The fifth annual Columbus Invitational will be hosted by Independents' Day, the two-day performing and visual arts fest held in Franklinton. The diverse event features children's theater, African dance, choral ensembles and fine art in a variety of mediums. The competition pits local winners against groups from around the state.

The fifth annual Columbus Invitational will be hosted by Independents' Day, the two-day performing and visual arts fest held in Franklinton. The diverse event features children's theater, African dance, choral ensembles and fine art in a variety of mediums. The competition pits local winners against groups from around the state.

The Performing Arts Showcase will be held inside Strongwater Food and Spirits from 3-5 p.m. Saturday with a gallery reception for the Visual Arts Showcase from 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the Vanderelli Room.