Christmas Fest and Parade Held Despite Frigid Conditions

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Santa Claus, and his number-one elf, made an appearance at the Piggott Christmas Fest and later rode in the parade. He's pictured visiting with Mason, and getting the details on what he wants for Christmas.
TD photo/Tim Blair

The effects of winter storm Diego made for a colder-than-average Christmas Fest and Parade in Piggott on Saturday, Dec. 8. But, organizers report a handful of hearty participants and attendees were on hand for the two events, which serve to mark the start of the final shopping days of the Christmas holiday. Santa Claus also made his annual visit to downtown Piggott, and was in his house on the square throughout the afternoon before leaving to take part in the annual parade.

Although many more vendors were signed-up, only a few were on hand Saturday afternoon due to the frigid conditions and leftover snow and ice from the winter storm. Late Saturday afternoon the parade was held, with participation also affected by the conditions.

Due to the weather, the chamber adjusted the catagories for this year's parade and handed out the following awards-

The winners for best float was the local Boy Scouts, with the prize money to be presented to local Scout leader FalonTaylor. Meanwhile, prizes were also awarded to the best band members, as the PHS Marching Mohawks braved the conditions to march the parade route. The winners from the band were Hunter Smith, Taylor Blackwell and Clayton Edwards.

Once again this year the decorated boxes proved to be popular, as the annual effort by the Piggott High School Art Club was once again a major part of the parade. Judged as the best boxes this year were the entries representing Mohawk Construction, Hog Wild Barbecue, Sonic and McDonalds.

For their efforts, the prize money generated by the band members and art students will be given to their teachers.

In keeping with tradition, the day ended with the drawings for two bicyclesówith the bikes donated by Piggott State Bank. The winner of the girls bike was eight-year-old Cora Vaughn and the winner of the boys bike was seven-year-old William Avila.

Event organizers offered their thanks to everyone who made this year's Christmas Fest possible.

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