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College Park hosting sixth annual Cityfest
by Nneka M. Okona
August 14, 2012 04:00 PM | 1678 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Joe Livingston <br>
From left, Councilman Charles Phillips, Committee Chair Merri Scheffield and Mayor Pro-Tem Ambrose Clay.
Staff / Joe Livingston
From left, Councilman Charles Phillips, Committee Chair Merri Scheffield and Mayor Pro-Tem Ambrose Clay.
For the past five years, the city of College Park has hosted its annual Cityfest celebration — a compilation of music, food and fun for the entire community.

This year will be no different.

Cityfest 2012 will be at the Georgia International Convention Center on Aug. 25. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and music will begin promptly at 4 p.m.

Featured musical acts include Men of Praise and the Robert Cray Band.

Residents will also be able to participate in a voter registration drive and a health clinic.

School supplies will be distributed to students.

Food will be sold on site.

Ward 4 Councilman Charles Phillips, who has had an integral role since the celebration first started, said the central focus of the event is to inspire togetherness among College Park residents.

“I would encourage [residents] to come so that they can fellowship with their neighbors,” Phillips said. “That is one of the key things. It gives them a chance to get to know one another and to enjoy meeting and forming relationships.”

The event has always been held at the convention center, which Phillips said was an obvious venue choice from the start.

“The GICC is owned by College Park,” said Phillips. “We wouldn’t think of going anywhere else other than there [for this event].”

In the years the event has been held, attendance has wavered.

Phillips said the first year Cityfest was held, there were a surge of residents that attended.

In the years that followed, however, attendance dipped, a phenomena he credits to the lack of spreading the word.

“We started out with a bang,” he said. “The second year our attendance fell off. We’ve learned how to market it so people will know what is going on.”

The strategy seems to be working because Phillips said last year was met with huge numbers.

“We had anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 residents come out last year,” he said.

While Phillips helped develop to the idea, he emphasized that pulling the event off each year is a concerted effort between several people.

“I’ve taken the lead on it with the city council’s approval,” said Phillips. “I’m just the initiator. It is a city function and it couldn’t be done without the cooperation and extension of the mayor and the city council.”

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