Soldiers Reunion 128th Year!

Beauty Pageant

Fourth of July celebrations have ended though I'm still hearing random explosions around the 'hood. Our next big party in the Unifour is the Soldiers Reunion in downtown Newton, our county seat. The Soldiers Reunion celebration is believed to be the longest-running patriotic celebration, not based on a holiday, in the country. It all started on July 4, 1889 when Civil War veterans answered a statewide call for recognition of their wartime efforts and to receive their pensions. This led to annual reunions and today, the celebration offers a variety of family-friendly activities and events for veterans and the community centered around the iconic 1924 Courthouse Square.

The fun begins on Sunday, August 13th and continues through Thursday. Western Piedmont Symphony offers one of the opening events with a concert on the square at 8 pm performing patriotic marches, Broadway show tunes, TV & movie themes, light classical favorites and a salute to our military. Artists of SELEM (Southeastern Laser Enthusiasts Meeting) will be providing a laser light show to accompany the music on the second half of the show. Pack a lawn chair.

Get down to Newton next month for some good old fashioned fun and fellowship including car shows, parades, and beauty pageants. See you there!

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