Plans are well under way for the 13th Annual Home, Garden & Sports Show to be held March 28 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and March 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bar D Arena in Ash Flat. First National Bank of Sharp County is again sponsor and host of this event at no charge to booth sponsors or the public. Radio stations KSAR, K-Kountry 95 and The River 98.3 are co-sponsors of the show. Donations will be accepted, with all proceeds going to the Arkansas Sheriff's Boys and Girls Ranch at Hardy.
This year's show will feature a variety of information and practical suggestions from local businesses on the care of homes, lawns and gardens. Gardening experts will be on hand to help make local gardeners successful this year. The Sharp County Conservation District will again have information on conservation and wildlife.
Local real estate companies will showcase homes currently for sale, and area homebuilders will provide great home improvement tips and information on building new homes. The public will see the newest in home furnishings and appliances, as well as the latest RVs, boats, cars and trucks on the market. There will be health-related booths as well.
"Be sure and stop by FNB of Sharp County's booth for information on all their services, including our Passport Club, FNB Investment Professionals and Hardy Insurance Agency," said Vicki Strickland of FNB.
This year's show will again feature the Arkansas Game and Fish Mobile Aquarium, a traveling aquarium featuring varieties of fish native to Arkansas. And back by popular demand will be a turkey-calling contest sponsored by the Spring River Long Beards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation to be held on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. There will be a jakes division for ages 12-17, a peewee division for age 11 and younger, a division for adult males (18 and older) and one for women.
This will be a non-sanctioned event, with trophies for first, second and third place in each division. There will also be a prize drawing for each division following the contest. The entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for jakes and peewees. The local chapter of Buckmasters American Deer Foundation will also have a booth this year.
Prizes will be given away at many of the booths, including a cedar swing and frame, a $500 savings bond, an electric grill, a Thermos Fire and Ice grill, birdhouses, Bradford pear trees, a shop vac and a color television. There will be games for the kids, and the Highland High School Senior Class will provide a food booth, with proceeds going to their class. Contact Strickland at First National Bank of Sharp County at (870) 994-2311 for more information.