Plans Complete for Local Car Show

Thursday, April 16, 2015
John T. Wayne

Final plans are in place for the upcoming Piggott Heritage Car Show and Swap Meet, set for May 15 to 17. This year's local car show promises a full weekend of activities, and several new offerings. Organizers also report John T. Wayne, the grandson of John Wayne, will be at the park on Saturday, May 16, and meeting with the public.

This year's schedule of events kicks-off Friday, May 15, at 4 p.m. with a chicken wing dinner and fellowship at First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center. Later, the iconic movie "American Graffiti" will be shown at the Heritage Park amphitheater. The show will be going on throughout the day on Saturday, May 16, and will include games, judging of entries, an evening meal for participants and the popular cruise to the downtown square.

The evening schedule on the court square will include live music, and the 50s costume contest. Sunday at 8 a.m. there will be a free breakfast at the park, provided by the First United Methodist Church of Piggott, along with gospel singing at 9:30. The weekend's activities will draw to a close afterward with the awards ceremony.

This year the awards will include best of show, people's choice, ladies choice, top 50 cars and trucks, top 10 motorcycles, ATV's and UTV's, antique tractors and over 75 specialty awards.

John T. Wayne will be on hand Saturday at the park, and local residents are invited to stop by and meet him. The grandson of "The Duke" is the author of several books on the Civil War and old west and has published such works as Catfish John, The Treasure of Del Diablo, Blood Once Spilled and Ol' Slantface. His works are published by Mockingbird Lane Press of Maynard.

This year's show will also include a display of motorcycles in the eastern part of Heritage Park, and a swap meet and car corral.

The swap meet will be set up on the north side of Heritage Park Road, adjacent to the parking lot, and there are already in excess of 100 vendors signed-up for the event. Those wanting to visit the swap meet and car corral do not have to pay admission to the show, but will be able to if they choose. Those wanting additional information, or to reserve a vendor spot, may contact Gary Johnson at 870 324-4124.

Once again this year show organizers will be serving their famous barbecue bologna sandwiches, along with barbecue, hamburgers, soft drinks and Moon pies. Admission to the show is just $2 for adults, with kids 12 and under admitted free.

Entries are still being accepted and the registration fee is $35. A special one-day rate is also being offered to those only attending on Saturday, at $20 a car. Additional cars belonging to the same owner may also be added for $5 each.

Those wanting additional information on the show may visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/piggottheritage/timeline or call Joe Cole at 901 246-7647 or Tony Pace at 870 598-2168.

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