"Let Freedom Ring" is the theme for the 54th Annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival to be held in Salem May 23-24.
Festival activities get under way Friday with a fish fry at the Salem Senior Citizens Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Fish and all the trimmings will be served with proceeds to benefit the Fulton County Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels program.
The Southfork River Regulators Shootout will be held on the court square at 7:30 p.m. This group will relive the Old West in their performance.
First National Bank of Sharp County Street Dance will start at 8 p.m. on the south side of the court square. The Billy Joe French Band will provide music for the dance.
Saturday's activities start on the court square with registration for the Bank of Salem Mark Thomas Memorial Apple Pie 5K Race from 7 to 8 am. 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 8:30 am. The first 20 people who cross the finish line will receive a home-baked apple pie compliments of the Fulton County Extension Homemakers and Town & Country Supermarket.
The Open Street Market will be held on the court square and vendors will set up at 7 a.m. A limited number of spaces are still available and may be reserved by contacting Dixie Harris at 870-895-3217.
The Salem Sorosis Club will set up a registration table in the courthouse beginning at 8:30 a.m. 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 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 event for children.
Entertainment is scheduled in the gazebo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
KSAR 92.3 and The River-98.2 will sponsor horseshoe pitching beginning at 9:30 a.m. just north of First National Bank of Sharp County. 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; race time is at 11:30 am. Sonic of Salem sponsors the Terrapin Race.
Salem VFW Post 9777 will hold a memorial service for veterans at the Veterans Park on Highway 395 north at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited.
The car and motorcycle show begins at 12:30 p.m. at Burch's Custom Butchering. Trophies will be awarded in antique car, antique truck, late model car and late model truck divisions for the car show. This is the second year for the cycle show; it will award trophies for modern cycle, modified cycle and antique cycle. All entries in both the car and cycle show are eligible for a People's Choice Award.
The festival parade lineup is at 12:30 pm. Floats and pageant winners will line up at Preacher Roe Park. Antique cars and motorcycles will line up at 12:30 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. For additional information on the parade contact Monty McCullough at 870-895-4993.
Fulton County Hospital will hold the Kiddie Parade prior to the main parade. Lineup will be at 1 p.m. at Graddy Sales and the parade will roll at 1:30 p.m.
The Ozark Mountain Music Makers will have its regular show at the Music Barn, just off Highway 62 south of Salem on Saturday at 7 pm. Immanuel Southern Baptist Church will hold a gospel sing and hot dog cookout at 7:30 p.m. at the church on Highway 9 South.
Sandy Jo's Café Saturday Night Street Dance will be held on the south court square at 7:30 pm. Forever Young will provide music for the dance.
Several high school class reunions and family reunions are scheduled during the weekend.
For additional information on the Fulton County Homecoming Festival call 870-895-2491.