Annual Picnic Held at St. Francis
Good crowds were on hand for the traditional food, fun and pageants Saturday as the annual St. Francis Picnic was held. The picnic is held in mid-July each year, with the proceeds benefitting both the Hall and Gravel Hill Cemeteries.
On hand to offer the welcoming address Saturday morning was Bro. Doug Clinton, from the St. Francis Baptist Church. Serving as the master of ceremonies throughout the day was Johnny McKenney.
Around mid-morning the first of the pageants were held, with little boys and girls ages birth through 11 months competing.
Baby Miss St. Francis for 2017 is Kelsi Ray Malin, the nine month old daughter of Gerald and Kelli Malin of Campbell. First alternate is Mabreigh Hill, the 10 month old daughter of Baley and Todd Hill of Harviell, Mo. and second alternate is Amiyah Harley Studivant, eight month old daughter of Brianna Rodriguez and Chris Studivant of Mt. Home, Ark.
Meanwhile, Kage Lee Scott, was crowned Baby Mr. St. Francis Saturday at the annual picnic. He's the eight month old son of Brittany Brummel and Dusty Scott of Rector. First alternate was Jett Jackson, the 10 month old son of Lorean Brown and Cory Jackson of Piggott; and there was a tie for second alternate between Elliott Fry, the three month old son of Bailey Fry of Piggott and Amos Ward Woody, the two month old son of Sam and Kelsey Woody of Lee's Summit, Mo.
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 of the 11 to 23 month old girls was Harper Lucy, the 12 month old daughter of Josh and Ashley Lucy of Marmaduke. First alternate was Aniston St. Cin, the 20 month old daughter of Grant and Cassie St. Cin of Gideon and second alternate was Amelia Rodery, the 23 month old daughter of Courtney Dunlap and John Rodery of Piggott.
Winner of the boy's baby contest for contestants 12 to 23 months old was Quinn Parker Brown, the 12 month old son of Tallah and Scott Brown of Piggott. First alternate was Felix Vise, the 18 month old son of Daryl and Sara Vise of Dexter; and there was a tie for second alternate, which included Tucker Laxton, the 16 month old son of Keifer and Tish Laxton of Piggott and Cason Culver, the 15 month old son of Cody and Colbie Culver of Pollard.
Donating the queen’s crown this year was Piggott Realty, while the trophies were donated by Baker Implement, of Piggott.
The air conditioned kitchen and dining room opened in the late morning hours, and remained busy the rest of the day. Live entertainment was also featured on the main stage.
The toddler contest was held at 1 p.m., open to contestants ages two to four.
Little Miss Toddler St. Francis for 2017 is Addisyn Brannon, the three year old daughter of Jordan and Amanda Brannon of Rector. First alternate is Aynslea Jay McCurry, the two year old daughter of Jon and Autuam McCurry of Rector; second alternate is Ashlyn Nicole White, the two year old daughter of LeeAnn and Marcus White of Nashville and third alternate is Maci Hampton, the two year old daughter of Brian and Rebecca Hampton of Corning.
Providing the crown this year was Clay County Circuit Clerk Janet Luff-Kilbreath, while the trophies were donated by Mann’s Tool Specialties.
Crowned as Little Miss St. Francis for 2017 was Laney Benson, the five year old daughter of Landon and Hayley Benson of Qulin. First alternate is Nataly Romero, the six year old daughter of Kayla and Guadalupe Romero of Kennett; second alternate is Chloe Brown, the eight year old daughter of Kristal Brown of Holcomb; third alternate is Halen Miller, the eight year old daughter of Dustin and Heather Miller of Paragould and fourth alternate is Olivia Rose Rebstock, the eight year old daughter of Tiffany and Matt Rebstock of Holcomb.
Donating the queen’s crown this year was Piggott Realty, while the queen’s trophy was donated by Piggott State Bank. The queen also received a 2017 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, Clifford Cole Law Office and the Piggott City Market; 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.
The pageant scheduled 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 Mike Patterson and family; MFA Agri-Services Midsouth of St. Francis; the Clay County Times-Democrat and Clay County Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.
Reese Carr was crowned Junior Miss St. Francis at the annual picnic Saturday. She's the nine year old daughter of Kendra and Jason Carr of Glennonville. First alternate is Maleigh Lemings, the 11 year old daughter of Spencer and Kari Lemings of Gideon; second alternate is Alexis Dickens, the 10 year old daughter of Felicia Dickens of St. Francis and John Dickens of Campbell; third alternate is Ella Jane Lemings, nine year old daughter of Spencer and Kari Lemings of Gideon, and fourth alternate is Bethany McNeely, the 11 year old daughter of Shane and Ginger McNeely of Rector.
Between pageants those on hand were also treated to live entertainment, including multiple sets by Marcus White, of Nashville. At 6 p.m. another popular tradition also continued, with the auction of donated items with Frank Orr and Richard Smart serving as the auctioneers.
Saturday evening young ladies ages 13 to 18 gathered to compete for the title of Miss St. Francis for 2017.
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 include Clay County Circuit Clerk Janet Luff-Kilbreath, Clay County Treasurer Carolyn Morrisett, Clay County Clerk Pat Poole, Clay County Assessor Tracy Gurley.
Crowned as Miss St. Francis was Madison Blair Sterward, the 16 year old daughter of Kyle and Brooke Steward of Holcomb. First alternate is Elise Gossett, the 13 year old daughter of Daniel and Mistie Gossett of Piggott; second alternate is Jennifer Hanners, the 16 year old daughter of Alex and Shannon Hanners of Puxico; third alternate is Abbie Renee Coronado, the 16 year old daughter of Jessica Smith and Sparkie Coronado of Holcomb, and fourth alternate is Hailee Burnett, the 13 year old daughter of John and Micca Burnett of Campbell.
Immediately following the Miss St. Francis pageant, the drawings for prizes were held. Winners of the $25 cash prizes were James Fry and David Hill, while winners of the $50 cash prizes were Kiaya McCumpSey and Kalee Haywood.
The winner of the hand-stitched quilt was Donna Haywood, winner of the baby quilt was Cindy McComb and the afghan winners included Brooke Shipley and Heather Seegraves. Meanwhile, the winner of the pressure washer was Charlene Allen.
Organizers offered their thanks to all who participated, and attended, and reminded patrons that all proceeds benefit the continued maintenance and upkeep of both the Hall and Gravel Hill cemeteries.