Seminars at Ozarks Sports and Outdoor Expo March 24 at Salem

Seminars will be a part of the Ozarks Sports & Outdoor Expo on March 24, 2018 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem Arkansas.

Four seminars will be held in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building featuring Janet Carson, the Arkansas Master Gardener Coordinator and Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist, James (Bo) Davidson, Fishing Education Specialist for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Brad Runsick, Fulton County Extension Agent. Individuals can attend all four of the seminars or select the ones they are interested in.

Janet Carson

The first two seminars will feature Janet Carson. She will be discussing “Butterfly Gardens” at 10:00 a.m. followed by “Spring Flowering Bulbs” at 11:30 a.m. Carson has been the Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist and statewide MG coordinator with the UA Division of Agriculture System Cooperative Extension Service since 1992. She travels all 75 counties doing horticulture programming. She writes and is a popular gardening columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette each week, with monthly feature stories in the Arkansas Living Magazine and Arkansas Gardener Magazine. She also does weekly television spots at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs . She has two books “In the Garden” and “Field to Feast”. Many will remember the weekly radio show that she had on ARN Radio for many years. We encourage all Master Gardeners from area counties to attend these seminars and hear Carson speak.

Bo Davidson will do a seminar on Cleaning and Cooking Trout at 12:30 p.m. after the Fishing Derby. Youth and their parents are encouraged to attend. Davidson lives in Lonoke and is the FINS (Fishing In The Natural State) Education Specialist for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He travels all over Arkansas teaching basic angling skills and introduces youth and adults to the outdoor world of fishing.

Brad Runsick is the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Extension Agent for Fulton County and will have the last seminar at 1:30 p.m. He will be discussing Establishing and Maintaining Wildlife Food Plots. Some of the subjects Runsick will cover are why food plots are needed, plant selection including both warm-season and cool-season grasses, where they should be located. and maintaining the established plots.

Seminar participants are encouraged to spend the day at the Ozarks & Outdoor Expo visiting with vendors and attending the competitions held throughout the day. For more information on the seminars contact the Fulton County Cooperative Extension Service Office at 870-895-3301 or the Fulton County Fair Office at 870-895-5565.

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.