Piggott City Market Recognized With Delta By-Ways Award
The Arkansas Delta By-Ways Awards were haned-out Friday, Feb. 23, at the organization's annual banquet in the Marianna Civic Center. Two entries from Clay County were among the finalist from 2017, and at the end of the evening both brought home top honors.
Joe and Tracy Cole of Piggott were awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for their business, Piggott City Market. The award was presented for their efforts to promote tourism and historic Delta preservation in the Arkansas Delta. The Coles had been nominated along with Delta Charm Gift Shoppe of Marked Tree and the Don Houseworth Family of Blytheville.
The Corning Welcome Center was recipient of this year's Tourism/Promotion Award for the “Great American Eclipse Watch Party.” They were represented at the banquet by center manager Barbara Harmon, assistant manager Brenda Eddington and travel consultant Candy Taylor.
"We were positively thrilled just to be named as a finalist in this category,” Harmon said. “To win was such an honor. We appreciate all of the city and county officials, volunteers, tourists and community members who helped make this event so special and memorable.”
Other award winners presented Friday night included—the media support award to Rex Nelson; the hospitality award to Wilson Community Gardens; the festival/event of the year went to the inaugural Johnny Cash Heritage Festival at Dyess; the boot strap award to the Helena Downtown Partnership and the cultural heritage award went to The Circle at Arkansas State University.
Named as the outstanding member was Gretchen Sacotnik; the tourism person of the year was Gary Jones and a special award was given to Paula Oliver.
The Arkansas Delta Byways is an Arkansas Non Profit Corporation that serves 15 counties in Eastern Arkansas and promotes tourism and commerce along the Mississippi Delta Region from Clay County to Chicot County in the southeastern corner of Arkansas.