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Annual Rector Labor Day picnic brings in crowd

RECTOR, AR (KAIT) -

The city of Rector held its 74th annual Labor Day Picnic. 

The day started with a parade through the streets and ended with a picnic in Rector Memorial Park.

The park was filled with people enjoying the rides, pageants and tons of food. 

The picnic is also an opportunity for lawmakers to come out and meet the people they represent while explaining what they will do in office. 

"They are just telling them what they are trying to get done for us and what they hope to get done," said Rector Mayor Teresa Roofe. "It's not an election year so we didn't have near as many politicians as we have had in the past. Next year it will be a little bigger."

Although there were fewer lawmakers this year, there were still a lot of visitors. 

Roofe said the normal population of 1,870 in Rector will grow to about 10,000 during Labor Day weekend. 

"We have a lot of visitors. A lot of them are Rector natives, but they bring their families and their friends in," said Nathan Henderson, picnic chairman. "We will have anywhere from 5 to 10 thousand people come through Rector during the weekend celebration."

Even the heat could not stop people from coming to the parade and picnic this year. 

Roofe said the heat may have even helped the sales of snow cones and beverages this year. 

All picnic proceeds go to the Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector and all the workers are volunteers.

Henderson said the people of Rector enjoy the opportunity to give back to the community and have a big sense of pride in the Labor Day celebration they put on each year. 

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