Standing here in northwest Arkansas amid the appreciative gathering with sky blue “What’s Important Is You” banners hanging from the rafters and scoreboard, the messes is clear: God, America, Wal-Mart. Welcome to the pageantry and spectacle of Sam Walton’s capitalism rally — the 1988 Wal-Mart Shareholders’ Meeting — touted as the largest shareholders’ meeting in America, if not the world.
The lessons Sam Walton learned during those early, successful years of Wal-Mart allowed him to build the most successful retail chain in history. And just like the times that he took his planes up to search for potential Wal-Mart sites, it was Mr. Sam himself who was behind the stick, deciding which direction to go.
The Naturals have finalized the schedule of pre-game festivities at Arvest Ballpark for tonight’s opener against the San Antonio Missions, featuring a celebration of the team’s 2010 Texas League Championship. Fans are encouraged to enter the ballpark and take their seats by 5:45, as at that time the Naturals’ mascot Strike will make his annual entrance into the ballpark to kick off the ceremonies. Immediately thereafter, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, Kansas City Royals owner David Glass and Poldberg will address the fans in attendance.