Christmas Fest and Parade Held in Piggott

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Santa Claus spent much of the afternoon in his new house, listening to the Christmas wishes of dozens. He's pictured here with Aden Webb.
TD photo/Tim Blair

The downtown area took on a seasonal flair on Saturday, Dec. 9, as the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Christmas Fest. The day also included the annual Piggott Christmas Parade, which wrapped up the activities late Saturday afternoon. Once again this year, cold and somewhat windy conditions greeted those attending both events, lending a true December feel to the observance.

In keeping with tradition, throughout the afternoon free toys were handed-out to the kids in attendance by CofC board members, thanks to the support of the chamber and several sponsors. Tickets were also distributed to the kids, good for a free hot dog and drink, courtesy of First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center.

A number of vendors also took part in this year's festival, and Santa Claus and his elf were in his new house throughout the afternoon, posing for photos with both young and old alike.

Late Saturday afternoon the parade participants gathered at Piggott Elementary School to line-up. After the procession made its way along East Main Street, to the downtown area, the parade winners were announced and the bicycle drawings were held.

The winner of the boy's bicycle donated by Aerial Bouquets was Randy Vangilder; winner of the girl's bicycle donated by Piggott State Bank was McKenzie Gilkerson and the winner of the boy's bicycle donated by Piggott State Bank was Dallen Gibson.

The parade winners included the entry by Madpie's as the best decorated float. Meanwhile, the best ATV was entered by Carlyne Sutfin; best antique car entry went to Alex Seal; best antique tractor was the entry by Delmar Causey and the best motorcycle was the entry by Diane Dodge.

Another favorite made a return this year, as there were a number of decorated gift boxes sponsored by local and area businesses. The boxes are the creations of the Piggott High School art department, and are constructed each year as a fundraiser. In turn, the top box is recognized. This year there was a tie, as the MFA Midsouth entry by Matthew Bowers tied with the Langley Farms entry by Kelsey Wilson.

Chamber organizers offered their thanks to all of the sponsors, supporters and volunteers for making the Christmas Fest and Parade possible.

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