The Veterans Day celebration kicks off Friday with a fundraiser for American Legion Post 9, the Bragging Rights Hamburger Cook-Off.
A new event, it starts at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Pine Mountain Village, where grill cooks will compete for trophies and prizes in two divisions. Division 1 is for restaurants, with bragging rights to the best hamburger in town on the line.
The second is open to any grill cook, whether employed professionally or on the home barbecue. Winners will be chosen by people's votes, with a $2 tasting fee covering samples of all entries.
First, second and third place winners in each division will receive gift certificates and burger-topped trophies, and will march in Saturday's Veterans Day parade.
On Saturday, The Squid and Whale Pub is sponsoring a Veterans Ball to celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. The Corps traces it roots to marines commissioned by the Continental Congress on Nov. 10, 1775.
The ball, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, honors all veterans and features dance music from the World War II era to the present. Formal attire optional. No cover. The pub has two entrances: 10 Center St. and 37 Spring St.
On Sunday, a Veterans Day Art Show and reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Caribe Restaurant, 309 W. Van Buren. The event is free and includes refreshments.
The exhibit is open to artists who are veterans, or artists whose work honors veterans. No entry fee. For more information, call Lezlie Foley, 479-253-5423.