Ozarks Sports & Outdoor Expo March 24 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem
The Fulton County Fair Association and the Salem Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Ozarks Sports & Outdoor Expo on March 24 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem, Arkansas. Vendor space is available to rent. Both inside and outside spaces are available. Inside space will be in the 14,000 square foot climate-controlled Salem Civic Center and outside space will be located around the civic center. Event officials encourage sports and outdoor related vendors to reserve space now to be a part of this regional event. Food vendors will be on site to provide food service throughout the day.
A full day of activities and competitions and seminars for youth and adults will be held beginning with the Fishing Derby at the Salem City Lake. Registration for the fishing derby starts at 8:00 a.m. The qualifying round for the 3-D Archery Shoot in the Walling Livestock Center on the fairgrounds at 9:00 a.m. An open Trap Shoot will be held at the Fulton County Trap Range at 9:00 a.m. followed by a school and Youth Shooting Club competition.
The Spring River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will conduct a sanctioned turkey calling contest at 3:00 p.m. in the Civic Center. There will be competitions for youth and amateurs as well as the seasoned turkey caller.
Seminars will start at 10:00 a.m. in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building on the Fairgrounds featuring Janet Carson, Director of the Arkansas Master Gardener Program on Spring Flowering Bulbs and Butterfly Gardens and the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission will have a seminar on Cleaning and Cooking Trout followed by the U of A Cooperative Extension Service on Establishing and Maintaining Wildlife Plots.
The Arkansas Bowhunters Association and the Izard County Stickshooters and the will have a Hoverball Archery Game set up for the kids all day at the fairgrounds.
For more information or to rent vendor space contact the Fulton County Fair at 870-895-5565 or visit the website www.fultoncountyfair.org or check out the FB page for Ozarks Sports & Outdoor Expo.
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.