With a grand opening set for Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11, The Warrior Exhibit will be open to the public Friday and Saturday of this week, during “Host of Christmas Past”, in its new home at 113 Main Avenue North, just off the Fayetteville square.

Hours Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9, will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., said Linda Williams, president of Friends of Fayetteville-Lincoln County Veterans, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit formed earlier this year, which purchased the North Main Avenue building for the exhibit, thanks to the support of city and county governing bodies.

Over recent months, Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder’s work crews, comprised of talented jail inmates, have been renovating the building and preparing it to house the exhibit, a pictorial display of well over a thousand veterans who have lived here and served or are serving in the military. The exhibit was formerly housed at the Fayetteville Recreation Center on the Winchester Highway.

“It’ll be four years Monday since we first opened the exhibit,” she said. “We are absolutely proud that in just four years it has come an extremely long way.”

Santa’s Warrior Gift Shop

During “Host” on Saturday, Santa’s Warrior Gift Shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Fayetteville Municipal Building at 110 Elk Ave. S.

There, you’ll find a wide array of gifts, crafts and baked goods to help you with your Christmas planning and shopping.

Proceeds will benefit The Warrior Exhibit.

 Rifle Raffle

A raffle is also being held for a Henry Military Service Tribute 2nd Edition Rifle, valued at over $1,150, for benefit of The Warrior Exhibit. To participate, donations of $5 each or five for $20 are being accepted.

The drawing will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Warrior Exhibit Booth on the square.

Tickets may be purchased at the booth or in The Warrior Exhibit building, or you may contact Linda Williams at 931-993-8353 or Tammy Sanders McConnell at 334-796-1592, or visit Pendergrass Supply & Rental located at 1100 Winchester Hwy. in Fayetteville.