Old Nat Day returns to Old National Park on Sunday, September 1. The fun-filled event presented by Old National Entertainment (O.N.E.) is held annually on Labor Day weekend and is now in its fifth year.
Old Nat Day was first launched in 2015 by Torrey Tomlinson. He’s not only the founder of O.N.E., but also one of the Old National corridor’s most vocal and visible ambassadors. He created the event to combat the negative narrative surrounding the area, and each year he broadcasts a message of peace and positivity, with a call to action to stop the violence.
Old Nat Day has grown significantly. Last year marked the event’s first time partnering with local government. And just ahead of the event, city of South Fulton officials presented event organizers with a proclamation.
“This actually started as a private barbecue and it has become an event that draws hundreds of residents, both current and alumni,” said Councilman khalid kamau, the proclamation’s sponsor. “It is quickly, perhaps, becoming one of our first citywide events.”
The Councilman emphasized that Old Nat Day is not only just a day of fun, but also an opportunity for city officials and personnel to connect with younger residents and encourage them to get engaged and exercise their right to vote. Larry Upshaw, one of the event’s organizers, said the event provides a space for the community to come together to “love each other, get to know each other, respect each other” and promote public safety.
Historically, Old Nat Day has featured live performances by artists from South Fulton and surrounding areas, food and business vendors, a battle of the bands and other family-friendly entertainment and activities. This year’s event is hosted by CRUM.com with music from Smiley P.
Old Nat Day will take place at 2400 Pleasant Hill Road from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Vendors and artists interested in participating in the event should contact event organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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