ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – What comes to mind when you think of Athens?
A beautiful town in north Alabama? Or the historic city in Greece?
The inaugural Athens Grease Festival will be held downtown Saturday, September 29, and it’s a celebration of the Greek origin of the city’s name and Southerners’ love of fried foods.
If that didn’t grab your attention — this will. You get a discount on admission if you wear a toga. It’s $5 admission per person, or $4 for toga wearers. Children 12 and under are free. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
There will be a children’s area, southern crafts, a toga contest, toga fun run and Olympic-style games.
“The idea of this festival evolved from a suggestion made by consultants who were doing a branding campaign for Athens,” said festival Chairwoman Christy Hubbard. “The consultants loved the Greek Revival structures in our city and our restaurants. They created a logo for the ‘Athens Grease Festival, a Celebration of All Things Fried.’ ”
There will also be entertainment by Faron Davis, The Charles & Grant Show, Matt Prater, Richie & Deemer, The Park Band, Joey Thompson and Charles Williams.
The Athens Grease Festival is presented by Spirit of Athens, a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Athens. Proceeds from the event will benefit SOA and improvement projects downtown.
“You need to eat responsibly the other 364 days of the year, but it’s OK to splurge occasionally,” said Spirit of Athens Director Trisha Black. “We’re not saying you need to eat fried foods every day and for every meal. But it is OK to resurrect recipes from our Southern mothers and grandmothers now and then and treat yourself.”
To learn more, visit Athensgreasefestival.com.