Rector Labor Day Picnic Offers Full Weekend of Fun

Thursday, September 1, 2016
The Ultimate Oldies Show will kick-off the weekend in Rector Friday evening at the community center.

Excitement is high for the upcoming 75th annual Rector Labor Day Picnic.

Over the decades, the annual picnic has grown to encompass four days of festivities including musical talents, carnival rides and food by the tons. First held in 1941, the picnic has provided funds for maintenance of Rector's beautiful Woodland Heights Cemetery located north of town on Crowley's Ridge.

Festivities will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, with the annual Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame golf tournament, which is held as a memorial to Dr. Owen H. Clopton. Registration begins at Kennett Country Club at 9 a.m. -- cost is $200 per team. Tee time is set for 10:30 a.m.

Friday evening showcases two events at Memorial Park. Showtime is 7 p.m. as the talented members of The Ultimate Oldies Show will perform songs from the 50s and 60s. Reserved seating tickets are $20 and general admission is $15. To purchase tickets, persons may call (870)595-3035 or visit the Rector Water Department, Glen Sain Motors and Post Net in Paragould.

The popular Championship Rodeo will be featured in the Rector Saddle Club Arena beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Events will include sheep riding, steer riding, junior barrels, senior barrels, a calf scramble, bull riding, wild cow milking, wild horse racing, money the hard way and team roping. Tickets at the gate are $7 while children six and under get in free with an adult. Those wanting additional information may call Cutter or Ward Robinson at 870-215-2223.

Saturday will kick-off around 8 a.m. with the annual Labor Day 5K, sponsored by the Rector High School Helping Hands. Another favorite event will be held at 1 p.m. as the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame dessert and reception is set at the high school gym. During the event four new members will be inducted.

The second annual Ice cream social will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rector Downtown Park. New to the ice cream social this year is the Rector Cruise-In. Those wanting more information on the cruise in please contact Dixie at 501-773-5255 or

The ever-popular carnival rides will set up on the picnic grounds and begin operations at 1 p.m. Sunday. Armbands will be in effect from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and will be available Monday for use after 4 p.m. as well.

Sunday Pageants

Organizers are still seeking contestants for the variety of pageants set for this yeaer's picnic.

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. Entry fee is $20, and the pageant is open to everyone. The attire is casual/Sunday dress. Contact information for the pageant directors are Emily Cornelison at (870) 240-5354, evening only and Jordan Kallsnick at 870-595-4388. There will be a practice at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, although it is not required.

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. Those wanting additional information may contact Jamie Simmons at 870-595-4947.

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. Those wanting additional information may contact Jamie Simmons at 870-595-4947.

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 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Entry fee is $20 and all participants are asked to pre-register. Those wanting additional information may contact Sarah Hichs at 870-595-4342 or Holly Kirklin at 870-919-3518.

The streets of Rector will come alive with the annual parade at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5, beginning at the corner of Third and Main Streets. Grand Marshal of the 2016 parade will be Butch French, who has volunteered with the picnic for many years.

Speeches from local politicians will begin at 9:55 a.m. Office holders, and politicians, riding in this year's parade are: State Representative Joe Jett, State Senator Blake Johnson, Clay County Judge-Elect Mike Patterson, Representative Rick Crawford, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, District Court Judge Dan Stidham, State Representative candidate Frankie Gilliam, Greene County Sheriff candidate Tony Williams, Greene County Sheriff candidate Dan Langston and State Representative candidate Jimmy Gazaway.

Monday Pageants

In addition to the usual activities a total of seven pageants will take place Monday.

The baby pageants will get underway at 11 a.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 held 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 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. The entrant crowned as Miss Rector will also receive a $1,000 gift in memory of Ms. Colleen Ford Graves.

Monday's festivities will also feature live performances beginning with The Dooleys at 5 p.m., Faultline at 5:45 p.m., and the final performance will be at 7 p.m. by Drive South Lori Dial (who will also perform during Miss Rector intermission). After the Miss Rector pageant a $1,000 drawing will take place, serving to close the weekend.

All proceeds from the annual picnic benefit the continued upkeep of the Woodland Heights Cemetery.

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