Ozarks Sports and Outdoor Expo to be March 24, 2018 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem, Arkansas

Ozark Gateway - Arkansas

The Ozarks Sports and Outdoor Expo will be held on March 24, 2018 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem, Arkansas. In addition to the fairgrounds the Salem City Park Lake and the Fulton County Trap Range, will be utilized for the expo. Both properties join the fairgrounds. The event, sponsored by the Fulton County Fair Association and the Salem Chamber of Commerce, will feature a Fishing Derby, 3-D Archery, Trap Shooting, Seminars, NWTF Sanctioned Turkey Calling Contest and Vendors with competitions for both youth and adults. The Salem Civic Center will be the central location for the Expo and vendor booths will be in the Civic Center and on the fairgrounds. There will also be a variety of food trucks.

Seminars will be in the Hickinbotham-Miller Bldg. on the fairgrounds. The popular horticulturist who is leader of the Arkansas Master Gardener Program, Janet Carson, will be doing seminars on Spring Flowering Bulbs and Butterfly Gardens. Bo Davidson of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will conduct a seminar on Cleaning and Cooking Trout and Brad Runsick, U of A Extension Agent, will talk about Maintaining Wildlife Plots.

A committee made up of business and community leaders have been working on the event since August with the help of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council.

Several vendors have already reserved space for the expo and sponsorships are available. North Central Arkansas and Southern Missouri businesses who want to sponsor the event or have a vendor booth should contact the expo committee at 870-895-5565 or email fultoncountyfair1@gmail.com. Vendor applications are available online at the Salem Civic Center website at www.salemciviccenter.net or on the Fulton County Fair website at www.fultoncountyfair.org. Vendor fees can be paid online.

Area residents should mark their calendar for March 24 and plan to attend the Ozarks Sports and Outdoor Expo.

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.