2018-05-02 / Front Page

Arlington’s 87th May Day Festival Saturday


Annabelle Gowan 87th May Day Queen Annabelle Gowan 87th May Day Queen Annabelle Gowan will be crowned Arlington’s 87th annual May Day Queen, Saturday, May 5 in Georgia’s longest active festival.

The crowning ceremony will be at the gym at noon following the parade which begins at 10 a.m.

The gym will be the center for most of the afternoon’s activities with the May Pole Dance at 12:30 p.m. and entertainment beginning at 1 p.m. A dance contest will be held at the tennis courts at 6 p.m.

Annabelle is the 17-year-old daughter of Stephanie Brownlee Tomek and Nate Tomek of Arlington. She is a junior at Pataula Charter Academy, and is a dual-enrolled college student at Bainbridge College. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology at Kennesaw State University and attend the UGA School of Veterinary Medicine.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. At PCA she is involved in cheerleading, basketball, track, literary, and one act play.

She has been selected as a Junior Marshall by PCA administration. Her hobbies include modeling and acting. She is represented by Rare Quality Models and Talent in Dothan. Annabelle is also a part-time waitress at the Powerline Restaurant.

Annabelle is proud to serve as Arlington’s 87th May Queen, and is looking forward to representing her community and promoting positivity.

Prayer Breakfast

Former Mayor Jerome Brackins and Dr. Jay Dallas will be the honorees at this year’s Ceola Alexander Memorial Prayer Breakfast.

The breakfast is held each May Day to recognize Arlington’s outstanding businesses and people.

Brackins served as mayor of Arlington 2005- 2009 and two terms as city councilman. Brackins is a positive role model for the youth as a dedicated volunteer with the Arlington Recreation Department.

He is a 1987 graduate of Early County High. He is an Army veteran, serving four years active duty and 11 years in the Army Reserve. He served a tour in Iraq 2002.

Brackins’ parents are Pinkie Lee Brackins and Willie Gray Brackins Sr. He and wife Bebe have two boys and three Godkids who they raised as their own.

Dr. Dallas has devoted a lot of time and energy to the community of Arlington, serving as chairman of two May Day Committees, the Downtown Development Authority, and coached several teams in football, softball, baseball and tee ball.

He opened Dallas Dentistry in 1979 and has served over 10,000 patients. His son Nathan Dallas joined the practice in 2007.

He and the former Nancy Joiner have been married 42 years. They have four children. He graduated Albany Junior College, the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia with a doctorate in Dental Medicine.

The prayer breakfast was founded by Early County Commissioner Jeffery Haynes in 2013 to honor Arlington’s unsung heroes. Everyone is invited to the free breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Hub.

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