Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks will declare the week of Sept. 21, 2014, as Greek Week to honor the Athens Grease Festival, which brings thousands to downtown Athens. It is a celebration of all things fried and the Greek origin of the city’s name. Money raised supports downtown projects. As part of Greek Week, the festival’s Promotions Committee wants to hold a FACS Fried Food Contest among our local schools. Here are the details:

Date/Location: Sept. 25, 2014, at noon at the Limestone County Career Technical Center. Sheila Lightfoot has graciously offered the use of her facilities.

Participants: Any junior and senior high Family and Consumer Science class from the Athens City and Limestone County school systems, Athens Bible School, and Lindsay Lane Christian Academy

Awards: Will choose first, second, and third place in the junior division and senior division.

First Place: First place will receive: a quirky trophy; a hamburger and/or hot dog lunch made by the Athens Gas Dept. Grillers (will work out a lunch date in October with junior and senior high winners); and free vendor space at the Athens Grease Festival on Sept. 27, 2014, held from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can use your space to sell your winning food item as a fundraiser, sell other fundraiser items, and hand out information about your program.

Second and Third Place: Prizes to be determined. May get gift certificates so you can shop at a local store for items your class needs or to buy items to throw your class a small celebration party.

Judging: Submission can be a dessert, vegetable, fruit, meat, etc. Use your imagination. Item must be fried. Will judge based on taste, appearance, and creativity. Our judges are Mojo from the Mojo Radio Show on WZYP, Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks, Superintendent Tom Sisk and Sheriff Mike Blakely.

Recipes: Please include your recipe with your submission. Local media will cover event and may run winning recipes.

Togas: Since this event helps sponsor the Athens Grease Festival, presenters are asked to please wear a toga.

Sign-up: If you plan to participate, please send an email to Holly Hollman at or call her at 256-262-1399. Please notify her by Sept. 19, 2014.



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