'United We Stand' theme for annual picnic

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The theme for the 82nd annual Piggott Fourth of July Picnic is "United We Stand." The annual picnic, which benefits the upkeep of the Piggott Cemetery, will be held Saturday, July 4, and with the event falling on a weekend, organizers expect a big crowd.

"United We Stand" also will serve as the theme for this year's parade, and the 2009 Grand Marshall is longtime cemetery board member and picnic volunteer Royce Williams. He will have the honor of leading the annual parade from its staging area at the First Baptist Church to the picnic grounds.

Williams has long been a cornerstone within the cemetery association and very active in the planning and operation of the picnic. He is a local businessman, having been involved with Williams Nursery for decades, and retired from the National Guard after a lengthy and stellar career.

While most of the annual traditions and activities will remain the same, some things will be different for 2009. Recently picnic organizers reported they will not be giving away a new truck this year, but will draw for three individual $5,000 prizes instead. Citing the increasing cost of the vehicle and the declining profits from the effort, board members felt the move was necessary. They noted the initial feedback has been positive, and early ticket sales have been brisk. Books of tickets are available at the Clay County Courthouse in Piggott, Piggott City Hall, The Treasure Chest, Cox Lumber Company and The Piggott Times.

Activities at the picnic grounds will get underway Friday, July 3, with armband night on the midway. The first of the pageants also will be held beginning at 6:30 that evening as Young Junior Miss Piggott is crowned, followed by the Young Miss Piggott pageant at 7:30. The complete schedule of pageants may be found elsewhere in this issue.

The annual parade will roll through the streets of Piggott beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 4, with the opening ceremonies to follow on the beauty revue stage. That will be followed by political speeches and live entertainment, with the first pageant of the day set for 11:30 a.m.

Throughout the afternoon there are more pageants and a variety of live entertainment on the schedule. The midway also will be in operation throughout the day, the kitchen will be open and barbecue will be available in the log cabin.

The Miss Piggott pageant is set for 8 p.m., and the fireworks will follow with a new earlier 10 p.m. start time. Immediately following the fireworks, the drawings for the three $5,000 prizes will be held.

Those interested in being included on the mailing list for books of tickets may call 598-3357 for more information.

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