Residents can enjoy a day of outdoor activities while supporting local soldiers and veterans during the Texas Heritage Committee’s second annual end-of-summer festival.

The event is from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Killeen Farmers Market at 717 N. Second St. It features face painting, water slides, kids crafts, live music, bouncy toys and vendors selling arts, crafts and food. Residents also can adopt pets at the festival.

“We try to bring music to Central Texas,” said retired Maj. Rudy Norman, chairperson for the committee. “It’s free. We encourage you to come.”

During the event, there will be raffles for a flat-screen TV, golf for two, motorcycle riding lessons and a myriad of other things.

“We are trying to raise money for the Fort Hood memorial as well as an action track wheelchair, which is for severely handicapped amputees in the military,” Norman said.

The chair is an off-road wheelchair that gives amputees more mobility, including making it easier for them to go hunting and fishing, Norman said. The average cost of a chair is about $1,500.

As a veteran, Norman said he is eager to see a memorial built for the victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting.

The cost of the memorial, a 40-foot-wide open-air pavilion, is estimated at $300,000.

“I know they have raised money, but they need more,” he said. “(Residents) need to come out and support not only the memorial but the GIs, the wounded warriors that are here in the area. We’ve had a lot of people fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is kind of for them.”

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