By Morgan Bryce
Uniting the community for a day of fun and togetherness without alcohol, drugs or violence is the goal of the second annual “O Day in the Village” Sept. 8 and 9 at Covington Park.
Organized by Opelika resident Teddy Houston, the event drew nearly 1,000 people last year, numbers he said he hopes to build on in 2018.
“The turnout was great last year, which is why we moved to having a second day. I believe that this event way to reach the community and show love to one another instead of hate or violence,” Houston said. “It shows that we can come together and have fun without drugs or alcohol … and send a message that violence will not be tolerated here.”
Saturday’s activities will include activities for all ages, including live band and deejay, age-specific basketball, flag football and softball competitions, representatives from the Lee County Department of Human Resources and Opelika Housing Authority as well as an Opelika Fire Department truck for children to interact with and explore.
On Sunday, there will be a talent show and kickball tournament dedicated to Opelika native and Democratic candidate for the Alabama House of Representatives District 83 seat.
LoveU LoveU is a main sponsor for the event, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting community togetherness locally and statewide.
The event will last from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. until dark on Sunday. Covington Park is located at 213 Carver Ave.