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My cousins Carolyn Cadabona, Jennifer Mizell of Atkins, and my friend, Sandy Alliota of Peel, participated in the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center’s 5k walk and enjoyed the Crawdad Days and May Festival on Saturday before Mother Nature’s high winds shut down the event around 2 p.m.

This evening (Saturday) May 25, The Diamond City Lakeside Resort is hosting a Memorial Day Benefit Celebration with music by the “Welcome Ridge Band.” All proceeds will go toward a matching a grant from North Arkansas Economic Development for handicap accessibility at the Diamond City Fun Park. There will be a pulled pork dinner starting at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $12 pre-sale at Katies Café, $15 at the door. Free hotdogs for the kids.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m., the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10417 will dedicate four memorials and personalized commemorative  bricks honoring Americans of all wars  from 1775  to 2001 in a ceremony at our Veterans Memorial Park downtown Lead Hill. The program includes an opening prayer by Auxiliary Chaplain Donna Brittich; Pledge of Allegiance led by Bergman students, and the Lead Hill School Choir will perform. Guest speakers will be Pastor Mathew Kerly, Lead Hill Baptist Church; retired Gunnery Sergeant Red Millis U.S.M.C., service office out of Harrison, VFW Commander John Hall, the Lead Hill choir, and closing with “Taps,” by Lead Hill students. Everyone is welcome.

Happy Birthday to Glen Andrews, May 31.   

Next Saturday, Park Pickin’s Flee Market takes place at Lead Hill City Park from 8-2 p.m. Bring ‘yer stuff — $5 for a 10x10 spot, bring your own tables. For information call Mary Farmer at (870) 436-7388, Sue Trimble at (870) 436-2452.

Kids Free Fishing Derby takes place Saturday, June 1, at the Lead Hill Corp of Engineers Park. Fishing from 8-10 a.m. Registration at 7 a.m. Prize and pictures at 10:15 a.m. Kids 6 thru 12. Bring your own poles, bait, stringers and tackle. A grab and go breakfast will be provided and hot dogs, chips, drink provided. The Arkansas Game and Fish are providing the catfish. Prizes, games and great times for each registered participant. Some prizes include: fishing poles, tackle, tackle boxes and trinkets. The event is sponsored by Diamond City Chamber of Commerce, Sugarloaf Inn, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, and Bill and Janet Long.

Our Fourth of July Picnic takes place Thursday-Saturday, July 4, 5, and 6 at the Lead Hill City Park. The picnic has been a tradition for more than 100 years. Thursday and Friday festivities start at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, the car show takes place in the morning, the Parade at 1 p.m. and the picnic throughout the afternoon into the evening with live music and loads of activities, for the whole family. This year the rodeo will be out here all three days. Make plans for a parade float on the 6th (cash prizes). Sign-ups are on going for the car show Saturday, July 6. Contact Larry Nutter at (870) 688-6376 or Larry and Janie McBride at (870) 436-5354.

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