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Family Day in the Park comes to Cooper Creek Park

For many music fans, the admission charge -- absolutely nothing -- is a good enough reason to attend Family Day in the Park.

The music festival, which marks its 26th year Saturday, annually draws thousands of people to Cooper Creek Park in Columbus. The all-ages event is presented by Davis Broadcasting.

Free admission isn't the only appealing thing about this year's concert. Here are some other highlights guests can expect from Family Day in the Park.

National talent. This year's lineup includes major acts like nationally known hip-hop acts V.I.C. and Travis Porter. To avoid embarrassing moments, we'll kindly remind you that Travis Porter is a hip-hop trio, rather than a single musician. You're welcome.

Local talent. Along with the national acts that will perform, Family Day in the Park is an opportunity to discover local acts with growing fan bases. Among the highlights? Y.N.C.K., a Columbus group of four teenagers. Their YouTube videos have attracted thousands of views. Watch their video for "Juice." You'll have the song in your head for weeks.

Multiple genres of music. Sure, there's a focus on hip-hop. But you'll also hear gospel, blues and R&B. National gospel artists Troy Sneed and Cheneta Jones are scheduled to perform at Saturday's concert. The Columbus State University gospel choir is also on the lineup.

Food and fun. What's a party without a picnic spread? Billed as "more than a concert," Family Day in the Park will include a barbecue cook-off in addition to the music. Guests can bring items like grills and lawn chairs. Food vendors will be at the event, too. Bringing the whole family? You can also expect a fun zone with activities for children.

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