Annual Car Show Set to Roll Into Piggott

Thursday, May 15, 2014
An appreciative crowd gathers around the 1941 Willy's coupe which took "Best of Show" honors at the 2013 Piggott Heritage Park Car Show.

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Activities for participants will begin Friday for the 16th annual Piggott Heritage Park Car Show. For the 2014 event, participants in the local car show will be competing for $1,000 in prize money including $250 each for ladies choice and people's choice and $500 for best of show.

Last year the popular local event drew 140 entrants, and enjoyed good weather for both the show and cruise on Saturday evening. Sunday morning the awards were handed out, with Best of Show going to the 1941 Willy's coupe of Harold Mayer, of St. Clair, Mo. The People's Choice award went to the 1959 Chevrolet belonging to Leon Tate of Heber Springs, and the Lady's Choice was a 1972 Dodge Demon belonging to Michael Whitehead of Leachville.

This year's car show schedule will kick-off the afternoon of Friday, May 16 with a "Wing Ding" chicken dinner courtesy of the Piggott First National Bank banking center. The dinner is for car show participants only, and will be served on the parking lot of the bank on East Main Street.

"The chamber would like to offer special thanks to First National Bank for their $1,500 contribution toward operations of the show and for hosting this year's Friday night wing-ding," noted Chamber President and car show chair Brian Haley. "We'd also like to offer our thanks to Rodney Rouse and his family for once again volunteering to prepare the pork steak dinners for Saturday afternoon's meal. This has saved us valuable dollars which may be put toward other car show expenses."

In conjunction with the show, the Piggott Lions Club will be holding an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at the community center. Car show participants and the public in general, are invited to attend and enjoy pancakes, biscuits and gravy, eggs and side meat for just a $6 donation.

The gates will open to the public at 9 a.m. and activities at Heritage Park will be going on throughout the day on Saturday, May 17. The festivities will culminate with the popular cruise through town beginning at 6 p.m. that evening. The day's schedule will also include games for the participants, and a variety of vendors will be set-up at the park as well.

Haley also noted the chamber has received widespread support from a number of sponsors for this year's event. "Without the continued support of area businesses and our volunteers putting on this would just would not be possible," he explained.

He also explained that the organizers have made a concerted effort to draw a more regional crowd to the event. "This year, in addition to advertising in local papers, we have been advertising on Clear 94 Radio and they will be doing a live broadcast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from the park during the show on Saturday."

He added the radio broadcast is being sponsored by Treasure Chest, Helena Chemical, First National Bank, Hill Aviation, Baker Implement, Wrights Collision and SOS Customs.

Prior to the remote broadcast, and afterward, local favorite Patrick Patterson will be operating the public address system at the park.

Additionally the trophies for this year's car show are sponsored by Tim Holland and Holland Leasing, Los Compadres Restaurant, Piggott State Bank, Hog Wild BBQ, Hobb's Exterior Solutions and several local elected officials. Haley also noted numerous local businesses and individuals had donated items for the car show door prizes as well.

Saturday night will also feature live music from Patrick Patterson on the gazebo in downtown Piggott as the cars and trucks will be on display under the lights. There will also be a 50's and 60's dance contest held Saturday night, sponsored by Piggott Realty. They'll be awarding a $15 prize for first place, $10 for second and $5 for third place in the competition.

A number of the downtown businesses will also be open extended hours for the evening of the cruise.

Gospel music from Jennifer Krepps, of Malden, will be featured at the park beginning around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 18 and afterward the awards and trophies will be handed-out. At the conclusion of the ceremony the show will be closed for another year, and plans will begin for the 17th annual event.

The entry fee is $40 per vehicle, and $30 each for any additional vehicles belonging to the same owner. Organizers note award plaques will be given to the first 150 entries and the show is open to vehicles of all years, makes and models.

Those wanting more information, or an entry form, may contact the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce at 870 598-3167 or call 598-7050 or 598-4252.

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