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Atmore, Perdido attractions featured in vacation guide

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Whoever said Atmore does not even show up on the map has not been looking around at all the places to visit in the city and in surrounding areas.
Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve, Perdido Vineyards and the Creek Entertainment Center are a few of the area attractions mentioned in the “Sweet Home Alabama: Official Vacation Guide 2008.” There are also many Atmore area activities listed in the “2008 Alabama Calendar of Events” book.
Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve general manager Billy Smith said he is honored the campground was featured in the vacation guide. Smith is even more excited about the changes being made at Magnolia Branch.
One of the additions Smith was speaking about is the newly paved asphalt driveway instead of the dirt road at Magnolia Branch. He said the paved drive makes it easy for people to ride their bikes or walk for fun or exercise.
Also featured in the vacation guide is the Creek Entertainment Center, the Little River State Forest and the Perdido Vineyards.
Also places featured in the surrounding areas are the Thomas E. McMillan Museum and Alabama Room in Brewton and Turtle Point Environmental Science Center in Flomaton.
In the “2008 Alabama Calendar of Events” book there are several Atmore activities mentioned including the Dr. Martin Luther King Parade and Holiday Celebration, Mayfest, the Unity in the Community Festival, the South Alabama Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Williams Station Day, the Poarch Creek Thanksgiving Day Pow Wow and the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Twilight Christmas Parade.
The Uriah Cotton Patch Festival and Brewton’s Blueberry Festival are also listed.
The 2008 travel publications place emphasis on Alabama’s sporting events and venues to correspond with Gov. Bob Riley’s designation of 2008 as the Year of Alabama Sports.
Tourism director Lee Sentell said these publications will be in a great demand.
To obtain a free copy of either publication, call 334-242-4169 or visit www.alabama.travel