The Old Soldiers Reunion, or as it's been called since 1930, The Soldiers Reunion, is one of the longest running events of its kind in the United States.
Almost every year since 1889, during the third week in August, veterans gather together for a week of celebration. There are only two years during which the event was not held, 1944 and 1948, due to polio outbreaks.
For those of you who have never been, or are new to the area. The reunion will be held, as always, at the old courthouse square in downtown Newton, North Carolina.
The 121st Annual Soldiers Reunion is sponsored by the American Legion Post 16 and the Newton Merchants Association. Additional activities are sponsored by the Newton Parks & Recreation Department.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 12 Senior Citizens Dance 7:00 p.m. Newton Recreation Center
FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 Men's Softball Tournament Northside Park - Broyhill Field
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 Men's Softball Tournament (continues)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 15 Cruisin' & Car Show Viewing of cars - 2:30 p.m. Cruisin' begins - 6:30 p.m.
MONDAY, AUGUST 16 Gospel Music 7:30 p.m. Courthouse Square
TUESDAY, AUGUST 17 Beach Music 7:30pm Courthouse Square
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18 Baby Parade - 6:00 p.m. Courthouse Square
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18 Street Dance - 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 Activities on Square - 9:00 a.m. Reunion Service - 4:00 p.m.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 Parade - 5:00 p.m. Horseshoe Tourney - 7:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 20 No activities planned
SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 5K Run/Walk & One-Mile Fun Run Fun Run 8:00 a.m., 5K 8:30 a.m.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22 30-60-100 Mile Bike Ride 8:00 a.m. Newton Recreation Center
For more information, contact Wayne Dellinger at 464-3906, or
the Newton Recreation Department at 695-4317.
ABOUT THE TOWN OF NEWTON
The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains offers residents and visitors an abundance of scenic attractions, a wealth of recreational activities, and a mild climate with four seasons.
Newton was selected as the county seat in 1845 and was incorporated in 1855. The second largest city in the county, Newton has experienced a steady rate of growth.
Newton offers challenging places to work, low cost of living, diverse cultures, a abundant recreational opportunities, arts, and culture. Catawba County has been recognized as being one of the top ten areas in America to raise a family.
Over the past several years, Newton has sought to identify and recruit new business and industry, both manufacturing and non-manufacturing.
Newton has created an enviable living environment offering friendly neighborhoods and hospitable businesses, shops, and restaurants. The Downtown Newton Development Association has created an effective public-private collaboration to promote business development and preserve the friendly atmosphere of the downtown business district.
On the Square in the downtown area, you can visit the Catawba County Museum of History, where the region's story is artfully displayed in the unique setting of the former Catawba County Courthouse.
The Newton Parks & Recreation Department helps advance the attractiveness of the community and its quality of life through a diverse and comprehensive program of recreational, educational, and cultural programs.