Lake Side Market Event Scheduled
Organizers are hoping to begin a new annual tradition in October, as they are set to stage a festival-type event at Heritage Park in Piggott. Dubbed the Lake Side Market, the event is slated for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.
The idea for this festival was brain child of a group of people, including chamber of commerce president Nikki Blue, local teacher Jenna Mobley and Lori Haley with the community center. City employees Jamie Cluck and Debbie Jackson also helped as they have had experiences at similar festivals, such as one held at Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee.
That particular event presented impressive arts and crafts, various types of foods, and much more, such as hand-made clothing and jewelry. Over the years, the festival has grown and begun to offer more and different things to the people who attend it. This is the goal of Lake Side Market.
A few things which will be offered at the Lake Side Market are wood crafting; homemade goods, such as jewelry, door wreaths, and outdoor furniture; afghans; scarves; clothing; candle scents; and pony rides. The Market will also offer food, such as tacos and waffles, among other items, to those attending.
“The goal of this festival is to promote the city of Piggott, as well as Heritage Park,” Cluck explained. “It aims to show others, both the residents of Piggott as well as visitors, of what our city is capable of.
Cluck indicated the intention behind planning the Lake Side Market is to bring people into Piggott, and hopefully grow and add-on to the event each year.
“We hope this is a boost for Piggott and that the Market grows a little every year,” she added. “While also bringing people into Piggott, this festival is also a way for the city's residents and visitors to come together as a community and grow closer.”
Planners have done extensive research on the the subject of renting booth space, all in an effort to try to keep the prices low. “There are sites still available for vendors and reservations from vendors will be taken as late as Wednesday, Oct. 4, prior to the event,” Cluck added. “The available spaces include a 10x10 area for $30 and a 12x12 area for $40, and electric is available in some of these areas for an additional $5.”
Meanwhile, food vendor areas are available for $65 with an additional $10 for electric and RV sites for available to vendors for $10. Cluck noted the event welcomes vendors of all different kinds.
Along with the park's many other perks, the layout of the event will be organized in such a way that visitors will always be able to walk on the pavement, a path or a sidewalk. The only exception to this will be the pony rides.
“Visitors should not be discouraged if there is any wet weather prior to the event, as they will be able to stay on dry ground and enjoy all of the festivities offered,” Cluck concluded.
A great deal of hard work and determination has already been put into the event, and for organizers that will only continue. Due to the event, Heritage Park is set to close around 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, in order for vendors to set up their booths, as well as any other setup which needs to be completed.
“We want to promote our city and share with everyone the beauty of our park,” Cluck added.
Those wanting to obtain more information on the event, or reserve vendor space, may call city hall during regular business hours at 870 598-3791. Emails may be sent to email@example.com and additional information is also available on the City of Piggott facebook page.