2017 Ghost of Davidsonville Fall Festival Oct. 14 Joined by Pocahontas High School Cast (posted by Ginger Smith)


A Ghostly Partnership on an Outdoor Stage

To make a Fall Festival come to life you need a lot of help from some friends. This year, Pocahontas High School Speech and Drama Students have agreed to get spooky and take a rather unusual stage to bring a haunted evening to life. The young men and women pictured here (above) have practiced for weeks as they prepare to take the stage Saturday in a series of Hayride skits during the 2017 Ghost of Davidsonville Fall Festival. Swapping a more traditional venue for outdoor locations in a park, attendees of the fest will go ‘Into the Woods’ and encounter creepy and eerie situations that these fictional residents of Davidsonville have experienced.

Want to attend? Hayride tickets are $4 for adults (13+) $2 for kids (6-12), and those 5 and under ride free. The Ghost of Davidsonville Fall Festival takes place at Davidsonville Historic State Park, between Black Rock and Pocahontas AR on Highway 166. The event opens at 5pm, and will also showcase live music, living historians, and activities for the kids. For more information about the event, call the park at 870-892-4708 or email davidsonville@arkansas.gov.

Geoffrey Havens,
Park Interpreter
Davidsonville Historic State Park
Office: 870-892-4708
Email: geoff.havens@arkansas.gov




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.