Piggott takes top Delta Byways awards

Thursday, October 31, 2002
The P.R.O.G.R.E.S. Council received the Hospitality Award during the Arkansas Delta Byways awards ceremony in West Memphis. Accepting the award were, from left -- Chuck Schulte, Carolyn Boyd, Jim Watson, Wanda Morris, Bob Byrd, Nancy Clark of Arkansas Parks and Tourism, Arkansas Delta Byways president Rodney Rouse, byways executive director Dr. Ruth Hawkins and Ted Bellers. (photo provided)

Piggott brought home two of the three Arkanas Delta Byways awards during a special ceremony held in West Memphis earlier this month.

The P.R.O.G.R.E.S. Council (Piggott Residents Organized for Growth, Restoration, Enhancement and Success) received the Hospitality Award for its efforts in the tourist information center project in Piggott.

Other finalists were the Marion Chamber of Commerce and the St. Francis County Museum in Forrest City.

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center received the Cultural Heritage Award for its educational and special-event programs for students, teachers and tourists.

Other finalists were Marianna Arts In The Park and the West Walk Pictorial History of West Memphis.

The Piggott Rod Run and SuperCruise was nominated for the Entrepreneur Award. The award winner was the Beaver Lake Hunting Lodges of St. Charles. Miller's Mud Mill in Dumas was also nominated.

"We are really pleased to be recognized for our contribution to cultural heritage tourism," id Diana Sanders, curator Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center. "It is especially important to share the rich history of the Delta with our visitors and guests."

"The awards are designed to draw attention and to encourage participation and development of tourism in the region," said Rodney Rouse, president of the Arkansas Delta Byways Association board. He also serves as chairman of the P.R.O.G.R.E.S. Council.

As byways board president, Rouse said he was pleased that Piggott received three out of nine nominations this year.

"It is outstanding," he said. "It is a reflection of all the positive things we've had going in Piggott for the past five years."

Rouse said P.R.O.G.R.E.S.' award was a culmination of work on various projects, including the Rod Run and the tourist information center, which had grassroots involvement from a committee composed of Jim Richardson, Bob Martin, Bob Byrd and George Forrest, all of Piggott.

Rouse said that, even though the Rod Run was not an award recipient, "they have reason to be proud of the nomination in their category since it is such a relatively new event."

He said nominations for next year's awards can be submitted to him or Dr. Ruth Hawkins, Arkansas Delta Byways director and Hemingway-Pfeiffer executive director.

Rouse said an executive committee makes the final award selections.

Arkansas Delta Byways is recognized by the state Department of Parks and Tourism as an official tourism promotion association for Clay, Greene, Arkansas, Chicot, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe and Phillips counties.

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