Bowling for vets

From left are Penny, Starla, Shane and Mike at the 2018 Bowling for Vets Tournament held at Ponderosa Bowling Center in Lakeside. Penny and Mike are VFW Auxiliary 2364 members.

LAKESIDE — The VFW Auxiliary 2364 is hosting their 8th Annual Bowling for Vets Tournament on July 6-7 at 5249 AZ260/White Mountain Blvd. in Lakeside.

The Family Freedom Festival will be held on Saturday, July 6 which is the first day of the Bowling for Vets Tournament.

Although similar in name, this event is being held on the weekend after the Fourth of July and is separate from the city of Show Low’s Freedom Festival taking place at the Show Low High School football stadium.

A total of four area VFW chapters are involved in the dual events. They include the White Mountain Area VFW 9907 Auxiliary (Show Low), the William E. Hamilton VFW 2364 Auxiliary (Pinetop-Lakeside), the Louie E. Higdon VFW 1704 Auxiliary (Globe) and the Howell-Norton VFW 8987 Auxiliary (Eagar).

Both events are family-friendly and encourage support of veterans and their families throughout the White Mountains.

The Family Freedom Festival will have kids’ game booths, crafts and prizes. Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the events and and silent auctions will also be part of the fun.

There is no cost to attend either event but there is a $20 fee, per person to bowl all three tournament games. Participants can be any age or skill level.

Saturday bowling begins at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday bowling begins at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Game types include three squads per day with “nine pin, no tap” and “9 down equals a strike.”

The money raised is put back into veterans programs for the VFW Auxiliary in Pinetop-Lakeside. Many local businesses are sponsors of the event and contribute to the extensive raffle prize line-up.

To register to bowl, or more information about your local VFW and related programs, visit or call Brenda Kay Kinghorn at 928-205-1066, or follow them on Facebook at VFW Auxiliary Post 2364 Pinetop/Lakeside.

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Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

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