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8th Annual AHEA Awards Dinner! 2009 Edition

EIGHTH ANNUAL                  






JUNE 6-7, 2009







6:00 P.M.   Dinner at Kymulga Grist Mill Pavilion on the banks of

                      the scenic Talladega Creek. Get there early, bring your

                      Fishing gear and try your luck fishing.


Directions from Key West Inn: turn right on Hwy. 280; turn left at red light onto Hwy. 76. Go approx. 1.7 miles, turn left on Forrest Hills Drive, cross railroad tracks and turn right on Grist Mill Road (Hwy. 180). Go 7.4 miles and it’s on your left. 




9:00 A.M. Red Eagle Gun and Skeet Club.

Test your firearm and archery shooting skills.


$ 5.00 per 25 targets or $ 20.00 per hundred paid to Red Eagle.

“Introducing 3D target shooting for you archers.”

Directions from Key West Inn: turn left, go to red light. Take right on Hwy. 235 proceed approx. 1.2 miles. Turn Right on Pinecrest Drive, cross rail road tracks, turn left, 150 yards turn right on Red Eagle Gun Club Road.


  12:00 P.M. Lunch - We’re having a “MEAL”. Hope you’re hungry!




6:00 P.M.  AHEA Awards Banquet

Bella Luna Hall


Directions from Key West Inn: Turn right out of parking lot onto Hwy. 280. Before Kentucky Fried Chicken, turn left on Hagan Drive, around curve on left. 


Area attractions to visit:

Kymulga Grist Mill -- Built in the 1860’s, the Mill and Covered Bridge are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. They are the only pair of such structures in Alabama still standing together in their original location. The park is the home of an Alabama champion sugarberry, some of the largest white oaks east of the Mississippi River, and over 20 other kinds of trees. Along the two miles of trails, plants and animals of the park can be observed in their natural habitat. Talladega Creek and its shoreline provide home for fish, frogs, turtles, ducks, wadding birds, and aquatic plants. While inside the Mill visit the Country Store for meal, grits, syrup and souvenirs to purchase.

Directions: From Key West Inn turn right on Hwy 280, go to Red light. Turn left on Hwy. 76 for 1.7 miles. Turn left on Forrest Hills Drive, cross Railroad tracks, turn right on Grist Mill Road and continue 7.4 miles and it’s on your left.


Morgan Creek Vineyards and Winery -- Founded in 2000, Morgan Creek Vineyards has quickly established itself as one of the South’s finest and most reputable wineries. The family owned and operated winery features a variety of wines from dry and sweet Muscatine varietals to local grown fruit wines including blueberry, apple, and peach. The winery is open daily for free tours and wine tastings. Guest are also invited to shop in the winery’s gift shop filled with wine accessories, unique local products, and custom gift baskets. Visitors can see first hand the art of winemaking at the state-of-the-art facility while viewing the entire process from the vine to the glass.

Directions: From Childersburg take Hwy 280, 6.7 miles, to Harpersville. At red light turn left on Hwy. 25 for .05 miles. Turn right on Farmingdale Rd. for .05 miles. Turn left on Dead Hollow Rd. N. / Morgan rd. and continue .9 miles and Morgan Creek on right.

Phone: 205-672-2053     Web:


Desoto CAVERNS PARK -- Step inside our Great Onyx Cathedral Room and experience the wonder of being surrounded by beautiful onyx draperies and flowstone formations, along with a colorful sound, light and water show. Your guided tour begins in this magnificent room which is larger than a football field and high as a twelve story building. On your hour-long tour, you’ll learn about the geological mystery behind the cave’s development and its many different formations. You’ll also discover the caverns’ rich history through stories on Native American burials, Spanish explorers, colonial fur traders, confederate soldiers, and prohibition era moonshiners. Come and explore this unique underground treasure. Also over 25 fun attractions for the kids.


Camping and RV sites Available- call for prices.

Directions: Take Hwy. 280 to red light at Hwy. 76/ DeSoto Caverns Parkway. Turn left        and go thru downtown Childersburg, continue 3.8 miles. And it’s on your left.

Phone: 1-800-933-2283 or 256-378-7252




If you haven’t been you might want to plan a trip to see one of their newest stores.

Located in Leeds, 41 miles from Childersburg.


INTERNATIONAL MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME- The international Motorsports Hall of Fame & Museum Complex includes over 100 vehicles valued well into the millions of dollars. This racing enthusiast’s dream is adjacent to the world famous “Talladega Superspeedway”, the fastest track in the world. And home of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Various famous race cars are displayed in mint condition as is ready to take their next checkered flag. Displays include cars from winners like, Bill Elliott, Darrell Walt rip, Marty Robbins, Ron Bouchard, “Fireball” Roberts, and many more. Also you’ll see the Budweiser Rocket Car, resembling a rocket on wheels, which could accelerate from 1-140 mph in one second. On Dec. 17, 1979 @ Edwards Air Force Base it broke the Speed of Sound with a record run of 739.666 miles per hour.

Located 32.4 miles from Childersburg in Talladega.


Hotel Accommodations


              HOST HOTEL: Key West Inn

                                          32210 US Hwy. 280

                                          Childersburg, AL 35044

                                          (256) 378-0337


Regular $69.00 -- Special AHEA rate $ 59.00 plus tax. Must make your own reservations and tell them you’re with AHEA to get this rate. They will not block rooms so please make reservations ASAP.

 Free Continental breakfast and pool. Fridge, coffeemaker, and microwave in room.


Days Inn                                                     Jameson Inn

33669 us Hwy 280                                               89 Gene Stewart Blvd.

Childersburg, AL                                       Sylacauga, AL

(256) 378-6007                                           (256) 245-4141   

$69.95 plus tax                                           $79.95 plus tax






For more information contact: Barry hagan at  or Hm. (256) 378-0789

Or cell (256) 510-2154.





Pre-registration by May 21 is requested and should be mailed to:

Ricky Moss at 20621 Edgewood Road, Athens, AL 35614. This early RSVP is needed so Barry can make arrangements for the appropriate number of meals and a special instructor gift.


An additional $15.00 fee will be charged for people that register after May 21.



Banquet Pricing


$40.00 Instructor, $30.00 Non- Instructors

Pre- registration ends May 21, 2009

****Note-- Price REDUCED! ****
Thanks to John Teague Stimulus Package
Don't know what it means? Ask the management and thank John.


After May 21st & Onsite Registration

$65.00 Instructor, $50.00 Non Instructor/children over 12


Price includes all meals and a special instructor gift. Shooting events will be paid directly to the gun club. Please make Reservations at The Key West Inn ASAP and be sure to tell them you’re with “ AHEA ” to receive your $10 discount.


                               2009 REGISTRATION FORM













Please fill in the number of attendees from your party for each meal.


                               Instructor                                 Non-Instructor


Friday night___________                                   _______________


Saturday lunch_________                                 _______________


Saturday night____________                            _______________


Checks made payable to AHEA   and mail to:
Ricky Moss @ 20621 Edgewood Road, Athens, AL  35614





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