Annual Piggott Christmas Fest Draws Good Crowd

Thursday, December 19, 2013
The gazebo on the downtown square was decked-out in holiday finery for this past weekend's Piggott Christmas Fest.

Despite an eight day postponement due to winter storm Cleon, the annual Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Fest drew a good crowd Sunday afternoon. The holiday event, which included the annual Piggott Christmas Parade, had been postponed from Saturday, Dec. 7 due to icy roads and snow the previous week from the winter storm.

But, organizers were able to re-schedule the event and Sunday afternoon much warmer conditions and sunny skies were the order of the day.

"We had over 30 vendors signed up for this year's Christmas Fest before the weather got bad," noted chamber secretary Jan Glover. "Some of the original vendors were not able to make it for this past weekend, but I had six new ones contact me at the last minute wanting to come."

As a result of the better weather conditions, a good crowd of both participants and the public turned out for Sunday's festivities. The afternoon included free toy drawings, free hot dogs and soft drinks for the kids and a variety of vendors offering numerous gift items and food. Many of the downtown merchants were also open for the occasion, with some offering special sales and promotions to those on hand.

The annual Christmas Parade rolled out of the parking lot of Piggott Elementary School at 4 p.m., and a good crowd lined Main Street awaiting its arrival.

Winners from the parade included--Hitt's Chapel General Baptist Church in the float competition, while the best ATV was entered by Tony and Steve Pace and Darrell Binkley took first place in the horse category.

In a new category this year, the winner of the best decorated box went to Kacey Crossfield for the entry from Razorback Tire. The decorated boxes are created by members of the PHS Art Club as a fundraiser, and have become a favorite attraction of the annual Christmas Parade.

Later, the boxes were assembled beneath a lighted evergreen tree at the northwest corner of the courthouse, lending an even more impressive holiday look to the square.

The Chamber of Commerce also held drawings to give away both a boys and girls bicycle, which were donated by an anonymous benefactor. The winners were Gabbie Mae Townsend and Joseph Haywood, both four years old.

"We want to thank everyone who made the Christmas Fest possible," Glover added. "A big thanks to the public, our vendors and especially our volunteers."

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