Chamber prepares for Santa's visit to Christmas Fest

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

With the forecast predicting snow as the week proceeds, at Saturday's annual Christmas Fest, Piggott may remind Santa Claus of his home at the North Pole. The annual event, which is sponsored by the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from from noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday (Dec. 10) on the courtsquare.

Free hotdogs will be distributed and there will be several prize giveaways for children and adults. Ticketholders must be present at the time of the drawing to win the prizes. The drawings will take place at the bandstand.

Prizes that have been donated so far include:

-- A gift basket from McMurry Office Suppliers.

-- Two radio controlled vehicles and a PacMan Plug and Play TV Game courtesy of Wal-Mart of Kennett.

-- A Gameboy and game donated by Regions Bank.

-- A Huffy bicycle donated by Piggott State Bank.

-- Two Napa Sound Machine toy trucks donated by Piggott Auto and Farm Supply.

-- Certificate for combo meals donated by Hardee's.

-- A jacket and two food baskets donated by Double Play Card Shop and Tracey's Trends.

-- A holiday gift basket donated by Murphy Health and Rehabilitation Center.

-- A set of wicker baskets donated by Holcomb's Pharmacy.

-- A one-year subscription to the Piggott Times donated by the Piggott Times.

-- A Coby DVD player courtesy of Fred's in Piggott.

-- Five hamburger and fry meals donated by the Piggott Diner.

-- Two $10 gift certificates from The Treasure Chest.

-- Eight personal pizzas and two stuffed snowmen donated by Subway.

-- 2005 tax preparation courtesy of H & R Block.

-- A John Deere toy four-wheeler donated by Piggott Tractor and Equipment.

-- Four gift bags courtesy of State Farm Insurance.

-- Ten plush stuffed animals donated by Aerial Bouquets.

-- Two boat seats donated by Wise Company.

-- A set of wicker baskets courtesy of Holcomb's Pharmacy.

According to Chamber secretary Lora Winberry, the Paragould Wal-Mart and Country Mart are also donating prizes. Those prizes were not determined at press time.

Entertainment will be provided from the bandstand throughout the afternoon. Performers will include Angel and Rianna Holloway, Jennifer Raspberry, the Campbell Girl Scouts, Shelly Elkins and family, Alex Scheffler and 3:16.

Rainbow's Castle Bouncer and Slide will also return to this year's celebration for the children to enjoy.

A variety of booths and displays will also be in place during the celebration. Items for sale will include baked goods, handmade soy candles, sequin purses, jewelry, blankets, hot cocoa, chili, car magnets, lamps, flower arrangements, wreaths, Relay for Life items, Christmas decorations and ceramics. Piggott Community Hospital will provide the crowd with free blood pressure checks and will give away a blood pressure monitor.

This year the Chamber has decided to charge a booth fee of $10. To reserve a booth, persons may call Chamber secretary Lora Winberry at the Piggott Chamber of Commerce office at 598-3167.

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