Annual Greenway Picnic is Held
A slow-moving storm system doused the landscape, but failed to dampen spirits at the 83rd annual Greenway Picnic Saturday. Consistent morning showers continued from Friday night, giving the annual celebration a slow start. Several visitors remained in their cars or sought refuge in the air conditioned kitchen while the heavier rainfall was in the area, but picnic-goers soon emerged as the precipitation became less.
A day of fun followed the clouds for those who took part in the Greenway Picnic. The annual event featured a display of memorabilia, including numerous Greenway High School class photos, yearbooks and keepsakes. Several GHS jerseys and other school apparel were on display at the kitchen, allowing visitors the opportunity to stroll down memory lane in the comfort of the air conditioned building.
Though the goal of the picnic is to help support Mitchell Cemetery, the event's heart is made up of the people who visit Greenway for the day and take part in the small gathering's various stands and attractions, including the popular benefit auction.
Picnic chairman Mike Hill started the event with a welcome address, followed by Bailey Haney performing the National Anthem.
The day's pageants began with the Baby Miss and Mr. Greenway contests for girls ranging in age from birth to 12 months. Makynlee Dalton was crowned in the event. She is the six-month-old daughter of Jason and Rebecca Dalton of Brookland. Makynlee is the granddaughter of Kathy Gookin Dalton and great-granddaughter of Wallis and Martha Gookin. Bay Mr. Greenway is Leighton Daniel Parson. He is the four-month-old son of Emily and Aaron Parson of Piggott. First alternate is Asa Jackson, the two-month-old son of Justin and Crystal Jackson of Piggott.
Next, the Toddler Miss and Mr. Greenway contests were held for children ages one through three. Jheri Dahn Shaine Skaggs, the 16-month-old daughter of Whitney and Dusty Skaggs of Piggott, was crowned Toddler Miss Greenway. First alternate is Ada Dralle, the two-year-old daughter of Mike and Courtney Dralle of Pekin, Ill. Madelyn Olivia Walton, the three-year-old daughter of Jennifer Walton and Daniel Walton of Rector, is second alternate. Jaylyn Branson, the 18-month-old son of Racheal and Adam Branson of Rector, was crowned Toddler Mr. Greenway. First alternate is Archer Rabjohn, the 13-month-old son of Saraya and Alan and Tallah Rabjohn of Piggott. Dawson McHaffey, the two-year-old son of Bubba McHaffey and Brittany Moore of Greenway, is second alternate.
The Little Miss Greenway pageant got underway at 2 p.m. Contestants ranged in age from four to eight. Rylee Wilburn, the four-year-old daughter of Heath and Laura Wilburn of Greenway, was crowned Little Miss Greenway. First alternate is Brynlee Rabah, the four-year-old daughter of Aaron and Brittany Rabah of Rector. Arriana Tippit-Holcomb, the four-year-old daughter of Malorie and Erick Shavalia and Caleb Holcomb, is second alternate. Third alternate is Molly Grace Vangilder, the five-year-old daughter of Aaron and Callie Harmon of Rector. Fourth alternate is Kerrigan Collier, the seven-year-old daughter of Keith Collier and Jessica Collier of Pollard.
At 4 p.m., the Junior Miss Greenway pageant got underway. Callie Gore, the 11-year-old granddaughter of Hubert and Linda Tippitt of Rector, was crowned Junior Miss Greenway. First alternate is Avery Webb, the 10-year-old daughter of Bryce Webb and Andrea Yount of Greenway. Lexie Green, the nine-year-old daughter of Luke and Danielle Green of Rector, is second alternate. Third alternate is Emma Welborn, the 11-year-old daughter of Rob and Angie Welborn of Piggott. Libertei Walker, the nine-year-old daughter of Bryce and Amanda Webb of Greenway, is fourth alternate.
The Miss Greenway contest for girls ages 13 to 18 began at 8 p.m. Sydney Manchester was crowned Miss Greenway. She is the 13-year-old daughter of Lori Manchester of Paragould. First alternate is Ashleigh Bedwell, the 14-year-old daughter of Treg and Dena Bedwell of Campbell. Sadie Sawyers, the 15-year-old daughter of Chuck and Rachel Sawyers of Piggott, is second alternate. Third alternate is Colby Shaye Lynch, the 15-year-old daughter of Angel and Bryan Lynch of Greenway. Kayla Morgan, the 18-year-old daughter of Neil and Pam Morgan of Piggott, is fourth alternate.
The day's events included the annual auction, carnival games, rides and community fellowship. Live entertainment was held throughout the event, with Patrick Patterson and The Band performing to the delight of the crowd.
Organizers wish to thank everyone who attended the event in support of Mitchell Cemetery, as well as the many volunteers who made the Greenway Picnic possible.