Greenway Picnic is Saturday
The 88th edition of the annual Greenway Picnic, held each year to fund the continued upkeep of the Mitchell Cemetery, is set for this Saturday, Aug. 4, at the community’s picnic grounds. As usual, the 2018 edition of the picnic will officially kick off at 9 a.m. with the opening ceremonies on the grandstand, and activities will continue throughout the day. In keeping with tradition, there will be food stands, games, bingo, novelties and rides for the kids. The day also will include a full schedule of live entertainment, with special performances throughout by JR Rogers and the All-Star Band.
The kitchen will also be open throughout the day, and visitors to the picnic grounds may take advantage of the opportunity to view Greenway School memorabilia, which is on display in the northeast corner of the dining hall.
Following the opening ceremonies, the first of the day's pageants will get underway although it should be noted that some of the age classifications have changed, and a new pageant has been added to the line-up.
The first will be held at 9:30 a.m. with the Baby Greenway contest for boys and girls ages birth through 11 months. The entry fee is $25 and registration will get underway at 9 a.m., 30 minutes prior to the event. Those wanting additional information may contact Sandy Hill at (870) 529-3325.
The next contest is set for 11 a.m. as the toddler contest for boys and girls ages one through two-years-old will be held. Sunday attire will be featured, the entry fee is $25 and registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. prior to the pageant.
The new pageant, the Petite Miss Greenway Pageant, will be held at 12:30 p.m. and is open to little girls ages three-to-four years old. This will also feature Sunday dress, the entry fee is $25 and registration will begin at noon, 30 minutes prior to the start.
Pageants continue at 2 p.m., as the Little Miss Greenway pageant for little girls ages five through eight will be held. Organizers note the proper attire is Sunday dress. The entry fee is $25 and registration will begin at 1:30 p.m.
The schedule for the afternoon also includes the Junior Miss Greenway pageant at 4 p.m. for girls age nine to 12. The attire for this pageant will also be Sunday dress. The entry fee is $25 and is due prior to the start of the event, as registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. Those wanting more information may call Della Jackson at (870) 324-1277 (after 5 p.m.).
The afternoon will also include the annual auction of donated items, which is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of the beauty revue stand. Once again this year the auction will be conducted by Colonel Gary Magee, assisted by Mike Hollis and Kevin Latimer, as items donated by local businesses and individuals go across the block.
The highlight of the evening is set for 8 p.m. as the Miss Greenway pageant is scheduled on the stage. This pageant is open to young ladies ages 13 to 18 and contestants will wear formal pageant wear. The entry fee is $25 for each contestant, there will be no practice and pre-registration is not required. Those who want more information on Toddler, Petite Miss, Little Miss and Miss Greenway pageants may contact Barbara Collier at (870) 598-7311.
Following the Miss Greenway pageant, around 10 p.m., the annual drawing will be held featuring both money and prizes.
Traditionally held on the first Saturday in August, the annual Greenway Picnic serves as the primary fundraiser for Mitchell Cemetery, located west of the community.