Piggott Heritage Car Show Final Plans Complete

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Heritage Park, pictured on a recent afternoon, will come to life next weekend with the 21st annual car show and cruise.
TD photo/Tim Blair

A full weekend of events and activities are set for the 21st annual Piggott Heritage Car Show. For 2019, the show will be held Thursday through Sunday, May 16 to 19, with the majority of activities at Heritage Park. Getting an early start on the weekend, this year event organizers are also hosting a “movies in the park” beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, as the classic “American Graffiti” is shown at the amphitheater at Heritage Park. In keeping with a more-recent tradition, the weekend will continue on Friday evening with a meal for the car show participants at the FNB pavilion and a special fundraiser at the Piggott Community Center. This year 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.

According to organizer Tony Pace, a number of contestants have already signed-up including a group portraying the 1964 Beatles; another which will be performing as Kiss, again with full costumes, along with tribute acts to ZZ Top and Brooks and Dunn.

As with their earlier fundraisers for Make-A-Wish, the crowd will vote for their favorites in several rounds by their donations. “Each act will have a bucket, and the crowd will vote by how much they donate to each,” he explained. Last year's Friday night event, a male beauty pageant, raised over $5,321 for the charity.

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.

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 as hundreds of classic, custom and exotic cars and trucks fill the 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.”

At the conclusion of 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 this year 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.

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