White River Water Carnival to feature Smokin’ on the White BBQ Championship
Water Carnival to feature Smokin’ on the White BBQ Championship
The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is proud to announce the addition of the Smokin’ on the White BBQ Championship to this year’s festival lineup.
Smokin’ on the White is the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned Arkansas State BBQ Championship. Teams from around the country will cook chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket. Total prize money this year is $10,000 with the grand champion receiving $1,500. On Friday, September 15, the teams will set up their areas and have the opportunity to compete in ancillary contests for best beans, sauce, dessert, and “One Bite Wonder.” The pits will be open for public viewing on Saturday, September 16, at 11 a.m.
For more information regarding the Smokin’ on the White BBQ Championship, please contact Donna Turner at (870) 613-1564.
About the White River Water Carnival:
The White River Water Carnival is a free, family event that features entertainment, food vendors, craft and commercial vendors, a parade, and kids’ activities. The event is presented by Bad Boy Mowers. Kids’ activities require the purchase of an admission armband and are sponsored in part by FNBC, McDonald’s, Littlefield Oil, Pepsi and Westrock Orthodontics. The car show is sponsored by the Wood Family Dealerships. The parade is sponsored by Citizens Bank. Other carnival entertainment is sponsored by ARCare, the City of Batesville, Cup’d Up Outdoors, Flowers Baking Company, Life Plus, Merchants & Planters Bank, Ozark Mountain Poultry, Precise Heating & Air, Sherwood Urgent Care, and Sonic Drive-In. Promotional sponsors include Southern Charm and the UPS Store. For more information, please contact the BACC at (870) 793-2378.
Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.