The Harker Heights Rotary Club will sponsor Texas Heritage Days April 19-20 at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. The fundraising event will coincide with the Army Marathon on April 21.
About 2,000 are expected to attend the event, said Jennifer McCann, Rotary president-elect and Texas Heritage Days chairperson.
“Take a trip around Texas on Friday and Saturday with live music and entertainment plus food and fun for the whole family,” she said.
Texas Heritage Days is the first fundraiser of its kind for the Heights Rotary Club. Texas entertainment and music will showcase the cultural diversity in this part of Texas.
Taking the stage will be the Texas Style Brass Band and 1st Cavalry Band from Fort Hood, along with the Brazos Valley Cloggers of Waco, a Hawaiian dance team, Hispanic dancers, an Asian dance team, square dancers and a mariachi band from the Cultural Filipino Dance Troupe. Gospel and bluegrass music will also be featured.
The festival will include vendors, a silent auction and raffle prizes. All proceeds go to charities supported by the Harker Heights Rotary Club.
McCann said sponsors are needed for Texas Heritage Days and vendor booths are available.
“We have booths still to fill at all levels and will keep that registration open up to the last minute,” she said, adding that nonprofit organizations receive booth space at no cost.
Texas Heritage Days are set for 3 to 7 p.m. April 19 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 20 in the Assembly Hall at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.
The first Army Marathon starts at 8 a.m. April 21 in Killeen and raises funds for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Military Child Education Coalition, Wish for Our Heroes, USA Cares, Project Homefront and other nonprofit organizations. A 5k race starts at 8 a.m. in Temple.
The mission of the Army Marathon is to honor the service and sacrifice of military personnel, their families and survivors, said Ed Bandas, president and race director. But the race is not associated with the U.S. Army.
“We are a 501(c)(3) whose sole purpose is to raise money and awareness for qualified veteran’s charities,” Bandas said.
Rotary Club members feel fortunate to pair up with the Army Marathon.
“We have the runners and their families and will gladly welcome them … everyone come and make our first Texas Heritage Days a place to come together to eat and dance, have a good time and raise money,” McCann said.
For more information about the Texas Heritage Days and the Army Marathon, call the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce at (254) 699-4999 or go to www.thearmymarathon.com.