First ever Friends and Family Day success

Posted June 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

by Neoma Foreman

All four Bushwhacker Royalty were from Walker this year. They were Little Miss Electra Evans, Junior Miss Kate Burch, Princess Elizabeth Prewitt and Queen Crystal Burch. I challenge the other Vernon County communities to enter their candidates next year and make it even bigger and better.

Walker Christian Church Friends and Family Day was a huge success. A large crowd attended worship services in the NEVC Gym, followed by a BBQ lunch. Later, 47 turtles were entered by young and old alike in the highly competitive turtle race. A horseshoe contest was held. Champions were the team of John McGraw and Jennifer Eaton. The day ended with inflatable activities for the children, as well as home made ice cream and desserts, music and fun.

Sunday afternoon Walker 4-H met and discussed the Youth Fair preparations. The club tour is scheduled for Sunday, June 23. They have scheduled the annual enrollment night for Friday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. All interested families are invited to attend and learn about opportunities in 4-H.

Last week, Dustin, Emily, Jake and Jennifer Davidson went on vacation to Minneapolis, MN, and Chicago, IL. They went to the Mall of America in Minnesota and several places in Chicago and had a very good time.

Betty and Norman Radde went to Liberal Friday to the senior citizens dinner, had a big crowd and lots of food. Saturday, they went to the Bushwhacker Parade, Norman rode in the Parade with the Mirza Shriners.

Spending last weekend with Elnora Wallace were Linda and Harry Hardy and daughters, Lana Popejoy and Karen DeFries. They attended a baby shower for Sue Prough and on Sunday visited Greg Hardy in El Dorado Springs.

Bob and Phyllis Garrison, and Kolton of Bolivar visited Charles and me on Friday and brought me a birthday present.

Donna Davidson enjoyed being taken out for dinner Sunday for her birthday by her sister and brother-in-law, George and Phyllis Liles. They were joined by Jim Liles and Kenneth and Connie Liles.

Renee and Frank Weisensee went to the home of their daughter, Lisa Christie, and helped her celebrate her birthday. Others present were Lance Christie, Regan, Hayden, and Grace.

James and Tracy Washburn, Declan, Corbin and Jaycee attended Bushwhacker Days and Jaycee was in the baby contest. Laura and Bob Clinton visited them Sunday afternoon.

Lavonne Messick visited Kathleen Covington Saturday.

Breakfast guests at my home Saturday morning for the Gideon’s International Day of Prayer were Patty Hallam, Suzan Gaster, Fern Haynes, Kathryn Phillips, Deloris Hovey and Judi Willman.

Jenise and Jerry Burch attended the premiere performance of the CCPA production-Border War Reflections. Charles and I attended it Thursday evening. It was very well directed by Al Fenske, with two very talented women, Edie Gragg and Linda Carlton, as the two women representing both sides who lived during the Civil War times.

Jenise Burch helped with the Bushwhacker royalty coronation Wednesday with the Elizabeth Carey DAR chapter who coordinated the event.

Brooklyn Foreman is now eight-years-old. A beach themed party was hosted by her parents, David and Betsy Foreman, at the YMCA Sunday afternoon. Guests for ice cream and cake and swimming were Russell and Muriel Souza, Levi and Morgan Souza, Claire Sopiarz, Holly Watson, Chuck Foreman, Chet and Marla Foreman, Regan Kannady, Katie and Brice Budd, Christine and Corey Graham, Wendy and Brandon Conley and Garrett and Charles and me.

Chet Foreman took Charles and me out for dinner Sunday to celebrate my birthday. We were joined by Christine and Corey Graham and Regan Kannady.

Friday Tony, Ashley and Jessa Patton arrived at the home of Rich and Marty Patton for the weekend. Saturday, they all went up to Heritage Farm and enjoyed seeing that as well as sampling some of the food being made and then enjoyed the Bushwhacker parade. Sunday, they and Don and Edith Stockstill met Jenna and Kris Lowry in Ft. Scott to hear Kris give the message at a church there. After church they all went out for an early Father’s Day lunch before everyone headed home.

Charles and I, Chuck Foreman and Wendy and Brandon Conley and Garrett visited Fred Haynes Sunday afternoon.

Chuck Foreman, Kearney, visited Charles and me on Sunday evening.

Jenise Burch, Marty Patton and Neoma Foreman rode with other members on the Daughters of American Revolution Elizabeth Carey Chapter float in the Bushwhacker Parade. It was in honor of the Centennial Celebration of the Elizabeth Carey Chapter.

Visiting with Bob and Jane Hutchison Saturday were Bobby and Grant Hutchison, Arlene and Rilie Good and Chas Morgan. Visiting them Sunday afternoon were Debbie and Denny Wallace.

The 49th Bushwhacker Days is now history. The theme was “Out of the Ashes” 1863-2013 symbolizing the burning of Nevada. Re-enactors Border Creek Raiders and The Elliot Scouts provided three different segments of Vernon County history. Charles and I especially enjoyed the gospel night, Wednesday evening, with Pure Heart from Branson and Michael English from Nashville, TN. The entire time was filled with many enjoyable events to bring the county together. After being reminded what the former residents of Vernon County went through to live here, we should be thankful we live in this day and age and respect each other. The Bushwhacker Days committee did an outstanding job and we appreciate their dedication.

For rental of the Walker Community Building, contact Walker City Hall 417-465-2230. Sylvia Keith is the receptionist.

If anyone in the Walker area has news they wish to share with the community, please call me at 465-2389.