East Alabama town rallies to bring jobs, residents to area

By Curtis McCloud - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The state of Alabama is going fishing, but its not a record catch they hope to reel in. The Alabama tourism department is trying to get people to come to Alabama to see the exciting things the state has to offer. The bait on the end of the hook--small-town celebrations. its all part of a campaign started by the Alabama tourism department in 2004. This weekend's small town celebration took place in Opelika, Alabama.

Mayor Gary Fuller said, "this is part of the Alabama tourism office they are doing it all across Alabama small towns and downtown's." and Marilyn Stamps with Alabama department of tourism said, "Governor Riley instituted this program because he recognized that small towns are a key component of the heritage of the state of Alabama as well as the country."

Celebrate Opelika began with the unveiling of a city marker downtown. The area was packed with fun activities for children, like moon-bounces, games, and pony rides for smaller kids. A number of vendors and local shops were also there in hopes of getting an economic booster shot. The opelika fire department even put a sprinkler demonstration to show the importance of having a home sprinkler system. Melissa Mcentire has lived in Opelika all of her life and is excited to see new things happen in her hometown. "i think its great to see new things happen in her hometown, " said Mcentire. "today is an opportunity to celebrate the present and most of all to me is t to celebrate the future," added Mayor Gary Fuller.

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