Ozarks Sports and Outdoor Expo is coming to Salem on March 24th



The Ozarks Sports & Outdoor Expo is coming to Salem, Arkansas on March 24, 2018. The central location for the event will be the Fulton County Fairgrounds but events will also be at the Salem City Park and the Fulton County Trap Range. Both properties are adjacent to the fairgrounds. There will be competitions for all ages—3D Archery, Fishing Derby,  3-D Trap Shoot , NWTF Sanctioned Turkey Calling Contest,  seminars and lots of vendors.

Presenting sponsors are DHF Archery of Bull Shoals, Tri-County Farm & Ranch & Branson Tractors of Ash Flat, and W.R.D. Entertainment of Batesville. Other sponsors are Areawide Media, My Hometown Radio Stations – KSAR, Kool 104, and 98.3 The River, and Razorback Archery.

Deer Hunter Fan Television will have their camera truck on location and will be filming at the expo. Janet Carson, Director of the Arkansas Master Gardener Program, will do seminars on Butterfly Gardens and Spring Flowering Bulbs. Bo Davidson of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission will do a seminar on Cleaning and Cooking Trout, and Brad Runsick will be discussing Maintaining Wildlife Plots.

This is a perfect opportunity for sports and outdoor related businesses to showcase their business as a sponsor or a vendor. Inside booth space will be located in the 14,000 square foot climate controlled Salem Civic Center, located on the fairgrounds. Outside space will be available for boats, Rv’s and campers, tractors, auto and truck dealers, motor sport vehicles, etc. There will also be a food court.  Contact the Fulton County Fair Association or the Salem Chamber of Commerce at 870-895-5565 to discuss how this event can benefit your business. Vendor applications are available on the Fulton County Fair website at  www.fultoncountyfair.org.

Vendor space will sell out fast so reserve your space today.

Mark the date on your calendar and plan to be in Salem Arkansas on March 24th. Admission is free.

Fulton County Fair Assoc.
Post Office Box 910
Salem, AR 72576
Telephone: 870-895-5565
Fax: 870-895-5572

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.