Free outdoor expo Friday

Shown at the Marion County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, during which the commission declared March as “Move Marion County Month,” are upcoming Marion County Outdoor Expo organizers and officials (from left) Alabama Cooperative Extension Service SNAP-Ed Regional Extension Agent for Marion and Walker Counties Ginger Eatman, Northwest RC&D Council Executive Director Lauranne James, Marion County Extension Coordinator Carla Lewis and Marion/Walker counties SNAP-ED Educator Josh Berryhill

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HAMILTON — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Northwest Resource Conservation and Development will host their inaugural Marion County Outdoor Expo on Friday, March 1.
The Expo will be held at Bevill State Community College-Hamilton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the public is invited. The event is open to all ages, and there will be something for everyone.
This will be Extension’s kickoff event for Move Alabama. Move Alabama is a collaborative effort between SNAP-Ed and EFNEP at Auburn University and encourages individuals to embrace an active lifestyle with family, friends and neighbors.
You can pick up your Move Alabama Challenge form at the Live Well Alabama table at the Expo or Marion County Extension Office.  
The Marion County Commission has declared March 2024 to be “Move Marion County Month” as part of the Move Alabama Initiative.
At the Expo, participants can compete in the obstacle course challenge and kayak in a tank provided by the Hamilton Fire Department.
Also available are dummy roping, stick horse racing and goat untying with the Marion County Cowboy Church.
Or you can try out the rock wall, strength tester and more hosted by the Army National Guard.
Once completed, participants can check off their Move Alabama challenges and register for prizes.
Learn more about the outdoors, hiking, camping, water watch, trapping, running, archery, gardening, drones and our natural resources at the Expo.
Persons can visit the Marion County Sheriff's Department table and pick up a Kid Care ID kit.
Extension Horticulture will also be participating in a seed give away.   
Visit other vendors to learn more about moving more and the outdoor experience. Make sure to visit each vendor and station for a chance to win more great prizes.
Rowdy Hogs will have a food truck available during the event, for those working up an appetite.
“Don’t forget to stop by the backpacking booth and see Karl Byrd, Andy Goodson and me (Lynn Mitchell) to talk about the rules of backpacking, including how to be prepared and how to keep trails in the same condition they were found,” said Lynn Mitchell, assistant county engineer. “While there, also register to win an overnight backpacking trip to Bankhead National Forest.”

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