COVID-19 puts the brakes on annual car show

COVID-19 puts the brakes on annual car show

PIGGOTT, Ark. (KAIT) - For the past 21 years, thousands of people have flocked to the annual Piggott Heritage Car Show.

But that will not be the case this year.

As with many events around Clay County—including the annual picnics in Pollard, Corning, and Rector—this year’s event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Originally scheduled for the weekend of May 15-17, organizers postponed this year’s event until Aug. 28-30.

On Wednesday, they announced on social media this year’s event had been canceled. Instead, it will be held next year during the weekend of May 21-23.

“We’re definitely going to see a great decline in tax revenue,” former Piggott Chamber president Clifford Cole says. “It brings in people from all over the mid-west to come into Piggott, Arkansas, and spend their money for several days.”

He says if events proceed to cancel leading into 2021, the negative effects will be great.

“We’re going to decline in our services, the decline in the appearance, the aesthetic beauty of our communities, the aesthetic beauty of our cemeteries, it’s going to be very dramatic,” he says.

Not only does this affect the chambers’ efforts, but the cancellations also affect other fundraisers.

“We very well may see another cancellation of the car show for next May, a cancellation for the Fourth of July, a cancellation of all of these local picnics,” he says “St. Francis, Greenway, McDougal, Pollard. All of these rely on the revenue from those picnics to support those cemeteries and other functions.”

Proceeds from the car show benefit Make-A-Wish and other local non-profit organizations.

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