DIAMOND — Carver Day, an annual celebration of the official designation of the George Washington Carver National Monument, was held on Saturday at the site near Diamond.

DIAMOND — Carver Day, an annual celebration of the official designation of the George Washington Carver National Monument, was held on Saturday at the site near Diamond.  
A large number of people attended, both area residents and many who traveled to attend the event.
Activities included exhibitions, musical performances, guided tours, educational programs, a Junior Ranger station, and a theatre performance. The Diamond Lions Club provided food concessions.
Musical performances were provided by the Second Baptist Church Choir, Neosho, the Roz Gospel Trio, the Reverend John Wilkins. Sensational Wonders, and InCourage.
The Bright Star Theatre traveling troupe presented a play, George Washington Carver and Friends, twice during the day-long event.
Peter Burchard, author of Carver: A Great Soul, was the featured guest speaker. Burchard has written several books, created websites and film, and wrote a study for the park.  Burchard's presentation on Saturday was titled "Thirty Years With The Good Doctor" and a book signing was held afterward.
Carver Day was the 74th annual celebration of the monument. The George Washington Carver National Monument was created in 1943 and was the first National Park Service site dedicated to an African-American.
All events were free and the park is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 5646 Carver Rd., Diamond.
The next big event at Carver will be the annual Prairie Days celebration on Saturday, September 9.  Prairie Days celebrates life on the Missouri prairie during the late 1800's, the era in which George Washington Carver spent his childhood on the property.  Events include demonstrations of pioneer life ranging from soap making and candle dipping to wagon rides and more.