A memorial was held in honor of fallen soldiers at the Conway Cemetery, put on by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, during the 65th Annual Lincoln County Homecoming last weekend in Caliente.

When thinking of Homecoming, many think of a big football game. But in Lincoln County, people also think of the long-running celebration during Memorial Day Weekend. The 65th Annual Homecoming continued in the fun tradition of bringing people home for a weekend of things do and see.

Festivities started on Friday with a free movie in Kershaw-Ryan State Park, headed up by Andrew Porter. He also coordinated the next day’s volleyball tournament at Kershaw-Ryan.

Softball tournaments were held throughout the weekend. The teams included “The Regulators,” “I’d Hit That,” and the “Death Peppers.” There were a number of vendors at the tournaments, including Lickety Splits, Tropical Sno and a charity booth for Ray Stevens charity booth to care for his diabetic dog.

New this year was a train ride provided by Amazing Clowns out of Las Vegas. The company provides the train for special events as well as other rides and games.

Other Saturday activities included horseshoes and kids activities at Rose Memorial Park. An unusual but worthy event was the women’s skillet toss. Divisions included women’s, young women’s and girls. Major Mastin headed up the event. All the proceeds went to “Shop with a Cop” for Christmas shopping. Alanta Mastin won the girls division. Megan Nicholson won the young women’s division and Tori Acuff won the women’s division.

New this year was a photo contest, where people could submit photos of Lincoln County’s state parks, town parks or public lands on the lincolncountynevada.com website. Visitors could then vote on their favorites. Linda Winters was the top vote-getter with her picture of Cathedral Gorge State Park. She also had a third place photo of the same park. Kristal Romans’ picture of Echo Dam Reservoir Bridge had the second highest votes.

The volunteer fire department had a big role in the events of the weekend. They wrapped and cooked the brisket for Sunday’s barbeque. Keith Larson and Kassidi Kreci helped coordinated the BBQ as well.

On Monday, a memorial was held in honor of fallen soldiers at the Conway Cemetery, put on by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. There was a good turnout and the folks seemed to be at peace upon leaving. Commander Jack Horner provided an inspirational and comforting speech for the family members left behind.

Much behind-the-scenes work went into once again making this event a reality, with particular year-long efforts made by the Homecoming Committee and other volunteers.