Piggott Car Show Plans Complete
With the 21st annual Piggott Heritage Car Show just over three weeks away, last minutes plans have been completed and organizers are set. This year's show will be held Friday through Sunday, May 17 to 19, with the majority of activities at Heritage Park. In keeping with a recent tradition, the weekend will officially kick-off Friday evening with a meal for the car show participants at the FNB pavilion and a special fundraiser at the Piggott Community Center.
For 2019, organizers have planned an air band and lip-sync contest, with the proceeds once-again benefiting the local organizers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“We have already signed-up several contestants, but need a couple more,” local organizer Tony Pace explained. “Right now we have a group that will be doing the 1964 Beatles, complete with period-correct costumes. And, we've got another group that will be performing as Kiss, again with all the costumes. If you ever wanted to be a rock star this is your chance.”
The winners will receive a prize of $250, second place gets $150 and the third place winners will take home a prize of $100. All money raised during the event will also be matched by the Piggott Heritage Car Show Group, and will benefit the local Make-A-Wish Foundation efforts.
“As we did with the beauty pageant, each act will have a bucket and the crowd will vote by way of donations,” Pace explained.
He noted under the rules of the contest, all music must be on individual CD's and each entry will need three songs to advance to the finals.
Last year's Friday night event raised over $5,321 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
On Saturday, participants and the public are invited to attend the Piggott Lions Club breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. at the community center. Afterward, the traditional all day show-and-shine will be held at Heritage Park. Following the usual evening meal, most of the participants will then line-up for the cruise to downtown Piggott where the entries can be enjoyed “under the lights.”
Following the cruise there will also be live entertainment on the square featuring the Justin Heskett Band. Organizers report they'll be taking to the stage around 7.
Sunday morning the car show participants are invited to a free breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. at the community center, with gospel music to follow around 8:30 featuring the teen gospel group “Anchored.” Afterward, the awards ceremony will be held.
Awards to be handed out include best of show for both vehicles and motorcycles, people's choice, lady's choice, top 10 vehicles, top five motorcycles and a number of specialty awards. Event organizers also report that the best of show, people's choice, lady's choice and top 10 winners will each receive a jacket with the show art embroidered on the back.
There are also a few changes to this year's schedule, as organizers report the popular 50/50 drawing will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the park, prior to the cruise. In years past the drawing wasn't held until following the cruise.
Registration through the day of the show is $35 for each vehicle, with additional vehicles belonging to the same owner registered for $5 for judging and the cruise only. There is also a Saturday-only rate of $20 per vehicle, which entitles the entrant to all the judging and festivities—with the exception of the evening meal.
Those wanting more information, or to sign-up, may message Piggott Heritage Car Show by way of their Facebook page or call Pace at 870 598-2168 or David Potts at 870 324-3270.