Davidsonville Historic State Park 2018 Fishing Derby
Come celebrate summertime and the weekend at Davidsonville with the following free event. For more information on events, call the park at 870-892-4708.
June 2nd , 2018 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: Trapper Lake
The fish are biting and the weather’s just right for a morning at the park. Davidsonville‘s Kids Fishing Derby is held every year on Trapper Lake providing a chance for younger anglers to prove their skills and have a good time. This is a great opportunity to get kids outside and enjoy some time with family while competing for such categories as biggest fish, longest fish, and more. Fishing will close at 11:00 a.m. and prizes will be awarded for all age groups at 11:30 a.m. Kids must bring their own poles and bait. Open to children 5-15 years old.
Note: In the event of inclement weather (heavy rain with thunder and lightning), the event will be postponed to June 9th at the same starting time (9:00 a.m.).
Davidsonville Historic State Park
Weaving Demonstrations 1:00-4:00pm at Visitor Center
Need a break from the hot weekend sun? Come by the visitor center and try your hand at making a belt the old fashioned way. Get hands on and gain an appreciation of where clothing and fabric used to come from, and where it comes from today.
All About Owls 7:30-8:30pm at Campground Fire Ring
Often heard, but seldom seen, come uncover the world of this most famous nocturnal bird. Topics will include owl calls, what’s for dinner, fun feather facts, and more. Bring bug spray and a comfy chair and prepare to have a ‘hoot’ at the park.
Native Tools and Weapons, 2:00-3:00pm at Visitor Center Porch
Twilight Town site Tour and Owl Prowl: 7:30-9:00pm at Visitor Center
Historic Letter Writing: 1:00-4:00pm at Visitor Center
Tales from the Tombstones: Twilight Cemetery Hike 7:30-8:30pm at Campground Fire Ring
Half the park is after dark. Join Park Interpreter Geoffrey at the historic town site for a sunset stroll to a cemetery over 200 years old. Learn what happened when death’s shadow came to call at Davidsonville, and why you should never cut down a cedar tree. This walk will leave promptly at 7:00pm and participants should come prepared for an evening hike in the woods.
Branding Irons and Fun around the Campfire 9:00-11:00am at Visitor Center Porch.
Make your mark at Davidsonville Historic State Park and learn how livestock, property, and possessions were marked during Davidsonville’s time. Participants will learn about different types of symbols, branding techniques, and have the chance to brand items.
To sign up for these or other upcoming events, call the park at 870-892-4708 or email Park Interpreter Geoffrey at firstname.lastname@example.org See you in the park soon!
Davidsonville Historic State Park
7953 Hwy 166 South
Pocahontas, AR 72455
Phone: (870) 892-4708
Cathy Drew is a lifelong resident of the region that she loves to promote. As a matter of fact, she was born in downtown Batesville in the late ’60s, which is in one of the eight counties she now enjoys encouraging people to visit.
Jeff Drew is her husband of almost 29 years. They have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew, his wife Devyn Stewart. Drew is also grandmother to Jon and Devyn’ s son, Jase Drew.
However, Drew can’t skip the other part of her family: the pets! Lady Bird (a stray dog welcomed into their home in June 2012) and of course, Howard – – a puppy compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arriving at the Drew home. They also have Kasha whom Drew inherited when her mother passed in 2016, and they adopted Bullet, a stray in November of 2016.
Drew, became associated with the Ozark Gateway Region in 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.). The agency handled marketing for the regional association where she along with her co-workers produced an annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region In June 2000.
After Drew became director, she took the region to the next level by helping the tourism organization create a new website and moved it from the old newspaper paper tabloid publication to a color magazine format.
Over the years Drew has helped the organization meet new marketing goals, such as in- and out-of-state marketing, assuring that all 105,000 copies of their magazines are distributed each year.
Drew also helped the region create a heritage trail map that is still on posters in many establishments across the region and Arkansas. She oversaw development of a motorcycle route map that folds into a credit card format for riders, as well as those seeking scenic routes to enjoy the beautiful Ozark Mountains.
She has attended several AARP Shows across the U.S., representing Arkansas. She helped open a visitor center for the Ozark Gateway, allowing visitors to pick up information from across the entire state 24/7.
In 2016, she assisted creating the first Ozark Gateway Region Golf Classic and the tournament continues to grow each year, allowing the organization to grow its co-op program, helping each county have dedicated promotion. Drew stays busy at Ozark Gateway as the ad sales manager, magazine editor, day-to-day office operations, trade show representative, as well as magazine distribution representative all while making sure that the region is represented all over Arkansas and southern Missouri.
Drew has been featured in several local and statewide publications over the years as well as the 1997 cover of the Ozark Gateway Region tabloid along with her then 4-year-old son, Jon. She has received several awards such as the Batesville Rotarian of the Year in 2010 as well as a three-time Paul Harris Fellow.
She also has served as an Independence County election commissioner for several years and now serves as their co-election coordinator, helping with behind-the-scenes management of voting equipment, day-to-day election deadlines as well as poll worker training.
Drew serves on the Arkansas Travel Council Board of Directors, Ozark Foothills Film Fest Board of Directors, Batesville Rotary Club Past President and is the Rotary Clubs current publicity chair.
In March of 2018, Drew was honored with induction into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame for her many years of dedicated service to the tourism industry.