Rainy Friday Fails to Dampen Car Show Crowds
Despite a rainy Friday evening, and a somewhat dreary Saturday morning, the weather was excellent for the annual Piggott Heritage Car Show this past weekend. And, although the threat of thundershowers kept some of the registered participants from attending, nearly 150 cars, trucks and motorcycles took part in the annual show and cruise.
The schedule for this year's car show kicked-off Friday afternoon with a chicken wing dinner for participants, provided by First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center. Friday evening the Ultimate Talent Show was held at the Piggott Community Center. The event, which raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, featured a variety of performers from three states and was sponsored by Piggott State Bank.
Taking first place honors, and the $250 prize, was Justin Heskett, who was also the featured performer for Saturday night on the square. Another local talent, Megan Johnson, took home the second place prize money of $150. Third place was another area favorite, as Sheri Vandiver earned the $100 prize, then donated her winnings back to Make-A-Wish.
At last report organizers were still tabulating the proceeds from the donations made at the show, and will be releasing the total in the near future.
Under cloudy skies, Heritage Park opened Saturday morning to a large crowd of appreciative spectators. As the weather conditions improved, the crowd grew as the day progressed, insuring this year's show would be a successful one. Earlier, many of the participants visited the community center, as the Piggott Lions Club was holding one of their all-you-care-to-eat breakfasts.
Late Saturday afternoon another long-time tradition continued, as the majority of the participants lined up for the cruise through town, ending at the downtown square. Several hundred spectators were on hand at the conclusion of the cruise, and treated to a performance by Justin Heskett and his band, sponsored by Glen Sain GMC.
Prizes for the cruise participants were also distributed, as the public had a chance to see most of the cars, trucks and motorcycles “under the lights.” Prior to Heskett's performance, a special award was presented by Sonny Hommel for Glen Sain GMC. The recipients were Ron and Brenda Smith, of Clarkton, Mo., for their one-of-a-kind 1937 GMC crew cab dually pickup. They were presented with a special trophy from the long-time local dealer, emblazoned with the GMC logo.
Sunday morning the First United Methodist Church treated many of the participants to a breakfast in their fellowship hall. Later, well over 100 of them gathered at the community center, with Mark Cave performing gospel selections prior to the awards ceremony.
With organizers Tony Pace, Dave Potts and Dexter Bostic handing out the awards, a variety of plaques and trophies were distributed. Special jackets will also be presented to the top 10 selections, along with best of show, people's choice and lady's choice.
Chosen as Best of Show for this year was a 1928 Ford Model A Sedan entered by Donnie Trotter of Saint Genevieve, Mo. The Best of Show motorcycle was a 2006 custom chopper entered by Travis Wojtczuk of Fredericktown, Mo. The Lady's Choice selection was a 1958 GMC 150 three-quarter ton pickup entered by Gary Britt of Piggott. And, the People's Choice award went to a 1967 Mustang entered by Scott Dumas of Waynesville, Mo.
The complete list of all winner, including the specialty and top 10 awards, may be found in the May 31 edition of the CCTD.
Following the awards presentation the show was closed for another year, with several dozen entries already secured for the 2018 event. Next year's event will be the 20th spring car show held in Piggott as the first one was held in May of 1998.