Annual St. Francis Picnic is Held
Fair weather, and a near-constant breeze, greeted visitors to the annual St. Francis Picnic, held this past Saturday, July 16, to benefit the Hall and Gravel Hill cemeteries. In response, good crowds gathered for the popular mid-summer event.
In keeping with tradition, the picnic officially opened at 9:45 a.m. with the welcome address. This year the honors went to Bro. Trent Grimes, of the Oasis Church of St. Francis.
Sortly afterward, the first of the day's pageants was held with the baby contest for boys and girls ages birth through 11 months. This year the queen's crown was donated by Piggott Florist and Merle Norman, with the trophies donated by First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center. Crowned as queen was Anniston St. Cin, the eight-month-old daughter of Grant and Cassy St. Cin, of Gideon, Mo. First alternate is Lola Wofford, the 11-month-old daughter of Andrea Lipsey and Lawton Wofford, of Greenway, while the second alternate was Graceyn Banning, 10-month-old daughter of Kasey and Casey Banning, of Piggott. Meanwhile, the king in the birth-to-11-month old baby contest was Rylan Earley, the eight-month-old son of Jason and Autumn Early, of Indiana. First alternate was Quinn Parker Brown, the three-week-old son of Scott Brown and Tallah Rabjohn, of Piggott, and second alternate was Cason Culver, the three-month-old son of Cody and Colbie Culver, of Pollard.
The next event was the baby contest for boys and girls ages 12 through 23 months. Donating the queen's crown this year was Piggott Realty, while the trophies were donated by Baker Implement, of Piggott. Bradley Phillips and Hallie Claire Simpson were crowned king and queen of the 12 to 23 month baby contest. Bradley is the 17-month-old son of Kyle and Nikki Phillips, of Pottsville, Ark., and Hallie is the 13-month-old daughter of Casey and Jade Simpson, of Rector. First alternate in the girl's contest was Kimber Owens, 18-month-old daughter of Benny and Megan Owens, of Corning, while second alternate was Amelia Rodery, the one-year-old daughter of John Rodery and Courtney Dunlap, of Piggott.
Around mid-day the air-conditioned kitchen and dining room opened for business, and remained open throughout the day. Following the baby contests live entertainment was also featured on the main stage, with a performance by Marcus White, of Nashville.
The toddler contest was held at 1 p.m., open to entrants ages two to four years. Providing the crown this year was Clay County Circuit Clerk Janet Luff-Kilbreath, while the trophies were donated by Mann's Tool Specialties. Toddler Miss St. Francis for 2016 is Aubree Faith Bagwell, the two-year-old daughter of Thomas and Charla Bagwell, of Pollard. First alternate is Mia Lowe, the four-year-old daughter of Jerrod and Stephanie Lowe, of Piggott, and second alternate is Avia Taylor, the two-year-old daughter of Robby and Julie Taylor, of Piggott.
The Little Miss St. Francis pageant followed at 2 p.m., open to girls age five to eight. Donating the queen's crown this year was Piggott Realty, and the queen's trophy was donated by Piggott State Bank. The queen also received a 2016 collector's silver coin donated by Hoggard and Son's Funeral Home. Trophies for the alternates this year were provided by Joe and Tracy Cole of the Inn at Piggott; Chuck, Sherry and Brian Schulte of Sherry's Hair Port and Front Street Pizza; Clay County Air Conditioning and Refrigeration of St. Francis and Clay County Sheriff and Collector Terry Miller. Reese Carr was crowned as Little Miss St. Francis at the annual picnic. She is the eight-year-old daughter of Jason and Kendra Carr of Glennonville, Mo. First alternate was Ava Jones, the six-year-old daughter of Sara Graves and Travis Jones of Piggott. Second alternate was Nataly Romero, the five-year-old daughter of Kayla Romero of Kennett. Third alternate was Olivia Rebstock, the seven-year-old daughter of Matt and Tiffany Rebstock of Kennett. And, the fourth alternate was Mali Smith, the eight-year-old daughter of Matt Smith and Linsey Baggett of Kennett.
The pageant schedule continued at 4 p.m. with the Junior Miss St. Francis pageant for young ladies age nine to 12. This year the queen's crown was provided by Piggott State Bank, while the queen's trophy was provided by Bill and Penny Veal with Best Realty. The queen also received a gift certificate donated by Darrell and Ellen Dalton of Pumpkin Hollow. And, the trophies for this year's alternates were provided by Clay County Judge Gary Howell and family; MFA Agri-Services Midsouth of St. Francis; the Clay County Times-Democrat and Clay County Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.
Junior Miss St Francis for 2016 is Kyla Militoni, the nine-year-old daughter of Matt and Tara Militoni of Piggott. First alternate is Liza Jane Priggle, the nine-year-old daughter of Joey and Heather Priggel of Portageville, Mo. Second alternate is Hailee Burnett, the 12-year-old daughter of John and Micca Burnett of Campbell. Third alternate is Brooke Shipley, the 11-year-old daughter of Denisa Poole and Shawn Shipley of Piggott. And, fourth alternate is Maleigh Lemings, the 10-year-old daughter of Spencer and Kari Lemings of Gideon, Mo.
Following another performance by Marcus White, another popular tradition continued Saturday afternoon with the annual auction of donated items featuring auctioneers Frank Orr and Richard Smart.
Following additional entertainment, the highlight of the day was held beginning at 8 p.m., as young ladies ages 13 to 18 competed for the title of Miss St. Francis.
This year's the queen's crown and trophy were both donated by Ed and Pat Morris, and a $50 cash prize, was donated by Route 66 Restoration and Supply, of Kennett. Those donating trophies for the alternates included Clay County Circuit Clerk Janet Luff-Kilbreath, Clay County Treasurer Carolyn Morrisett, Clay County Clerk Pat Poole, Clay County Assessor Tracy Gurley.
Courtney Roberts was crowned Miss St. Francis for 2016 at the annual picnic. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Tammie Roberts of Holcomb. First alternate was Maggie Williams, the 14-year-old daughter of Travis and Shannon Williams of Piggott. Second alternate was Rianna Holloway, the 18-year-old daughter of Rickie and Angel Holloway of Campbell. Third alternate was Morgan Taylor, the 17-year-old daughter of Amanda Taylor of Kennett. Fourth alternate was Madison Blair Steward, the 15-year-old daughter of Kyle and Brooke Steward of Holcomb.