CINCINNATI - This is not your average family get-together. More than 50,000 people will converge on several locations around the Tri-State for the annual Midwest Black Family Reunion , which runs Aug. 15 through Aug. 17.
Here are 9 things to know about what, for many, is the crowning event of summer in Cincinnati:
1. The weekend starts with the Heritage Breakfast on Friday at Sharonville Convention Center. Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell is keynote speaker. Time: 8:30 to 11 a.m.
2. If you're a job seeker, Sharonville Convention Center is also the place to be for a job fair. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3. In its 26th year, the Black Family Reunion Celebration was conceived as a cultural weekend to celebrate the historic strengths and traditional values of black families. The organizing body is the National Council of Negro Women.
4. The event remains free, thanks to support from regional and national sponsors --among them Toyota, the Cincinnati Herald, TriHealth, McDonald's and Radio One.
5. There's a parade! It starts at the Avondale Town Center (3545 Reading Road) and makes its way to Sawyer Point. Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
6. Saturday and Sunday are packed with action, with a wide range of activities at Sawyer Point--something for everyone in the family. Time: Noon to 8:00 p.m.
- Children's Pavilion
- Young Adult Stage
- Arts Alive Stage
- Spirituality Pavilion
- Seniors Pavilion
- Chess Tent
- Bid Whist Tent
7. Get your groove on. A concert featuring Freddie Jackson is part of the festivities. Time: 3 to 8 p.m.
8. Say a prayer. Take a moment to reflect; stop by the Sunday service. Time: 10:30 a.m.
9. Family of the Year. The reunion celebrates a family "who represents excellence in the areas of community service, volunteerism and promoting the family." This time, the honorees are Eric and Cassandra Robinson. Read more about them!
So what about the weather? 9 First Warning Weather Meteorologist Sherry Hughes says it looks like a pretty good weekend, but check back here for your full forecast!
MORE: Take a look at the full schedule . Call (513) 247-0205 for more information.