Rector Labor Day Picnic at Hand

Thursday, August 31, 2017
A young participant enjoys the 2016 Rector Labor Day Parade
TD file photo

Anticipation continues to grow for the upcoming 76th annual Rector Labor Day Picnic. As in years past, the picnic will include musical talents, carnival rides, beauty pageants and food from Friday until Monday. The picnic was first held in 1941, and in the years since has provided funds for maintenance for Rector's beautiful Woodland Heights Cemetery located north of town.

Festivities will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, with the annual Rector Hall of Fame golf tournament, which is held as a memorial to Dr. Owen H. Clopton. Registration begins at 9 a.m. that day at the Kennett Country Club. The entry fee is $200 per team, with the field limited to 18 teams. Tee time is set for 10:30 a.m. Those who want more information may contact Michele Haley at 870-240-5064 or Michael Lindsey at 870-240-3257.

The ever-popular Ultimate Oldies Show will perform songs from the 50s and 60s. Showtime is set for 7 p.m. Reserved tickets are $20 and general admission is $15. Those wanting additional information may contact Linda Robinson, community center director, at 870-595-3035. All proceeds from the annual concert are earmarked for continued improvements to the community center.

Saturday's festivities begin at 8 a.m. with the annual Labor Day 5K, with runners and walkers lining up in front of the Rector High School. Registration is $25 per participant and registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. on race day. The 5K is sponsored by Rector High School Helping Hands and funds raised support projects funded by the foundation. Later in the day the Rector High School Helping Hands Sports Hall of Fame Luncheon will be held. The induction ceremony will be held immediately after the annual RHSSHOF catered luncheon set for noon on Saturday, Sept. 2, at the RHS gymnasium. Those attending are reminded to make plans to arrive between 11:30 a.m. and noon and visit with the inductees and with friends from the past.

Tickets for the luncheon are $15 per adult; $7.50 for ages six to 14 and children aged five and under are free.

Also on Saturday, Rector Downtown Central will hold the annual Ice Cream Social. The event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rector Downtown Park. This year's entertainment will be Karaoke, under the direction of Robert Layer.

Sunday Pageants

Organizers are seeking contestants for the very popular pageants held Sunday, Sept. 3, and Monday, Sept. 4.

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 $25, and the pageant is open to everyone. The attire is casual/Sunday dress. Contact information for the pageant director Jamie Simmons is 870-595-4947. Practice will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2.

The Pre-teen Miss Rector for girls third through fifth grade will begin at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $25 and the pageant is open to everyone. The attire is casual/Sunday dress. Those wanting more information may contact Jamie Simmons at 870-595-4947. Practice will be held at the stage at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2.

The Junior Miss Rector pageant for girls sixth through ninth grade will begin at 4 p.m. The entry fee is $25 and the event is open to everyone.The attire is short semi formal/short party dress. Those wanting more information may contact Jamie Simmons at 870-595-4947. Practice will be held at 11 a.m. at the stage on Saturday, Sept. 2.

The Ms. Rector pageant will be held 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. Entry fee is $25. Those wanting more information may contact Sarah Hicks at 870-595-4342 or Holly Kirklin at 870-919-3518. Practice will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1. at 6 p.m. Organizers note those who can not make it to practice are asked to pre-register.

The streets of Rector will be lined with spectators for the annual parade, set to begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept.4, at the corner of Third and Main Streets. Afterward, around 9:55 political speeches will be featured at the grandstand. Those scheduled to be on hand include Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Congressman Rick Crawford, State Treasurer Dennis Milligan, State Sen. Blake Johnson, State Rep. Joe Jett, Pros. Atty. Scott Ellington, District 17 Circuit Judge Dan Stidham, Clay County Judge Mike Patterson, candidate for secretary of state John Thurston and candidate for commissioner of state lands Tommy Land.

Monday Pageants

Seven pageants will take place Monday starting with the baby pageants. Entry fee is $25 and these pageants are open to everyone., and casual or church dress is required. Contestants should confirm entry 15 minutes prior to their pageant time. Tiny Mr. Rector will begin at 11 a.m. and include baby boys from newborn to 12-,months. Tiny Miss Rector will begin at 11:30 a.m. and incudes baby girls from newborn to 12 months-old. Baby Mr. Rector will begin at 12:30 p.m. and includes baby boys from 13 months to 23 months. Baby Miss Rector will begin at 1 p.m. and incudes baby girls from 13 months to 23 months. Pageant director Haven Cagle may be reached at 870-595-4320, evenings only.

Little Mr. Rector will begin at at 2 p.m. and include toddlers two to four years of age. Entry fee is $25 and 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 2:30 p.m. and will include toddler girls from the age of two through four. Casual or Sunday dress is required. Entry fee is $25 and participants are are asked to confrm participation 15 minutes prior to the pageant. Those wanting additional information may contact pageant directors Sherry and Madison Cate at 870-595-4343.

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