Annual car show rolls into Piggott
Despite a rainy forecast the 16th annual Piggott Heritage Park Car Show drew entries in the triple digits this past weekend, as the tradition continued for another year. Throughout the day a steady crowd of appreciative spectators visited Heritage Park, and another large crowd gathered Saturday evening on the square for the evening's festivities.
Sunday morning gospel music, and the awards ceremony, were held at the park with this year's "Best of Show" honors going to a 1961 Chevrolet Impala from Bald Knob.
The 2014 car show kicked-off Friday evening on the parking lot of the First National Bank Piggott Banking Center, with the annual wing-ding chicken dinner for participants. This year FNB was corporate sponsor for the dinner, and hosted the meal on the grounds of their new banking center at the corner of East Main and Garfield.
Saturday morning the show opened to the public, and despite soggy conditions around Heritage Park everyone was able to find a dry parking spot for their entry. Thankfully, the rain held off throughout the day allowing a good crowd of spectators to view the wide variety of entrants.
Late Saturday afternoon Piggott Police Chief Bill Alstadt lined the participants up, and then led the annual cruise through town. And, although a number of the entries chose not to take part in the cruise due to the threat of showers a large number did participate. Afterward many of the entrants parked around the downtown square and enjoyed live music featuring Patrick Patterson and the Band. The evening also included the annual 50's and 60's dance contest and the drawing for the 50/50 contest.
Sunday morning gospel music was featured at the park, with Jennifer Krepps of Malden performing for the third year in a row. Afterward the awards were handed out and the show was closed for another year.
This year's winners are as follows--"Best of Show" goes to the 1961 Chevrolet Impala of Larry and Molly Kircher of Bald Knob. Meanwhile, the "Ladies Choice" went to the 1934 Ford 4-door belonging to Marvin Pickens, of Henderson, Tenn., and "Visitor's Choice" went to the 1957 Studebaker Silverhawk entered by Roy and Patricia McLain, of Bells, Tenn.
The club with the most participation this year was the Cave State Cruisers, with their 15 entries.
Other recognition handed out included, Mayor Gerald Morris' award also went to the Studebaker of Roy and Patricia McLain; Chief Alstadt's chose the 1934 Ford 3-window couple belonging to Dickie Mount of Rector; County Assessor Tracy Gurley's choice was the 1934 Ford Sedan of Jim Darnell of Jonesboro; County Judge Gary Howell's was the 1955 Chevrolet belonging to Ken Tullock, of Barnhart, Mo.
A beautiful white-over-red Bel-Air, Tullock's 1955 Chevrolet was actually first sold in Piggott. He noted during the show the car was originally sold by Hardcastle Chevrolet in 1955, and had been purchased by a school teacher.
Clay County Sheriff's Gerald McClung's choice was the 1948 Ford Coupe of Roy and Patricia McLaine's, and County Clerk Pat Poole chose the 2007 GM XLR of Jerry Coleman of Blytheville; Circuit Clerk Janet Kilbreath's favorite was the 1936 Ford truck belonging to James Lack of Kennett; mayoral candidate Jim Poole picked the 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air of Bobby Hoskins of Piggott; County Treasurer Carolyn Morrisett picked the 1961 Impala of Larry and Molly Kircher; sheriff candidate Terry Miller's pick was the 1967 Ford Mustang entered by Scott Dumas of Waynesville, Mo. and photographer Frank Staples' pick was the 1992 Chevrolet Camaro entered by David Boudreau of Paragould.
The Top 20, sponsored by Holland Leasing, included the entries of Jerry Mann, Chuck Schulte, Seth Myers, Al Kell, Bill and Sharon Knapp, Dave Catron, Rodney Rouse, Larry Spurlock, Judy Hanna, Gary Beckham, Rick Gore, David Boudreau, Mac Meyers, Jeff Bishop, Herman Rawls, Harold and Karol Miller, Larry and Connie Edgin, Ray and Cerendia Woolums, Larry Baranowski, and Dickie and Becky Mount.
Winner of the 50/50 drawing was Roger Bruce, of Paragould. And the winners of the 50's and 60's dance and costume contest held Saturday evening, and sponsored by Piggott Realty, were Brileigh Parson in first place, Dixie Book in second and Harper Roberts was third.
"We want to thank everyone who made the car show possible--the entrants, the volunteers, our sponsors and everyone who attended--without you this would not be possible," noted chairman Brian Haley. "I want to offer a special thanks to Rodney Rouse, his family and members of his crew and the folks of First National Bank, for not only stepping-up and doing the wing-ding dinner but also for cooking the pork steak dinner Saturday. Rodney also got a lot of help from Jeremi Wicker, of Hog Wild BBQ with the pork steaks--we sure appreciate them."
During the show on Saturday organizers began accepting early entries for the 17th annual event, set for May of 2015. As of last report several dozen entries had already been secured.