It is time for the big party on Mercury Drive.
Country Barbecue’s Midnight Express 5K is Saturday night.
This is the 37th year for the annual Columbus event that raises funds for education and recreation enhancements for the visually impaired.
The event has raised more than $350,000 since its inception.
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The run on an illuminated course begins at 11:59 p.m. but the party featuring live music and various vendors begins at 8 p.m.
All registered runners receive a T-shirt, chopped pork sandwich, iced tea, water and fruit.
Chronotrack timing is by Event Tech and awards will be given in numerous age and gender categories.
The race fee is $20 plus a $2.50 sign-up fee. The price increases to $25 after Thursday.
For information about registration, visit http://www.countrysbarbecue.com/events/.
The run is not the only fun event on the city agenda this weekend.
The “Bobby Bones: Funny & Alone Stand Up Comedy Tour” will be at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts on Friday. Showtime is 8 p.m.
Tickets are $27. The box office is open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and one hour before showtime. Tickets may be purchased online. For more information, visit www.rivercenter.org/.
The New York Times calls Bones the “biggest thing in country radio.”
Bones is the host of iHeartMedia’s “The Bobby Bones Show,” which is carried on nearly 100 stations.
An article in Forbes Magazine calls Bones the most powerful man in country music. The Washington Post described him as “sort of the Ryan Seacrest of the country music world, if Seacrest was more polarizing and didn’t have a filter.”
Forbes says Bones is know for his “lighting quick quips.”
Over at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center Friday night, Davis Broadcasting is hosting the Motown Sound and Soul Party featuring DJ Uncle Verg and the Beaulah Boys.
The party is from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will feature music from the 1960s through the 1980s.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Tickets may be purchased at Mel and Abe Barber Shop on Seale Road in Phenix City, Skippers Seafood on Buena Vista Road in Columbus, the MWR Office at Fort Benning and Davis Broadcasting on Wynnton Road in Columbus.