Car show plans complete

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Mark Sundell, of St. Robert, Mo., took home "Best of Show" honors at the 2011 Piggott Heritage Park Car Show with this 1937 Chevrolet pickup. Last year marked the second year the truck was recognized at the Piggott show, as the vehicle took home the "Ladies Choice" award in 2010. (photo provided)

Organizers have put the finishing touches on plans for the upcoming 14th annual Piggott Heritage Park Car Show and Cruise, set for May 18, 19 and 20. The event, sponsored by the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce, is expected to draw several hundred vehicles -- and hopefully, several thousand spectators, to Heritage Park that weekend.

"One of the few improvements we've made this year is a subtle but important one," noted car show co-chair Tim Blair. "For the first time this spring we'll be earmarking a portion of the gate proceeds to help fund our annual Christmas Fest in December. This money will go a long way toward helping insure that we have plenty of gifts and goodies to distribute to local kids."

Blair added that well over 100 entries had been received prior to the early registration deadline this week. "We're at about the same point as we were last year in pre-entries, and I know a lot of the regional folks will be waiting to see what the weather forecast is for that weekend before they make a decision," he said.

Blair noted that pre-registration will continue and that entrants also may register at the park the day of the show.

"We're currently lining up our volunteer force," added co-chair Brian Haley. "Plus we're still accepting donations for door prizes and items for the goody bags we'll be giving to the participants."

Haley also noted that organizers are seeking individuals who can loan golf carts or side-by-side utility vehicles for use at the show. Those interested in making a donation or volunteering their time may contact the Chamber of Commerce office for more details.

"If you have something you can donate, we'd like to hear from you," he added.

"This show is a community effort and it takes that to do it right," Blair observed. "The folks that put this show on for the 10 years before we took over did such a great job and set the bar so high that we must strive every year to maintain those standards."

Blair added the chore has become somewhat easier as several corporate sponsors have come forward to underwrite activities.

"Kennett National Bank and Emmanuel Baptist of Piggott are again providing and serving the Friday night chicken wing dinner," he noted. "Plus, the sound system at the park and the Saturday night entertainment are sponsored and paid for by Piggott State Bank -- and that's been a great help as well."

Haley added that The Treasure Chest is sponsoring a performance by Kristen Scott on Friday evening at the amphitheater, followed by an evening of karaoke fun sponsored by Brett Haywood and Piggott Collision.

"We have also gotten support in the form of door prizes and cash donations from a number of area businesses and individuals and it is all appreciated," he noted.

The show will kick-off Friday, May 18, with the chicken wing dinner and activities at the amphitheater. The official opening ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, with the presentation of colors and the playing of the National Anthem.

Turtle races are set for 10 a.m. and judging of participants will be going on from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will gather around 4 p.m. for the annual pork steak pigout, and around 5:30 participants will begin to line up for the 6 p.m. cruise. Activities on the downtown square will get underway at 7:30 p.m. with the presentation of trophies, followed from 8 to 10 p.m. by live music featuring Patrick Patterson and The Band.

Live gospel music will be featured under the big tent at the park beginning at 8:30 Sunday morning and, at 9 a.m., Bro. Kevin Murray will oversee church services. Afterward, the final awards will be handed out and the show will officially close for the year.

"The people that come to Piggott for our car show come here for a lot of reasons," Blair added. "They love the park, they really like our town, but they especially love the people. Be assured that the way we treat these folks is a big part of why they keep coming back year after year."

Those who want more information on the car show may contact the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce at 870 598-3167 or by email at pchamber@piggott.net

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