It’s Labor Day in Rector! Well, it’s Labor Day everywhere in the USA. It just happens to be a bigger day here than in most towns. Labor Day is our day. We plan for it all year. We work on it for weeks and months and we celebrate all weekend. If you’re hiding out from anyone, this is not where you want to be today. Someone is bound to get your picture somewhere and post it on Facebook or in the paper. We have class reunions, church reunions, family reunions, you name it, we will have a reunion for it.
Friday night we were entertained by the Ultimate Oldies. They did it up right too. From “Aquarius” to “Chain of Fools” to “Blue Bayou” there was music for everyone; music from the 50s, 60s and 70s, performed by an outstanding cast and an awesome band. There was a little bit of country and some old timey rock and roll, Motown and Perry Como.
Elvis made a quest appearance, but he said to keep that a secret. Joey Pruett played bass guitar for a couple of numbers, his first appearance since breaking his elbow last year. After multiple surgeries and months of pins and casts and contraptions, it was a welcome sight for all of us. It was a great show attended by a full house. We had some terrific sponsors, Piggott State Bank, Dr. Bryan Blackshare, Glen Sain, Rector Downtown Drug, and Piggott Pharmacy. We also had the added support of the Rector Sonic as they had their carhops dressed in 50s style clothing and handed out gift certificates. A good time for everyone and the proceeds benefit the Community Center.
The Rector Hall of Famers celebrated with a golf tournament on Friday and an awards banquet on Saturday. The Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation organized a 5K run/walk on Saturday. Congratulations to Joseph Baker, the overall winner at 19.4 minutes! Vicky Gipson and Alma Webb were the 1st and 2nd place winners of the Walk crossing the finish line arm-in-arm.
It was karaoke time at the Ice Cream Social Saturday afternoon presented by the Rector Downtown Central and one beauty pageant after the other Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Sunday was filled with more reunions and an all alumni reunion for anyone who has attended Rector School/Clay County School. Rob and Cathy Louder hosted a fish fry for about a million people while bar-b-que, bands and beauty pageants were going on in the park.
And the big time was today. Beginning with the parade and moving on to the picnic area with carnival rides, bar-b-que, funnel cakes, hamburgers, snow cones and drawings, the park stayed full of people. There was bingo and music and political speeches interspersed with people meeting people they hadn’t seen in a year or more. And beauty pageants. Miss Rector 2017 will be crowned later tonight. And that’s Labor Day in Rector. It is a whole week-end of hugs and hellos and good times, good food and good friends. Think about this next year. We can make room for you.
You can access the www.rectorarkansas.com website or the Rector Labor Day Picnic Facebook page for pictures: https://www.facebook.com/groups/124099237732556/ .
Our thoughts this Labor Day were also with our friends and family in the Houston area as they begin cleaning up after Hurricane Harvey. A crew of our local men went down to help as did 1500 Arkansas National Guard. They are going to need a lot of help from all of us during their reconstruction.
Now on with the rest of September and the last quarter of this year. Let me know what is going on with you and I will be glad to share it with my readers. I would love to share your vacation stories. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone number (870) 595-4997. Check out the www.rectorarkansas.com from time to time. Let me know if anything needs to be added or changed. Bye now!