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The 121st annual Soldiers Reunion continues today for Reunion Day on the Court Square in downtown Newton. Here is a schedule of today's events, as well as scheduled events to finish Reunion Week.
9 a.m. Activities start on the Court Square with many vendors participating.
10 a.m. Memorial service to honor veterans who died in the past year. The guest speaker will be N.C. Department of the American Legion Commander Bill Oxford of Lenoir. The event will be held on the Court Square in Newton.
11:30 a.m. American Legion Post 16 serves veterans lunch consisting of fried perch, potatoes, cole slaw and hush puppies. The fish fry will be held at the American Legion Post 16 headquarters, 1020 Southwest Blvd. in Newton.
3:30 p.m. Newton-Conover High School band, under the direction of Haskew Smith, will perform on the Court Square.
4 p.m. The annual Reunion Service will be held on the Court Square. City and county officials will be present and Col. Bradley McRee will be the guest speaker for the ceremony. Also, for the third time in Reunion history, a medal of honor recipient will be present at the service. Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell will talk briefly before the guest speaker. A presentation of the Soldiers Reunion pageant winners will be made during the Reunion Service. If it's raining, the service will be held inside the old courthouse in the former court room.
5 p.m. The Reunion Day parade starts around downtown Newton with more than 160 participants.
7 p.m. The Horseshoe Tournament will be held at Westside/Jaycee Park in Newton. This is a single-elimination tournament and is open to anyone ages 16 and older. Entry fee for two-person teams is $10. Registration required by 6:45 p.m. today at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave. in Newton.
8:30 a.m. The 20th annual Soldiers Reunion 5K Run/Walk will be held at the Newton Recreation Center. A one-mile fun run will starts prior to the 5K run at 8 a.m. Trophies will be given to the top three male and female finishers in the 5K overall. Registration for the race ends at 7:30 a.m. on race day. The cost is $20 for the 5K and $12 for the one-mile fun run.
8 a.m. The 19th annual 30-60-100 Mile Century Bike Ride starts at the Newton Recreation Center. Rides will be conducted at each person's individual speed. There are three ride lengths mapped throughout Catawba County. The ride is open to anyone; however, participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is $25 per rider.
Due to inclement weather, the Newton Parks and Recreation Department rescheduled the 2010 Soldiers Reunion Men’s Softball Tournament and it will be held at Jacob Fork Park. Entry fee for the double-elimination tournament will be $120. Deadline to register is Aug. 25 by 5 p.m. ASA rules will be used. Two balls will be furnished.
For additional information on the events held at the Newton Recreation Center, call (828) 695-4350.