Leachville seniors enjoy activities
Senior citizens participating in the Leachville Senior Food Program enjoyed an Easter Parade on Thursday as they competed for the best Easter bonnet/hat of show.
Seniors meet Monday through Thursday to enjoy social hour at 10 a.m. and lunch is served at 11 a.m.
Sharrel Clark cooks for the group with 30 to 40 attending daily. She raised five children, worked in restaurants and cooked on a riverboat so she is ready to cook for a crowd. She is enjoying cooking for the senior center.
"It is helpful for people to let us know the day before or by 9:30 each morning if they plan to have lunch so I will know how many to prepare for," she said.
The group is open to Leachville residents 55 of age or younger if disabled.
"We are self sufficient," JoAnn Cardin, Advisory Committee chairman, said. "We appreciate the donations we get and the support we receive from the Housing Authority. We have had one fund-raiser and will have another one this month. Participants donate $2 a day for lunch and that helps purchase some of the food."
Members of the Advisory Committee include Cardin, Nadine Ballard, Billy Faye Tomlinson, Barbara Ballard, and Gladys Masterson.
Wava Martin chaired the Easter bonnet competition which proved to be fun with 14 contestants participating. Judges were former Mayor Ralph Wells, Barry Kirby and Ann Cagle.
Martin introduced each contestant and described her bonnet. Contestants included Imogen Roberts (Miss Rabbit); Ruby Coles (Lily Skeeter Rose); Nadine Ballard (Daisy Dean); Billy Faye Tomlinson (Princess Violet); Judy Johnson (Robin Red); Annie Weeks, Granny U); Frances Hueter (Miss Violet); Larry Stone (Slugger); Aletta Rose (Miss Aletta); Sharrel Clark (Which Way to Go); Betty Hatcher (Bunny Lady); JoAnn Cardin (Miss Hippy Hop); Janice Rounsaville; Charlie Cobb (Out of the World).
Awards included Country Bumpkin, Most Adorable, Most Modern, Most Thrilling, Best Sports Hat, Most Traditional, Best Personality, Best Sports Hat/Most Homely; Most Colorful; Most Creative; Best Nature Hat; Sunday Special; and Out of this World.
Each contestant received a ribbon.
The group is planning a pancake breakfast from 5-9 a.m. Saturday, April 21. They will serve pancakes with sausage and bacon for $7.
"We are starting early so the farmers and other workers can stop by the community center before they go to work for a great breakfast," Cardin said.