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7th Mayor's Unity Picnic set for Saturday


Columbus Mayor Robert Smith

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith



Nathan Gregory



The public is invited to attend the Seventh Annual Mayor's Unity Picnic 4 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk. 


The event, hosted by Mayor Robert Smith and sponsored by the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation, will be one of the last events of the 73rd Annual Columbus Pilgrimage. 


The picnic will feature live music as well as free catfish and hot dog plates as well as games and a moon bounce for children, Smith said. 


"When we first started the Mayor's Unity Picnic, the primary purpose of it was to try to bring the community together for a day of leisure," Smith said. "We encourage all the citizens of the city of Columbus, Lowndes County and the Golden Triangle area to come out. We will have entertainment for the entire family." 


The event will last until 8 p.m.  


Also set for Saturday is the Half Marathon and 5K Run, which starts 7 a.m. at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center on 300 Main St. Online registration to participate closed Thursday, but anyone interested can still sign up to run today from 4-7 p.m. and tomorrow from 5:30-6:30 a.m. for $35.


Nathan Gregory covers city and county government for The Dispatch.



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