The Fulton County Fair will be July 22-27 and will feature four nights of events for horse lovers again this year. The fair will open on Monday night, July 22 with Round Robin Roping produced by Hall Rodeo LLC at the fairgrounds arena at 8:00 p.m.A negative Coggins Test is required for contestants. To enter call Tanner Hunt at 870-577-9315.
The annual Fair Horse Show is sponsored by Shaver Plumbing and Hardware will be held Tuesday night, July 23 in the fairgrounds arena. The horse show will get underway at 6:00 p.m. It will feature halter classes, showmanship, western pleasure, lead-line class for youth age 5 and under, trail classes and barrel racing and pole bending. Junior and senior division contestants will be competing for the horsemanship award that will be awarded to the Fulton County junior and senior exhibitors who earns the most points in the Horse Show. The horse show is open to youth and adults. Contact Christi Shaver at 870-371-0660 or Dustin Wright at 417-293-0890 for information on the horse show. Contestants are reminded that no horses are allowed on the fairgrounds until 4:00 p.m. on the day of the horse show and Coggins papers will be checked before they enter the grounds.
Hall Rodeo LLC will produce two nights of rodeo action on July 24and 25. The rodeo will start at 8:00 p.m. each night. Cline Hall is one of the top producers in the area and will have a fast paced show for rodeo fans. Call Hall at 501-412-3644 to enter and for more information. The rodeo is sponsored by Bank of Salem, FNBC Community Bankers, Main Street Tire & Lube, and Dairy Queen.
For a complete schedule of events for the 100th Anniversary Fulton County Fair, visit the fair Facebook page or the website at www.fultoncountyfair.org. The fair will run July 22 – 27 with events throughout the week. The gate admission is the only charge for events except for carnival rides and games. Come out and help Fulton County celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the fair.
Fulton County Fair Assoc.
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.