85th Annual Greenway Picnic Held
An unusually mild and breezy summer day met crowds at the 85th annual Greenway picnic Saturday as picnic-goers enjoyed carnival games, rides and a variety of foods.
The celebration allowed visitors to meet and greet friends while also enjoying live entertainment throughout the day with pageants and music played by Patrick Patterson and The Band, who played a mix of classic and new country songs.
The overall goal of the picnic is to support the Mitchell Cemetery, but the life of the picnic is the volunteers and people in the crowd whether they're from Greenway or just visiting for the day to enjoy the various stands and people.
The picnic began with a warm, welcoming address from the picnic chairman Mike Hill and quickly moved into the annual pageants beginning with Baby Miss and Mr. Greenway, which consisted of boys and girls ranging in age from birth to 12 months. Jocelyn Shavalia, the 11-month-old daughter of Erick and Malorie Shavalia of Rector, was named Baby Miss Greenway Saturday. First alternate is Mia Stadler, the four-month-old daughter of Nick and Nikki Stadler of McDougal. Second alternate is Ella Book, the 10-month-old daughter of Lauren Hickson and Chad Book of Piggott. Baby Mr. Greenway is Desmond Allen, the eight-month-old son of Kylie and Jeremiah Allen of Paragould. First alternate is Dylan Cavaness, the 10-month-old son of Nick and Christina Cavaness of Piggott.
The Toddler Miss and Mr. Greenway contests were held for children ages one through three. Lynzie Coomer, the 22-month-old daughter of Joel and Andrea Coomer of Piggott, was named Toddler Miss Greenway. First alternate is Addisyn Brannon, the 18-month-old daughter of Jordan and Amanda Brannon of Rector. Sophie Grace Matheney, the 15-month-old daughter of Seth and Katie Matheney of Rector, is second alternate.
Carson Jax McKinnie, the three-year-old son of Shayna Duffy and Cody McKinnie of Piggott, was named Toddler Mr. Greenway. First alternate is Kason Simmons, the two-year-old son of Felicia and David Simmons of Piggott. Second alternate is Bostyn Milam, the 17-month-old son of Josh and Brittany Milam of Marmaduke.
The Little Miss Greenway pageant followed at 2 p.m. with contestants ranging in age from four to eight. Chloe Brown, the six-year-old daughter of Kristal Brown of Holcomb, was crowned Little Miss Greenway. First alternate is Brileigh Daniels-Parson, the six-year-old daughter of Emily and Aaron Parson of Poplar Bluff. Second alternate is Addy Hickson, the eight-year-old daughter of Scott and Brandy Hickson of Piggott. Third alternate is Ada Grace Dralle, the four-year-old daughter of Mike and Courtney Dralle of Pekin, Ill. Fourth alternate is Ivy Claire Benson, the six-year-old daughter of Dustin and Nicole Benson of Qulin.
The Junior Miss pageant took place at 4 p.m. Natalie Holloway, the 11-year-old daughter of Rickie and Angel Holloway of Campbell, was crowned Junior Miss Greenway. First alternate is Sophie Rachel Simmons, the 12-year-old daughter of Stephen and Jamie Simmons of Rector. Second alternate is Mikaylah Putt, the 10-year-old daughter of Bobby and Jessica Nimmo and Bryan Putt of Piggott. Third alternate is Kyla Militoni, the nine-year-old daughter of Matt and Tara Militoni of Piggott. Fourth alternate is Kerrigan Collier, the nine-year-old daughter of Keith and Jessica Collier of Piggott.
The Miss Greenway pageant, the highlight of the day, began at 8 p.m. with 10 contestants. Courtney Roberts, the 17-year-old daughter of Tammie Roberts of Holcomb, was crowned Miss Greenway.
First alternate is Sawyer Hendrix, the 14-year-old daughter of Dave and Cobi Hendrix of Rector. Second alternate is Megan Johnson, the 17-year-old daughter of Ronald and Brandi Johnson of Pollard. Third alternate is Rianna Holloway, the 17-year-old daughter of Rickie and Angel Holloway of Campbell. Fourth alternate is Lindsey Shelton, the 18-year-old daughter of Greg and Michelle Ward and the late David Shelton of Rector.
The trophies and tiaras for the Junior Miss pageant were donated by Piggott State Bank and the ribbons were donated by Piggott Florist. Trophies for Miss Greenway were donated by MFA Oil in Piggott, the tiara was donated by Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home and the flowers and ribbons were donated by Petals and More.
Pageant coordinator Barbara Collier expressed her gratitude to everyone who volunteered and recognized everyone who had a hand in the pageants from the decorators to the MC's.
The evening rounded out with cash drawings. The first prize of $50 was won by Billy Mann, who donated the money back to Mitchell Cemetery. The second prize of $100 was won by Kay Tramel, who also donated the money back to the cemetery, and the final prize of $200 was won by Jessica Nimmo.