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Anniversary of battle named to top-10 list of events in 2014

Published 6:06pm Thursday, January 2, 2014

After reviewing more than 1,900 events across the state slated for 2014, the Alabama Tourism Department has released the top 10 happenings you don’t want to miss.

One of the top-ten events is right here in Tallapoosa County – the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, which is scheduled for March

Brian Jones, public relations director for the Alabama Tourism Department, said that the list is compiled annually.

“We have nearly 1,900 events scheduled, and most of the events are free,” Jones said. “We select the top 10 by looking for unique events, big draws and anniversary events. It is a big deal to be top 10 out of 1,900”
Jones said the anniversary event made the top 10 partly due to the nature of the event.

“A lot of people love seeing living history,” Jones said. “There are a lot of great museums in Alabama, but when you can go and see live history, it really makes it a unique event.”

More than 800 Red Sticks and 49 soldiers in General Andrew Jacksons’ army died during the battle. The decisive victory led to the end of the conflict between the United States and the Creek nation. The Treaty of Fort Jackson signified the end of the conflict, and the United States was given 23 million acres, land which would eventually become the building blocks for the state of Alabama.

The anniversary event will allow the chance to experience live cannon fire, the lives of Creek and Cherokee Indians, hunting camps and demonstrations of traditional skills of the early 1800s. More details will be released as they are made available.

The list top-10 events appear in the Alabama Tourism Department’s Vacation Guide and Calendar and can also be found at welcome centers and select chambers of commerce throughout the state.

They also appear online, along with all events scheduled for 2014.

“There is not a weekend in 2014 you can’t find something to do in Alabama,” Jones said.

For more information, visit www.alabama.travel or http://www.nps.gov/hobe/index.htm.

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