Rector Labor Day event brings people to community - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Rector Labor Day event brings people to community

The city of Rector hosts a Labor Day event each year. (Source: KAIT) The city of Rector hosts a Labor Day event each year. (Source: KAIT)
RECTOR, AR (KAIT) -

If it is Labor Day weekend in Northeast Arkansas, it must mean one thing: the Rector Labor Day Picnic. 

Residents in the Clay County town began celebrating Friday, with events held to raise money for the Rector Community Museum. 

Johnny Williams, who serves as director of the museum, said officials are working to make a move to a new location.

The events this weekend, Williams said, will help to raise money for the move.

Williams has worked for the past four months creating mugs with Rector High School logos on them as well as creating DVDs of Labor Day events held in previous years.

The fundraiser will continue Monday at Memorial Park, Williams said, noting the museum is cramped.

"Right now we're stuffed in a 35 by 35 room, we're piled in there," Williams said. "These three buildings on Main Street have been given to us. So, we're raising funds to rewire the building, fix the air conditioning and we've raised enough funds to cover the roof."

Officials hope to move into the new museum by Labor Day next year. 

Meanwhile, a local native said she has helped with events since she was a child.

Sydney Simmons, who lives in Fayetteville, said the events are an important part of the town's history and tradition.  

"I am assisting this year, my mother she directs some of the pageants, three of the younger ones and my favorite Labor Day pastime is helping my family in the barbeque stand on Sundays," Simmons said. 

The event continues Monday with a parade, carnival rides and lots of food. 

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Mayor: Corning Walmart set to close in July

    Mayor: Corning Walmart set to close in July

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:26 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:26:48 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 3:05 PM EDT2018-06-23 19:05:53 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A Walmart in Region 8 is closing within the month, according to the Corning mayor.

    A Walmart in Region 8 is closing within the month, according to the Corning mayor.

  • Dollar General store destroyed by Friday fire

    Dollar General store destroyed by Friday fire

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:35 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:35:05 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 2:47 PM EDT2018-06-23 18:47:09 GMT

    A Jonesboro Dollar General store is a total loss after a fire Friday night

    A Jonesboro Dollar General store is a total loss after a fire Friday night

  • ASP: One killed in Clay County crash

    ASP: One killed in Clay County crash

    Saturday, June 23 2018 10:38 AM EDT2018-06-23 14:38:11 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-06-23 14:51:49 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A person was killed in a single-vehicle crash north of Corning early Saturday, according to a preliminary fatal crash summary from the Arkansas State Police. 

    A person was killed in a single-vehicle crash north of Corning early Saturday, according to a preliminary fatal crash summary from the Arkansas State Police. 

Powered by Frankly