By Morgan Bryce
Ward 2 Opelika City Councilwoman Tiffany Gibson-Pitts is hosting “Bandy Day” at Bandy Park on June 29, a day that promises to be full of food, fun and community-building activities.
Previously known as “Ward 2 Family Day,” Gibson-Pitts said she decided to rename the event to make it more inclusive and honor the legacy of the park’s namesake, Rev. George “Tootie” Bandy.
“Reverend Bandy was a trailblazer for change and fought for the equality of African Americans in Opelika many years ago. He stood for unity and that’s what we hope to accomplish with putting on this event,” Gibson-Pitts said.
Kicking off at 4 p.m., some of the activities scheduled to take place during the admission-free event include bingo, horseback riding, multiple moonwalks for children, three-point shootout and “old school versus new school” basketball game. Opelika native and soul/pop singer Darien Omar will travel from Huntsville to perform during the event’s Unity Concert, a common theme that Gibson-Pitts hopes is the ultimate outcome of this gathering.
“Unity is the goal of this entire event. This family friendly affair will hopefully bring out people from different walks of life and races from all over Opelika,” Gibson-Pitts said.
Following is a list of Bandy Day’s event sponsors:
- Gentry and Ware Motor Company
- George Bandy Jr.
- Harris Funeral Home
- Opelika Parks and Recreation
- Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church
- Ward 2.
For more information, call Gibson-Pitts at 334-444-5869 or email her at email@example.com. The park is located at 300 Jeter Ave.