Virus Concerns Prompts Cancellation of Greenway Picnic

Monday, June 22, 2020

Traditionally the final picnic of the summer season, and precursor to the Rector Labor Day celebration and Clay County Fair, the Greenway Picnic was set to be held for the 80th time this year. But, due to continuing concerns over the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have announced the cancellation of the event for 2020. The news was shared on social media late last week, and the following news release was offered.

“To All Interested in Mitchell Cemetery:

As we are approaching the first Saturday in August, it looks like we will not be able to have our annual picnic, due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic,” the release offered. “Under the current guidelines set by the Department of Health and directives laid out by Governor Hutchinson, it will be next to impossible to be able to have our picnic. With concern for the safety and well-being of all our friends and neighbors who attend, it is with much thought and discussion that the Mitchell Cemetery Board has decided to cancel the picnic for this year.”

Board members are also seeking continued support from cemetery patrons, and added.

“with this being said, it is more important now than ever to have an active part in our efforts to maintain, improve, and beautify the last resting place of our loved ones. We urge you to help in anyway possible by mailing your donation. In doing so, you will have a part in helping with the upkeep and beautification of the cemetery.”

The board members indicated those wanting to make a donation may sent it to Mitchell Cemetery Association c/o Kim Bradford, 50 CR 461, Rector, Ark., 72461.

The board also noted if supporters know of someone who would like to donate, and would like to be placed on the mailing list, they may contact Bradford at 870 598-4734 or 870 529-3553 and leave a message.

“Thank you for your support of the ongoing upkeep of Mitchell Cemetery,” a spokesperson offered. “We hope to hear from you soon.”

The members of the Board of Directors of the Mitchell Cemetery Association are Mike Hill, Carl Lovelady, Gary Bradford, Betsy McHaffey, Eddie Lovins and Jordan Brannon.

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