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The Crook County Historical Society plans the Annual Pioneer Queens Luncheon this Sunday afternoon at the Bowman Museum

E.J. CORONADO/SPECIAL TO THE CENTRAL OREGONIAN
 - Crook County Pioneer Queens past and present will once again gather with the public on Sunday afternoon for the Annual Pioneer Queens Luncheon. Pictured during the 2017 luncheon, 2011 Pioneer Queen Frannie Bristow, center, talks with 2010 Pioneer Queen Blanche Harper, left, and 2006 Pioneer Queen Earlene Ervin, right.

It'll be a luncheon fit for a queen.

Ten Pioneer Queens, in fact.

The Crook County Historical Society sponsors the Annual Pioneer Queens Luncheon, which begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 4 at the Bowman Museum.

"It's to honor our Pioneer Queens, and it's one of those things that we do annually," said Rock Gerke, chairperson of the Pioneer Queens Committee for the Crook County Historical Society. "It's just a day for us to get together and dine together and have entertainment and just have a good time."

All 10 living Pioneer Queens will be introduced and honored during the event, including reigning Queen Jean Houston Edwards.

The public is invited to attend the potluck lunch. Guests are asked to bring their own place settings and their favorite potluck dish to share.

Gerke said normally around 80 people attend the luncheon.

"The majority are probably just residents of town who have been around for a long time and know the queens," Gerke said of the guests.

The Historical Society will provide coffee and entertainment, which is a video program regarding the history of the Pioneer Queens.

Gerke said the Historical Society has hosted the Pioneer Queens Luncheon since the 1990s. The event is also the first annual business meeting of the Crook County Historical Society each year.

The Historical Society crowns a new Pioneer Queen each August during the Pioneer Picnic.

To be selected as a Pioneer Queen, the lady must live in Crook County; had family in Crook County prior to December 1916 when the current boundaries of Crook County were created; be more than 70 years old; and be in somewhat good health.

Aside from the Pioneer Picnic and Pioneer Queens Luncheon, queens ride in a Pioneer Queen float during the summer parades.

Gerke said the public is welcome to the longtime tradition.

"It's a good opportunity to meet the queens and be entertained while you're eating a meal, and it's just a lot of fun for the Prineville community," he said.

Annual Pioneer Queens Luncheon

Date: 1 p.m. Sunday, March 4

Place: Bowman Museum, 246 N. Main St.

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