FFA Auction Highlights Big Weekend in Piggott
Despite a rainy end to the work week, hundreds of area residents made their way to Piggott on Saturday, April 5. A large crowd was on hand for the 40th annual Piggott High School FFA farm equipment auction at the fairgrounds, and many others roamed the streets looking for bargains during the city wide yard sale.
The passage of a cold front did push temperatures into the upper 30's on Saturday morning, limiting the number of garage and yard sales somewhat from years past, but as the day progressed conditions steadily improved as did the crowds of visitors.
Special activities planned on the Piggott square also suffered somewhat from the weather late last week, as the crowd was sparse for Thursday evening's concert by the PHS Swingin' Mohawk jazz band. The concert was held on the bandstand, and was held in conjunction with a celebration marking the anniversary of its dedication in 1988. A slightly larger gathering was on hand Friday evening for gospel music, and a steady stream of visitors kept the downtown area active throughout the day on Saturday.
"We had a good turnout, and a lot of participation this year," noted FFA sponsor Casey Simpson of Piggott High School of the annual auction. "We had a lot of good items consigned to the auction, and I was very pleased with the turnout Saturday. But, next year we want to do a better job of letting everyone know we have the kitchen open at the fairgrounds all day and encourage more people to come out and join us for lunch."
This marked the 40th year the Piggott FFA chapter has conducted the spring farm equipment auction at the fairgrounds, working in conjunction with Magee Auction Company and local auctioneer, Colonel Gary Magee.
The local chapter also benefited from a fundraiser conducted by the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce, as they sold advertising on the auction bid cards. During the auction Chamber President Brian Haley, joined by board members Carolyn Morrisett and Janet Luff-Kilbreath, presented a check for $1,350 to the organization. The check represented half the funds generated from the bid card fundraiser, an effort the chamber has conducted the past several years.
Many of the downtown merchants also conducted sidewalk sales and special promotions on Saturday, and the Clay County Relay For Life operated a fundraising booth selling baked goods, hamburgers and hot dogs as well.