Piggott Chamber of Commerce Banquet Draws Big Crowd
The Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual dinner meeting, and awards ceremony, Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the community center. Well over 250 people were in attendance at this year's gathering, as the chamber recognized members of the community with a variety of awards. The event also serves as the annual meeting of the membership. The popular table decorating contest was also held, with a number of outstanding entries.
With the large crowd in attendance, the welcome was given by board member Tonya May. Afterward, Bro. Terry Burdin gave the invocation and those assembled enjoyed a tasty meal catered by Piggott City Market. Those attending also had the chance to vote on the people's choice award for the table decorating contest, and bid on the many silent auction items donated by area businesses and individuals.
Afterward, May introduced Piggott Mayor Jim Poole who introduced the elected officials and special guests in attendance. The crowd also heard a few comments from State Rep. Joe Jett.
Chamber board member Joe Cole next took to the stage and provided an overview of some of the efforts of the past year, including the extensive mural effort. He also reported a new mural was recently completed, promoting the annual car show in May, and now has a home on the wall of the Piggott Diner building on the south side of the square. Cole indicated membership was up this year, and also went over a list of the newer members of the local chamber.
The next order of business was the presentation of the annual awards, with president Nikki Blue, vice president Pam Fry, board member Carlyne Sutfin and May distributing the honors.
Presented with the taste of Piggott award was Madpie's; the beautification award was presented to Piggott City Market; the business of the year award went to First National Bank-Piggott Banking Center; a new award, titled rising star business, was presented to Turner Auto and Tire; this year's lifetime achievement award went to Piggott State Bank; and the heart of Piggott award went to Cody Knight, of Piggott State Bank. The recipient of the “you made it happen” award was PHS art instructor Jerri Tate, and members of the Art Club; and the service with a smile award was presented to Jones Furniture.
Recognized as the outstanding educator of the year was long-time PHS teacher Karen Coomer. The farmer of the year award went to Scott Farms; winner of the emergency/medical personnel of the year was Britteny Pike and the youth of the year award went to PHS student Louis Lin.
After a brief break to allow those on hand to bid on the silent auction items, the table awards were distributed. This year's most elegant went to the entry by the Piggott High School FCCLA; meanwhile, the table deemed most creative was the entry by the Piggott High School chapter of the FBLA. Taking home the judge's favorite for the “Wow” factor was the table by the Treasure Chest. And, this year's people's choice award was presented to the table entered by the Piggott High School chapter of the FFA.
In addition to Blue, Fry, May, Sutfin and Cole the board members include Jerrod Lowe, Donna Fair, Daniel Landrum, Mandy Rebstock, Fallon Russell, Stephanie Lowe and Daniel Steen.