Pollard Picnic Held, St. Francis Picnic is Saturday
Favorable weather and good crowds were the order of the day Saturday, July 8, as the annual Pollard Picnic was held. Each year the event is held at the picnic grounds in Pollard, with the proceeds benefitting the continued upkeep of the New Hope Cemetery.
Saturday morning the 2017 picnic was officially opened with Gary Conley once again serving as the master of ceremonies. Conley also had the privelige of introducting Matthew Collier, the new pastor at New Hope, who offered the opening invocation.
A handful of local officials were also in attendance, and spoke to the early-morning crowd. Included were Clay County Judge Mike Patterson, State Rep. Joe Jett, of Success, State Senator Blake Johnson, of Corning, and Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller.
Those attending this year's picnic were treated to a full slate of games, entertainment and softball games--and had the chance to enjoy a number of food booths, along with the traditional chicken dinners served in the kitchen.
Around mid-morning the first of the pageants were held, as the Baby Miss and Baby Mister Pollard winners were chosen.
Crowned as Baby Miss Pollard for 2017 was Gracyn Dobbins, the eight month old daughter of Kristen Dobbins of Corning. First alternate was Harper Lucy, the 11 month old daughter of Josh and Ashley Lucy of Marmaduke and second alternate was Kelsi Ray Malin, nine month old daughter of Gerald and Kelli Malin of Campbell. Meanwhile, Jett Jackson, the 10 month old son of Lorean Brown and Cory Jackson of Piggott, was crowned Baby Mister Pollard on Saturday. First alternate was Steel Bostic, the six and a one-half month old son of Betsy McHaffey and Dexter Bostic of Greenway and second alternate was Elliot Fry, the 11 week old son of Bailey Fry of Piggott. Meanwhile, Toddler Mister Pollard for 2017 was Jasper Peck Culver, the 18 month old son of Matt and Amanda Culver of Piggott. First alternate was Luke Decker, the one year old son of Brandon and Carlee Decker of Qulin and second alternate was Quinn Parker Brown, one year old son of Tallah and Scott Brown of Piggott.
Chosen as Petite Miss Pollard for this year was Josey Johnson, the four year old daughter of Josh and Holly Johnson of Qulin. First alternate is Aubree Faith Bagwell, the three year old daughter of Thomas and Charla Bagwell of Pollard and second alternate is Naomi Nemitz, three year old daughter of Cameron and Lindsey Nemitz of Piggott.
Later in the day, Kelci Masterson was crowned Little Miss Pollard 2017 at the annual picnic Saturday. She's the six year old daughter of scott and Erica Masterson of Corning. First alternate is Taylor Juco, the five year old daughter of Randy and Rachel Juco of Kennett and second alternate is Rayne Owens, six year old daughter of Benny and Megan Owens of Corning.
Saturday afternoon the Junior Miss Pollard was held, and crowned queen was Pacey Jade Risner, the 12 year old daughter of Tim and Amber Risner of Piggott. First alternate is Bethany McNeely, the 11 year old daughter of Shane and Ginger McNeely of Rector and second alternate is Reese Carr, the eight year old daughter of Jason and Kendra Carr of Glennonville.
The highlight of the picnic was held Saturday evening, as 16 young ladies competed for the title of Miss Pollard 2017. Crowned as Miss Pollard 2017 was Makaylee Richmond, 14 year old daughter of Michael and Mendy Richmond of Kennett. First alternate was Elizabeth Ennis, the 14 year old daughter of Connie Pendergrass and Doyn Ennis of Success and second alternate was Hailee Burnett, the 13 year old daughter of John and Micca Burnett of Campbell.
Following the Miss Pollard pageant the drawings were held for the cash prizes, and quilt. Winner of the $50 prize was Wayne O'Gwin, while Thomas Berry won the $100 prize and Melissa Meadows was the winner of the quilt.
St. Francis Preview
A full slate of pageants, food and fun is set for the annual St. Francis Picnic, being held this Saturday, July 15, 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. Doug Clinton, St. Francis Baptist Church.
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 Piggott Realty, 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. Providing the crown this year 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 2017 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 and Front Street Pizza; 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 Clay County Judge Mike Patterson and family; MFA Agri-Services Midsouth of St. Francis; the Clay County Times-Democrat and Clay County Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.
At 5 p.m. more live entertainment is in store, with another performance by Marcus White.
And, at 6 p.m. another popular tradition continues with the annual auction of donated items featuring auctioneers Frank Orr and Richard Smart.
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.
This year’s the queen’s crown and trophy were both donated by Ed and Pat Morris, and a $50 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, 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 drawings.
All proceeds from the annual St. Francis Picnic benefit the continued maintenance and upkeep of both the Hall and Gravel Hill cemeteries.