Piggott Christmas Fest Held for 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016
The winning float in the Piggott Christmas parade was the entry by the Rector Cougar 4-H Club. They also took first place in the Rector Christmas Parade two days earlier, posting a clean sweep.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Cloudy and cold conditions were the order of the day on Saturday, Dec. 10, as the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Christmas Fest and parade. This year the observation of the local Christmas Fest was moved-back to a Saturday, after being held on Sunday afternoon the past several holiday seasons. Activities were held around the Piggott square from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by the annual parade, although many of the downtown merchants were open extended hours.

During the course of the afternoon, dozens of free hot dogs were handed-out courtesy of First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center, and Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church sold and served hot chocolate and coffee with the proceeds benefiting the chamber's gift giving project. Members of Eastern Star Lodge #207, of St. Francis, also sold chili for a donation with the proceeds benefiting the effort.

Despite the cooler-than-average conditions, a variety of vendors also took part in the event. And, keeping with the long-standing tradition, Santa Claus was on hand and posed for photos with kids of all ages. In keeping with another tradition, four bicycles were donated by Piggott State Bank with the drawing held following the parade. This year's winners were Alyssa Russell and Jake Toombs for the bigger kids and Parker Gibson and Eliana Vaughn for the younger kids.

The parade lined-up at 4:30 p.m., and led by the Piggott Mohawk 2016 senior football team on the PFD ladder truck, proceeded from the elementary school through town. Participation was good in most of the catagories, although the cold conditions resulted in no entries for either horses and horses and buggies or the competition for decorated bicycles.

Winner of the float competition was the entry by the Rector Cougar 4-H Club. First place in Best ATV, which included side-by-sides and four-wheelers, went to the entry from Norred Cattle Farm. Alex Seal took first place in antique cars, Delmar Causey was first in the antique tractor category and Ricky George was first for motorcycles.

There were dozens of Christmas boxes entered this year, as part of an effort by the Piggott High School art class. The first place entry came from Katlyn Jackson and advertised the Hen House Cafe.

"We want to send out a big thanks to everyone who made this year's event possible," noted chamber secretary Jan Glover.

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