Piggott Car Show a Big Success

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Winner of the 2016 Best of Show trophy at the Piggott Heritage Car Show was this 1939 Ford Woody wagon, entered by Bill Townsend, of Caruthersville.(courtesy photo)

Despite a few rain showers on Friday, the weather was near perfect for the 2016 Piggott Heritage Car Show, held this past weekend. Organizers report nearly 250 entries to this year's show, and Sunday morning the 2016 awards were handed-out at a ceremony at the community center. Named as "Best of Show" this year was the 1939 Ford "Woody" wagon, entered by Bill Townsend of Caruthersville.

Activities for this year's show actually kicked-off Friday evening with the Miss Heritage male beauty pageant at the community center. The event was held as a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and about $4,000 was generated for the cause.

Entrants included Judge Gary Howell, Piggott Mayor Jim Poole, Sheriff Terry Miller, Alderman Mike Cook, Sam Snyder of Paragould, local car enthusiasts Sonny Hommel and Eddie Howell, local businessmen Frankie Faulk and Monte Howell and longtime car show participant Terry Clippard.

The 2016 Piggott Heritage Car Show will go down in the books as a success, as hundreds of entries and spectators flooded the park Saturday for this year's event.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

With the crowd "voting" for their favorite by way of donations, Snyder earned the crown with Faulk named as the first alternate and Poole as the second alternate.

Afterward the winners also donated their prize money to the cause, and the proceeds were presented to local Make-A-Wish volunteers Geraldine Crawford and Mistie Gossett.

The gates of Heritage Park opened to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday, and good crowds were on hand throughout the day. There were also games for the kids, and events for the participants, held throughout the show.

A total of 10 contestants competed for the title "Miss Heritage 2016" in conjunction with the annual car show this past weekend. Pictured is the top six, which included from left: Mayor Jim Poole, Sonny Hommel, Judge Gary Howell, Frankie Faulk, Sheriff Terry Miller and Sam Snyder. Based on the crowd's donations, Snyder was crowned queen with Faulk as first alternate and Poole as second alternate.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Saturday afternoon the participants lined up for the traditional cruise, making their way to the downtown square for an evening of live music. The evening's entertainment was provided by the group Cynderblok, as they were appearing for the second year in a row.

The group also played the music for the 50s dress and dance contest, which was open to kids only. This year's winner was eight year old Cason Maynard, second was eight-month-old Graceyn Banning and third went to seven-year-old Kinlee Dudley.

Sunday morning the participants gathered at the community center for the awards ceremony, and the drawings for the peddle car and for those submitting early entries.

In addition to Best of Show for the cars and trucks, the same award was also given out to the top motorcycle. This year's Best of Show Bike was a 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Glide, owned by Doug Randol of Harviell, Mo.

Organizers also handed out recognition to the top 50 entries, along with the traditional Ladies Choice and People's Choice. Faulk was also recognized with a six-foot-tall trophy for having the most entries with six. Winner of the Ladie's Choice award this year was the 1957 International 4x4 pickup entered by Dennis Wallace, of Kennett. Meanwhile, the People's Choice award went to the 1954 Plymouth station wagon entered by Dennis and Joy Hicks, of St. James, Mo.

Specialty awards were also handed out to the top rat rods and tractor, in addition to the various awards presented by the event sponsors.

During the awards ceremony early entries were also accepted for next year's show, with over 30 already pre-registered. Organizers also noted the early entry period is still underway, allowing participants to register for $25. Those wanting additional information may call 870 598-2168.

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