DIAMOND — An event for the entire family will be held on Saturday, as the 74th annual Carver Day held at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond.

DIAMOND — An event for the entire family will be held on Saturday, as the 74th annual Carver Day held at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond.
"It is free of charge, a lot of activities," GWC Park Ranger Curtis Gregory said. "We have a wonderful guest speaker that is an author that has done about 30 years of research on Carver. He is going to give a talk on how he got involved with Carver, his work with Carver. Then we will have some music groups that are going to be out there... We have area exhibitors that are going to come out, sitting up around the park, a food concession that is provided by the Diamond Lions Club. We have a Junior Ranger tent where kids can come and do different activities and can earn a special Junior Ranger badge. We will be doing peanut milk demonstrations, as well as our guided tours."
The guest speaker is author Peter Burchard (Carver: A Great Soul). He has championed Carver for years with several books, websites and film, and wrote a  study for the park a few years ago called, "George Washington Carver: For His Times and Ours." His presentation at 2 p.m. is entitled, "Thirty Years with the Good Doctor. " Burchard will have a book signing after his talk.
Another event will be from Bright Star Theatre.
The theatre will entertain visitors with a production of George Washington Carver and Friends, which includes cameos from Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robison, Thurgood Marshall, and others. There will be two performances at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Seating will be limited.
In addition, performing will be area choirs; InCourage Band (10:30 a.m.); the Roz Gospel Trio (11 a.m.); Memphis gospel blues singer and guitarist, Reverent John Wilkins (Noon); and gospel singing group, Sensational Wonders (1:30 p.m.).
"The main purpose of the event is to celebrate the establishment of the park which was in July 1943 and to celebrate the life of GWC," he said. "Carver Day is the longest running activity at the monument."
Attendance runs pretty good during the event and according to Gregory, "there is something for everyone."
For more information, call the monument at 325-4151.