It will be a red, white and blue celebration
It will be a red, white and blue centennial for the annual Rector Labor Day Picnic.
This year's patriotic theme will be spread throughout the town, including houses and businesses.
Festivities are planned over four days, Friday through Monday, and include something for all ages. All proceeds benefit the yearly maintenance of the beautiful Woodland Heights Cemetery.
A highlight this year will be Gov. Mike Huckabee's presentation of Rector's ACE certificate, designating the city as an "Arkansas Community of Excellence." The ACE designation is the result of many months of planning and hard work by Rector's ACE Committee and will help the city in its economic development efforts.
The presentation will be made at 10:15 a.m. Monday on the stage at Rector Memorial Park.
Labor Day t-shirts are available in advance at Glen Sain GMC-Olds, Now & Then, Affordable Home Furnishings, Shelia Dale Insurance Agency and Rector Sportswear.
The t-shirts come in various sizes, from children's 2 to 4 up to adult 3X. The shirts are $10 for children and $12 for adults. Hats and visors also are available at $5 each.
Festivities will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, Aug. 31, with a Labor Day Bull Bust in the Rector Saddle Club Arena. The event is hosted by the Chalk Bluff Rodeo Company and will include calf riding and steer riding.
Activities Sunday, Sept. 1, will begin with the Petite Miss Rector Labor Day pageant at 2 p.m. for girls ages 5 through 8 in the Rector School District. Sunday dresses will be worn.
Practice will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Labor Day Park stage. All contestants must attend.
The Rector Labor Day Miss Pre-Teen pageant for girls ages 9 through 12 will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. The registration fee is $15. Practice will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the park. Pageant-wear will not be allowed and church-type dresses should be worn. Those who want more information may contact Amber Bucy at 595-2349 or Jamie Simmons at 522-3465.
The Junior Miss Rector pageant will be at 4 p.m. Sunday for girls ages 12 through 15 in the Rector School District. Church dresses will be worn, and the entry fee is $15.
Practice will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, on the stage. Those who want more information may contact Becky or Jade Mount at 595-2172.
An ice cream social and gospel singing is planned for 7 p.m. Sunday at the Rector Downtown Park.
A variety of food concessions will be available Sunday and Monday.
Barbecue will be available Sunday at the picnic grounds and will be prepared by Earnheart's Rib Rack with assistance from Bobby Tracer. Prices are: barbecue, $2.50; hamburger, $2; hot dogs, $1; drinks, $1, and butts, $4.50 a pound or $5.50 chopped.
A home-cooked meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Rector Community Center. Prices will be $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. A drink and dessert may be purchased for $2.
Food donations are needed for a noon meal to be served in the Rector Community Center.
Kitchen chairman Neda Sain said donations of whole kernel corn, blackeyed peas, purple hull peas, green beans, and Trio instant potatoes (all available at Harps in gallon containers) may be taken to the Community Center or to Sain's home.
Cakes and pies also are needed for the meal and should be delivered to the Community Center the day of the picnic.
Simmons Will Lead Parade
Richard Simmons, with his wife, Shirley, at his side, will serve as this year's parade Grand Marshal. The parade begins at 9 a.m. Monday at the corner of Third and Main and will progress to Memorial Park.
Features include floats, clowns, decorated bicycles, antique cars, beauty queens, the Rector High School band and the ever-popular Jones Family.
All-terrain vehicles will be allowed in this year's parade, according to picnic chairmen Steve and Amy Ward, and candy may be tossed. Race cars will be allowed upon confirmation with parade marshals. Any reckless activity will result in future ineligiblity for parade registration.
Elected officials scheduled to participate in the event are Gov. Huckabee, Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller, State Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher (Democratic gubernatorial candidate), State Land Commissioner Charlie Daniels (a candidate for secretary of state), secretary of state candidate Janet Huckabee, Congressman Marion Berry, Republican congressional candidate Tommy Robinson, state auditor candidates Jim Woods and Mary Jane Rebick, U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson, Arkansas Attorney General Mark Pryor (Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate), State Auditor Gus Wingfield (candidate for state land commissioner), State Sen. Tim Wooldridge, State Rep. Travis Boyd and circuit judge candidates Pam Honeycutt, H.T. Moore and Lee Fergus.
Mayor Ron Kemp will deliver his welcoming address at 9:55 a.m. Monday, followed by a performance by the Rector Cougar Band at 10 a.m.
Gov. Huckabee will present the ACE certificate at 10:15 a.m.
The longest married couple, oldest man and oldest woman attending will be recognized at 10:30.
The political candidates will begin making speeches at 10:45.
At 11:30 the Rector General Baptist Church Hand Bell Choir will perform, followed at noon by vocalist Michelle Fannin.
The Labor Day toddler contest will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, for children ages 2 through 4. The registration fee is $10. Those who want more information may contact Zelda Horton at 595-9612 after 5 p.m.
Young vocalist Layla Phillips will perform at 2 p.m., and a Mid-South Fair sanctioned talent show will begin at 2:30. Registration will be held at 1:30, and contestants must be registered by 2:30.
The contest will feature a large variety of acts by talented young people from near and far. A junior division will be held for children ages five through 12. The senior division is for contestants ages 13 to 21.
Entrants may compete in vocal solo, vocal group, band, instrumental solo, dance solo, dance group or variety act.
An overall winner, chosen from the senior division, will receive an invitation to appear at the Mid-South Fair in Memphis this fall.
First, second and third place trophies will be awarded in each division. Entry fee is $10.
For more information and to pre-registered, persons may contact Brittany Webb at 595-2165 or Gail Burns at 522-3377 or 595-1444.
The Rector Labor Day Picnic baby contest for children ages 0 through 23 months will be held at 4:30 p.m. A $15 registration fee must be prepaid.
The deadline to sign up is Saturday Aug. 31. The contest is limited to the first 15 boys and the first 15 girls registered and paid. Casual attire will be worn. No pageant wear will be accepted. Those who wish to register or who want more information may call Cherie Kirklin at 522-3957.
Vocalist Kayla McNeeley will be on stage at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7 by The Dooleys, who will present a pgoram of gospel music.
A special recognition of veterans, conducted by Marshall Sigsby, is planned for 7:45. Any veteran who wishes may come to the stage to participate.
The Miss Rector Labor Day pageant at 8 p.m. will feature some of Rector's most beautiful girls between the ages of 16 and 21. Entry fee is $25.
Pageant rules require that contestants be single (having never been married), not be a single mother and must reside in the Rector High School District. Contestants are required to compete in formal wear only.
Those who want more pageant information may contact Bobbie Green at 595-3855 or 239-1487. Practice will be at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the stage.
Topping off the day will be drawings for 10 $100 giveaways to celebrate a special centennial year for Woodland Heights Cemetery. Tickets are now on sale at Above & Beyond Salon, Affordable Home Furnishings, Easy Auto Credit, Glen Sain GMC-Olds, Graves Enterprises, NATCO, Now & Then, Peoples Bank, Rector Downtown Drug, Shelia Dale Insurance and Union Planters Bank. More information about the drawing is available at these businesses.
The highest bidders for silent auction items also will be announced.
Items to be auctioned and contributors will include a 25-inch Oriental jar with lid, Hill's Accents and Gifts; 2002 red, white and blue Labor Day chairs, Wise Co.; haircut and style, haircut, Rector Barber and Style Shop; 2002 American Eagle silver dollar, Peoples Bank; black duffle bag, Union Planters; blue briefcase, Bill and Betty Benson; safari shirt, Pipkens Apparel; soda, four insulated mugs, cooler, Flash Market.
Wall fountain, Now & Then; toy truck, NAPA; lamp, Underwood Furniture; topiary, Dollar General; Affordable Home Furnishings; haircare products, Janice's Family Hair Care; external CD burner, Joe Pruett Electronics; Hodgman neoprene waders, Glen Sain GMC-Olds.
The Climbing Rose; two-toned hinged bangle bracelet, Premier Designs (Peggy Wheeler); Home Interiors (Leah Smart); Harps; The Book Store; fire extinguisher and smoke detector, Sigsby Insurance; Bucy Tuff Care.
Parkside, dinner for four; The Pizza Line; Edward Jones; Champion U.S. Beanie Baby, Keepers of the Light candle, Enchanted Forrest; two bags of potpourri, Treasure Chest.
Prizes for drawings at the duck pond will include a fish cooker.