Ozarks Sports and Outdoor Expo Saturday, March 24 at Fulton County Fairgrounds
Tri—County Farm & Ranch, DHF Archeryrange, and W.R.D. Entertainment present the the Ozarks Sports & Outdoor Expo on Saturday, March 24 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem Arkansas. The Fulton County Fair Association and the Salem Chamber of Commerce have a full day of events planned for all ages. Over 65 vendors will be located in the Salem Civic Center and on the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will have the Fish Aquarium on site and will be doing demonstrations on Cleaning and Cooking Trout. There is no admission charge and everyone is invited to come out to visit with the vendors, attend the competitions and seminars, and enjoy the day. A wide array of food will be available on the fairgrounds for breakfast and lunch.
A popular event for the kids is the ATL/FX Special Pond Pro Fishing Derby. Due to the number of kids that will enter the Fishing Derby, coordinators are asking parents to pre-register children participating in the derby. There will be two age divisions—age 4-8 and 9-12. Leon’s Automotive will provide a $100 cash award to the winners of each age division. All participants can register for a $100 cash drawing sponsored by Barry Abney, Candidate for Fulton County Treasurer. Check-in times for the derby are 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. at the pavilion on Civic Center Road. Parking for the derby will be at the Fulton County Fairgrounds and those attending will be transported back to the pavilion. Go to the Ozarks Sports and Outdoor Expo Facebook page ATL/FX Special Pond Pro Fishing Derby Event or to the Fulton County Fair website, www.fultoncountyfair.org and follow the link to pre-register. Pre-registration by telephone is also available by calling 870-895-5565. For more information on the Fishing Derby contact Tim Shannon at 870-421-3046 for more information on the Fishing Derby.
Area School Shooting Sports Teams will participate in a competition held at the Fulton County Trap Range beginning at 9:00 a.m. Salem Pipe and Steel, Fulton County Judge Darrell Zimmer, and State Representative Scott Baltz will provide $600 in prize money for the winning schools. Contact Scott Moody at 870-371-0070 for more information on the Shooting Sports Competition.
Razorback Archery will start the qualifying round for the 3-D Archery Shoot in the Walling Livestock Center on the fairgrounds at 9:00 a.m. There will be youth and adult divisions. Contact David Gibson at 870-710-2539 for more information on the archery shoot.
Janet Carson, Director of the University of Arkansas Master Gardener Program, will conduct seminars on Butterfly Gardens and Spring Flowering Bulbs beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building. The Fulton County Master Gardeners will be promoting their tulip project for the City of Salem at the seminars. For more information on the seminars contact County Extension Agent Brad Runsick at 870-895-3301 or Ralph Moore at 870-656-1695.
The Turkey Calling Contest will start at 1:00 p.m. in the Hickinbotham-Miller Building. Salem Auto Supply is the sponsor for the awards for the turkey calling contest. The contest will have three divisions—the NWTF Sanctioned Open Contest where NWTF members can earn points and receive cash awards, the Non-Sanctioned Youth Amateur Contest for youth age16 and under and Open Amateur Contest. There is no entry fee for the two amateur calling contests. The NWTF Sanctioned contest has a $40 entry fee with 100% payback for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Turkey callers are encouraged to pre-register by visiting the Fulton County Fair website, www.fultoncountyfair.org or call the Fulton County Fair Office at 870-895-5565. Callers should check in by 12:45 p.m. The Spring River Chapter of the NWTF will help with the contest and for more information, contact Derek Hall at 870-371-1719.
The Izard County Stickshooters and the Arkansas Bowhunters Association will have the Archery Hoverball Game for kids set up on the fairgrounds throughout the day. Contact Dwayne Spangler at 870-373-8098 for more information.
Additional sponsors for the Expo are Areawide Media, KSAR and Hometown Radio Stations, K-Kountry 95, Mark Martin Chevy-Buick-GMC at Ash Flat, Razorback Archery, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Ozark Gateway Tourist Council, and NWTF Spring River Chapter For more information on the Ozarks Sports & Outdoor Expo, contact the Fulton County Fair at870-895-5565.
Fulton County Fair Assoc.
Post Office Box 910
Salem, AR 72576
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.