We all see children watch with excitement and fascination when emergency vehicles race by, sirens blaring and lights flashing. To them, First Responders and Military are larger than life and true heroes. Imagine how excited they would be to sit in a First Responder vehicle, put on some Military gear and learn first-hand what their heroes do on a regular basis. Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is honored to give them this opportunity at their 5th Annual Patriot Day event on Sat., Sept. 12, 2015, from 9:00AM to 4:30PM at the Bentonville Municipal Airport. Proceeds from the event will provide funding for SDIA’s Thanksgiving Outreach program, which provides a full Thanksgiving dinner to identified Sheep Dog in Need families.
The Northwest Arkansas 2015 Patriot Day event is free to the public – thanks to Sponsors like Walmart, Propper, Zantac, Heritage Indian Motorcycles of NWA and Tyson – and will be a fun, educational day for the entire family that includes:
- Military and First Responder vehicles and aircraft;
- An aerobatic flight team & skydiving demonstrations;
- K9 and rescue demonstrations;
- Interactive displays;
- Bounce houses and children’s activities;
- Vendor booths;
- And much more!
All activities are free of charge, though donations are welcomed and appreciated. Music will be provided by 8Ball Entertainment, and concessions will be available for purchase, courtesy of Tyson. For more information, visit the 2015 Patriot Day Facebook Event page. To view photos from last year's event, click here.
Golfers will be excited to learn that new to this year’s event is a 4-person scramble Golf Tournament on Mon., Sept. 14, at Shadow Valley Golf Club in Rogers. Registration is $150 per person (by Aug 20; $175/person after Aug. 20) or $600 per 4-person Team. Registration fees include lunch, gift bag, and a commemorative Patriot Day cap. Tee times start at 8:00AM. Visit the 2015 Patriot Day Golf Tournament Facebook Event page for more information and to register.
For car and motorcycle enthusiasts, SDIA will again be hosting Poker Runs. The motorcycle Poker Run will begin at 9:00AM at Heritage Indian Motorcycles of NWA in Rogers. Registration begins at 9:00AM and costs $20 for single driver, $30 for driver and passenger; registration includes a patch, meal, drinks and snacks. More information and registration can be found at the 2015 Patriot Day Poker Run Eventbrite page. Details on the car Poker Run are being finalized and will be announced soon.
Held in September each year, SDIA's Patriot Day event honors the lives lost and those injured in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and provides an opportunity to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our nation's Sheep Dogs. In addition to the Northwest Arkansas event, SDIA’s Chapters and Teams across the US will also be hosting events.; those currently scheduled are the Central Arkansas Chapter’s Patriot Day Trap Shoot, the Kansas Chapter’s Patriot Day Car Show; and the St. Louis Chapter’s CrossFit Wod Competition.