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Governor Announces"Year of Parks"

 

Governor Robert Bentley announces 75th anniversary for Alabama State Parks.

 With the aromas in the air from the freshly prepared food at Baumhower's ShrimpFest and Barbecue event at Oak Mountain State Park, Gov. Robert Bentley today announced the launch of 2014's Year of the Park in Alabama.

"Today is a year-long celebration that we're going to begin to celebrate our state parks," Bentley said near the beach recreation area at Alabama's largest state park. "We want our families to be able to use them. We want them to take the opportunity to enjoy what we see on a regular basis."

The campaign coincides with 2014's 75th anniversary of the Alabama State Parks system that consists of 22 parks. 

The announcement came at the start of Baumhower's ShrimpFest and Barbecue that offered plenty of freshly cooked Alabama Gulf shrimp, barbecued pork and chicken, seafood gumbo and boiled potatoes and corn on the cob.

Bob Baumhower, owner of various restaurants in Alabama, said the festival and campaign will help raise awareness of the amenities that Alabama offers. "It's a way for us to feature the beautiful parks Alabama has and to feature Alabama Gulf seafood," he said.

Partners involved in organizing the event include Baumhower's restaurants, Buffalo Rock Company, Conecuh Sausage, Good People Brewing and Red Diamond.

"We're all doing this to support our park system," Baumhower said. "This is something we're doing to make the announcement for next year." 

Plans for the ShrimpFest and Barbecue series include the next event in 2014 at Gulf State Park in March, Baumhower said. Other events will happen at Lake Point State Park in Eufaula, Lake Guntersville State Park in Guntersville and Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville before returning to Oak Mountain State Park.