April 5, 2013 11:37:11 AM
The fifth annual Mayor's Unity Picnic will take place Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk.
What began as a simple idea to bring the community together has turned into an anticipated yearly event.
Started by Mayor Robert Smith and Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority director Greg Lewis, the event draws a large crowd every year.
"It's a joint effort between the mayor's office and the park and recreation department," Smith said in an earlier interview. "We wanted to use this as a way to bring the city together. But what ended up happening was people from the county started attending and now we have people from all over the state. We don't turn anyone away."
Originally scheduled for March 31, the picnic was moved to coincide with the numerous Pilgrimage events also taking place this weekend.
The free event will offer fish, hushpuppies, coleslaw and hotdogs for children. Musical entertainment and bounce houses will also be available.
The picnic will be from 4-7 p.m.