Piggott Heritage Park Car Show Held
A returning favorite took top honors at the 15th annual Piggott Heritage Park Car Show and Cruise Saturday, May 18. This year's Best of Show selection was the 1941 Willy's coupe entered by Harold Mayer, of St. Clair, Mo. The coupe has been a regular at the show for several years, and has already garnered a variety of trophies from the local event.
The Willy's was one of over 140 entrants in this year's show, which is sponsored each spring by the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce. This year's event also enjoyed much better weather than the previous two shows, as conditions remained dry--if not a bit muggy, throughout the day and into the evening.
Saturday afternoon most of the participants lined-up for the traditional cruise through the streets of Piggott to the court square, for an evening of fun and live music under the lights.
This year's car show actually kicked-off Friday afternoon with a chicken wing dinner for the participants hosted by the Open Roads Motel. The dinner was sponsored by First National Bank of Paragould and the sides, and service, provided by the congregation of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Piggott. Later in the evening karaoke was scheduled at the amphitheater, but the threat of rain forced it to be moved to the Dunlap farm. The event was sponsored by Piggott Collision and Brett Haywood.
Saturday morning the fog and heavy dew rose just in time for the participants to begin to fill the local park, and the show was officially opened at 9 a.m. Throughout the day the event enjoyed good attendance, with a steady flow of spectators through the gates.
Saturday afternoon the participants took part in another annual favorite, as they were treated to a pork steak dinner at the park. Afterward they lined up for the cruise, and made their way to the downtown area.
Throughout the evening live music was provided by Patrick Patterson and The Band, sponsored by Piggott State Bank. The local bank also sponsored by sound system used at the park during Saturday's event in support of the show.
Sunday morning live gospel music was featured at the park by Jennifer Krepps, followed by the awards ceremony. Afterward the show was officially closed for 2013.
The Best of Show award for Harold Mayer's Willy's included a $500 cash prize, and trophy, and was sponsored by Hog Wild Barbecue of Piggott.
This year's People's Choice award went to the 1959 Chevrolet Impala of Leon Tate of Heber Springs. Tate received a trophy and $250 cash prize, sponsored by First National Bank of Paragould. Meanwhile, the Lady's Choice winner was the 1972 Dodge Demon entered by Michael Whitehead of Leachville. He also received a trophy and $250 cash prize, sponsored by Exterior Solutions/Hobb's Siding of Piggott.
The Jackson Rod and Custom Club again took home the honors for the club with the most entrants, with 11 cars entered this year.
Other trophy winners included--Don and Betty LaFarlette of Alma, Ark. took home the Mayor's Award; Terry Clippard, of Logansport, Ind., won the Clay County Judge's Award; Al Kell of Sullivan, Mo. was recognized with Police Chief Bill Alstadt's award; while the Circuit Clerk's Award went to Ron Hanna of Atoka, Tenn.; County Clerk's Award to Pat Mouton of Sheridan, Ark.; County Treasurer's Award to Harold Mayer of St. Clair, Mo.; the County Assessor's Award went to Carol and Randy Yount of Arnold, Mo. and the County Sheriff's Award went to Jason Williams of Laquey, Mo.
Special recognition was also given to the entries of Larry and Molly Kircher of Bald Knob, Mark Carter of Steele, Mo., Lanny and Connie Edgin of Paragould, Bill and Sharon Knapp of Cassville, Mo., Chester and Wanda Sullivan of Piggott, Don Smith of Linn Creek, Mo., Bob Layton of Sullivan, Mo., John Bradshaw of Biggers, Bill Cope of Jonesboro, Randy and Dana Lane of Waynesville, Mo., Dave Catron of Marshfield, Mo., Larry Webb of Kennett, Ed Chunn of Paragould, Bobby Hoskins of Piggott and Dennis and Joy Hicks of St. James, Mo.