Greenway Picnic Saturday
The 85th annual Greenway Picnic, to benefit the Mitchell Cemetery, will be held this Saturday, Aug. 1, at the community's picnic grounds. The picnic will officially kick off at 9 a.m. with the opening ceremonies on the grandstand, and activities will be going on throughout the day. In keeping with tradition, there will be food stands, games, bingo, novelties and rides for the kids. The day also will include a full schedule of live entertainment, with special performances by Patrick Patterson and the Band.
The kitchen will also be open throughout the day, and visitors to the picnic grounds can take advantage of the opportunity to view Greenway School memorabilia, which is on display in the northeast corner of the dining hall.
Following the opening ceremonies, the first of the day's pageants will get underway at 9:30 a.m. with the Baby Greenway contest for boys and girls ages birth through 12 months. The entry fee is $25 and registration will get underway at 9 a.m. prior to the event. Those who want more information may contact Sandy Hill at (870) 529-3325.
At 11 a.m. the toddler contest for boys and girls ages one through three-years-old will be held. Sunday attire will be featured, the entry fee is $25 and registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. prior to the pageant.
At 2 p.m. the Little Miss Greenway pageant for little girls ages four through eight will be held. Organizers note the proper attire is Sunday dress. The entry fee is $25 and registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. prior to the contest.
The schedule for the afternoon also includes the Junior Miss Greenway pageant at 4 p.m. for girls age nine to 12. The attire for this pageant will also be Sunday dress. The entry fee is $25 and is due prior to the start of the event, as registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. Those wanting more information may call Della Jackson at (870) 324-1277 (after 5 p.m.).
The afternoon will also include the annual auction of donated items, which is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of the beauty revue stand. Once again this year the auction will be conducted by Colonel Gary Magee, assisted by Mike Hollis and Kevin Latimer, as items donated by local businesses and individuals go across the block.
At 8 p.m. the highlight of the evening will be held and the Miss Greenway pageant is scheduled on the stage. This pageant will feature young ladies ages 13 to 18 and contestants will wear formal pageant wear. The entry fee is $25 for each contestant, there will be no practice and pre-registration is not required. Those who want more information on Toddler, Little Miss and Miss Greenway pageants may contact Barbara Collier at (870) 598-7311.
Following the Miss Greenway pageant, around 10 p.m., the annual drawing will be held featuring both money and prizes.
Traditionally held on the first Saturday in August, the annual Greenway Picnic serves as the primary fundraiser for Mitchell Cemetery, located west of the community.