Piggott Celebrates Independence Day

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Crowned Miss Piggott 2017 at the annual picnic Tuesday evening was Ashleigh Bedwell (center) of Campbell. First alternate was Rianna Kae Holloway (right), also of Campbell, while the second alternate was Courtney Roberts of Holcomb.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Despite the traditional afternoon shower, good crowds were on hand for the 90th edition of the Piggott Fourth of July Picnic on Tuesday, July 4. The event is held each Independence Day as a fundraiser for the Piggott Cemetery Association, and is one of the oldest continual held picnics in the state.

Rain on Monday evening forced the first three pageants indoors, as organizers moved to nearby Piggott Elementary School. At the conclusion of the evening PHS grad Samantha (Vaughn) Featherston was crowned Mrs. Piggott for 2017.

Tuesday's weather was much better, as partly cloudy skies welcomed parade goers. With Grand Marshal Tom Sneed leading the procession, the parade made its way to the picnic grounds for a full day of activities, pageants, food and fun.

Tuesday evening a smaller than average group of contestants competed for the title of Miss Piggott for 2017, with the crown going to Ashleigh Bedwell of Campbell. First runner up was Rianna Kae Holloway, also of Campbell, while the second alternate was Courtney Roberts of Holcomb.

Following an impressive fireworks display, the drawings were held for the three $5,000 prizes. This year's winners are June Williams of Piggott, Kim Adams of Piggott and Patricia Branum of Kennett.

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