84th Annual Greenway Picnic a Success

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Erica Cluck (center) was crowned Miss Greenway 2014. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Matthew and Carla Vancil and Darren Cluck of Piggott. First alternate is Sadie Sawyers (second from right), the 16-year-old daughter of Chuck and Rachel Sawyers of Piggott. Sawyer Hendrix (second from left), the 13-year-old daughter of David and Cobi Hendrix of Rector, is second alternate. Third alternate is Ashleigh Bedwell (far right), the 15-year-old daughter of Treg and Dena Bedwell of Campbell. Abbie Welborn (far left), the 14-year-old daughter of Rob and Angie Welborn of Piggott, is fourth alternate.

A warm summer day welcomed steady crowds of visitors to the 84th annual Greenway Picnic Saturday. The yearly celebration offered a chance for families to enjoy a day of festivities and longtime friends to reunite, all while raising essential funds for Mitchell Cemetery.

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 Tim Hill performing a stirring rendition of the National Anthem.

The day's pageants began with the Baby Miss and Mr. Greenway contests for girls and boys ranging in age from birth to 12 months. Lynzie Coomer was crowned in the event. She is the 10-month-old daughter of Andrea and Joel Coomer of Pollard. Allyson Belle McCord, the 10-month-old daughter of Justin and Missy McCord of Lafe, is first alternate. Second alternate is Josalee Higgins, the 10-month-old daughter of Brandy Higgins of Piggott. Baby Mr. Greenway is Caleb Branson, the 10-month-old son of Adam and Rachel Branson of Rector. First alternate is Jase Welch, the nine-month-old son of Justin and Laura Welch of Piggott.

Next, the Toddler Miss and Mr. Greenway contests were held for children ages one through three. Kloie Seal, the three-year-old daughter of Billy Joe and Priscilla Seal of Piggott, was crowned Toddler Miss Greenway. First alternate is Adrianna Jackson, the daughter of Justin and Crystal Jackson of Rector. Second alternate is Ada Dralle, the daughter of Mike and Courtney Dralle of Pekin, Ill. Toddler Mr. Greenway is Kyson Rabah, the son of Aaron and Brittany Rabah of Rector. Kason Simmons, the son of Felicia and David Simmons of Piggott, is first alternate. Second alternate is Carson McKinnie, the son of Shayna Duffy and Cody McKinnie of Piggott.

The Little Miss Greenway pageant got underway at 2 p.m. Contestants ranged in age from four to eight. Brynlee Rabah, the five-year-old daughter of Aaron and Brittany Rabah of Rector, is Little Miss Greenway. First alternate is Jenna McCluskey, the eight-year-old daughter of Matt and Lorna McCluskey of Greenway. Kaeleigh Clifford, the four-year-old daughter of Felicia and Terry Clifford of Paragould, is second alternate. Third alternate is Talan Toombs, the four-year-old daughter of Jeremy Toombs and Greg and Michelle Bradshaw of Greenway. Carissa Hollowell, the six-year-old daughter of Carl and Holly Hollowell of Corning, is fourth alternate.

At 4 p.m., the Junior Miss Greenway pageant got underway. Maggie Williams, the daughter of Travis and Shannon Williams of Piggott, was crowned Junior Miss Greenway. First alternate is Lexie Green, the daughter of Luke and Danielle Green of Rector. Second alternate is Avery Claire Webb, the daughter of Andrea and Matt Yount of Pollard and Bryce Webb of Greenway.

The Miss Greenway contest for girls ages 13 to 18 began at 8 p.m. Erica Cluck was crowned Miss Greenway 2014. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Matthew and Carla Vancil and Darren Cluck of Piggott. First alternate is Sadie Sawyers, the 16-year-old daughter of Chuck and Rachel Sawyers of Piggott. Sawyer Hendrix, the 13-year-old daughter of David and Cobi Hendrix of Rector, is second alternate. Third alternate is Ashleigh Bedwell, the 15-year-old daughter of Treg and Dena Bedwell of Campbell. Abbie Welborn, the 14-year-old daughter of Rob and Angie Welborn 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.

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