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Rector, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Rector Celebrates Labor Day all Weekend Long

RECTOR, AR -- For the last four days, the city of Rector has hosted a Labor Day extravaganza for residents new and old.  The event kicked off on Friday with a rodeo, followed by a showing of a new Johnny Cash documentary.

"This is our Rector event.  We come to see friends we haven't seen in years," said Rector resident James Turner.

"We come back every year just to see friends and family members," said Gary McClure.

This celebration has been a part of Rector since the early 1930's.  Many of the people who are here don't remember a time when there wasn't a Labor Day picnic.

"We've lived here all our life.  I'm 64 years old and I don't guess I've ever missed a Labor Day picnic," said Turner.

"It's really a homecoming for the community and people that grew up here come and it's been just a great tradition over the years," said Rector Mayor Ron Kemp.

"Family members and friends gather.  All my life it's been a homecoming," said McClure.

The event raises money for the town's cemetery fund.

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