Meridian, Miss. Music, food, fun, and fellowship helped make up Meridian's Hospitality Night on Friday.
The National Council of Meridianites hosted the event as a way for chapters from around the country to gather and remember the past. The Hospitality Night is also a chance to celebrate prior to the big picnic in Highland Park on Saturday.
"You know, this is significant because people are coming from all over the country, back home to Meridian," Otis Gowdy, Jr. "We actually started this celebration last year at our heritage brunch, getting ready for the picnic. This is our 48th annual National Council of Meridianites Picnic and Convention."
Several hundred people were expected to attend the event.