Pollard Picnic Draws Good Crowds
Despite hot and humid conditions, good crowds turned out for the annual Pollard Picnic held Saturday, July 12, in that community. The picnic is held on the second Saturday of each July, with the proceeds benefiting the continued maintenance and upkeep of the New Hope Cemetery.
Gary Conley again served as the Master of Ceremonies this year, and opened the picnic with the usual welcome address, invocation and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
On hand to speak to the early-morning crowd were both local state lawmakers, along with regional political hopeful. State Senator Robert Thompson first took to the stand and following his comments presented the Pollard Picnic with a new Arkansas flag to be used for future events. Thompson also gave picnic patrons an update on recent activities in Little Rock, including the just-completed special session. In closing, he noting he was proud to serve Clay County and looked forward to continuing to do so in the fall.
He was followed by his Republican challenger in the upcoming General Election, Blake Johnson, of Corning. Johnson took a few minutes to outline his political agenda, and asked those in attendance for their support as he seeks to become the State Senator from District 20.
The final speaker was State Rep. Joe Jett, of Success, who is unopposed in the General Election in the fall. Jett also provided a brief update on recent legislative activity, and reminded local voters how proud he is to serve the citizens of Clay County in the legislature.
Afterward, the first of several pageants was held as Baby Mister and Miss Pollard were crowned for this year. This year's Baby Mister Pollard is Caleb Branson, 10-year-old son of Rachel and Adam Branson, of Rector. First alternate is Jesse Lister, the 11-month-old son of Daryelle and Jesse Lister, of Corning, and the second alternate is Jase Welch, the nine-month-old son of Justin and Lauren Welch, of Piggott.
Meanwhile, crowned Baby Miss Pollard was Piper Carpenter, the 11-month-old daughter of Matt and Kelsey Carpenter, of Corning. First alternate is Amelia Hall, the five-month-old daughter of J.T. and Alexandra Hall, of Weiner, while second alternate is MaKayla Crowder, the 10-month-old daughter of Michelle and Charles Crowder, of Qulin.
This year's Toddler Miss Pollard is Josey Johnson, the 18-month-old daughter of Josh and Holly Johnson, of Qulin. First alternate is Lily Chappell, the 17-month-old daughter of Garrett and Sarah Chappell, of Rector, while second alternate is Kollins Devault, the 17-month-old daughter of Emily and David Devault, of Paragould.
Toddler Mister Pollard is Sawyer Saffell, the 21-month-old son of Steven and Cara Saffell, of Van Buren. First alternate is Cashion Wade, the 16-month-old son of Jessica and Luke Wade, of McDougal, while the second alternate is Leighton Parson, the 16-month-old son of Emily and Aaron Parson, of Piggott.
Crowned Petite Mister Pollard for this year was Kyson Rabah, the two-year-old son of Aaron and Brittany Rabah, of Rector. First alternate is Maddox Yount, the two-year-old son of Matt and Andrea Yount, of Pollard. Meanwhile, Petite Miss Pollard is Kloie Seal, the three-year-old daughter of Billy and Priscilla Seal, of Piggott. First alternate is Kelci Masterson, three-year-old daughter of Scott and Erica Masterson, of Corning, while second alternate is Brileigh Daniels, four-year-old daughter of Aaron and Emily Daniels, of Piggott.
Following the mid-day break, during which time many of the patrons visited the kitchen-dining room for a chicken dinner, the pageant scheduled resumed.
Crowned Little Miss Pollard was Brynlee Rabah, the five-year-old daughter of Aaron and Brittany Rabah, of Rector. First alternate is Hadlee Gregory, the six-year-old daughter of Taylor Gregory and Chet Vaughn, of Jonesboro, while the second alternate is Olivia Rebstock, the five-year-old daughter of Tiffany and Matt Rebstock, of Holcomb.
Late Saturday afternoon the annual Junior Miss Pollard pageant was held, and this year's queen is Natalie Jade Holloway, the 10-year-old daughter of Rickie and Angel Holloway, of Campbell. First alternate is Maggie Williams, the 12-year-old daughter of Shannon and Travis Williams, of Piggott, and second alternate is Avery Webb Yount of Pollard, the 11-year-old daughter of Matt and Andrea Yount and Bryce Webb.
Following the annual auction of donated items, which enjoyed great participation this year, a large crowd gathered for the final pageant to witness the crowning of Miss Pollard for 2014.
This year's queen is Rianna Kae Holloway, 16, the daughter of Rickie and Angel Holloway, of Campbell. First alternate is Bailey Pollard, 17, the daughter of Jeff Pollard and Lora Pollard, both of Piggott. And, second alternate is Keragan Cunningham, 17, the daughter of Daren and Shauna Cunningham, of Kennett.
Following the crowning of Miss Pollard for 2014, picnic organizers wrapped-up the event with the drawings for a handmade quilt and two cash prizes. This year's quilt winner is James Hillard, of Tennessee, while the winner of the $50 prize was Media Welty, of Fagus, and the winner of the $100 prize was Deputy Tom Colbert, of Success.
Afterward, Conley officially closed the picnic for the year and thanked all those who had attended, and volunteered their time, for making the event possible.