Entertainment packed Saturday in store

By Daniel Elizondo, editor

This Saturday will be busy with tons of entertainment throughout the day in Silsbee and the surrounding area.

The Hardin County Airport will be holding its second annual appreciation day and swap meet beginning at 9 a.m. at Hawthorne Field.

The event is fun for the whole family with food being prepared by the Boy Scouts Troop 770, and it includes a close-up look at the fly machines for all those plane enthusiasts.

The most widely attended event Cruise'n Silsbee will be the highlight of Saturday, beginning with open registration of vehicles at 8 a.m at the former Kirby Memorial Stadium in Silsbee.

The event runs through the day complete with DJ's, Hula Hoop contests, and food vendors.

At 1:30 p.m., the Burnout Contest begins on the property of Modica Bros. in Silsbee. The parade of Cruise'n Silsbee is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. through town.

Also on Saturday, The Big Thicket National Preserve and The Big Thicket Association will be holding its 40th and 50th anniversaries respectively at the Big Thicket Visitors Center on Hwy. 69 outside of Kountze.

Programs are set to begin at 9:30 a.m., complete with speakers and an award ceremony. Family programs begin at 10:30 a.m. that will include Shangri La Kids Crafts, Herman Davis the Whittler, a Black Bear Activity Box, Be a Master Naturalist, Earth Cache Hike on the Kirby Nature Trail, the National Park Fire Truck and more.

Lunch on the grounds will be available from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. Music will be provided by the Steve & Sheryl Hartz Bluegrass Band from the Oldtime String Shop in Nacogdoches and dancing by the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas.

Keith Carter, internationally recognized photographer and Lamar University Endowed Walles Chair of Art, is the keynote speaker.

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