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Diamond Age Club Luncheon slated for Pioneer Day

The Diamond Age Club Luncheon will be held on May 1, 2021, during the annual Pioneer Day Celebration on the east lawn of the courthouse square in Melbourne.

The Izard County Extension Homemakers Clubs will sponsor the event for the Izard County Senior Citizens age 70 or older.  Izard County has three extension clubs – Franklin, Gid, and Red Bud.  Mrs. Kelly Russell serves as President of the Izard County Extension Homemakers Council.

Pioneer Day began on May 1, 1952.  The county extension clubs planned the event as a way to honor pioneer settlers and senior citizens of the county.  The ladies wore old fashioned costumes, and the gentlemen grew beards for the occasion.  The first Saturday in May was chosen for an Annual Pioneer Day to be held and to celebrate National Home Demonstration Week.  The Extension Clubs have participated in many different activities in making the celebrations a success.

Registration for the luncheon will begin at 9:45 a.m.  Come and visit while viewing the Kiddie Parade and the Main Parade from the tent on the lawn.  A free lunch provided by the extension clubs, consisting, consisting of Pulled Pork and all the trimmings, will be served after the Main Parade to the seniors registered for the day.

Prizes will be awarded to the oldest gentleman, to the oldest lady, and to the couple who have been married for the longest number of years who are present for the day.  Also, an active Home Extension Club Member present at the celebration will be given a prize as the Oldest Active Home Extension Member.

The extension members will have a cookbook titled, “Recipes from Izard County Extension Homemakers” for sale.  The book has 130 pages and features a spiral binding.  The cost per book Will be $ 5.00.  These books make excellent gifts for friends and family members.

The extension ladies invite all senior citizens to come and enjoy a day of visiting with friends and acquaintances.  Extension clubs began in the county in 1929, and they have accomplished many projects and activities since that time.  These ladies have donated many valuable hours helping individuals and families to improve the quality of living through continuing education, leadership development, and community service.

To learn about becoming an extension club member or to learn more about the clubs in the county, contact Elizabeth Daigle, Izard County Family and Consumer Agent, at the Extension Office at 870-368-4323.

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