Schedule Set for Piggott Fourth of July Picnic
The schedule is set for the 87th annual Piggott Fourth of July Picnic and Celebration, set for Friday, July 4, at the picnic grounds. "American Pride--Honor, Strength and Commitment" is the theme for the annual picnic, held each July to benefit the continued maintenance and upkeep of the Piggott Cemetery.
Activities are slated to get underway at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, as the midway will be in operation throughout the evening. Thursday evening will also feature the first three pageants, as Young Junior Miss Piggott pageant for girls ages 9 to 12 is set for 5:30 p.m., followed at 6:30 by the Junior Miss Piggott pageant, for young ladies 13 to 16. At 8 p.m. the annual Mrs. Piggott Pageant will be held, wrapping up the first night of the weekend.
The annual parade is set for 9 a.m. and will kick-off the activities on Friday, July 4, as it makes its way through town to the picnic grounds. Serving as this year's Grand Marshals are local veterans Norman Stewart and Tim Tanner.
Meanwhile, the opening ceremonies are set for around 10 a.m., followed by political speeches and remarks from other dignitaries on the beauty revue stage.
The dining room at the picnic grounds will open around mid-morning, offering chicken and fish dinners with all the trimmings throughout the day. The ever-popular barbecue stand will also be in operations in the log cabin, and will remain open all day, or until they sell-out.
At 11 a.m. the Baby Mister and Miss Pageant, for kids ages birth to 11 months, will be held. It will be followed at noon by the Tiny Mister and Miss Pageant, for boys and girls ages 12 to 24 months.
At 2 p.m. there will be an auction of donated items on the main stage, with all proceeds benefiting the cemetery association. Those interested in donating items for the auction may contact Chris Roberts at 324-0783.
The schedule of pageants continues at 3 p.m. with the Little Mister and Miss Independence pageant for boys and girls ages two to four. And, the Little Miss Firecracker pageant, for little girls ages five to eight, will be held at 4 p.m.
Entertainment during the afternoon will also be provided by Patrick Patterson and the Band, thanks to the financial support of Piggott State Bank. The local bank is also providing the $500 scholarship for Miss Piggott and is also helping defer the costs of the fireworks with a sizeable donation. Also providing financial support for this year's fireworks display are Baker Implement Company and Legacy Equipment Company, LLC.
Pre-registration for the pageants will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 at the picnic grounds. Practice will be held at 2 p.m. for the contestants of the Mrs. Piggott and Miss Piggott pageants, with practice set for 2:30 for Junior Miss and Miss Firecracker.
The final pageant of the weekend will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, July 4, as Miss Piggott is crowned for 2014. The pageant is open to young ladies ages 17 to 21, and will feature formal pageant wear as the attire.
The entry fee for all pageants is $25, and changes have been made to the attire guidelines. Those wanting more information may call pageant director Vanessa Hartwell at 598-3357 or 544-7181, or may call Mona Scott at 598-7181.
This year's picnic will also again feature three cash drawings, and tickets are currently on sale. Advance sales of tickets for the cash drawings are currently being conducted at The Treasure Chest and William's Nursery in Piggott. The drawing will be held around 10:30 p.m. on the main stage following the fireworks display, which is set for 10:00. Organizers note you do not have to be present to win.
Advance sales of armbands for the midway are also underway, and are currently on sale at Piggott State Bank, The Treasure Chest, Al Williams and Son's Nursery, Sugar Creek Country Club, First National Bank of Piggott and the Fred Ort Insurance Agency in Piggott along with the Jodi Lilly Salon in Qulin.
Picnic organizers also note someone is still needed to operate the bingo stand, and those interested should contact Scott Hartwell at 634-6040 or Mona Scott at 598-7181.