Local Sports Celebrity Promotes Alabama State Parks

Local Sports Celebrity Promotes Alabama State Parks

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GULF SHORES, Alabama -

Four a half million people visit Alabama's 22 state parks every year, but the park system has had its share of challenges in recent years: budget cuts, natural and man-made disasters.

As the park system prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary, a former sports star is pitching in to promote the party.

Former NFL and Crimson Tide great Bob Baumhower has partnered with the state park system to develop a marketing campaign called Baumhower's Shrimp Fest and Barbeque.

Five state parks will hold the festivals over the next several months. The events include fresh, boiled Alabama Gulf Coast shrimp, barbeque, live music, children's activities and guest appearances by former Alabama and Auburn football players.

Baumhower is a long-time supporter of Alabama's state parks.

Baumhower is also promoting Alabama Gulf seafood, which, according to the state's chief biologist, is safe to eat following the BP oil spill disaster.

The first shrimp festival will be held Friday, November 22nd at Oak Mountain State Park in Birmingham. Gates open at 3pm.

One of the festivals will be held at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores in March.   

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