OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - The City of Opelika is participating in a state-wide movement to bring small-town natives back home.
After months of preparations with everything from activities to a large concert at night, Opelika is ready for their event. "Small communities if wanted to participate in it, they would be presented with a historical marker depicting the history of our community." Said Jan Gunter, Community Relations Specialist with the City of Opelika.
Celebrate Opelika! is a free daylong event Saturday. The unveiling of the historical marker will kick it off at 10 am.
From there residents and tourist can enjoy vendors, arts and crafts, food, historical tours until 4pm.
When the sun goes down, the music cranks up with a concert featuring numerous artists from Opelika.
Director of Opelika Mainstreet and organizer of Celebrate Opelika!, Velinda Wheeles, says "The entertainment we have for the concert is generating a lot of excitement. All of them, they've made a name for themselves in their own right but to have that Nashville Start come back to his hometown and have a concert."
Celebrate Opelika! will be on Railroad Avenue between 8th and 9th street. The avenue is lined with shops.
Wheeles says she hopes the tourism, brings in an economic rise this weekend.