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Waylon Adamson (left) and Beckett Campbell, both of Walnut Ridge, are ready to ride the motorcycles at the Portia Picnic on Friday evening. Waylon is the son of Amy and Jacob Adamson, and Beckett is the son of Ben and Kaylee Campbell.

While Thursday night’s activities at the Portia Picnic were canceled due to weather by the midway provider, Kenny’s Funland, Friday and Saturday were well attended, according to Mayor Kelly Duckworth.

“It was a great year,” Duckworth said. “We had a really good turnout.”

The 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the annual picnic was the first of several large community events planning to make a comeback in 2021.

“I think everyone is ready to get out and enjoy spending time with family and friends,” Duckworth said. “The Portia Picnic was a perfect opportunity.”

She said the event was scaled back, with no pageants or baby show held this year. In addition, the Saturday vendor event was not held in this initial year back.

Duckworth said the event went well, and the city hopes to add more events back to the picnic in 2022.

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