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Spooky Fun at Alabama State Parks
Several events are taking place this month at Alabama State Parks that you won’t want to miss.
 
Fun activities on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 include movies, treats, storytelling, pumpkin decorating and much more. Events take place at DeSoto State Park and the Little River Canyon Center.
 
This event takes place October 29 at the Dogwood and Lakeside Pavilions from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Activities include hayrides, face painting, moonwalk, cake hop, corn cob toss, bobbing for apples, and a pumpkin carving contest (bring your own pumpkin). Food and drinks will be available to purchase. Activities have a charge of one ticket per activity. Tickets ($1 each) will be available for purchase at the Dogwood Pavilion.
 
In conjunction with Oak Mountain’s Fall Festival, the Alabama Wildlife Center is hosting Owl-o-ween from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 29. Activities include owl presentations, storytelling and educational programs. The cost is free after paid admission to Oak Mountain State Park.
 
Paul M. Grist State Park is hosting hayrides in the park on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30. The first ride will start at 10 a.m., the second ride at 1 p.m., and a third ride at 4 p.m. for day users. A later ride around 7 p.m. will be for those who are camping out at the park. Also featured will be “Trunk or Treat” for those who would like to decorate the trunks of their cars and hand out candy to the kids on the ride. There will be a contest for the best decorated trunk. First place will get two free nights of camping at Paul Grist. Second place will be free rental of a flat-bottomed boat for a day, and third place will get a free one-hour pedal boat rental. The hay ride is free, but day-use park admission applies.
 
Enjoy a day of events on October 29 at Cheaha State Park. Activities include a campsite decoration contest, costume contest for all park guests and campfire ghost stories. Trick or treat while you stay with us. It’s a mountain of fun!
 
Hosted by the Lake Frank Jackson Trailmasters, the scarecrows are creatively made by various individuals, businesses, and school groups. Approximately 3 miles of walkings trails will take on very festive and original characters. Continuing daily through mid-November.

 
Tips from the Pro
By Harry Dwyer, Gulf State Park Pro Shop
 
Lesson # 7 – CHIPPING
 
How many times have you been around the green faced with a chip shot of considerable length, but just can’t seem to hit the chip crisp and to the hole? I see people freeze on this shot and either hit way behind it and totally flub the shot, just to have the same shot again, or they hit too high on the ball and send it way off line and well past the pin.
 
Let’s make it simple. One of best of the best tips I ever had was from Coach Rehling at the University of Alabama. “Putt whenever you can, and chip when only you have to,” he said. Pretty good advice, but only when the fringe and ruff is cut close and you are able to roll the ball easily.
 
Go down on the handle of the club and that will give enough loft to get the ball onto the green and rolling toward the pin. Make sure you have the ball back in your stance with your hands ahead of the ball. Have a good flex of the knees with your weight slightly on your left side and make the stroke straight back and straight through along the target line.
 
Follow this simple formula and within minutes you will be chipping with confidence. Have fun and see you on the course.
 
— Harry
 
Harry Dwyer is a 28-year veteran of the Professional Golfers’ Association and an alumnus of the University of Alabama.


UPCOMING EVENTS
 
11/5/2011
Just 8 miles from DeSoto State Park, Canyonfest takes place at the Little River Canyon Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Enjoy live music, nature and arts activities, arts demonstrations and sales, great food, vendors, children’s activities and fun at this festival designed to celebrate our natural world and to benefit the children of our community.
 
11/19/2011 and 12/3/2011
Fun for all ages. Relax in the simple joy of being a kid again as you build and decorate your candyland cabin! Our December 3 workshop includes a visit from Santa! All participants receive a discount toward their room as well. Come and discover the world of edible imagination with us. For more details call 1-800-846-2654 or email Tammy.Power@dcnr.alabama.gov.
 
11/19/2011
Take off and weigh in is at Lakepoint Marina. For more details call 334-687-6026, or email info@candroutdoors.com.

Share a
Park Memory
“Where Memories Are Made” is a new promotion that allows visitors to share memories by posting comments or videos on the website.  Everyone who participates will qualify for a $250 “Stay 'n Play” gift card drawing to be given away every three months.
 
The next drawing will be held on December 1, so submit your entry today. Access the Where Memories Are Made promotion to view other memories by park visitors and to add your own.  

 
 
2012 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest
Are you an amateur photographer with an eye for Alabama’s diverse natural heritage? If so, you are encouraged to submit your images to Outdoor Alabama magazine’s 2012 Photo Contest. Winning entries will be published in the February 2012 issue of the magazine.
 
Entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2011.

Give Us
Your Feedback
To make sure we are providing the best possible visitor experience, we’re asking for feedback on your park visit.
 
Online surveys are available for day-use visits, dining and overnight stays.
 
Whether you camped or stayed in one of the cabins or hotels, please tell us about your stay. Click here to fill out a survey.

Outdoor Alabama Sweepstakes
A four-wheeler and a jon boat package are two of the prizes to be awarded in the Outdoor Alabama Sweepstakes, which runs through January 31, 2012.
Click here to enter the sweepstakes. You are automatically entered when you purchase a 2011-2012 recreational hunting or fishing license online. You may also enter without purchasing a license. Only one entry per person is allowed, and it must be completed online.

October 2011 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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