St. Francis Picnic set for Saturday
Once again this year, a full slate of pageants, food and fun is set for the annual St. Francis Picnic, being held this Saturday, July 21, to benefit the Hall and Gravel Hill cemeteries. The popular event is held each July at the picnic grounds in St. Francis, with a full schedule of activities going on throughout the day.
The picnic will officially open for this year at 9:45 a.m. with the welcome address from Bro. Trent Grimes, of Oasis Church of St. Francis.
Afterward, at 10 a.m. the first of the day’s pageants will be held with the baby contest for boys and girls ages birth through 11 months. This year the queen’s crown has been donated by Piggott Florist and Merle Norman, with the trophies donated by First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center.
The next event will be at 11 a.m., as the baby contest is held for boys and girls ages 12 through 23 months. Donating the queen’s crown this year is Clay County Judge Mike Patterson, while the trophies have been donated by Baker Implement, of Piggott.
The air conditioned kitchen and dining room is scheduled to open for business at 11 a.m., and will be serving throughout the remainder of the day. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy all they care to eat of fried chicken, or chicken and dumplings, with all the trimmings.
At noon live entertainment is scheduled on the main stage.
The toddler contest is set for 1 p.m., open to boys and girls ages two to four years. Once again this year, providing the crown is Clay County Circuit Clerk Janet Luff-Kilbreath, while the trophies have been donated by Mann’s Tool Specialties.
The Little Miss St. Francis pageant is scheduled for 2 p.m., and is open to girls age five to eight. Donating the queen’s crown this year is Piggott Realty, while the queen’s trophy was donated by Piggott State Bank. The queen will also receive a 2018 collector’s silver coin donated by Hoggard and Son’s Funeral Home. Trophies for the alternates this year are being provided 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; Clay County Air Conditioning and Refrigeration of St. Francis and Clay County Sheriff and Collector Terry Miller.
Live entertainment is scheduled to continue at 3 p.m., and slated to appear once again this year is Marcus White, of Nashville.
The pageant scheduled continues at 4 p.m. with the Junior Miss St. Francis pageant for young ladies age nine to 12. This year the queen’s crown is being provided by Piggott State Bank, while the queen’s trophy is being provided by Bill and Penny Veal with Best Realty. The queen will also receive a gift certificate donated by Darrell and Ellen Dalton of Pumpkin Hollow. And, the trophies for this year’s alternates are being provided by Ed and Pat Morris; St. Francis Gun Works; the Clay County Times-Democrat and Clay County Air Conditioning and Refrigeration of St. Francis.
At 5 p.m. more live entertainment is in store on the main stage, with another performance by Marcus White.
Beginning at 6 p.m., another popular tradition continues with the annual auction of donated items featuring auctioneers Frank Orr, Richard Smart and Frank Williams.
The highlight of the day is set for 8 p.m., as young ladies ages 13 to 18 compete for the title of Miss St. Francis 2018.
This year’s the queen’s crown and trophy were both donated by Ed and Pat Morris, and a $100 cash prize has been 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 and Clay County Assessor Tracy Gurley.
Immediately following the Miss St. Francis pageant, the drawings for prizes will be held. A variety of prizes will be given away this year including a hand-stitched quilt and afghan, along with cash prizes. Picnic organizers noted you must be present to win the cash prize drawings.
All proceeds from the annual St. Francis Picnic benefit the continued maintenance and upkeep of both the Hall and Gravel Hill cemeteries.