The first annual Pig Eye Daze is taking place this Saturday, Nov. 4, in Scotland, an all day event. More than a community celebration, Pig Eye Daze is also a chance to do some fundraising for the repair and restoration of community buildings.
Gates will open at 7 a.m., free admission, with entertainment and games throughout the day. Early Arkansas reenactors will be on hand, as will a Mountain Man Rendezvous group, to demonstrate the skills needed for life in the Ozarks in times gone past. Also on hand will be Arkansas Game and Fish, as well as Arkansas Forestry Commision with demonstrations and exhibitions of their role in managing and preserving state resources.
Games will run throughout the day, including the Gold Nugget Race, a Treasure Hunt, Sack Races, Stick Horse Rodeo, Rubber Duck Race, a 5K run, and an Archery Competition with classes for Compound, Long and Cross bows. Also planned is the Blind Wheelbarrow Team Race, Lumberjack Competition with single and team events in several categories, a Hot Dog Eating contest and Hula-Hoop contest.
A Dutch Oven cookoff and chili cookoff are also planned. Kettle Corn will also be available.
A raffle will take place throughout the day. Included in the raffle offerings are a shotgun. Tables will be available.
Breakfast will be served beginning at 8 a.m., $6 per person, and a Fish Dinner will take place that evening at 6 p.m., $10 per person. Hamburgers and hotdogs, soda and water will be available throughout the day. Pickers are also encouraged to bring their instruments as picking-and-grinning will take place throughout the day.
The music entertainment headliner is Grew Ward, 2017 Outlaw Country Music Award winner, with local musician Heath Sanders opening for him.
The term “Pig Eye” is given various claims, but the story seems to center around the untimely death of a young man by a wild hog in the late 1800s. His gravesite, in the local cemetery there, had a structure built over it by the young man's grieving father to protect it from the elements, still in place and maintained by descendants. The event led to the community getting the name.
The event is put on by the Scotland Community Corporation, a not-for-profit raising funds for community buildings in the area, the most immediate being the need for a new roof and the old school gym building.
Those with any questions or considerations may contact Scotland via its Scotland Arkansas Community page on Facebook.