October 19, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Downtown Athens, Alabama
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Grease Festival seeks toga-wearing goddess with right ingredients to represent city!
We are searching for a woman with a dash of determination, a pinch of city pride and a whole helping of a how-can-I-give-back attitude. The woman with the right ingredients will become Athena-Grease Goddess and will oversee a festival.
Athena leads the opening ceremonies for the festival. She will have a throne of honor on the courthouse steps where she can watch the festivities and meet with event goers. Downtown merchant Hendricks-Patton-Rancl provides the seat of honor for the goddess.
The mythical Athena was a wise Greek goddess who loved and protected the City of Athens, could be a warrior, and had a creative side and interest in the arts, crafts and agriculture. Likewise, our past Athena–Grease Goddesses demonstrated similar qualities through their willingness to give back to the city.
“Our previous Athena goddesses embraced the concept of this festival, which is to play off of a Greek name for a Southern city and to not take ourselves too seriously,” said Athena Search Organizer Holly Hollman. “There are many women in Limestone County who work tirelessly with little recognition to enhance Athens, and this is a chance to spotlight one of those women and have fun doing it.”
The festival’s past Athena-Grease Goddesses are:
- Helen Carter, for her volunteer work with senior programs and other organizations.
- Maria Taylor, for her volunteer work with various agencies including the Red Cross and Learn-to-Read.
- Marlene Isom, for hosting fundraisers that have benefited several non-profit organizations.
- The late Martha Jo Leonard, for her volunteer work with multiple non-profit organizations including Rotary.