Organizers are ready for the 20th annual Diamond Gem City Days slated today and Saturday, on the parking lot of the Diamond Christian Church.

DIAMOND — Organizers are ready for the 20th annual Diamond Gem City Days slated today and Saturday, on the parking lot of the Diamond Christian Church.

Today’s event kicks off at 6 p.m. with the announcement of schedule and activities, followed by the opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, Duke Mason and Band will perform at 7 p.m.

Explaining the main purpose of the Gem City Days was Carol Bass, with the Gem City Days committee.

“It is to bring the community together,” she said, “and to have a good time.”

The event will also include arts and crafts, jewelry and purses booths, homemade rain gauges, food, music, a parade and some recognition.

“A few of the vendors will open up on Friday, but Saturday will be the big day,” Bass said. “Saturday during the parade, we are going to announce the best float, and we are giving out some plaques … thanking some of the people that have been with Gem City Days for 20 years, because this is our 20th year and 20 years of Diamond Pride is our theme.”

There will also be kids’ games, bounce house and a cakewalk. Also on Saturday, the Diamond Fire Department will be having a chicken dinner, starting at 11 a.m. The Community Blood Center will be on Saturday doing a blood drive. A talent show is also set, for ages groups from 0-9 years, 10-16 years and 17 and up, with prizes awarded in each group. Entry is $3.

The event traditionally has a good showing of people and Bass noted that they come back year after year.

“I think it is just because it doesn’t cost them anything to come,” she said “They have a really good time when they come.”

Schedule of events
Today
6 p.m. announcement of schedule and activities
6:30 p.m. opening ceremonies
7 p.m. Duke Mason and Band

Saturday
10 a.m. parade
10:30 a.m. The Cornerstones
11 a.m. Duke Mason
1 p.m. DHS jazz band
1:30 p.m. talent show
3:30 p.m. Corky Long
5 p.m. Torn
7 p.m. Big Smitty
For more information, call Carol Bass at 499-3300.