Runaway Planet to Perform for Ozark Foothills FilmFest and the T Tauri Movie Camp Sept. 9th!

Runaway Planet Hits the Stage for a Celebration of Independent Film in Rural Arkansas

Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc., a Batesville educational non-profit organization, will present the premiere Arkansas bluegrass band Runaway Planet at a fundraising event on Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 PM. The organization was formed in 2001 with the mission of showcasing non-commercial film through the Ozark Foothills FilmFest, held every April, and providing video production training for youth through the T Tauri Movie Camp Summer Artist Residency Project, held every July. The event will take place at Elizabeth’s, 231 E. Main Street in Batesville.

Runaway Planet Benefit


Runaway Planet is a traditionally based bluegrass band with modern lyrics. They excel in tight, three-part vocal harmonies and highly skilled instrumentation with rock, folk and jazz influences. Their repertoire features songs soaked in longing, loss and heartache, featuring lyrics that tell stories ranging from tales of murderous revenge to humorous, tongue-in-cheek “I told you so’s” to fond memories of Grandpa’s farm. Runaway Planet’s members say their style and sound have been heavily influenced by the founding fathers of bluegrass as well as the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, New Grass Revival and the Avett Brothers. With two full-length albums under their belt and high-profile appearances at major festivals including South by Southwest and the Clinton Presidential Library, Runaway Planet offers a level of professionalism and talent unparalleled among bands in the state of Arkansas. Video of the group performing on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is available at

Tickets for the not-to-be-missed benefit performance can be purchased in advance at Elizabeth’s or by calling 870-251-1189. They are $35 and include the performance, as well as appetizers and beverages, and a unique “Tisket Tasket Basket Silent Auction” offering a variety of baskets with themes that include Movies, Popcorn, Wine and Cheese, Dog Stuff, and Outdoor Décor.
The benefit performance is sponsored by Kent’s Firestone of Batesville.



Below is a recording to give folks a hint of how great they are!  Be sure and listen to what you do not want to miss!!! See ya there!  Ginger



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.