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Entertainment big draw at Veterans Salute

Entertainment will be the main attraction for the fourth annual Veterans Salute at Bryant Commons this Saturday.

The Veterans Salute, which usually draws about 1,500 people, will feature a battle of the bands competition with dance performances, singing and an archery demonstration between sets.

Those performances include a dance group from Inspirations Performance Studio, singer Leah Hayes and Long County archer Cassandra Pelton.

Three judges will choose the best band for a prize of $250. The crowd can also participate by buying a vote for $1 and those votes will go

towards the judges’ vote.

Other activities include a motorcycle show with prizes, food and craft vendors, silent auction, games and a 50/50 raffle.

The event raises money for the Veterans Memorial Walk that is dedicated to each branch of the military. Veterans Memorial Walk is under construction and will have a walking path around a small pond, flags and tributes to each branch.

The pond’s centerpiece will be a tribute to prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Some $6,000 has been raised for the Walk in the past two years, according to Michelle Ricketson, executive director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority. All the proceeds from the vendor fees, raffle tickets and other activities will go towards the continued construction of the Walk.

Ricketson encouraged people to come out and support the veterans and for "the community fellowship."

On why people should attend Veterans Salute, George Holtzman, co-chairman of the Veterans Memorial Walk board, said "By the name itself, that’s what you’re doing — saluting and honoring veterans. The money that you spend on food and entertainment will go towards getting the memorial built."

The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission and parking.

Schedule of events:

• 10 a.m. 3rd ID Band

• 10:30 a.m. opening ceremony

Battle of the Bands

• 11 a.m. Tony Brown & THC

• Noon Ded River

• 1 p.m. Kicking Up Dust Band

• 2 p.m. Battalion

• 3 p.m. Flashback Band

• 4 p.m. Outlaw

Winners of the silent auction, 50/50 raffle and band competition will be announced toward the end of the event.

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