The 48th Annual Lonoke Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Banquet will be held this Saturday, April 29, at the Gina Cox Center with Rex Nelson as the keynote speaker. There will be a meet and greet beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6 p.m. with dinner catered by King Kat.

Rex Nelson is viewed as an expert on Southern history, culture and politics. He writes a weekly column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and is the author of the popular Southern Fried at His feature stories regularly appear in magazines across the region.

This year the theme is Our Past, Present and Future. Lonoke County Museum helped in putting together a video slide presentation of historical pictures of Lonoke and its citizens that will be shown during dinner. The evening will end with the announcements of the Citizen of the Year, Educator of the Year and several other award presentations.

If you have not yet purchased a ticket please call the Chamber office at 501-676-4399. Tickets are $35.