Plans Continue for Rector Labor Day Events

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Participants in the 2013 Rector Labor Day 5K emerge from the starting line. Early registration is now underway for the 2014 5K.

Plans are set for the annual Rector Labor Day Picnic, and related activities, set for Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. Among the scheduled events will be the second annual 5K and, of course, the usual pageants throughout the event.

The second annual Rector Labor Day 5K will be held Saturday, Aug. 30. Registration for the 5K will begin at 6:30 a.m. the day of the event at Rector High School, with the 5K starting at 8 a.m. Registration fees are $20 for adults before Aug. 15 and $25 after that date. Registration for children 13 and under is $10. By registering before Aug. 15, participants also ensure they will receive a t-shirt designed by an RHS student. Registration forms may be picked up and submitted at the Rector Water Department, Rector Drug and Medical Supply and Glen Sain Motors in Rector. Participants may also register online at

Last year's event was a popular addition to the Labor Day weekend, with 257 participants of all ages taking part in the inaugural event.

"We were thrilled with the turnout we had last year, and hope to do even better this year," Shannon Haywood, one of the event's organizers, said.

Haywood noted the event is not only a great way to celebrate physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices, but also show support for the Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation, for which the 5K raises funds. The Helping Hands Foundation has assisted hundreds of Rector students in numerous ways, including covering medical costs, providing scholarships, purchasing food on school trips, providing clothing, purchasing band instruments and this past year purchased numerous iPad Minis for students who had perfect attendance.

The 5K allows local athletes and visitors during the weekend celebration to maintain their active schedule while supporting a wonderful cause.

"We're excited to see the response for this year's 5K," Haywood said. "We encourage everyone interested in taking part to register early and get their shirts."

Pageant Schedule

Organizers are seeking contestants for the always popular pageants held during the annual Rector Labor Day Picnic. Pageants will be held on Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1

Sunday will feature the first four of the annual beauty pageants.

Girls ages five through the second grade will compete for the title of Petite Miss Rector in a pageant from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, on stage at Rector Memorial Park. Sunday dress is required. Entry fee is $20. Contact information for the pageant directors is: Jordan Cornelison (870) 595-4388 (evening only) or Shelly and Emily Cornelison (870) 240-5354 (evening only).

The Preteen Miss Rector pageant for girls in the third through fifth grades will be from 3 to 4 p.m. with Sunday dress required. Entry fee is $20. Pageant director Sarah Fannin may be contacted at (870) 595-4342 (evening only).

The Junior Miss Rector pageant for girls in the sixth through ninth grades will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday dress or casual party dress is required and the entry fee is $20. Director Courtney Shepard may be contacted at (870) 897-6261. Practice for the Junior Miss Rector pageant will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. The entry fee and forms must be turned in at the practice.

The Ms. Rector pageant for single or married women ages 22 and up will begin at 8 p.m. Formal dress, long or cocktail, is required and the entry fee is $20. The pageant is open to women who graduated from Rector High School or those who currently live or work in Rector. Director Jade Simpson may be contacted at (870) 236-0587. Practice for the Ms. Rector pageant will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. Pre-registration is required.

Monday Pageants

Four baby pageants will be held Monday, Sept. 1. Entry is $20, with participants asked to pre-register prior to Labor Day. Registration should be confirmed at least 15 minutes prior to each pageant. Pageant directors Harmony and Haven Cagle may be contacted at (870) 595-4625 (evenings only). Tiny Mr. Rector for boys ages newborn to 12 months will begin at 11 a.m. Tiny Miss Rector for girls ages newborn to 12 months will begin at 11:45 a.m. Baby Mr. Rector for boys ages 13 to 23 months will begin at 12:30 p.m. Girls ages 13 to 23 months will take part in Baby Miss Rector at 1:15 p.m.

Two toddler pageants, open to everyone, will be held in the afternoon. Boys ages two to four years will take part in Little Mr. Rector at 2 p.m. Little Miss Rector for girls two to four will be held at 2:45 p.m. The Toddler pageants are under the direction of Sherry and Madison Cate and Amanda Layer. Entrants are asked to call (870) 595-4353 for information. Contestants should confirm entry 15 minutes prior to their pageant. Casual or Sunday dress is required for the pageants. Entry fees are $20.

The annual Miss Rector pageant will begin at 8 p.m. All contestants will be given a business sponsor, who will pay the $25 entry fee. Director Jade Simpson may be contacted at (870) 236-0587. The Miss Rector contest is open to any girl ages 16 to 21 who has never been married and never had children. Contestants must attend school in the Rector School District or must have graduated from the Rector School District. Formal dress is required. Practice for the Miss Rector pageant will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, on stage at the park.

Everyone is reminded to make plans to attend the annual Rector Labor Day Picnic, and more details may be found in upcoming editions of the CCTD.

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