Team Aquafly to Bring Extreme Water Sport Entertainment to the White River Water Carnival (Posted by Ginger Smith)

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and 2017 White River Water Carnival sponsors are proud to announce the planned performances of team Aquafly at the 74th Annual White River Water Carnival on September 16, 2017.

 

Based out of Austin, Texas, Aquafly is one of the largest hydroflight show teams in the world with more than 20 dedicated professionals riding all types of hydroflight devices. Hydroflight features Personal Watercraft Carriers (PWC) that push pressurized water up a 60-foot hose that splits into multiple jet nozzles that create lift for the device and the rider. Over the past four years, Aquafly has entertained countless audiences around the globe. Today, Aquafly has more podium finishes and top-five placements than any other hydroflight team in the world. Team Aquafly will amaze Water Carnival attendees with three daytime performances and one LED night show.

The performances will take place on the White River near the amphitheater at Riverside Park in Batesville. Performances times are as follows: 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.

In between performances, the Aquafly team will be offering instructional lessons for those interested in trying hydroflight for themselves.

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.

Contact: Kyle Christopher, Tourism Director | tourism@mybatesville.org | (870) 793-2378 www.mybatesville.org

 

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.