People, Places & Events


Pioneer Day set for June 24
Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–The 31st Annual Eustace Pioneer Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 24. A day of family fun is in order. See the chart for a full schedule.
Now’s the time to order booth space. Booths with electricity are $20, and those without electricity are $10. To reserve your space, call Cary Reeve, at (903) 425-2751.
Something new this year is a 5K run/walk. Entry fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Awards will be presented to the top three participants in each age group. For more information, call Gene Myers at (903) 425-5348.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Pioneer Day parade, which begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. from the high school parking lot. For information, call chairman Ed Reeve at (903) 425-0149.
The “42” tournament at the community center will again offer prize trophies donated by Jane Beeson and chairman Robert Reeve. Bingo is also scheduled at this location, under chairperson LaFaye McCarter.
There will also be horseshoe pitching with prizes. Chairpersons are Jerry and Joel Boyd. A cake walk is being sponsored by the Eustace Primary School.
A pet show is being planned by chairpersons Rick and Diane Shaffer, who may be reached at (903) 425-4082.
Others involved in bringing a fun day for all include:
• Kung Fu instructor Ellis Beam, at (903) 425-0138.
• Diamond Dawgs owner and instructor Seetha Stegall, (903) 880-0092, and
• Razzle Dazzle owner and instructor Teri Rohm, (903) 451-3245.
Eustace Pioneer Day Schedule of Events
• 8 a.m. 5K race,
• 9 a.m. Booth bazaar opens on the Eustace town square.
• 10 a.m Pioneer Day Parade.
• 10:45 a.m. Domino “42” tournament at the Eustace Community Center.
• 11 a.m. Log Cabin Swingers will perform at the gazebo.
• 11:30 a.m. Kung Fu demonstration on the lawn
• Noon. The Allen Family band performs at the gazebo.
• 1 p.m. Pet show
• 1:30 p.m. Diamond Dawgs perform on the square.
• 1:45 p.m. Razzle Dazzle Dance performs at the gazebo.
• 2 p.m. Texas Praise performs.
• 2:15 p.m Bingo at the Eustace Community Center.
• 3 p.m. Games and contests, egg toss, sack race and three-legged race.
• 4 p.m. Les Robb will entertain at the gazebo.
• 8 p.m. Street Dance featuring John Allen and Whiplash. Dancing till midnight.

Sparkman crowned 2006 rodeo queen
By Katherine Veno
Monitor Correspondent

MABANK–The 51st Annual Mabank Rodeo Queen’s Dinner was held at the Mabank Fire Station recently during Western Week.
Mabank High School senior Cassie Sparkman was crowned 2006 rodeo queen, by 2005 queen, Kelsie Busby.
The barbeque dinner was catered by Danny’s Barbecue, and the invocation was given by Charles Stiff.
Johnny Adams served as master of ceremonies.
Entertainment was provided by musical duo The Champagnes. Sheryl and Faye Champagne are both residents of Mabank.
The pair sang various cowboy and cowgirl inspired story songs including “Ghost Riders in The Sky.”
Queen Sparkman was sponsored by the Lion’s Club, with president Phil Rogers of Eustace presenting her with a gratitude envelope from the Lions.
The Queen’s Court consisted of Shaylee Williams, who was presented by Mabank Fire Chief Ricky Myrick and escorted by her father, Brady Williams, and Nicole Harrison, presented by Robin Neighbors of the Mabank Chamber of Commerce and escorted by her father, Jack Harrison.
Also in the royal court were Mitzie Pyle, presented by East Texas Riders and introduced by President Dianna Clemmo, Macy Thomas, presented by the Mabank Garden Club and introduced by President Debbie Thomas, and Bethany Norman, introduced by Betty Busby, President of Swinging 16 Drill Team.
Other royal members included Brooke Holcomb, presented by Mackenzie Neighbors and sponsored by the Mabank Fire Department Auxiliary, along with Cora Weaver, presented by the Halcyon Club and President Vickie Clark. Representing the Cedar Creek Rotary Club was Xuxa Dyer.