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Birmingham City Councilor Kim Rafferty Inviting the Public to Participate in Fourth Annual Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour

PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Contact: Chiara Morrow

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL -Thousands of lights and gravity defying displays! That’s what you can expect at the fourth annual Fresh Air Family’s Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour! The tour will take place Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will include bus tours of holiday light displays across the Eastern and Southern areas of Birmingham, Mountain Brook, and Homewood. The tour will dispatch from the Avondale Brewing Company, located at 201 41st St. South in Birmingham. All proceeds will go to scholarships for students in our award-winning science camp, Gross Out Camp. Verna Gates, a representative of the Fresh Air Family, is expecting a large turnout at the tour.

“We are delighted to partner with Councilor Rafferty for one of the most exciting events of the year,” Gates said. “This year is going to be better than ever, and participants can expect a real treat.”

This year, Birmingham City Councilor Kim Rafferty will lead a city bus with the goal of judging the first Wacky Tacky Home Awards. Councilor Rafferty is challenging neighbors and neighborhoods to decorate and alert the Wacky Tacky team of spectacular decorative sites, so those sites can be added to the tour. Sites can be submitted for consideration by visiting www.FreshAirFamily.org, the Fresh Air Family Facebook page or by emailing Verna@FreshAirFamily.org directly. Qualified sites must be within 5 miles of Avondale Brewing Company. Applicants must submit their entries by Friday December 12, 2014. Councilor Kim Rafferty will announce the award for “Wackiest Home” during presentations at the December 23rd Birmingham City Council meeting.

“I can’t tell you how much I enjoy events like this, they really allow us to mix and mingle with our constituents,” Councilor Rafferty said. “Residents go all out to decorate their homes, and I’m looking forward to seeing who walks away with the reward.”

In addition to the Wacky Tacky tour participants will have the opportunity to hear Councilor Rafferty recite the Night Before Christmas at 6 p.m. Wacky Tacky Light Tour participants will meet in the Avondale Brewing Company upstairs party room. Then hop on the bus for the Wacky Tacky Light Tour! See the Chanukah House, Santa’s Trailer Park, the Leg Lamp House and more! Wear holiday attire– the wackier the better! There will be a mid-route snack/drink break at La Paz Restaurant in Crestline Village.

Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets now! Email Events@FreshAirFamily.org to reserve your spot on the bus. Sponsored by City Councilor Kim Rafferty, Hoover Tactical Firearms, Avondale Brewing Company, La Paz Restaurant and Lindsey Office Furnishings. See www.FreshAirFamily.org for more details.

About Fresh Air Family

Fresh Air Family, Inc. offers more than 400 outdoor educational activities for families throughout Alabama . Signature events include award-winning Gross Out Camp (It’s science but please don’t tell the kids), Prepared, Not Scared survival camp, Hikes for Tykes and Scale Back Alabama, which works with 35,000 people across the state enrolled in the weight loss program. For more information: www.FreshAirFamily.org. Fresh Air Family is a 501c3 non-profit.

For more information please contact the Office of Councilor Kim Rafferty at 205.254.2348.

For media inquiries, please contact Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Morrow at (205) 908-7392 or chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov.