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The annual Armed Forces Day parade down Hawthorne’s Main Street is set for its usual time of 12 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

As friends and family make the pilgrimage back to Hawthorne for the 68th Annual Armed Forces Day event, let us take a minute to remember why we all gather back in the small town we call “home”. Reflect on those who are serving or have served their county this weekend while you watch the parade. Say a silent thank you as the Big Flag is moved up the flag pole or take time to shake the hand of a serviceman or woman. This weekend is what makes Hawthorne – “Hawthorne”!

As usual, there are plenty of events on tap this weekend. The Kenny Bostic Memorial Athletic Fund “Richest Chili Cook Off in the West” begins at 10 a.m. at Barley’s Sports Bar as well as the 58th annual Walker Lake High Desert Art Show at Souled Out. Not new this year – just bigger will be arm wrestling at Barley’s. A street dance, pin-up contest and the El Capitan Casino Firework show will conclude Friday night.

Saturday morning starts off with the Hawthorne Elks Lodge serving a pancake breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. to start your day off right. Motorheads will be setting for a show and shine downtown and Greg Mohr will have his Kiddie Ferris Wheel Rides up by 9 a.m. at 5th and E Street.

Betty Easley has a static display at the Hawthorne Airport beginning at 9 a.m. with warbird planes for young and old to see. The Mineral County Museum as well as the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum will be open beginning at 10 a.m. so that you can walk through and reminisce about days past.

The parade begins at 12 noon with the whistle and flyover. Following the parade, with over 70 entries – the Armed Forces Day Committee has youth events planned after the parade. Mineral County Search and Rescue will open up the Old Courthouse and 6th Street School for self-guided tours.

Tricycle races, always good for a laugh, will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday night along with the Rye Brother’s Band, featuring hometown boy Paul Justin at 9 p.m. at Joe’s Tavern.

T-shirts and buttons are available at local merchants around town.

Welcome home, have a safe and fun weekend.