Fulton County Homecoming Apple Pie 5-K Race May 26th

Runners and Walkers are invited to Salem on May 26th for the Bank of Salem Mark Thomas Memorial Apple Pie 5-K Run.  The race features computerized timing and results will be available immediately following the race. Registration is easy and can be done in just a few easy steps. Online registration is available at  https://app.regwiz.io/register/applepierun/402. The Pre-Race entry fee is $15.00 and $20.00 for the day of the race registration. For those who do not have internet, contact Sherry Jackson at 870-895-6226 for assistance in registering.
The specially designed course will be well marked with race coordinators along the route. There will be  age divisions for both men and women and for running and walking divisions.
All runners will receive a specially designed race t-shirt. Engraved wine coolers will be presented to the top male and female runner and Gold, Silver and Bronze medallions will be awarded to remaining places  in each division. Also, the first 20 persons to finish will receive a homemade apple pie. There is also a special traveling trophy that will be awarded to the business that has the most participants.
All race participants must check in at the registration table on the north side of the court square between 7:00 AM and 7:30. The race begins promptly at 8:00 AM.
For more information, contact Sherry Jackson at 870-895-6226.

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.