Schedule Set for Annual Celebration
An evening of music featuring Nashville singer-songwriter Jamie Teachenor will highlight the new and improved Piggott Fourth of July Picnic and Homecoming next month. The 86th edition of the local picnic will also feature a new and exciting midway, featuring Johnson's Rides and Concessions of El Dorado, Ark.
This year's festivities will get underway Wednesday, July 3 with the first of several pageants at the beauty revue stand. Thursday, July 4 the annual parade will be held beginning at 9 a.m. with Charles Wright serving as this year's Grand Marshal. Activities at the picnic grounds will get underway at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day.
The dining room at the picnic grounds will open at 10:30 a.m., and this year is being managed by Kim and Kenny Woods of The Piggott Diner. As usual they'll be serving fried chicken with all the trimmings, and this year catfish and chicken strips are also on the menu. All meals include dessert and a drink.
Following the opening ceremonies there will be political speeches from a variety of office holders and candidates.
At 11 a.m. the live entertainment gets underway with young Ty Winchester performing Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA," followed by Rodney Rouse and his Elvis Tribute.
At 11:30 a.m. the first pageant of the day will be held as Baby Mr. and Miss Piggott are crowned. That will be followed at 12:30 p.m. by the Tiny Mr. and Miss pageant for toddlers.
At 1:30 p.m. local favorite Kristen Scott will be singing and playing her guitar.
Also scheduled during the afternoon are the Little Mr. and Miss Independence pageant at 2:30 p.m. and the Little Miss Firecracker pageant is set for 3:30.
Up next on the schedule, at 4 p.m., will be a performance by local gospel singer Mark Cave. He'll be followed around 4:30 by an encore performance by Kristen Scott. At 5 p.m. Patrick Patterson and The Band will be featured, and entertain the crowd until around 6 p.m.
At that time Nashville singer-songwriter Jamie Teachenor will begin a free concert, which will continue until just before 8 p.m. Teachenor, a native of Fagus, began performing at age nine and success during his teen years led him to Nashville. His songs have been recorded by such talents as Joey+Rory, Gwen Sebastian, Kevin Denney, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Collin Raye, Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins and Luke Bryan.
He was presented with his first gold record in 2011, when Luke Bryan's "Doin' My Thing" album was certified gold. As a Platinum selling Singer/Songwriter, he continues to prove himself as a contender in the world of songwriting.
Teachenor has had the privilege of performing for millions on ABC's "Good Morning America", the CBS "Early Show", the "Grand Ole Opry" live at both, the Opry House and the Historic Ryman Auditorium, CNN, MSNBC, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Joey+Rory Show, "Muscle Shoals To Music Row", and the Legendary 650AM WSM Radio show. His songs have been featured in two movies, "One Angry Man" (2010) and "Season Of A Lifetime" (2011). Jamie's song "How Do You Get That Lonely", along with the story behind it, was included in the 2011 book release, "Chicken Soup For The Soul" Country Music Edition.
In early 2012, Jamie bridged the gap from songwriter to artist/producer releasing his debut album, "The Departure." He is currently working on his second solo project, an EP titled "Waiting Room", which is scheduled for release in late 2013.
Following the performance by Teachenor, at 8 p.m., the annual Miss Piggott pageant will be held. Afterward, Patrick Patterson and The Band will perform until the fireworks display at 10 p.m. And, the day's activities will draw to a close with the 10:30 p.m. drawing for three $5,000 cash prizes.
Armbands are also available for the midway, and will be in use from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, or all day Thursday, July 4. Armbands purchased for Wednesday evening are not good for Thursday. Armbands purchased by June 30 are $15 and the price will be $20 afterward and at the picnic grounds. Individual single-ride tickets will also be available. Armbands are now on sale at Piggott State Bank, The Treasure Chest, Al Williams and Sons Nursery, Fred Ort Insurance and the Sugar Creek Country Club in Piggott along with Flaunt Hair Salon in Qulin.
Organizers also report the carnival plans to remain in town following the picnic, and will be open to the public from 5 to 10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6.
The annual Piggott Fourth of July Picnic and Homecoming is hosted each year by the Piggott Cemetery Association. It serves as the primary fundraiser for the continued maintenance and upkeep of the Piggott Cemetery.
A variety of pageants are being held in conjunction with the annual Piggott Fourth of July Picnic and Homecoming. Three pageants will be held the evening of Wednesday, July 3 with the remaining five pageants set for Thursday, July 4 at the picnic grounds in Piggott.
The first pageant will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 as young ladies ages 9 to 13 compete for the title of Young Junior Miss. Organizers note this age group will not compete in pageant wear, as dress wear is the appropriate attire.
At 6:30 p.m. the Junior Miss Piggott pageant will be held for young ladies ages 13 to 16. The proper attire for this contest is pageant wear. And at 8 p.m. the Mrs. Piggott pageant will be held for current or formerly married ladies, and the contestants will be attired in pageant wear.
The first pageant of the day on Thursday, July 4 will be the Baby Piggott pageant for boys and girls ages birth to 11 months. The attire for that contest is casual wear only.
At 12:30 p.m. little boys and girls ages 12 to 24 months will compete for the titles of Tiny Mr. and Miss Piggott. The attire for that pageant is also casual wear.
At 2:30 p.m. little boys and girls age two to four will compete for the titles of Mr. and Miss Independence for 2013. These contestants will also compete in casual wear.
At 3:30 p.m. the Little Miss Firecracker pageant will be held for little girls ages 5 to 8. Contestants in this pageant are asked to wear patriotic attire.
At 8 p.m. on July 4 the annual Miss Piggott pageant will be held, for ladies age 17 to 21 that have never been married. The attire for the Miss Piggott pageant is formal wear.
Practice for the Miss Piggott pageant will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30 at the beauty revue stage. At 6 p.m. there will be a practice for the participants in the Mrs. Piggott pageant.
No practice is scheduled for the other pageants, but entry forms and fees may be paid from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at the stage. Pre-registration is required, and out of town entries may be mailed but must be received by Saturday, June 29.
You do not have to be a resident of Piggott to take part in the pageants, but entry forms and fees must be paid by Sunday, June 30 for all pageants.
Entry forms and fees may be mailed to Gloria Crittenden, 1109 Country Club Road, Piggott, Ark., 72454. Those wanting more information may call Crittenden at 870 598-4170.