Plans Continue for Rector Labor Day Events

Thursday, August 6, 2015

With Labor Day now about a month away, the last minute plans have been ironed out for the annual celebration and picnic in Rector.

Organizers report a full slate, as the pageant schedule has been set for Sunday, Sept. 6, and Monday, Sept. 7, taking place at Rector Memorial Park.

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

Girls ages five to second grade will compete for Petite Miss Rector at 2 p.m. Sunday. Entry fee is $20, and the pageant is open to everyone. Contact information for the pageant directors is Shelly, Jordan or Emily Cornelison at (870) 240-5354, evening only.

The Pre-teen Miss Rector pageant for girls third through fifth grade will begin at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $20 and the pageant is open to everyone. Sunday dresses are the required attire. Contact information for the pageant director is Sarah Hicks at (870) 595-4342.

Girls sixth through ninth grade will compete in the Junior Miss Rector pageant at 4 p.m. Sunday. Entry fee will be $20 and the required attire is Sunday dresses or party dresses. This pageant is open to everyone. Contact information is Colby Lynch at (870) 324-1159.

The Ms. Rector pageant will be at 8 p.m. Sunday for women 22-years-old and older, married or single. This pageant is open to everyone and formal dress is required. Practice for the pageant will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. Entry fee is $20 and all participants are asked to pre-register. Contact information for the pageant director is Jade Simpson at (870)236-0587.

Seven pageants will take place Monday.

The baby pageants will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fee is $20 and casual or Sunday dress attire will be required. These pageants are open to everyone.

Tiny Mr. Rector will begin at 11 a.m. and include baby boys from newborn to 12-months-old. Tiny Miss Rector will begin at 12 p.m. and includes baby girls from newborn to 12-months-old.

Baby Mr. Rector will begin at 1 p.m. and includes baby boys from 13-months-old to 23-months-old. Baby Miss Rector will begin at 2 p.m. and include baby girls from 13-months-old to 23-months-old. All participants should confirm participation 15 minutes prior to pageants. Contact information for pageant directors is Harmony and Haven Cagle at (870) 595-4625, evenings only.

Little Mr. Rector will begin at 3 p.m. and include toddlers two to four years of age. Entry fee is $20 and the pageant is open to everyone. Casual or Sunday dress is required, and participants should confirm entry 15 minutes prior to pageant time. Little Miss Rector will begin at 4 p.m. and will include toddler girls from the age of two through four-years-old. Casual or Sunday dresses are required. Entry fee is $20 and participants need to confirm participation 15 minutes prior. Contact info for the toddler pageants directors is Sherry and Madison Cate at (870) 595-4353.

The annual Miss Rector pageant will be at 8 p.m. All contestants will be given a business sponsor who will pay the $25 entry fee. Director Jade Simpson can be reached at (870) 236-0587. This contest is open to any girl 10th grade to 21-years-old who has never been married or had children. Contestants must attend school at Rector High School or must have graduated from the Rector School District. Formal dress is required, as is pre-registration. Practice will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 . Miss Rector's Queen will receive a $1,000 gift in memory of Ms. Colleen Ford Graves.


In conjunction with the picnic, the Woodland Heights Cemetery Commission is once again conducting a $1,000 drawing. The drawing will take place on Monday, Sept. 7, on the main stage at the Rector Memorial Park following the Miss Rector Pageant.

Persons do not have to be present to win. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 or 25 for $20. Tickets are available the day of the picnic and they are also available at several area businesses.

Rector businesses include Honeysuckle & Home, Above & Beyond, Rector Downtown Drug, Regions Bank, Duncan Chiropractic, Glen Sain Motor Sales, Inc, Graves Gin and Centennial Bank.

Kennett businesses include Glen Sain Chevy, Cadillac, GMC and Heartland Outdoors.

"Thanks to all of these area businesses for their continued support," a spokesman said. Persons may also call Leah Ford at 573-717-7777 or April Lindsey at 870-239-1874 for tickets. All proceeds benefit the Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector.

Labor Day 5K

Registration for the Labor Day 5K, sponsored by the RHS Helping Hands Foundation, is still underway.

Pre-registration for 14-year-olds and older received on or before Aug. 21 is $20, with 13-year-olds and under set at $10.

Participants registered on or before Aug. 21, are guaranteed t-shirt sizes. Registrations received after that date will cost $25, and t-shirt sizes are not guaranteed. Race day entries will be accepted.

Participants can pick up registration forms at Rector Drug and Medical Supply, Glen Sain Motors and the Rector Water Department. Online registration forms can be found at

The 5K race begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, in front of Rector High School. The course will be well marked and volunteers will be placed throughout the course, which will end where it began. Helping Hands board member Shannon Haywood said there are usually over 300 participants in the event. All proceed will go to the RHS Helping Hands Foundation.

Helping Hands was begun in 2006 by Nashville music producer Bill Carter and New York Major General George Baker. Both men are alumni of the RHS class of 1953.

Helping Hands helps the Rector community by helping families with needs they cannot pay for, such as dental expenses and eye exams for students in need. The foundation also gives several scholarships to graduating RHS students every year, and helps students participate in school activities their families could not otherwise afford.

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