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Mayor plans unity picnic


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Free food, music and fun is available for all Saturday, say city officials, hoping for a large crowd for the mayor''s second annual Unity Picnic. 


"The primary purpose of the picnic is to help unite the city and the county," said Columbus Mayor Robert Smith. "It''s good entertainment and it gives citizens an opportunity to sit down, eat good ol'' farm-raised catfish, relax, and listen to music." 


Music will be provided by Keith and Margie Brown, Vice Mayor and Ward 6 Councilman Bill Gavin, and Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John and his band, Flashpoint. 


The free event will be held Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Columbus Riverwalk. 


Last year''s event, held in June in hot weather with temperatures reaching 100 degrees, was a "learning experience," laughed Smith. 


"We changed the time (this year) and are having it in early spring when the weather is better," he added. "We hope to have more people attend."




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Reader Comments

Article Comment Dave commented at 4/14/2010 3:48:00 PM:

Got to love the irony. The mayor involved in a slugfest with a city councilman leads the "unity" picnic. Maybe the guest speaker will be a prostitute who preaches abstinence.


Article Comment danny commented at 4/14/2010 9:10:00 PM:

Yes Dave I sure can. This may top the Easter Bunny stunt! Only in Columbus can you get a front row seat to this CRAP.


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