Plans Complete for Piggott Fourth of July Picnic

Thursday, June 18, 2015
The group Eternal Vision has been slated to perform at this year's picnic.(courtesy photo)

Plans are now complete for the 88th Piggott Fourth of July Picnic and Homecoming, set for Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4. The theme for this year's celebration, which benefits the Piggott Cemetery Association, is "Freedom, Our Heritage." Members of the board have also announced the grand marshal for this year, as local veteran Eugene Mann will have the honor of leading the annual parade.

Organizers have also announced this year's featured entertainers will be the gospel group Eternal Vision, from Knoxville, Tenn. The group is part of the Eternal Vision Ministries, and includes founders Mike and Gail Shelby along with their son, Shannon, and Stuart Stallings. They'll be performing throughout the day on Saturday, July 4, and will be featured in an extended set from 6 to 8 p.m., prior to the Miss Piggott Pageant.

Additions to the carnival midway have also been announced, as new rides will also be featured at this year's picnic as well.

The festivities will get underway Friday, July 3, as the midway will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. The first of the pageants will also be held Friday evening, with a 5:30 p.m. start for Young Junior Miss will kick off the schedule. At 6:30 p.m. the Junior Miss Piggott pageant is set, and at 8 p.m. the annual Mrs. Piggott pageant is set.

The parade is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, followed by the traditional opening ceremonies around 10 at the beauty revue stand. Time permitting, Enoch Richardson and his band will be performing following the opening ceremonies. Political speakers will also be featured, with the first pageant set for 11:30 a.m. as Baby Mr. and Miss Piggott are chosen. At 12:30 p.m. the Tiny Mr. and Miss pageant is set, followed at 1:30 by a performance by the band, "Lay Me to Rest."

At 2 p.m. the Little Mr. and Miss Independence pageant will be held, followed by Little Miss Firecracker at 3. At 4 p.m. the crowd will be treated to a performance by Enoch Richardson and his band, followed by a performance at 5 by Patrick Patterson and the Band.

Afterward Eternal Vision will take to the stage, followed at 8 p.m. by the Miss Piggott Pageant. The fireworks display is set for 10 p.m., followed by the cash drawing for three $5,000 prizes at 10:30.

Piggott State Bank is providing corporate sponsorship this year by providing a $500 scholarship for the winner of the Miss Piggott Pageant and by underwriting the cost of the sound system, provided by Patrick Patterson. Also providing corporate support is First National Bank, sponsoring the fireworks display.

Pre-sale of cash drawing tickets are currently underway at Piggott State Bank, William's Nursery, The Treasure Chest, Fred Ort Insurance, First National Bank, Sugar Creek Country Club and Jodi Lilly's in Qulin. Armbands are $15 each in advance through Tuesday, June 30, at the Treasure Chest, Lolly's Children's Store and William's Nursery. Afterward, and the day of the picnic, armbands will be $20 each. Piggott State Bank is also giving away a number of the armbands, and those interested in winning one should visit their Facebook page. Organizers also note adult t-shirts are on sale at the Treasure Chest, while children's t-shirts are available at Lolly's Children's Store.

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