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Press Releases

The latest press releases from the City of Athens, Department of Tourism and our tourism partners are available on this page.  Click the titles of each press release to be taken to the full article. 

Halloween at the Hatchery Coming Up October 29

October 13, 2015: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will host the annual Halloween at the Hatchery the evening of Thursday, October 29.

Christmas Parade entry forms now available

September 30, 2015: The City of Athens is pleased to announce that 2015 Christmas Parade entry forms are now available at City Hall and on the City's website at www.AthensTexas.us.

Uncle Fletch will Hit the Athens Square on Saturday, Sept. 26

September 14, 2015: The Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival will return to the Courthouse Square in Athens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.

Life's Better Outside: Get Out There!

September 1, 2015: On September 26 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, the Outdoor Expo and Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament will help you develop skills and increase your knowledge by doing it yourself under the direction of a skilled expert.

2nd Annual Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival Returns Sept. 26

August 28, 2015: The Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival is coming back to Athens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

City of Athens to host Downtown Assessment

July 27, 2015: The City of Athens, through its Department of Tourism, will host a downtown assessment on Friday, July 31. 

City of Athens Call for Projects Deadline July 6

June 29, 2015: The City of Athens recently issued a Call for Projects for the upcoming fiscal year through its Department of Tourism and there is still time to apply.

Fourth of July Fireworks at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

June 17, 2015: The annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) will be Saturday, July 4.

City of Athens Issues Call For Projects

June 11, 2015: The City of Athens is issuing a Call for Projects for the upcoming fiscal year through its Department of Tourism.

National Fishing Day at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center June 6

May 18, 2015: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week on June 6 by making a family fishing trip affordable with free admission for kids 12 and under plus free fishing for the whole family.

Athens EggFest 2015 Set for April 11 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

March 25, 2015: The fifth annual Athens EggFest is scheduled for Saturday, April 11 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.

Keep Athens Beautiful Home and Garden Event Coming March 7

February 13, 2015: Keep Athens Beautiful will host its Home and Garden Event on March 7 at the Henderson County Regional Fair Park Complex.

Outdoor Opportunities Abound in Athens at Spring Break

February 12, 2015: The City of Athens Department of Tourism offers suggestions for affordable, family friendly activities during Spring Break.

Eggheads to Thrill Tastebuds at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center April 11

February 3, 2015: Participants will come from across the country to showcase their personal recipes, meet with fellow Eggheads, and share some great food with the crowd. 

Spring Breaking at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

January 28, 2015: Families looking for a place to have an inexpensive, rewarding family vacation during spring break need look no further than the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens.

Fly Fish Texas March 14 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

January 26, 2015: Learn to tie a fly, cast a fly and catch a fish all in one day during the annual Fly Fish Texas event at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center March 14.

Athens' Scenic Fall Foliage Trail named 'Best Scenic Drive'

December 22, 2014: The popular Scenic Fall Foliage Trail in Athens, is on the latest "Best of the Upper East Side of Texas" list of winners compiled by County Line Magazine.

Athens Christmas Parade Scheduled for December 6

November 17, 2014: Plans are in full swing for the annual lighted Christmas Parade, Magical Christmas in downtown Athens, sponsored by the City of Athens. The Christmas Parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and will wind its way through downtown Athens on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Halloween at the Hatchery Coming Up October 30

October 9, 2014: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will host the annual Halloween at the Hatchery the evening of Thursday, October 30.

Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament September 27 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

September 3, 2014: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center's annual Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament will take place this year on Saturday, September 27.

City of Athens Department of Tourism Prepares for Third Annual Scenic Fall Foliage Trail

August 21, 2014: The City of Athens Department of Tourism is gearing up for the third annual Scenic Fall Foliage Trail in Athens, Texas. Peak color is anticipated mid to late November.

Uncle Fletch Coming Sept. 20

July 31, 2014: The tradition is coming back to Athens. After a long hiatus, the Uncle Fletch Hamburger Festival will return to the Courthouse Square in Athens on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Statewide Boat-draining Rule Takes Effect July 1

June 25, 2014: Beginning July 1, boaters must drain all water from their boat and on-board receptacles before leaving or approaching a body of fresh water anywhere in Texas.

Fourth of July Fireworks at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

June 23, 2014: The annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will be Friday, July 4.

Free Food, Fishing to Highlight National Fishing Day at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

May 14, 2014: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week on June 7 by making a family fishing trip affordable with free admission for kids 12 and under plus free fishing for the whole family.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration May 3 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

April 29, 2014: The Athens community will celebrate the joint heritage of Texas and Mexico with a day of dance, food and fishing at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center on Saturday, May 3.

City of Athens Department of Tourism Announces Arrival of Fresh Spring Blooms and Spring Activities

April 17, 2014: Bursting with family fun activities and outdoor adventures, Athens, Texas, is springing to life with a kaleidoscope of spring color.

Good Morning Texas to kick-off "Europe, Texas" series live from Athens

April 11, 2014: The WFAA-Channel 8 morning show, Good Morning Texas, is highlighting local communities that have European names and will broadcast live on April 23 from Athens City Hall.

Athens EggFest 2014 Set for April 12 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

March 21, 2014: The fourth annual Athens EggFest is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. This year's theme is "Grillin' and Chillin'."

No Foolin': It's Time to Get Outdoors!

March 11, 2014: Do you want to learn to camp? Kayak? Fish? Cook gourmet campfire meals? Learn more about snakes and fish and birds? Outdoor Fools Day March 29 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will help you develop skills and increase your knowledge in all those areas by doing them yourself under the direction of a skilled expert.

City of Athens Department of Tourism releases its top five list of things to do in town this summer

February 25, 2014: Athens is the perfect playground for outdoor adventurers and enthusiasts. It not only benefits from surrounding countryside and lakes, but also a plethora of exciting events. Athens' Department of Tourism is releasing this list of the top five activities visitors should take advantage of this summer.

City of Athens Department of Tourism offers ideas for spring break fun for families

February 11, 2014: With spring just around the corner, the City of Athens Department of Tourism is preparing to welcome nature lovers to its outdoor activities and diverse venues.

Fly Fish Texas March 8 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

February 5, 2014: Learn to tie a fly, cast a fly and catch a fish all in one day during the annual Fly Fish Texas event at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center March 8.

Athens Christmas Parade slated for December 7

November 26, 2013: Plans are in full swing for the annual lighted Christmas Parade, Christmas Around the Square, sponsored by the City of Athens. The annual lighted Christmas Parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Athens on Saturday, December 7.

Athens Christmas Parade entry form deadline December 2

November 14, 2013: The annual lighted Christmas Parade, sponsored by the City of Athens, is quickly approaching including the deadline to sign up for this year's Christmas Parade, Christmas Around the Square.

Halloween at the Hatchery Preparations Under Way

October 1, 2013: Halloween at the Hatchery takes place at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) October 24, and local businesses and organizations are invited to take part.

Christmas Parade entry forms now available

September 30, 2013: The City of Athens has announced the 2013 Christmas Parade entry forms and packet are now available. The annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the City of Athens, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament September 28 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

August 12, 2013: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s annual Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament will take place this year on Saturday, September 28.

Fireworks at the Fishery to Light Up Skies Over Athens

June 17, 2013: The annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is coming up on Thursday, July 4.

City of Athens Promotes Tourism with New High Definition Video

May 23, 2013: The City of Athens Department of Tourism has teamed up with Phillips Productions of Dallas, Texas to produce the City's first tourism video to attract visitors to the City of Athens.

Fly-In to Help with Awareness of Airport

May 16, 2013: Athens Municipal Airport will be hosting a “Fly-in” on  Saturday, June 1.  According to organizer Charles Tidmore, the event will give the local community a better awareness and appreciation of the Athens Airport.

Athens Department of Tourism to kick off Texas Hospitality Trainings

May 16, 2013: The City of Athens Department of Tourism will be offering a series of free Texas Hospitality Trainings for hospitality industry employees.  The first training will be held from 8:30 a.m.to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 30th at the Athens Partnership Center, located at 201 W. Corsicana Street.

Free Food and Fishing June 1 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

May 13, 2013: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week June 1 by making a family fishing trip affordable with free admission for kids 12 and under plus free fishing for the whole family.

City of Athens Department of Tourism Receives Award in Recent Photo Contest

May 3, 2013: A photo submitted by the City of Athens Department of Tourism, "Tulips in Bloom at the East Texas Arboretum," was awarded Honorable Mention in the Texas Forest Trail Region 2013 Spring Photo Contest.

Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion Moves One Day Forward

April 30, 2013: The 82nd Annual Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2013 in Athens, Texas.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration May 4 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

April 22, 2013: The Athens community will celebrate the joint heritage of Texas and Mexico with a day of dance, food and fishing at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center on Saturday, May 4.

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens Hooks a Top Spot on the "Best of Texas" List

April 9, 2013: The popular Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas is on the latest "Best of Texas" list compiled by Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine.

Get Ready for Summer Fun at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center April 6

March 20, 2013: The annual Outdoor Fools Day event at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens has two goals: To let you know what's out there to enjoy, and to teach you how to do it.

Smartphone App Now Available for Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

March 12, 2013: More than 50 percent of Americans depend on mobile devices to communicate, navigate and recreate, and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center now has an app for that.

April Events at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Feature Food, Fun, Fishing

March 11, 2013: There's no better example of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department motto "Life's Better Outside" than April events at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.

Athens, Texas Announces Fresh Spring Blooms and Spring Activities

March 7, 2013: Warmer temperatures are bringing a fresh crop of flora and fauna to Athens, Texas.

Get Hooked on Fly Fishing March 9 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

February 11, 2013: Fly Fish Texas returns to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center March 9 with the goal of teaching visitors to tie a fly, cast a fly and catch a fish with it all in one day.

Athens Eggfest 2013 Set for April 13 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

February 5, 2013: The third annual Athens Eggfest is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.

Make Athens, Texas Your Spring Break Destination

January 2013: The City of Athens Department of Tourism offers suggestions for affordable, family friendly activities during Spring Break.

Athens Celebrates the Christmas Season

December 2012: More than 75 floats lined up for city's parade. The Athens Christmas Parade began its new era with a big turnout, Saturday, as spectators took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to line the downtown streets.

Athens Christmas Parade is Tonight

November 2012: The anticipated annual lighted Christmas Parade in Athens is finally here. The City of Athens has been working hard the last couple of months to have the best parade in Athens' history.

Annual Christmas Parade set for December 1st

November 2012: Plans are in full swing for the annual lighted Christmas Parade, Christmas Around the Square, sponsored by the City of Athens.

Beautiful Fall Foliage Displays Can Be Seen in Athens, Texas

November 2012: Now is the time to visit Athens to see the beautiful fall foliage displays of East Texas. The City of Athens Department of Tourism offers a scenic driving trail for visitors to take this fall season to view the fall foliage.

Christmas Parade Entry Form Deadline November 26th

November 2012: The annual lighted Christmas Parade, sponsored by the City of Athens, is quickly approaching, including the deadline to sign up for this year's Christmas Parade, Christmas Around the Square.

Christmas Parade Entry Forms Now Available

October 2012: The City of Athens has announced the 2012 Christmas Parade entry forms and packet are now available. The annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the City of Athens, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1.

Halloween at the Hatchery October 25

October 2012: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will host the annual Halloween at the Hatchery the evening of Thursday, October 25.

City of Athens Department of Tourism Launches New Mobile Website

September 2012: The City of Athens Department of Tourism is pleased to announce they are launching a new mobile website on October 1.

Athens Offers Fall Foliage Trail for Visitors

September 2012: The City of Athens Department of Tourism has a new scenic driving trail for visitors to take this fall to view the fall foliage of East Texas.

Halloween at the Hatchery Preparations Under Way

September 2012: Halloween at the Hatchery takes place at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center October 25, 2012, and local businesses and organizations are invited to take part.

Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament September 29 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

August 2012: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center's annual Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament will take place this year on Saturday, September 29.

City of Athens Receives Go Texan Retirement Recertification

August 2012:  The City of Athens has received its recertification from the Texas Department of Agriculture announcing Athens designation as a Go Texan Certified Retirement Community.

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Gearing up for July 4 Fireworks

June 20, 2012:  Preparations are under way for the annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.  

Top Ten Things To Do In Athens This Summer

May 2012:  If you're wondering where you can go this summer on a tank of gas, look no further than Athens, Texas, Home of the Hamburger! Just 75 miles southeast of Dallas, 189 miles northwest of Houston, and 190 miles northeast of Austin, Athens is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts who consider the surrounding countryside and lakes the perfect playground for their outdoor activities. The staff at the City of Athens Department of Tourism has put together a list of top ten things visitors and their families can do in Athens this summer. 

Pass the Black-eyed Peas, Please

January 2012:  If you’re superstitious or Texan (or Southern), the odds are good that black-eyed peas serve as part of your New Year’s Day menu every year. If you possess both traits, it’s a given that you are among the true believers who eat black-eyed peas on January 1, because doing so is supposed to bring good luck and prosperity the rest of the year.

The Great Hamburger Debate

October 2011: Just which investigative organization’s jurisdiction the debate falls under is unclear, but it is high time somebody gets on the ball and once and for all sets this culinary issue to rest. The public has the right to know just who gave this country one of its greatest, most time-honored backyard-cookout and fast-food-chain traditions.  (As reprinted from American Airlines magazine)

Divers Splash into Underwater World at Scuba Park

September 25, 2011:  Scuba divers splash into the silent underwater world and commence exploring sunken objects in a Caribbean-blue lake at an unlikely site inside this East Texas town's business district.

A Zip Through Athens

August 2011: Athens is 75 miles southeast of Dallas in the post oak savannah, a region of Texas originally characterized by tall hardwood trees and bunch grasses, creeks and bogs. 

Local Swimmers to Have Opportunity to Learn from Olympians

July 6, 2011: The Athens Cain Center and its swim team, Swim Athens are pleased to announce that they will host a Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic on Monday, August 15 from 4p – 7p  at the Athens Cain Center Pool.  They invite all East Texas area youth athletes to take advantage of a unique opportunity to experience competitive swimming and enhance their swimming skills by working with 2 Olympic Swimming Champions Josh Davis and Kim Vandenberg.  

Farm and Ranch Tour Tuesday

May 12, 2011: The caravan pulls out Tuesday morning for the 48th annual Henderson County Farm and Ranch Tour.

The tour originated back in 1963 with pioneers like Jay Benson, Wyndel Tackett, J.D. Lewis, Woodrow Walker, Buford McLaughlin, Hub Moon and John Corley creating an opportunity for citizens to see some of the county’s leading agricultural operations first-hand.

New Record Bass for Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s Lake Zebco 

March 16, 2011:  Spring break 2011 will long be remembered as special by Chris McCaskill, 18, of Lewisville.

About noon March 15 McCaskill was fishing in TFFC’s 1.5-acre casting pond when he caught a 10.72-pound largemouth bass, a new water body record. McCaskill was targeting blue and channel catfish or rainbow trout with a night crawler when the big bass bit.

Free Rainbow Trout Harvest at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

March 15, 2011:  Visitors to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) are invited to harvest rainbow trout at no charge from now through the end of the season in late April.

Athens Facility Offers Gardens, Botanical Classes and Farmhouse Museum

February 27, 2011:  Down a narrow country road and almost out of sight is a place of beauty that Bobby Hill describes as "a hidden jewel in East Texas."

First Signs of Spring Arrive at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

February 23, 2011:  The first signs of spring have arrived at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, and they are not what you might expect. The redbuds are not blooming. The purple martin scouts are not circling the birdhouses around the casting pond. The bass are not spawning. But a harbinger of the changing seasons just as reliable landed in Zoe Ann Stinchcomb’s mailbox this week: the first batch of entries in the Texas division of the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest.

National Travel and Tourism Week

February 22, 2011:  Annual Salute to Travel and Tourism in America

Fly Fish Texas: You're One Day Away from a Lifetime of Fun

February 22, 2011:  Tie a fly. Cast a fly. Catch a fish. That’s all there is to fly-fishing, and Fly Fish Texas is the place to learn it. 

Falcon, O.H. Ivie Singing Toyota ShareLunker Duet

February 21, 2011: Toyota ShareLunker program manager David Campbell might well be putting new words to the song “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary” before the current season ends.

Artists and Exhibitors Sought for National Art Expo in East Texas

February 7, 2011: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center and Wildlife Forever need artists and exhibitors to participate in the 13th annual National State-Fish Art Contest Expo to be held concurrently with the 2nd annual Art’s Better Outside event on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.

City of Athens, TX embraces social web, custom CMS at athens.tx.org

January 31, 2011: The City of Athens, Texas has launched a cutting edge website aimed at showcasing all Athens has to offer with a mission to drive tourism to the City at www.athenstx.org. Speaking at the launch Director of Tourism Darlene Forshage explained her vision for building a website that provided a meaningful service to visitors as well as a giving City Hall a modern and effective way to market Athens.

Splash returns to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

January 24, 2011: It's often said that fame is fleeting, but that does not apply to Splash, the former world record blue catfish caught from Lake Texoma January 16, 2004, by Cody Mullennix of Howe.

This week the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) unveiled a new Splash display featuring a full-size fiberglass replica of the fish and her complete skeleton, which was assembled and prepared for display by personnel at the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Natural History Collections at the J.J. Pickle Research Center.

New Venue Honors Duct Tape Messiah Blaze Foley

December 15, 2010: Marsha Weldon’s sprawling, not-yet-finished barbecue restaurant and music venue near downtown Athens is a tribute to her brother, who wrote some great songs, was usually homeless and often drunk, somewhat belligerent but with a big heart, and was murdered before he began to become the legend he always hoped he would be.

Dallas Morning News: Big Green Egg - Odd ceramic grill has a cultlike following

December 7, 2010: An Eggfest comes to Athens, Texas on Friday April 15. You could divide outdoor cooks into two camps: grillers and smokers – but that would overlook the Eggheads, a rather zealous subgroup. Egghead is a nickname for fans of the Big Green Egg, a ceramic, egg-shaped smoker-grill with a cultlike following. 

Lone Star Western Wear ready for massive store expansion

November 23, 2010: Joe Masso has been a fixture in Athens for more than 30 years. In 1977, he opened his first western store in town, Cowtown Western Wear. He later opened Lone Star Western Wear on East Tyler Street.

Cain Center Lil' American Hero Tournament: Ballplayers show their stuff

June 10, 2010:  The Cain Center hosted a youth baseball tournament Lil’ American Heroes on May 15, which was Armed Forces weekend.

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