20th Annual Piggott Car Show at Hand

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Hundreds lined the route for last year's cruise, then gathered on the square for live music and gleaming chrome under the lights.
TD file photo/Tim Blair

Months of hard work and planning will come to fruition this weekend, as the 20th annual Piggott Heritage Car Show and cruise will be held. Dozens of vehicles are already pre-registered for the years show, which will be going on throughout the day this Saturday, May 19, at Heritage Park.

Participants from previous shows will find little changed for the 20th edition, as the weekend will begin Friday afternoon with a chicken wing dinner at the First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center, pavilion on East Main Street for those registered. Afterward, the public is invited to attend the Miss Heritage male beauty pageant at 7 p.m. at the Piggott Community Center. Admission is $5 with the proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“We had the pageant two years ago and raised a lot of money for Make-A-Wish, and had a lot of fun in the process,” noted local organizer Tony Pace. “We've brought it back this year and we've got a lot of new contestants—I don't think anyone will be disappointed.”

Saturday morning the Piggott Lions Club will be holding a pancake breakfast at the community center, open to participants and the public. They'll be serving from 6 to 10 a.m.

Heritage Park will open to the public at 9 a.m. with the car show going on throughout the day on Saturday. Admission is $3 per person, with kids 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Concession stands will be opening at 10 a.m. and judging of the entries will be conducted around mid-day.

In keeping another longstanding tradition, the participants will also be treated to an evening meal, and will then line-up for the cruise to the downtown square at 7 p.m.. Saturday evening there will be live entertainment on the square featuring Radney Pennington, of the Baldknobbers Theater in Branson, as the cars will be displayed “under the lights.”

The annual awards ceremony will be held Sunday morning at the Piggott Community Center. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a performance by the Christian group “Deeper Roots.” Afterward, around 9 a.m., the awards will be handed out to this year's winners.

Organizers will be distributing a variety of awards including, best of show for both vehicles and motorcycles, people's choice, ladies choice and the top 10 vehicles. All of those winners will also receive a denim jacket with the show logo embroidered on the back. The top five motorcycles will also be recognized and there are a number of specialty awards.

Registration is still open at a rate of $35, with additional vehicles belonging to the same owner registered for $5 each. There is also a “Saturday only” registration fee of $20, which entitles the entrant to all judging and festivities on Saturday with the exception of the evening meal.

Those wanting additional information may visit the Piggott Heritage Car Show facebook page, call Tony Pace at 870 598-2168 or Joe Cole at 901 246-7647.

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