The 58th Annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival will be held in Salem May 25-26. The festival is held on the Fulton County Courthouse Square and will get underway Friday, May 27 with the Southfork Regulators Cowboy Shoot-Out on the court square at 7:30 p.m. Don't miss this group as they re-live the Old West in their performances.
The First National Banking Company Street Dance will start at 8 p.m. on the south side of the court square. The popular Billy Joe French Band will provide music for the dance which draws people from a wide area of north Arkansas and south Missouri.
Saturday's activities start on the court square with registration for the Bank of Salem Mark Thomas Memorial Apple Pie 5K Race from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Runners and walkers will compete for trophies. For information on the 5K Race, contact Sherry Jackson at 870-895-6226. The Race will start at 8 a.m. The first 20 people that cross the finish line will receive a home baked apple pie compliments of the Fulton County Extension Homemaker Club members and Town & Country Supermarket. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the business that has the most race participants.
The Open Street Market will be held on the court square and vendors will set up at 7 a.m. Space is still available and may be reserved by contacting Dixie Harris at 870-895-3217.
Areawide Media will have a registration table set up in the Fulton County Court House beginning at 8:30 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to go by and register. Attendance awards will be given to the oldest woman, oldest man and those traveling the longest distance from the east and the west.
Registration for the Squirt Race for children age 10 and under will start at 9:30 a.m. For information on the Squirt Race contact Melissa McCandlis at 895-1911. The race is conducted by Salem 1st Care and the Salem medical community sponsors this popular event for children.
Salem/Viola Cablevision will sponsor Horseshoe Pitching beginning at 9:30 a.m. The location is behind Merlina's just off the southeast corner of the square. There will be six pits set up for contestants. The adult contests will start at 9:30 a.m. and the youth competition will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Registration for the Terrapin Race will start at 10:30 a.m. on the west side of the court square and the race start time is at 11:30 a.m. The Terrapin Race is sponsored by State Rep. Curren Everett.
The Hills Auto Sales Car and Motorcycle Show will be held at 11 a.m. on the south side of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative. Trophies will be awarded in antique car, antique truck, late model car and late model truck divisions for the car show. Trophies will also be awarded for modern cycle, modified cycle, and antique cycle. A People's Choice Award will also be awarded. For information on the car show contact Sam or Betty Roork at 870-895-2760
The Festival Parade line-up is at 12:45 p.m. Floats and beauty queens will line-up at Preacher Roe Park. Cars, antique tractors, and motorcycles will line-up at 12:45 p.m. at Burch's Custom Butchering and horses and buggies will gather in the old rodeo arena area. The parade will be at 2 p.m. Contact Tina McCullough at 870-895-4993 for information on the parade.
Fulton County Hospital will have a Kiddie Parade prior to the main parade. Line-up will be at 1 p.m. at Orr's Lumber Company on the northeast corner of the square and the parade will roll at 1:30 p.m.
The Ozark Mountain Music Makers will have their regular show at the Music Barn, just off Highway 62 south of Salem on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
The festival will conclude on Saturday night with another street dance sponsored by Salem 1st Care and Mammoth Spring Medical Clinic at 7:30 p.m.
Several high school class reunions and family reunions are scheduled during the weekend.
Plan to be in Salem Memorial Day Weekend for a weekend of fun and memories. For additional information on the Fulton County Homecoming Festival contact Monty McCullough, festival chairman, at 870-895-4993 or visit the Salem Chamber of Commerce Web site at http://www.salemAR.com/.