Piggott Christmas Fest a Success

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Santa Claus has his hands full, as he poses with twins Nicholas and Zachary Speer of Piggott, and their cousin Bentley, at the annual Christmas Fest on Sunday. Santa Claus' house was a hot bed of activity, as dozens of children visited the old elf during the afternoon and along the parade route.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Christmas Fest and parade Sunday, Dec. 6, and thanks to near-perfect weather a large crowd was in attendance. This year's fest included the traditional craft show, tasty treats and drawings for toys throughout the afternoon. Chamber members also served hot dogs, lovingly prepared by Rodney Rouse and courtesy of First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center, and hot chocolate to the appreciative crowd.

In keeping with tradition, Santa Claus spent the afternoon in his house on the southwest corner of the square, affording kids a chance to have their photo taken. Later, he made his exit to prepare to participate in the annual Christmas parade.

The craft show included a variety of offerings, along with fundraising booths by the Piggott PACE students and Girl Scouts to mention a few. Members of Eastern Star Lodge, F&AM, of St. Francis also manned a booth, serving chili for donations.

And, in keeping with another longstanding tradition, the chamber handed out dozens of gifts to the kids in attendance.

Late Sunday afternoon, the annual parade lined-up at Piggott Elementary School, and traveled west to the square. This year's parade winners included--best decorated float went to Petals and More, Christina Hann; the best decorated bicycle was entered by Kinlee Dudley; best utility vehicle was entered by Leslie Reaves, best antique car was the Piggott Car Show mini-T-bird entered by Norman Collins; Delmar Causey took home the honors for best antique tractor; Jerome Meade won for best motorcycle and the best horse and buggy went to Melanie Weis.

Following the parade drawings were held for a total of four bicycles, thanks to the generosity of Piggott State Bank, with both a boy's and girl's name chosen from two different age groups. Winner of the small girls' bicycle was Sailor Tibbett, of Piggott, daughter of Michelle and Adam Tibbett. Haydean Wallace of Piggott, son of Devin Wallace, won the small boys bicycle. The large girl's bicycle was won by Naomi Cox, of Piggott, daughter of Kyle and Christina Cox. And, the large boys bicycle was won by Kyson Conley, of Pollard, son of Marty and Lisa Conley.

"We appreciate everyone who made this year's Christmas Fest and parade possible," chamber secretary Jan Glover noted of the effort.

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