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Tea party to honor veterans





Roger Ewing, chairman of the Big First Tea Party, came up with an idea last year to honor the nation's veterans and celebrate America.

"I thought it went really well," Ewing said of 2011's inaugural event.

The Big First Tea Party will play host to the second annual event from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Unrein Building at Ellis County Fairgrounds.

"I basically came up with the idea," said Ewing, who organized the local tea party in August 2011. "I asked people to see if they liked the idea or not. They all basically agreed it was a good thing."

Events scheduled include:

* At approximately 5:30 p.m., an honor guard will pay tribute to the veterans.

* At approximately 6:30 p.m., there will be Halloween costume contests for children younger than 18 and for those 18 and older. Costumes need to be either historical or patriotic.

* At 7:30 p.m., a barbershop chorus is scheduled to sing.

* At 8:15 p.m., square dancers are scheduled to perform.

Two examples of a patriot card to send to veterans will be available. Also, the first 100 families to arrive between 4 and 5:30 p.m. will receive an autographed copy of a book written by Ewing, "Powerful Guide to Living the Good Life."

As well, there will be a meet-and-greet with local political candidates before Tuesday's election.

There also will be polka and patriotic music played throughout the evening, as well as food available.

Remembering the nation's veterans is uppermost in Ewing's mind.

"It's important, because without veterans in this country, we wouldn't have a country. It's that simple," Ewing said.