The Camp Bowie Texas Army National Guard Training Facility and Groner Pitts Armory will be open for public inspection — and fun for the entire family — at Heart of Texas Day at the Camp Saturday afternoon.

The facility is holding the open house, with refreshments and activities for all ages, to help mark Flag Day and the U.S. Army’s 233rd birthday.

Opening and closing ceremonies are set for 1 and 5 p.m., with activities planned between those hours.

It is free and open to the public.

“The event itself is an open house hosted by the 111th Engineer Battalion in conjunction with other military and veterans’ organizations from the area,” Joyce Leidig of the local Military and Family Support Group said. “The soldiers and their families of the 111th Engineer Battalion will be there also and are excited about visiting with veterans and citizens of Brown and surrounding counties that afternoon.”

Area sponsors and volunteers will provide 2,000 free hot dogs that will be served starting at 3:30 p.m., and Dr Pepper beverages and bottled water will be available at no charge. The Army will also have drinking water available from potable water trailers for those who bring a cup.

A variety of booths and activities including a rock-climbing wall, a bounce house, bounce house, motorcycle rides, parachute games, face Painting and bubbles, limousine Rides, bean bag toss, military vehicle and weapon displays, Marine Corps obstacle course and a Basketball toss. Activities will also be provided for younger children.

The headquarters company of the 111th Engineer Battalion, formerly located in Abilene, relocated to its new home at Camp Bowie in March 2007. Army officials described the move as part of the continuing transformation of the Texas National Guard's 36th Infantry Division from a tank-heavy force to a lighter, more responsive force.