Community Comes Together for 75th Annual Pollard Picnic

July 14, 2007 - Posted at 7:33 p.m. CDT

POLLARD, AR -- If bingo, beauty pageants and bacon burgers strike your fancy...then the 75th annual Pollard Picnic was the place to be Saturday.

Activities were going on all Saturday long at the picnic grounds and our cameras were there to catch some of the fun as community members came together to raise money for the new hope cemetery.

"There are a lot of people who enter and they are all really, really pretty," said Hunter French.

And of course, a line of people waiting for their choice of fried chicken or chicken and dumplings.

"You can eat in the kitchen or you can eat burgers or bacon burgers," said Kayla Morgan, "There's a lot of stuff here."

But for the last 75 years, the Pollard picnic has been more than just a chance to toss a's a way for folks to give back to their community.

"We all come together and we all work together and we all give together.  We take quite a bit of money and if they find out you need something, you'll get it," said Grover Baker of the New Hope Cemetery Association.

Proceeds from the picnic have allowed the new hope cemetery association to buy 25 acres of farmland from which they are able to plant corn on and make a profit.

"It's important because my grandpa James Flanigan is buried there and it should be a nice place," said Morgan.

"I've enjoyed the people," said Baker, "If I need something I just wink and it gets done.  You know how it is; you were born and raised here."

The Pollard Picnic raises between $15-18,000 annually for the New Hope Cemetery.