Piggott Fourth of July Picnic Adds More Entertainment

Thursday, June 14, 2018

An expanded schedule featuring more entertainment will greet visitors to the 91st annual Piggott Fourth of July Picnic and Homecoming, set for Wednesday, July 4. This year's theme is “Patriots of Piggott” and activities will actually get underway the evening of Tuesday, July 3, with an armband promotion on the midway and the first three pageants.

Keeping with this year's theme, the men and women of the community who have served their country abroad and at home will be honored and recognized. The day will also include a special visit by John Lasswell, son of war hero and former Piggott resident Alva Lasswell.

An armband promotion will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, and armbands will be available for Wednesday, July 4, although the carnival will be closed from 2 to 4 p.m. The armbands are $25 if purchased by Saturday, June 30, and will be $30 on July 3 and 4.

Advance sales of armbands are currently underway at Cox Lumber Company, Fred Ort Insurance Agency, Williams Nursery, Piggott State Bank, First National Bank-Piggott Banking Center, The Treasure Chest and The Nest.

Once again this year the midway will feature Johnson's Rides and Concessions, which has been serving the region since 1947. And, of course they'll also feature the best in carnival foods—including funnel cakes, cotton candy and more. For a more traditional offering, the kitchen will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be serving while supplies last.

Organizers have added more entertainment for this year's picnic, including special acts while the carnival is closed during the afternoon. During this time there will be a magic show featuring Rocky Clements' Show of Wonder and gospel music featuring Eternal vision.

A special musical act will also be performing from 6 to 8 p.m., leading up the Miss Piggott Pageant, as Dillan Cate will be entertaining those in attendance.

In addition to the performances, the annual picnic will offer the traditional fare as well. The annual parade is set to roll at 9 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony and political speakers on the main stage. The Miss Piggott Pageant will highlight the evening, followed by the annual fireworks display at 10 p.m. and the cash drawings. As they have the past several years, the Piggott Cemetery Association will be drawing three winners from those entered with each receiving a $5,000 prize.

All proceeds from the annual Piggott Fourth of July Picnic and Homecoming benefit the continued upkeep of the Piggott Cemetery.

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