Turn­ing out to sup­port the troops

Le­gion Aux­il­iary-spon­sored fest gath­ers items for Op­er­a­tion Sand­box

The Covington News - - News -

In honor of those who have served and who are serv­ing in the U.S. armed forces, Op­er­a­tion Sand­box and Amer­i­can Le­gion mem­bers have part­nered to present a Sup­port Our Troops Bike Ride and Fes­ti­val Satur­day.

“We joined forces this year to make it a big­ger event,” said Vir­ginia Pear­son, di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tion Sand­box Ge­or­gia.

Pear­son, di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tion Sand­box, organized a char­ity bike ride beginning at 2:30 p.m. Satur­day at Gran­ite Moun­tain Har­ley-David­son on Dog­wood Drive in Cony­ers.

“They’ll ride through the Rock­dale and New­ton County coun­try­side and end up on the square where the rest of the event will take place,” Pear­son said.

All makes and mod­els are wel­come on the ride, which will be es­corted by Rock­dale and New­ton county sher­iff’s deputies. Each bike re­quires a $20 do­na­tion as the regis­tra­tion fee. All pro­ceeds will go to­ward mail­ing costs as well as buy­ing items that Op­er­a­tion Sand­box vol­un­teers use to fill care pack­ages to send to ac­tive duty sol­diers.

Once rid­ers ar­rive on the square they will be greeted with mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment and food pro­vided by Amer­i­can Le­gion Unit 32 out of Cov­ing­ton.

Mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment in­cludes ‘50s, ‘60s and ’70s rock cover band The Arch­men, as well as an Elvis, a Johnny Cash and a Patsy Cline im­per­son­ator.

Other en­ter­tain­ment con­sists of a car show around the square in­clud­ing a Humvee with sol­diers and a Gen­eral Lee out of Char­lotte, N.C., Duneb­uggy the Clown, and chil­dren’s games and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The event on the square will last from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We’re en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to come out and en­joy them­selves as well as bring us the items we need for the pack­ages,” Pear­son said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Op­er­a­tion Sand­box Ge­or­gia or the items needed for their care pack­ages, visit www. op­er­a­tionsand­boxga. com or call (770) 784-9155.

Kari Apted/The Cov­ing­ton News

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