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PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381

Joe Wheeler State Park’s End of Summer Celebration Set for August 17 

Decatur, Ala. – As summer winds down across North Alabama, families in search of one last getaway before school starts will want to check out the celebration to be held on the banks of Wheeler Lake. Set for Saturday, August 17, 2019, Rockin’ the River is a celebration of live music, children’s activities, food and other family-friendly fun at one of north Alabama’s premier state parks, Joe Wheeler State Park.

Now in its fifth year, Rockin’ the River gets underway with the General Joe’s Car Show in the marina parking lot beginning at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $20 per car and awards to be presented include mayor’s choice, oldest vehicle and most unique vehicle. Live music featuring Back Porch Revival and Jacob Gautney will fill the air as the crowd mingles with car owners. The car show wraps up at noon.

A kid’s fun area will be available from noon until 4 p.m. Children will be entertained with a variety of inflatables, face painting (from 2 to 4 p.m.) and representatives from the Alabama Wildlife Center will offer an educational program featuring live birds.

More live music follows on the patio from 2 to 9 p.m. The lineup includes Back Porch Revival, the Beasley Brothers, McTazz Band and Drum and Drummer. Along with some of the area’s best musicians, there will be concessions offering hamburgers and hot dogs and a cash bar. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

On Friday evening, August 16th, Joe Wheeler State Park will host a 70s-themed adult party featuring popular hits from the 1970s. A special rate of $199 plus tax for a weekend package is available for those who want to plan an overnight getaway. The package includes a standard lodge room for two on Friday and Saturday nights and two 70s party tickets. For reservations, call 256.247.5461.

A 2,550-acre resort located on the shores of Wheeler Lake, Joe Wheeler State Park features a stunning waterfront lodge with restaurant and convention facilities, 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, full-service marina with docking slips, modern and primitive camping, lakeside cottages, and cozy cabins. In addition to easy access to the Tennessee River, the resort offers hiking and mountain biking trails with some of the best scenery that north Alabama has to offer. Joe Wheeler State Park is located at 4403 McLean Drive in Rogersville, Ala. For more information, call 256.247.5461.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state.  It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals.  Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from the AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at