Rector Labor Day Weekend at Hand

Thursday, August 30, 2018
The Winchesters, featuring local talent Will Mobley, will be featured entertainers at this year's picnic.
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The Rector Labor Day Weekend kicks-off Friday evening with the Ultimate Oldies Show at the community center, and events continues through Monday evening with the crowning of Miss Rector.

As in years past, the 77th edition of the picnic will include live music, carnival rides, games, beauty pageants and fabulous food from Friday until Monday. The picnic was first held in 1941, and over the course of the past decades has provided funds for maintenance for Rector's beautiful Woodland Heights Cemetery, located on the north edge of town.

This year's festivities will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, with the annual Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame golf tournament, which is held in memory of Dr. Owen H. Clopton. Registration begins at 9 a.m. that day at the Kennett Country Club.

Those who want more information may contact Michele Haley at 870-240-5064 or Michael Lindsey at 870-240-3257.

Friday evening the fun continues as the cast of the ever-popular Ultimate Oldies Show will perform songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. 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. 1, 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 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Rector Downtown Park. This year's entertainment will be a movies under the stars presentation of “Hook” starring Robin Williams. It will get underway around 7:45.

The schedule of events and activities continues on Sunday, with the first four of the annual beauty pageants.

The complete schedule of all pageants may be found elsewhere in this edtion.

The streets of Rector will be lined with spectators for the annual parade, set to begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, at the corner of Third and Main Streets. Afterward, around 9:55 a.m. political speeches will be featured at the grandstand. Those scheduled to be on hand include Congressman Rick Crawford, State Senator Blake Johnson, State Rep. Joe Jett, Judge Courtney Goodson, Second District Prosecuting Atty. Scott Ellington, Judge Dan Stidham, Clay County Judge Mike Patterson and a variety of candidates for office.

Following the parade the politicial speakers will gather at the main stage and will be delivering remarks following the traditional opening ceremonies.

Around mid-day the pageant schedule will continue, with a total of seven pageants scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening. Monday's festivities will also include live performances by two bands, as The Winchesters of Chicago, featuring local native Will Mobley, along with the JR Secret Service Man Tour, will be taking to the stage that evening.

Following the crowning of Miss Rector for 2018, the $1,000 drawing will be conducted and will serve as the traditional close to the Labor Day Weekend in Rector.

Additional details may be found in the print and online editions of the CCTD.

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