We always breathe a sigh of relief when we have a beautiful day for the Labor Day Parade and Picnic. Today was pretty close to perfect. The parade started right on time with flashing lights and sirens. This is Rector’s gift to those no longer on this earth, as the proceeds from the picnic go to the upkeep of Woodland Heights Cemetery. So, we take special pride in all the activities that Labor Day Weekend offers.
Beginning on Friday with the golf tournament and the Ultimate Oldies Concert, the entire weekend is crammed with activities designed to draw crowds and entertain. We work hard to put our best face forward and welcome thousands of people we don’t see every day. Reunions are non-stop from Friday through Sunday, bringing back people who now live elsewhere but have roots of some sort in Rector. Some people come every year and others show up now and then. You never know who you will meet on the streets of Rector over Labor Day weekend.
Joel Boyd completed the mural on the north wall of the Rector Downtown Drug Store before the out of towners arrived. I love that the train is the center of the mural. The sound of the train whistle is a call to the soul of many of us who started our lives hearing the sound frequently each day. Main Street, the bandstand in the downtown park and the cotton fields also define our community. Thank you, Joel. Great mural. You can see a picture of it on the website: www.rectorarkansas.com under the “Community” tab, “About Town”.
I’m not going to use this space to list the winners of the various events as those will be elsewhere in the Clay County Times Democrat, but I have to give a shout out to Alma Webb, winner of the 5K walk in her age group (as usual) just because she has spunk and attitude. Love you, Alma. And of course, the over-all winner, Max Ford must have a mention. Thank you to all who turned out for this annual event which supports the Rector School District Helping Hands Association.
But even before the weekend arrived, things were happening in Rector. Wayne Floyd and his sister, Bonita were in town to get their late mother’s house ready to sell. They hoped to attract a buyer from some of the holiday visitors. Yeah, that sounded like a long shot to me too. We met when Wayne asked to put an open house sign in my yard. Then he knocked on my door again and asked to borrow my porch swing. I’m a generous person, but I had never been asked to lend my porchswing before. But why not? Guess what? It worked. They sold the house the next day and the three of us spent some time getting to know each other.
Wayne and Bonita wanted me to say “Thank you” to all the people they renewed their long-ago friendships with and all those who helped and encouraged them in selling the house. They left Rector for their respective homes, with good feelings and some new friends.
Now as the picnic is still in full swing, with carnival rides and beauty pageants and musical performances keeping the evening bright, I’m going to end this column for this week. Look for all the picnic pictures and information in the Clay County Times Democrat. Start making your plans to make it to the picnic next year. We have all kinds of fun.
Let me know who is visiting who and what is going on in your life and I will share it with everyone else. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone number (870) 595-4997. Check out your Rector, Arkansas website: www.rectorarkansas.com from time to time. I love to be told I need to update it and I take all suggestions to heart. Take a look.
Goodbye for now.