On Saturday September 5, 2015, the Dixon Police Department, along with the Lee County Honor Flight for Veterans hosted the 2nd Annual “Bags for the Brave” beanbag tournament. The event took place in the 100 block of West 1st Street, which also included entertainment from Dixon Mainstreet’s “Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival.” The tournament began with opening ceremonies, as 30 local veterans from the WWII and Korean War era were escorted into the festival grounds. The Dixon City Fire Department assisted with displaying a large American flag as the veterans’ procession was taking place. Over 30 teams played in the beanbag tournament, which featured corporate and open league divisions.
Prior to the start of the tournament, it was announced by Lee County Honor Flight’s Rich Sanders that the Dixon Police Department would be an official sponsor of an entire Honor Flight in the spring of 2016, due to the amount of money raised in the event’s first two years. Last year’s fundraiser accumulated just under $16,000, and with donations still coming in for this year, the current amount is nearly $23,000 and climbing! Dixon Police Department’s Aaron Simonton, who helped start the event, said that he was very grateful for the overwhelming support from the nearly 60 sponsors who helped make the event such a success. “Today is a perfect example of how much the citizens and businesses of our community support our veterans, and with this fundraiser, they are doing it in a big way,” said Simonton. “We feel that with the partnership with Dixon Mainstreet, this event will continue to grow and benefit the veterans of Lee County.”