Twice a year, Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the Army Community Service Relocation Readiness branch invite the community to attend Hood Howdy, a free event designed to welcome newcomers to “The Great Place.”

The informational fair will showcase the services and agencies of the greater Fort Hood area on Thursday afternoon at Club Hood.

Last year’s winter event drew more than 1,000 attendees. The summer fairs bring in an even larger crowd, a number that shifts with the needs of the military.

A mini career fair, along with a plethora of local agencies will allow newcomers to receive as much information as they wish in a one-stop shop setting, offering something to pique every attendees’ interest.

The fair is expected to feature more than 100 businesses and agencies.

In addition to job openings, Hood Howdy highlights services and programs for soldiers and family members of all ages. Children are welcome to attend.

Recreation and education serve as focuses of the event. Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area and Central Texas College are two popular participants.

In recent years, businesses as far as Austin and Waco attended to promote their offerings to the local military community. Still, the bulk of participants are local, with chambers of commerce and school districts of Killeen and Copperas Cove making up a large swath of vendors since Hood Howdy’s inception in 2008.

Club Hood will offer refreshments and door prizes will be handed out, along with giveaways from participating agencies. The top raffle prize is an iPad mini.

“People should come to Hood Howdy because Hood Howdy packs all the information that a Fort Hood soldier and his family could ever need,” said Monty Campbell, a Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation spokesman.

Call 254-287-4471 for more information about the event.

Contact Madison Lozano​ at mlozano@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7552.

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