Know Your Roots

24 Jun

When you walk into our stores this week, you’re most likely going to be greeted by a large framed poster containing all things Alabama within the state lines. BBQ and railroads and steel, oh my! However, the longer you search the image, the more you may realize info that you didn’t know about our lovely state! Now some things aren’t a shocker, but being home to the world’s longest yard sale is pretty darn cool. This week we’ve decided to dissect the poster, and dig deeper into our Alabama roots. If we had any questions about phrases on the poster, they’ve definitely been cleared up now! So pop open a Coke, roll down the windows, and join us as we travel across the state to explore some of the cool sites Alabama has to offer. We’ll be throwing in a few history facts too, so get ready to learn!

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The World’s Longest Yard Sale

If you’re looking to do a little bargainin’ and road trippin’ this summer, The World’s Longest Yard Sale may be the perfect trip for you. Also known as the 127 Corridor Sale, this seemingly endless distance of deals starts in Addison, Michigan and ends in Gadsden, Alabama. Yes, that’s 690 miles! Each vendor opens at 8 am and closes down late evening. Their website includes hotel information, places to park, and helpful tips to make your trip a success. It even has a countdown clock! This year’s sale is August 7-10. Don’t miss out on this Alabama tradition!

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Willie Mays

Born on May 6, 1931, in the city of Westfield, Alabama, Willie Mays began playing baseball after the sport was de-segregated, and became one of the best batters and fielders during his time. After playing for the minor leagues for only two short seasons, Willie was picked up by the New York Giants and was named “Rookie of the Year” by the end of that season. Mays served in the U.S Army during the Korean War, but shortly returned to the Giants in 1954 and became their Most Valuable Player. His career ended in 1973 with the New York Mets, as well as 660 home runs, 22 extra-inning home runs, 3,283 hits, and 338 stolen bases.

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The National Peanut Festival

Taking place in Dothan, Alabama, the National Peanut Festival is held to celebrate local farmers and rejoice in a new harvest season.  The festival started on Thursday, November 10, 1938 and included a parade, pageant, grand ball, and historical play. Dr. George Washington Carver from the Tuskegee Institute served as the guest speaker as he had gained international notoriety for his development of over 300 products from peanuts. This 10-day event now hosts over 150,000. The 71st National Peanut Festival will take place this year from October 31- November 9.

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Zelda Fitzgerald

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, born July 24, 1900 in Montgomery, Alabama, was an American novelist and the wife of renowned writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Known by many as the first American flapper, Zelda enjoyed the arts and dancing. After marrying F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1920, the couple moved to Europe. There Zelda began writing short stories and articles. After being diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1930, she later moved back to America and was admitted to the Highland Mental Hospital. Zelda died in 1948 when the hospital that she was residing in caught on fire. Because of Zelda’s remarkable work as a poet, novelist, and dancer, she as admitted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Felix’s Fish Camp

Craving some seafood? Then head on over to Felix’s Fish Camp Grill to lay those cravings to rest. Well, then again, it may just make you crave some more! Located in Spanish Fort, Alabama, Felix’s features music in their live Boat House Bar as well as Chef Specials that are sure to leave your mouth watering. Whether you’re looking for oysters and crabs, or shrimp & grits, you’re sure to leave Felix’s Fish Camp Grill satisfied.

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While we were only able to highlight a few fun facts from this State Lines poster, there is always time for you to dig into your roots and celebrate all things Sweet Home Alabama. Don’t miss out on this unique piece!

Diggin’ deep,

Leah S. – Wrapsody

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