August 15-19 Events at Ozark Folk Center

Welcome To The
Ozark Folk Center
State Park

Tuesday, Aug 15
Daytime Musicians: Mary Parker & the White River Ramblers
Noon Program: Craft Village Tour, starting at the School House

Wednesday, Aug 16
Daytime Musicians: Kat & the Fiddle
Wednesday Weekly Garden Tour at Noon, starting on the Bessie Moore Deck

Thursday, Aug 17
Daytime Musicians: Duane Porterfield
Noon Program: Craft Village Tour, starting at the School House
Evening: Brad Apple & Friends, Two Roads, The Wiede
Family, Love Holler, Prestin Garey

Friday, Aug 18
Daytime Musicians: Brad Apple & Friends
Noon Program: Spinning Tales, with Jeanette Larson
Evening: Armadillo Holler, The Original Flathoof Stringband, Ruthie & Bobby, Lee Mountain Ramblers, Borderstate

Saturday, Aug 19
Daytime Musicians: Whoa Mule
Noon Program: Spinning Tales, with Jeanette Larson
Evening: Next Generation Concert with Here Comes
Trouble, Twang, Five South, Pretty Lil Miss, Possum Juice, Outlaw Status

Schedule Subject to Change

Skillet Restaurant Specials

Breakfast Special 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Skillet breakfast (served in an iron skillet) fried potatoes, grilled peppers, onions, sausage, two fried eggs $6.95, without meat $5.95

Lunch Special 11: 00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spicy chicken sandwich on Texas Toast, with French fries for $7.95
Chef’s Special of the Day … $6.95


Mountains, Music & Motorcycles
August 18 – 20  – On the square in Mountain View

Aug 31 – Sept 2 Grandpa & Ramona Jones Banjo Weekend
Sept 2 – Celebrity Concert Series:
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Aug 24-26 Quilter’s Retreat
Aug 25 Double-Loop Leather Edge Braiding Workshop

Hands-on in the Park
During Arkansas State Park Legacy Week
September 3rd and 4th

The Craft Village will be open Sunday and Monday for Labor Day, in addition to the regular Tuesday-Saturday week. Normal admission fees apply.

Young Pioneers. These special hands-on
programs of Ozark crafts and music for children 7-14 are offered Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.,
2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Craft
Village, at the Shannon Cabin.
Programs are free with regular

2017 Hours of Operation
April 11 – November 11
Open Tuesday-Saturday
Craft Village 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
General Store 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Smokehouse 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Daytime Music 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45
Music Theater/Large Auditorium
April 13 – November 11
Thursday – Saturday
Concession open 6:00 pm
Concert 7:00 p.m.
HomeSpun Gift Shop
Tuesday – Saturday


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.