CCAC Harvest Hoedown a Success

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Maggie Williams (left) of the Piggott FFA chapter draws a door prize winner at the CCAC Harvest Hoedown Saturday evening. Also pictured is the MC for the evening, State Rep. Joe Jett (center) and board member John James.(photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

Against a backdrop of hay bales, corn stalks, pumpkins and cotton, arts patrons from across the region attended the Clay County Arts Council's Harvest Hoedown Saturday evening at the Piggott Community Center. Those on hand posed for personal photos and enjoyed bidding on silent auction items to benefit the organization's scholarship fund. The hoedown, a celebration of the harvest and our Clay County farmers, brought out the smiles, boots, casual dining and an evening of enjoyable of music. The harvest display was arranged by Cindy McComb, while table décor was designed by CCAC board members under the direction of John James.

The hoedown kicked-off Saturday evening, with State Rep. Joe Jett, of Success, as the master of ceremonies. He welcomed those in attendance, and directed the crowd's attention to the buffett, provided by Hog Wild Barbecue. Following the invocation, offered by Larry Norred, the diners were drawn to the buffet tables by the aroma of the ample amounts of barbecued chicken and pork steaks.

Throughout the dinner, models in fall fashions weaved their way among the audience members, sponsored by The Nest, Holcomb's Pharmacy and Blue Sky Storehouse.

There were a variety of silent auction items donated to the cause, and bidding was brisk as those attending took advantage of great bargains. In addition to the silent auction items, a variety of donations were made to the CCAC by merchants and sponsors from Piggott, Rector and Corning.

Following dinner, which included a variety of delicious desserts, the crowd was treated to a performance by Gary Prince and the Sugar Creek Band. The group entertained with a mix of country and oldies tunes, with Norred running the sound equipment for the performance. Roscoe the Comedian also made an appearance, and was well-received.

Assistance in serving food and drinks was provided by FFA members from both Rector and Piggott High School. They also helped close the evening, and remained on hand to help take down the decorations and store the tables and chairs.

"CCAC would like to offer kudos to the FFA advisors and teachers, Casey Simpson from PHS and Michael Hollis of RHS, for the help of their chapter members," a spokesman noted.

At the conclusion of the evening a drawing was held for an Arthur Court antler cake pedestal and serving piece, donated by Piggott State Bank, as a door prize. The winner was Lenell Harris.

Proceeds from the Harvest Hoedown benefits the CCACs many projects, including their scholarship program for Clay County students seeking an education in the arts.

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