Veterans Tribute, ABATE Fun Fest are this weekend

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By The Staff

A tribute to local veterans on Friday evening will include a performance by an Air Force band.
The next day, a variety of activities will be offered during a festival sponsored by the Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) and the Vandalia Tourism Commission.
The Armed Forces Tribute on Friday evening on the Vandalia Statehouse lawn will get under way with a pork chop dinner provided by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance. The meal will cost $5, and serving is from 5-7:30 p.m.
During the meal, “Midwest Winds,” a woodwind quartet from Scott Air Force Base will be performing.
A program honoring local veterans will get under way at 7 p.m. on the front portico of the Statehouse.
After the presentation of the colors by the Brownstown VFW Post, several veterans will talk about their service in the armed forces. Scheduled speakers will include Tony Flowers, Floyd Meseke, Bill Haller and Mark Miles, as well as Robyn Pontious, who will talk about being a female in the service.
Those planning to attend the Armed Forces Tribute are urged to take lawn chairs or blankets for the program.
The ABATE Family Fun Fest on Gallatin Street will get under way at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The Slidways RC Raceway group will have remote-controlled car racing demonstrations throughout the day.
The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE will hold a motorcycle show, with registration running from noon-1 p.m. The entry fee is $15, or $10 and a small stuffed animal donation, per bike.
Judging will be done in seven classes, including trikes and women’s bikes.
The festival will also include games and activities for children, including inflatables. A $3 armband will allow a child to enjoy the activities all day, with $1 from every armband purchase donated to the Honor Flight program for World War II veterans.
Also planned are a live DJ, food stands and attendance drawings.
For more information on the motorcycle show, contact Jeff Moulton at 292-4014. For information on other weekend activities, contact LaTisha Paslay at 283-1152.