Festivals and ceremony this holiday weekend – Washington Daily News

County residents can attend two festivals to enjoy the unofficial start of summer, and can end the weekend with a somber reminder on Monday.

The Bath Memorial Day celebration returns to Bonner’s Point all day Saturday and well into the evening.

Event organizers are counting on a barbecue contest, a classic car display, a vintage tractor display, a concert by The Embers, featuring Washington native Craig Woolard, and a fireworks display to bring the crowds back after a three-year hiatus induced by COVID-19. All activities are free.

“We have something for everyone and pride ourselves on being family friendly,” said Jason Pair, Chairman of the Greater Bath Foundation. “We had planned to do the barbecue competition a few years ago, but we couldn’t due to COVID, so we’re delighted. The product will be on sale after the judgment. The Embers always put on a great show and the fireworks are exceptional. We look forward to a fun day.

The Fossil Festival also returns to Aurora on Saturday and Sunday.

Digging for fossils, exhibits, silent and live auctions, a movie night, parade, performances, food and craft vendors, a Saturday night party and a dinosaur show are among the planned activities .

The Bonifies will entertain from 2:30-4:30 p.m., then Rivermist will play from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. The festival includes ticketed events.

The holiday culminates in the annual Memorial Day ceremony in Washington to honor those who gave their lives in service to their country.

“This year, our theme is ‘Let’s Not Forget,’ said Beaufort County Disabled American Veteran Commander Juanita White. “We’ll talk about why we say ‘Let’s not forget’ and explain why we play ‘TAPS’ and have 3 round volleys at a military honor funeral. We’ll also honor those killed in action (KIA) of Beaufort County with the Last Roll Call and will honor families with gold stars.Veterans Day is to honor the living, while Memorial Day recognizes those who have not returned.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park, 404 E. 3rd Street in Washington.

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Edward L. Robinett