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Parks and Rec. Events during Soldiers Reunion

NEWTON, NC (July 20, 2017)—The Newton Parks and Recreation Department will host several special events during Soldiers Reunion this year. They are:

» Soldiers Reunion Senior Citizens Dance
On Thursday, Aug. 10, the Soldiers Reunion Senior Citizens Dance for those 55 years old and older will run from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on the lower level of the Newton Recreation Center. Entertainment will be provided by Shake Down Band, a variety band. Admission at the door will be $8 per person. No advance tickets will be sold. Attendees are asked to bring finger foods. Soft drinks will be provided.

» Soldiers Reunion Badminton/Pickleball Exhibition
On Monday Aug. 14, a Badminton and Pickleball Friendly Mixer and Exhibition will be held at the Newton Recreation Center. Badminton play will go from 3-5 p.m. Pickleball exhibition and play will be at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. Players are asked to make a $3 donation. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

» Soldiers Reunion Cornhole Tournament
On Tuesday, Aug. 15, the Soldiers Reunion Cornhole Tournament will be held in the parking lot of the Newton Recreation Department starting at 6:30 p.m. This is a round robin tournament open to the people 18 and older. The entry fee for each two-person team is $10. Winners will receive trophies courtesy of the Newton Recreation Department. Entry forms are available at the Newton Recreation Center.

» Pet Mania
On Wednesday, Aug. 16, pet owners and animal lovers are encouraged to attend and participate in the 2017 Pet Mania event at 7 p.m. on the west side of the Courthouse Square. Pet Mania is sponsored by the Newton Parks and Recreation Department and Conover Veterinary Hospital.

There will be nine categories in which to compete. The winners from each category will be eligible for Best of Show. The deadline to enter is 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. All pets must have proper vaccinations (with tags) to enter. Entry forms are available at the Newton Recreation Center.

» Soldiers Reunion Horseshoe Tournament
On Thursday, Aug. 17 (Reunion Day), the Soldiers Reunion Horseshoe Tournament is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Westside/Jaycee Park. This single-elimination tournament is open to participants 16 and older. The entry fee for each two-person team is $10. Teams must register by 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.  Entry forms are available at the Newton Recreation Center.

» 28th Annual Southern Biscuit Soldiers Reunion 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Fun Run
The 28th Annual Southern Biscuit Soldiers Reunion 5K Run/Walk is set for Saturday, Aug. 19, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Newton Recreation Center. A one-mile fun run is slated to begin prior to the 5K run at 8 a.m.

The event is sponsored by BB&T, Bennett Funeral Service, Carolina Glove & Safety Company, Cook’s Sporting Goods, Emerge Ortho, Fleet Feet Sports, Geppeto’s Pizza & More, Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo L.L.P, Lee Industries, PDQ, Pepsi, Southern Biscuit, Subway, Therapeutic Solutions, Tadlock’s Trophies, and Texas Roadhouse.

Trophies will be given to the top three male and female finishers in the 5K overall, as well as in each age division. Awards will be presented only for first place in each age division for the one-mile fun run.

Race applications are now available at Newton City Hall, Newton Recreation Center, participating sponsors, and online at www.newtonnc.gov/reunionrun.pdf

Preregistration runs until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, and is $20 for the 5K run/walk, and $10 for the one-mile fun run. Late registration runs until 7:30 a.m. on race day and is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the one-mile fun run.

» Soldiers Reunion Annual 30-60-100 Mile Century Bike Ride
The Soldiers Reunion Annual 30-60-100 Mile Century Bike Ride will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. The event begins with a mass start at the Newton Recreation Center.

The event is sponsored by Academy Sports+Outdoors, BB&T, Carolina Glove & Safety Company, Bennett’s Funeral Service, Cook’s Sporting Goods, Emerge Ortho, Geppeto’s Pizza & More, Huss Bail Bonds Inc., Lee Industries, Lighting Cycles, PDQ, Pepsi, Rock-n-Road Bicycles, Subway, Therapeutic Solutions, Tadlock’s Trophies, and Texas Roadhouse.

All bicycle rides will be conducted at each rider’s pace, with three ride lengths mapped throughout Catawba County. The ride is open to everyone, but riders younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while participating. First aid, refreshments, T-shirts, and more will be provided for all participants.

Preregistration is $20 for the ride and will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. Late registration runs until 7:30 a.m. on ride day for $25.

Ride applications are available at Newton City Hall, Newton Recreation Center, sponsoring locations and online at www.newtonnc.gov/reunionride.pdf.

For more information about any of these events, please call the Newton Recreation Center at 828-695-4317.