Athens Grease Festival highlight – “Toga on the Square”

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ATHENS, Ala - The Spirit of Athens is hosting a "Toga Party on The Square" on Saturday, June 11th at the downtown Square in Athens for the fourth annual Athens Grease Festival.

The festival is a celebration of the Greek origin of the city`s name and all things fried. It has been named "One of the Oddest Festivals in Alabama" by This year, everyone is invited to wear a toga to the event, and those who do will receive $1 off their admission. Spirit of Athens, a Main Street organization, invests the proceeds from the Festival back into the downtown Athens area.

From 11 am to 7 pm, event goers can enjoy contests like a frozen turkey toss, riding a mechanical bull, eating foods like fried deviled eggs, and listening to music ranging from blues to rock to county to Latino to reggae to gospel. There also will be a kids` zone and the Dub`s Burger eating contest.

Opening ceremonies will start at 11:30 am with a mini-parade led by the Cool Bone Jazz Band and Athena-Grease Goddess. The event will conclude at 7pm. Tickets and t-shirts for the event are available on Eventbrite, or at "the door". Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for ages 2 and younger. For more information, go to