Rector Celebrates Labor Day With Annual Picnic, Events
Under clear blue skies, Memorial Park filled with people, the masses arriving as the parade ended at the Rector Community Center Monday morning. Rector families and friends set up camp in their customary spots under the shaded canopy created by decades-old trees. The park became a hot-bed of activity with the mid-way opening for rides, funnel cakes, games, and corn dogs.
In keeping with a long-standing tradition, several candidates on the November ballot visited with the picnic crowd. U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford, State Representative Joe Jett, state representative candidate Ryan Carter, Clay County Judge Mike Patterson, county assessor candidate Erica Snow, and candidate for Arkansas Supreme Court Courtney Goodson circulated and shared the main points of their candidacy with voters. “As you can imagine,” said Goodson, “I attend many events such as this, but the atmosphere is beyond my expectations. Everyone goes out of their way to help me feel welcome.”
The RHS Cougar band took the stage and drew loud applause from the crowd for their performance. They were followed to the stage by the Mayor of Rector, Theresa Roofe, who thanked all who worked to make the Rector Labor Day Picnic such a success. Each of the stands on the grounds specialized in offering lunch plates along with barbeque sandwiches, hamburgers, sno-cones and ice cream treats. The big barbeque stand sold sandwiches and meat by the pound. It was there that the Grand Marshals, Hoss and Tammy Scott, continued their work in the stand that they have managed with a cadre of volunteers for some 40 years.
The Winchesters, a band from Chicago, received rave reviews from an appreciative audience. Local man, Will Mobley, was featured as a guitarist and singer. Later in the evening, J.R. Rogers and the Secret Agent Man Tour entertained before the Miss Rector Pageant and during the intermissions, specializing in Johnny Rivers-type songs.
Crowned as Miss Rector for 2018 was RHS senior Sawyer Hendrix, who is also the reigning Miss Clay County.
Afterward, the annual drawings were held and chosen as the winners of the two $1,000 prizes were Scott Stirnaman and Larry Essman. The drawing was also held for the quilt being raffled-off in support of the Rector Community Museum and the winner was Tracy Horton.
Additional details, and photos of all the pageant winners, may be found in this week's print edition of the CCTD.
Each stand enjoyed healthy sales with all proceeds benefiting the upkeep of Rector’s Woodland Heights Cemetery.