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Veterans, car show keynote weekend celebration

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Main Street will be packed with classic cars on Saturday; veterans ceremony at 11 a.m.

By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer

Honoring veterans, seeing classic cars and hearing live music are all part of this weekend’s Veterans Day Car Show. Although Veterans Day is actually this coming Tuesday, Nov. 11, festivities will occur a few days earlier.

A “Classic Car Cruise” along Main Street from 5:30-8:30 p.m. will happen today, Friday. Saturday’s events are the main attraction starting off with the Classic Car Show at 9 a. m. along Main Street. There will also be a street fair, shopping and live music. The annual Veterans March & Tribute Ceremony gets going at 11 a.m., followed by a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross Dedication at 1:30 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery. (The cemetery is located on Hwy. 95, approximately a quarter mile north of the intersection of Hwy. 95 with Chestnut St/Hwy. 21 East.)

On Saturday evening, the annual Red, White and Blue Banquet – honoring veterans and their relatives – will get started at 5:45 p.m. at the Bastrop High School cafetorium. Meet special guest Betty Tisdale, founder of H.A.L.O (which assists orphans in war-torn countries),veterans and their families, see Camp Swift military exhibits, military re-enactors, Bastrop County Veterans Affairs Office representatives and other local sponsors. The formal program begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes dinner. Banquet proceeds assist local veterans service organizations, benevolence funds, and the Bastrop High School NJROTC program throughout the year. For event sponsors and supporters of veteran tickets, call 512-303-0810 or 512-284-0220. Ticket Cost:  $12.50 each for veterans, veteran spouse, or widow; and  $25 each for non-veteran tickets  Complimentary tickets are available for veterans. (Reservations are required; call 512-303-0810 or see www.rwbveterans.com)

On Sunday, there will be live music on Main Street, from 1-5 p.m. Local race cars from the Cotton Bowl Speedway will be seen, as well as new vehicles from Lost Pines Toyota. Saturday’s lineup of live music will be: 10-10:30 a.m. – The Honor Choirs; 12:30-1:30 p.m. – The Carper Family; 2-3:30 p.m. – Hot Texas Swing Band; and from 4-5 p.m. – The Peterson Brothers; The Sunday music lineup will be: 1-2 p.m. – The LarryLanders (Larry Wilson’s band); 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Amanda Pearcy; and 4-5 p.m. – Jenny Richards. Larry Wilson will debut his new song, “Stand.” Wilson said the song is “about a challenge to Americans to think about patriotism – it’s a song I wrote for veterans and for Americans overall.” Wilson’s band features Ben Zuniga on guitar (Zuniga is also the lead guitarist/songwriter for the Bastrop band, Princeton Runaway), Wally Doggett on drums and Elias Montemayor on bass and vocals.

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