The 2013 Jim Smith Society Fun Fest was held in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas, July 17th to the 21st. A great time was had by all who attended. There was a picnic on a beautiful mountain top in Shirley Arkansas, hosted by Weldon Smith, brother of Shawnee Jim Smith. Thursday, we took a bus tour of Little Rock Arkansas where we visited the State Capitol, a brief visit to Central High School, where integration began with the forced entry of nine black students in 1957, and a tour of the Clinton Library. At the Library we were interviewed by KATV, a local television station.
On Friday, we again boarded the bus for a trip to Blanchard Springs Caverns with side trips to Shirley, AR to visit an old one room jail once used mostly to house drunks who couldn’t make it home, and a drive by of the home in Timbo, AR where Jimmy Driftwood lived and wrote “The Battle of New Orleans.” Following our visit to the caverns we continued on to Mountain View where we dined at JoJo’s and went to the White River Hoedown for a rousing evening of music and fun.
Saturday brought us a relaxing boat trip on Greers Ferry Lake before our Jim Smith Fun Fest Banquet and a rousing game of JIMGO, the Society’s version of Bingo.