It has been 60 years since the outdoor festival started on the town’s Main Street and to mark the occasion, the Tucker Main Street Alliance has designated this year’s celebration its diamond jubilee.
The festival will feature businesses, vendors and artists as well as three stages that will have live entertainment, crafts, vendors and food.
DeKalb County Fire Rescue Emergency Preparedness and the county’s Animal Control departments will have various demonstrations throughout the day.
Activities for children, including inflatables and games, will be sponsored by the Tucker Business Association.
The day will kick off with the Tucker Road Race at 8 a.m. at Tucker High School on LaVista Road, followed by the festival which begins at 9 a.m. with a cruise-in of old-fashioned cars to follow from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Spokesman Kevin Madigan said the event started 60 years ago as something local business leaders wanted to do to give back to the community.
“The event has changed over the years, with the first Tucker Day festivals in the 1960s featuring a parade and beauty pageant,” he said. “It’s grown in popularity ever since, though, and has really become a fun day the entire family can enjoy.”
Madigan said last year’s festival attracted about 5,000 attendees and the organizers of the event are expecting even more this year.
“It draws in people from different counties, so the participants aren’t only Tucker natives — it’s a big event for the community,” he said.
Main Street will close to traffic at 6 p.m. Friday to prepare for Saturday.
Businesses will remain open, however, no parking will be available on Main Street from Railroad Avenue to LaVista Road.
The event is organized by the Tucker Day Committee, a group of community volunteers.
To see a full list of bands, vendor information and photos from past events, visit www.tuckerday.com.
If you go:
Where: Main Street in Tucker
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.