Christmas Fest Benefits From Good Weather

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Judy Nettles and Diane Dodge portray Joseph and Mary on the Piggott United Methodist Church float in the annual Christmas Parade

Mild weather meant big crowds for the annual Piggott Christmas Fest and Parade held on Saturday, Dec. 1. Organizers with the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce report about twice as many vendors were on hand for this year's festival. They also noted that participation in the annual parade was also up as well, along with the number of people attending the event.

"Monte Howell took care of organizing the parade again this year and did a great job," chamber secretary Jan Glover noted. "The winner of the $50 prize for the best entry went to Rick and Melinda Dawson and their 1923 Ford hack truck. We were also so pleased to have the Piggott High School Marching Mohawk Band back in our parade this year."

Glover added that the winners of the boy's and girl's bicycles given away that afternoon were Garrett Davis and Trinity Wooten. She also offered thanks to the anonymous donor who purchased the bikes this year.

"I want to thank Dan Newton and Dian Book for their help with getting Santa and Mrs. Claus to the festival. The Santa House was a highlight of the event," she said.

She also added thanks to Brian Schulte, Jerri Tate, the PHS Art Department and Jamey Parks for the new paint job and decor for Santa's house.

"Our thanks also go out to CenturyLink for furnishing the free hot dogs, and the local CMA members for cooking and serving 400 people in a very short time," Glover said. "Some of the people who donated money and toys to enable us to draw for prizes all day included: Joe Jett Farms, Heritage Park Car Show, Clay County Times-Democrat, Corning Walmart, Christian Motorcyclist Association, Sugar Creek Kids, Aerial Bouquets, Merle Norman, Gail Short and the vendor booth rental funds."

Glover also noted the help of Nancy Benson, and all the chamber members who volunteered their time to make the event a success.

"We were pleased with the response, and hope all of our vendors did well and make plans to be back with us again next year," Glover said.

Christmas Fest is held on the first Saturday of each December and is sponsored by the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce.

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