Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center celebrates 20 years

The three-day event will include a bike show, a dog show and a bean bag tournament.

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American Legion member Steward Raygor plays taps during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.
(Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a three-day celebration, “Soaring into Our Twenties,” Sept. 22-24. The event will include half-price admission, bikes, Betties, bags, barks and beers.

Bong Center family, staff, museum members and volunteers will meet from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 22 for an invitation-only homecoming event.

Everyone can enjoy half-price admission to the museum Sept. 23. The day will include a vintage military weapons show from noon to 7 p.m. and a “Pint Full of History” program focused on Richard I. Bong, the World War II fighter pilot from Poplar who shot down a record 40 enemy aircraft during his time of service and was awarded more than 24 medals, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. A social hour runs from 5-6:30 p.m. Historians Mike O’Conner, author of “America’s Ace of Aces” and documentary filmmaker John Andersion, “Shooting Star: The Story of Richard I. Bong,” will recount the life of America’s Ace of Aces from 6:30-8 p.m.

The Sept. 24 events will be hosted by the Border Town Betties.

An inaugural bean bag tournament, “Maverick and Goose Top Gun Shootout,” will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. The first 32 teams to pay will be accepted. Registration is currently open. The cost is $35 per team with 100% payback prize and a four-game minimum. The winning team will receive $800. Visit the website , call 715-392-7151 or email to register or for more information.


A motorcycle and kids bicycle show will take place from noon to 2 p.m. with prizes for the best vintage, best custom and best military-themed motorcycles for adults and the most patriotic pedal powered bike for kids. Email to register a bike.

A Puppy Dog Parade takes place from 1-3 p.m. Treats and water are provided. The dog show will wind up with a parade around the grounds of the Bong Center and two dogs will be awarded “Maverick and Goose” awards for the favorite large and small dogs. Email to register. Entries must be submitted by Sept. 7.

A launch party for Warrior Brewing Company’s Patriot IPA “Ace of Aces” Edition will cap off the events. Warrior Brewing is a local brewery operated solely by veterans. Their latest batch will honor Richard I. Bong. The new IPA will be on sale from noon to 7 p.m. along with a selection of wines and soft drinks and area food trucks.

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