Easter Celebrations Set for Coming Weekend

Thursday, April 17, 2014
This year's Easter celebration at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Piggott will include a Passion Play, being staged both Thursday and Saturday evenings at the local church.

The Easter weekend will be a busy one in the area, with activities going on through Sunday. Tonight, Thursday,April 17 marks the first performance of the Passion Play at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Piggott, while the remainder of their observances will be held Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, Rector First Baptist Church will also hold their springfest Saturday, and other churches have scheduled activities as well.

Rector First Baptist Church will host its annual community Easter Egg Hunt and Springfest event Saturday, April 19.

The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 9 a.m. at the Jeremy McDaniel Memorial Sports Complex. Children ranging from one-year-old to the sixth grade will take part in hunts divided into four age groups. The event will feature prizes with each child receiving a gift bag.

Immediately following the Easter Egg Hunt will be Springfest, held at the church, located near the Rector Post Office. Springfest will include fun events such as a bounce house, train ride, balloon animals and face painting. The event will also include free hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, popcorn and drinks. Springfest is expected to conclude at 1:30 p.m.

Organizers invite everyone to attend the Easter Egg Hunt and Springfest.

Holy week activities at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Piggott include a staging of the passion play, and the annual Easter egg hunt and celebration. This year the theme for the Easter week activities at the local church is "God's Not Dead, and We Are Gonna' Celebrate."

This year's Easter observance will begin with a presentation of the passion play at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. The passion play will also be presented at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 and is being staged in the sanctuary of the church, located on the north edge of Piggott.

The public is invited, and encouraged, to attend and witness a live presentation of the story of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection.

The annual Easter egg hunt, and related activities, will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 on the grounds of the church.

Organizers note there will be pony rides, train rides, blow up rides and carnival games along with food, door prizes and a balloon launch. And, thanks to the generosity of the church family and other members of the community everything is free of charge. This year's celebrations will also include a special attraction, as those attending will be treated to a performance by ventriloquist John Yates and his friends.

Organizers also note six bicycles will be given away, along with a variety of Easter baskets, among the dozens of door prizes.

"Of course, we don't want anyone to forget why we have the Easter celebration each spring," noted church pastor Kevin Murray. "And, whether you're able to attend the Easter egg hunt or not we want to invite everyone to attend services Sunday morning. If you can't attend services with us, we encourage everyone to try to get to a church somewhere for Easter services."

The Easter egg hunt, and related carnival atmosphere, has become an area tradition for the Easter weekend and usually draws hundreds of participants both young and old alike.

"We also want to offer a word of thanks to everyone who makes this event possible each year," Murray added. "It takes a lot of volunteer hours and donations to make this happen, and we want to offer our thanks to each business, organization and individual."

The Emmanuel Baptist Church is located at the corner of North Johnson and East North Streets in Piggott, across from the Clay County Fairgrounds.

The First United Methodist Church of Piggott is hosting Holy Week services, leading up to Easter on Sunday, April 20. A special worship service will be held at noon each day, through Friday, April 18, lasting about 30 minutes. Afterward a free luncheon will be served to those choosing to spend their lunch hour in holy worship and fellowship. A Holy Thursday service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 at the church. And special Good Friday services will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 18. An Easter sunrise service will be held beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 20 in the amphitheater of Piggott's Heritage Park. All denominations are invited to attend. Afterward, coffee and donuts will be served at the church. The First United Methodist Church of Piggott is located at the corner of North Third Avenue and West Jackson Street. Those wanting more information may call the church office at 598-3220.

The annual New Hope Baptist Church Easter celebration will be held this weekend at the church, located at 7600 U.S. Highway 62 on the west edge of Pollard. The Easter celebration and egg hunt will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 19 and will include food, fun, games and fellowship. The church will also be hosting its annual Easter Cantata during Sunday morning's services, set to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 20. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Those wanting more information, or directions to the church, may call 870 598-4037, 870 450-6091 or 870 544-2350.

Harmony Baptist Church at Pollard will be hosting Easter sunrise services, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20. Pastor Tim McCluskey invites everyone to attend the special Easter service, which will include a few feature hymns and a short message. The church congregation will then return at 10 a.m. for their regular Sunday school with preaching to follow at 11:00. Harmony Baptist Church is located on U.S. Highway 62, one mile east of Pollard.

And, for a change of pace there will be mud drags beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Admission is $5 and those wanting more information may call Mike Scott at 870 476-3283 or contact him by email at bullydawg350@yahoo.com

And, Saturday evening the first demolition derby of the season will be held in the arena of the fairgrounds in Piggott. The evening will begin at 6:30 with a pee wee derby, followed by the main event.

The entry fee is $40 for a car and driver, and pit passes are $10 each. Gate admission is $6 or everyone age six and older, with kids five and under admitted free.

Prize money in the feature event is $250 for third place, $500 for second and $1,000 for first place. All of the top three finishers will also receive a trophy.

Those wanting more information may visit the Clay County Fair Association website at www.claycountyarfair.com, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. For additional information call 573 344-1110 or 870 240-5498 or you may check out rules and schedules online at www.we_crash.proboards.com

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