Remember when they used to crown an Arkansas nursing home queen?

Lida Lewis from Fayetteville City Hospital was crowned Arkansas Health Care Association District 3 Nursing Home Queen on Sept. 16, 1999, at the Jones Center in Springdale. Lewis said the greatest event in her life was getting a washing machine during World War II when she was expecting her third child. (Democrat-Gazette file photo)

The Arkansas Health Care Association crowned its first State Senior Queen in two years Oct. 17, in a pageant at the Little Rock Marriott. Started in the 1980s, the pageant was on hiatus since 2020, due to the covid pandemic.