Piggott Gears Up for Annual Car Show
Months of planning will come to fruition this weekend, as the Piggott Heritage Car Show and Swap Meet is held. The show is slated for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 15 to 17, and a number of new offerings are on tap along with many returning favorites.
The car show schedule kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 15, with a chicken wing dinner and fellowship for participants at First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center. After sunset, the classic car movie "American Graffiti" will be shown at the Heritage Park amphitheater.
Saturday morning from 6 to 10 the Piggott Lion's Club will be holding their annual breakfast at the community center, and the car show participants and public are invited to attend.
The car 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. This year the participants in the cruise will line-up at 6:30, with the cruise set to begin at 7 p.m.
The evening schedule on the court square will include live music featuring the group "Cynderblok", and the 50s costume contest. In an effort to increase involvement car show organizers have increased the prizes for this year's event.
There will be two categories--those ages 13 and up, including adults, and kids age 12 and under. First place in each will receive a prize of $100, while second place receive $50.
The 50s dance and dress contestants are asked to gather at the flatbed trailer/stage on the southeast corner of the square. After the cruise show organizers will be drawing for several raffle prizes, and the 50/50 drawing. The dance contest will begin immediately afterward, with the contestants judged while dancing to the first three songs the band plays.
Sunday at 8 a.m. there will be a free breakfast for participants at the First United Methodist Church of Piggott. Activities at the park will begin around 9:30 with gospel singing, and the weekend's activities will draw to a close afterward with the awards ceremony as trophies are handed out. This year there will also be a prize for the entrant bringing the most vehicles, with a six-foot-tall trophy being awarded.
For the 2015 show, trophies and awards will be handed out for- 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.
The popular annual event 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 well over 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. Registration and check-in will be going on at the chicken dinner starting at 4 p.m. Friday, and will resume at 7 a.m. Saturday at the park.
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.