Ozarks Sports & Outdoor Expo Turkey Calling Contest March 24th!

A Turkey Calling Contest will be a part of the Ozarks Sports & Outdoor Expo on March 24, 2018 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, 124 Arena Lane, Salem Arkansas. The contest is sanctioned by the Spring River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and will start at 1:00 p.m. in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building on the fairgrounds and awards will be provided by Parts Pro/Parts City in Salem Arkansas.

There will be three classes: (1) Sanctioned Open with a $40 entry fee with $100 percent payback, (2) Non-Sanctioned Amateur and (3) Non-Sanctioned Youth, up to 16 years of age. The Non-Sanctioned classes will not have an entry fee and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies will be awarded to the top callers in each of the two classes. Any turkey call can be used.

Callers are encouraged to pre-register by going to the Fulton County Fair website, www.fultoncountyfair.org, and following the link or by calling the Fulton County Fair Office at 870-895-5565. For additional information on the Turkey Calling Contest, contact Derek Hall at 870-371-1719.

The Ozarks Sports & Outdoor Expo is presented by DHFArchery Range of Bull Shoals, Tri-County Farm and Ranch of Ash Flat, and W.R.D. Entertainment of Batesville. Other sponsors include, KSAR, Kool 104, and 98.3 The River, Areawide Media, Mark Martin Chevy of Ash Flat, Razorback Archery, ATL Special FX, Pond Pro, K-Kountry 95 and E-Communications, Leon’s Automotive, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, and Arkansas Bow Hunters Assoc. In addition to the Turkey Calling Contest, the event will feature a High School Trap Shoot Competition, a Fishing Derby for youth age 4-12, a 3-D Archery Shoot, Gardening and Wildlife Seminars, and lots of vendors. Competitions will get underway at 9:00 a.m. The Arkansas Game & Fish Aquarium will be on display and they will be demonstrating Cleaning and Cooking Fish. The Izard County Stick Shooters will have the Hoverball Archery Game set up for the kids. A variety of food vendors will be set up on the fairgrounds. Check out the Ozarks Sports & Outdoor Expo Facebook page or the fair website for more information.

Bring the family and plan to spend the day in Salem, Arkansas and visit with the vendors, be a part of the competitions, and attend the seminars. Contact the Fulton County Fair Association, or the Salem Chamber of Commerce for more information on the 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.