hand to dish up his famous barbeque. Newly designed Coon Dog Cemetery caps, tee shirts, coffee mugs and cap/lapel pins will be for sale and selected arts and crafts vendors have been invited to this year’s celebration.

“Attendance is free, but sales that day will benefit the Friends of the Coon Dog Cemetery’s fund for the preservation of the site, which is part of the Freedom Hills Wildlife Management area, protected by the State of Alabama,” stated David Isom, treasurer of Friends of the Coon Dog Cemetery, Inc. FCDC Board Member Mitchell Marks stated that the group hosts the annual Coon Dog Labor Day Celebration and serves as caretaker of the cemetery, providing grounds keeping and decorating it once a year for the celebration and burials, which require meeting certain guidelines.

The Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery is located at 4945 Coon Dog Cemetery Road in Cherokee, Ala. Driving Directions from Muscle Shoals / Tuscumbia follow Hwy. 72 West and turn left (south) onto AL Hwy. 247. Drive 12.8 miles and turn right (west) on Coon Dog Cemetery Road. Drive another 5 miles and the cemetery will be on the left. Parking areas will be marked and shuttle service by golf carts will be available for those needing assistance.

For additional information, call256-412-5970, email coondogcemetery@comcast.net or visit http://www.coondogcemetery.com or http://www.facebook.com/friendsofthecoondogcemetery.

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Photos available upon request by sending an email to janicem.williams@comcast.net.