St. Francis Picnic Draws Large Crowds

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Isabella Rouse (center), the 14-year-old daughter of Dr. Brandon Rouse and Kimberley Pickens of Kennett, was named Miss St. Francis Saturday. First alternate is Courtney Roberts (second from left), the 17-year-old daughter of Tammie Roberts of Holcomb. Second alternate is Madison Blair Steward (second from right), the 14-year-old daughter of Kyle and Brooke Steward of Holcomb. Third alternate is Sadie Sawyers (far right), the 17-year-old daughter of Chuck and Rachel Sawyers of Piggott. Fourth alternate is Rianna Kae Holloway (far left), the 17-year-old daughter of Rickie and Angel Holloway of Campbell.(photo by Frank Staples Photography)

A hot, sunny day greeted visitors of the 76th annual St. Francis Picnic Saturday. Despite the sweltering temperatures the locals came out in full force making the annual picnic a great success for the Hall and Gravel Hill cemeteries. The cemetery boards sponsors the picnic each July, and all proceeds go back into the cemeteries for upkeep and maintenance.

Volunteers from the St. Francis community also came out in droves to support their community by running events offering those in attendance several ways to have fun, including the traditional pageants, popular benefit auction, delicious food, games, and live entertainment from Marcus White of Nashville and Patrick Patterson of Piggott.

The picnic concluded with the crowning of Isabella Rouse, the 14-year-old daughter of Dr. Brandon Rouse and Kimberley Pickens of Kennett, was named Miss St. Francis Saturday. First alternate was Courtney Roberts, the 17-year-old daughter of Tammie Roberts of Holcomb. Second alternate was Madison Blair Steward, the 14-year-old daughter of Kyle and Brook Steward of Holcomb. Third alternate was Sadie Sawyers, the 17-year-old daughter of Chuck and Rachel Sawyers of Piggott. Fourth alternate was Rianna Holloway, the 17-year-old daughter of Rickie and Angel Holloway of Campbell.

Several young contestants were crowned during the earlier pageants throughout the day.

Zoe Woolverton, the eight-month-old daughter of Drew and Victoria Woolverton of Pollard, was crowned Baby Miss St. Francis. First alternate was Ashlyn White, the eight-month-old daughter of LeeAnn and Marcus White of Nashville. Second alternate was Gracie McHaffey, the 10-month-old daughter of Bubba and Ashley McHaffey of Greenway.

Seven-month-old Desmond Allen, son of Jeremiah and Kylie Allen of Paragould, was crowned Baby Mr. St. Francis during Saturday's festivities. First Alternate was seven-week-old Joshua Blake Burnette, son of Justin and Jessica Burnette of Memphis. Second alternate was four-month-old Christian Hobbs, son of Michelle Thompson and Freedom Hobbs of Piggott.

Annaleigh Neeley, the 19-month-old daughter of Evan and Andy Neeley of Piggott was crowned Tiny Miss St. Francis Saturday. First alternate was Adalee Wood, the 23-month-old daughter of Wesley and Chelsea Wood of Piggott. Second alternate was Aubree Bagwell, the 21-month-old daughter of Thomas and Sharla Bagwell of Pollard.

Bostyn Milam, the 17-month-old son of Josh and Brittany Milam of Marmaduke, was crowned Tiny Mr. St. Francis. First alternate was Caleb Branson, the 22-month-old son of Adam and Rachel Branson of Rector. Second alternate was McCoy Smith, the 19-month-old son of Chris and Brooke Smith of Walnut Hill, Ill.

Zoie Addison Pollock, the four-year-old daughter of Jerry and Jessica Pollock of Piggott, was crowned Toddler Miss St. Francis. First alternate was Marlee Brooke White, the four-year-old daughter of LeeAnn and Marcus White of Nashville. Second alternate was Payton Burnett, the five-year-old daughter of John and MIcca Burnett of Campbell.

Kyla Militoni the eight-year-old daughter of Matt and Tara Militoni of Piggott, was crowned Little Miss St. Francis. First alternate was Reese Carr, the seven-year-old daughter of Jason and Kendra Carr of Glennonville, Mo. Second alternate was Olivia Rebstock, the six-year-old daughter of Tiffany and Matt Rebstock of Holcomb. Third alternate was Brynlee Rabah, the six-year-old daughter of Aaron and Brittany Rabah of Rector. Fourth alternate was Halen Miller, the six-year-old daughter of Dustin and Heather Miller of Paragould.

Maddy Tayolr, the 12-year-old daughter of Clay and Nicole Taylor of Success, was crowned Junior Miss St. Francis. First alternate was Julianna Barnes-Gibbins, the 12-year-old daughter of Raymond and Melissa Gibbins of Rector. Second alternate was Rivers Calecas, the 10-year-old daughter of Raymond and Melissa Gibbins of Rector. Third alternate was Madison Reeves, the 12-year-old daughter of Kevin and Samantha Reeves of Piggott. Fourth alternate was Sophie Simmons, the 12-year-old daughter of Stephen and Jamie Simmons of Rector.

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