Tuskegee will come alive with vibrant sights, sounds, smells and spending during the All Macon County Day celebration.
This event, which has been held for nine consecutive years, unifies Macon County by providing a reason for the four municipalities within the county — along with communities in unincorporated areas — to gather under one umbrella.
On Friday, August 25th, the focus is on education. Students will get valuable civics lessons as they learn how the county operates. They will observe aspects of the judicial system by participating in a mock trial. They will get a small taste of law enforcement when they are fingerprinted at the Macon County Detention Center.
They will see how Macon County evolved when they visit The History Center (formerly the Tuskegee Human & Civil Rights Multicultural Center). Following this full slate, the children will be served lunch on the Tuskegee Square.
Beginning at 5 p.m., also on Friday, August 25th, you can satisfy your appetite by patronizing the food vendors who will be set up on the Tuskegee Square. You also can enjoy the roster of entertainers who will grace the stage.
On Saturday, August 26th, residents and visitors will line up to enjoy the parade that will roll down North Main Street beginning at 10 a.m.
After the parade, the celebration kicks into high gear with food, retail vendors, children’s activities and entertainment.
The event is free and open to the public. However, you should come prepared to purchase food, jewelry, clothing and other products that merchants will offer for sale.
The social benefits to All Macon County Day are obvious — community pride, more enlightened citizens and stronger bonds among jurisdictions that are related through geography. Economic benefits are derived from multiple sources including expenditures made by the county for services and vendor registration fees.
The event also draws residents and visitors who spend money on those previously mentioned festival-related items. These transactions ripple throughout the local economy and that makes All Macon County Day a positive influence on BUSINESS MATTERS.
Karin Hopkins is also co-founder of ECHOboom, a digital media company that celebrates Tuskegee. She can be reached at email@example.com.