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Hometown Heroes Picnic set for Saturday

A large line makes its way past a grill and on to a condiment buffet during the 2010 Hometown Heroes Community Picnic at Craig City Park. This year’s event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the sound end of City Park. The event salutes veterans and invites the community to a free meal.





A large line makes its way past a grill and on to a condiment buffet during the 2010 Hometown Heroes Community Picnic at Craig City Park. This year's event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the sound end of City Park. The event salutes veterans and invites the community to a free meal.

If you go…

What: Hometown Heroes Community Picnic

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: South end of Craig City Park, next to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265

— For more information, call Amy Fontenot at 824-7031.

With the weather of Northwest Colorado unpredictable during the spring months, scheduling outdoor events can be tricky. But, the organizers of one gathering will soldier through any conditions the weekend can throw at them in honor of those who have had to deal with situations much tougher than a little rain.

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The Craig Daily Press will sponsor the eighth annual Hometown Heroes Community Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in association with American Legion Post 62, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, McDonald's, Craig Lions Club, Brothers Custom Processing, Inc., Northwest Diesel Sales & Service and Boy-Ko Supply Co. The picnic, which will happen rain or shine, is an effort to honor those who have served in the armed forces, whether in person or in memoriam.

"This is a great opportunity to pay tribute to the armed service people of past, present and future," said Amy Fontenot, the Craig Daily Press' office/circulation manager.

As in prior years, veterans representing the American Legion and the VFW will be in attendance, as will younger generations who are looking to enter the service.

The VFW color guard will start the festivities. Moffat County High School senior Karen Bolton will sing the national anthem, and 10-year-old Sydni Tripp will sing "God Bless America before the free lunch.

Staff members from the Daily Press and volunteers from the Lions Club will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs donated by McDonald's and Brothers, complete with other traditional picnic items.

Community members are asked to take deserts to share.

Fontenot said she hopes to see a strong turnout to match the 400 to 500 people who show up each year. She said this year may be more difficult for everybody to make it with numerous other events occurring, such as Where the Hell's Maybell? and the Special Olympics Summer Games.

"This is the first time the Special Olympics have been scheduled on the same weekend," she said. "We're hoping that people will still find the time to stop by for a couple minutes, get a hamburger or hot dog and say thanks to their veterans."

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If you go…

What: Hometown Heroes Community Picnic

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: South end of Craig City Park, next to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265

— For more information, call Amy Fontenot at 824-7031.

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