The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Expo October 14, at the A.L. Hutson Center (Posted by Ginger Smith)

The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Expo promises to be bigger than ever this year. The event will be from 9am to 1 pm on Saturday, October 14, at the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland.

Attendance is free to public and free for SRACC members to set up a booth. For non-chamber members, the fee for a booth is $25.

“This is a great event and benefit for our members to showcase their products and services to the community and interact with both the public and other businesses that may not even know you exist,” said event chair Marc Harring. “We encourage every vendor to be creative in enticing people to their booth by having drawings, free giveaways, or special sale prices to promote their business or thank their current customers. The Passport drawing encourages everyone to visit every booth.”

The Passport this year will include having the attendees photo taken, printed for them to keep, and uploaded to the chamber’s Facebook page. When attendees get their Passport stamped from all the vendors, their name goes into drawings for prizes and cash giveaways, and they do not have to be present to win.

As an extra bonus for area business people brief workshops will be held on tips to help increase their sales such as social media marketing, how to write a press release, benefits of being a chamber member, and more. The Future Business Leaders of America students from Highland High School will also be volunteering at the event. Businesses may approach them to offer mentoring through free internships where they work for experience.

If you are interested in setting up a booth you can download the application or fill it out online at the new website, on the SRACC Facebook page, email the chamber at, or come to the chamber located next to the Highland Shopping Center at 2423F Highway 62/412. For more information, call 870-856-3210.

Serving: Ash Flat – Cherokee Village – Hardy – Highland & Surrounding Areas

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.