Piggott Christmas Fest a Success

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Santa and Mrs. Claus were once again on hand for the annual Christmas Fest in Piggott, and visited with dozens of kids and the young-at-heart.

The Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Christmas Fest on Sunday, Dec. 7, and unlike the 2013 offering the event enjoyed favorable weather. Last year the festival was postponed a week due to an ice storm, and was moved to a Sunday afternoon. Earlier this year the chamber board voted to move the annual celebration to Sunday afternoon this year, after holding the event on Saturdays the past several years. The day's activities also included the annual Christmas Parade, which wrapped up the activities late Sunday afternoon.

Throughout the afternoon toys were handed out to kids in attendance, thanks to the support of the chamber and several corporate sponsors. About 20 vendors also took part in this year's festival, and Santa and Mrs. Claus were in their house throughout the afternoon and posed for photos with both young and old alike.

At the conclusion of the Christmas Fest a drawing was held for two bicycles, with both a boys and girls bike given away to those who signed-up throughout the afternoon. The bicycles had been donated to the chamber by an anonymous donor, in memory of the late Mayor Gerald Morris of Piggott. This year the winner of the girl's bike was Josie Welborn while Christian Goodrich won the boys bike.

The Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce also handed out cash prizes to category winners from the parade.

This year's best decorated float was the entry from the Mighty Razorback 4-H Club of Piggott. Winner of the best decorated side-by-side was Isaac Langley while Michael Parker took home the prize for best decorated ATV. Tracy Cole won the prize for best antique car, driving the family's 1951 Lincoln while Preston Davis took the prize for best antique tractor. The winner in the horse, or horse and buggy, category was Doug Norton.

And, members of the PHS Art Class also took part in their annual fundraiser as the marched the parade route in large gift boxes representing local businesses. The top honor, and prize money, for the best box went to Caleb Toombs.

Organizers offered their thanks to all of the participants, sponsors, volunteers and vendors for their help in making the annual event a success.

The Chamber of Commerce also offered special thanks to First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center for their donation toward purchasing the toys for the giveaway, along with Corning Wal-Mart, Kennett Wal-Mart and McDonalds of Piggott. Meanwhile, CenturyTel provided the free hot dogs which were handed-out to those in attendance.

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