Archives for 2015

2nd Annual Great American Smoke Out BBQ Cook-Off — October 24th

The 2nd Annual Great American Smoke Out BBQ Cook-off will be held October 24th, 2015 on the Marshall Court House Square in Marshall, Arkansas

See the event flyer for more details.   Rules link and Entry form is also provided below.

For more information, contact “The Committee” at their Facebook Page.

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BBB Cook Off Entry Form

BBQ Contest Rules are here:  Link to Rules

Pedestal Rock 20 & 40 Mile Bicycle Ride


1st Annual Pedestal Rock 20- & 40-Mile Bicycle Ride! The ride is Saturday, November 7th starting at 9 AM at Witts Springs Community Center.  Check in / Registration 7:30-8:30.  Twenty mile ride and Forty mile ride.  Shirts to all registered riders.  Lunch included for first 200 pre-registered riders!

2,800 total feet of ascents and 2,800 feet of descents (40 mile portion), essentially a neutral ride at the start and turnaround.



The ride starts at the Witts Springs Community Center at the intersection of Highway 377 and Highway 16 in Witts Springs, Arkansas. Two routes are offered, both winding through the beautiful Ozark National Forest. The 20-mile ride is from the Community Center to Raspberry Bend and back; the 40-mile ride is from the Community Center to the Pedestal Rock Scenic area and back.

(You cannot actually see Pedestal Rock from the turnaround point.) Go to for all the details and online registration.



They have a lofty goal of getting 200 RIDERS to attend this challenging, but fun & beautiful finish to the riding season. They will be posting three videos for riders as well; one highlighting Pedestal Rock, one highlighting the riders village where you can tent camp or RV camp the night before and enjoy a donation dinner along with free use of the showers, bathroom and gym! Danishes and coffee in the morning. Finally, a safety video sharing insights on the ride! PLEASE Consider the 20 mile ride if you’re not ready for a 40. They need as many riders as possible to make the inaugural ride a success.

ADVISORY: This ride is in a rural and isolated part of Arkansas. Residents depend on volunteer rescue squads during emergency medical situations. The closest hospitals from the starting point are approximately 50 miles away. Ride organizers and volunteers trust that participants will keep this information in mind and ride safely and responsibly. Some ascents and descents are intense; this is not a ride for beginners. This is not a race. Enjoy the view!  HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. The ride supports the efforts of work being done by Community Voices to strengthen their community and keep their facilities open for use by the public for conventions, business meetings, entertainment, ball games, and more. Community Voices is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so your donations are tax deductible as allowable by law.


4th Annual Leslie Mountain Man Rendezvous – Coming Soon!!

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The 4th Annual Leslie Mountain Man Rendezvous is Friday, October 9 through Saturday, October 10 in historic Leslie!  Open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The mountain folk once again descend on beautiful Leslie for the annual Leslie Mountain Man Rendezvous. See pre-1840 history come alive. Admission is free. Public, private, and home schools invited on Friday. Vendors on site. Be sure to visit downtown Leslie while you’re here. The town offers historic homes and buildings, the Ozark Heritage Arts Center, antique stores, shops, art, local pottery, restaurants, lodging, and sourdough bread baked in a brick oven. The annual rendezvous is sponsored by the Leslie Area Merchants Association and the Early Arkansaw Reenactors Association.  For more information, please call 870-448-2557.rendzevous2

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Searcy County Fair — Sept. 8-12, 2015

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It is Searcy County Fair time again.

Check out the Schedule of Events below.

Saturday, August 22

9:30am Livestock Health Certificates & Poultry Vaccination

3:00 pm Horse Show, Flintrock Saddle Club Arena

Thursday,  August 27th

8pm Battle of the Bands & Arena Dance, Searcy County Fairground Arena, Armbands $8   Gate admission $10

call 870-448-2999 or 870-504-1641 to enter or purchase armbands

Friday, August 28

4:00-6:00pm       Fair Pageant Rehearsal, Marshall Elementary Cafeteria

6:00pm Fair Talent Show, Marshall Elementary Cafeteria

Saturday, August 29

6:00pm Beauty Pageant, Marshall Elementary Cafeteria

Wednesday, September 2—Saturday, Sept 5

6:00-10:00 pm    Carnival, Strawberry Shed Area, Marshall

Thursday, September 3

3:30 pm                Clean-Up Day – Buildings & Grounds

Tuesday, September 8

6:00 pm                Youth Tractor Driving Contest

Wednesday, September 9

8am–6pm  Family Consumer Science Exhibits, Flowers, Arts, Horticulture and Educational Booths entered.

Thursday, September 10

8am-10am   Livestock exhibits in place (Junior & Open)

Commercial Booths set-up

9:00 am Judging Family Consumer Science, Departments (buildings closed to the public)

10am     ALL livestock and poultry in place

10am     Exhibitor meeting-required attendance for herdsman award, Show Arena

12:00 pm              4-H Poultry judging (showmanship following show)

2:00pm Sheep judging (showmanship following show)

4:00pm Goat judging (showmanship following show)

6pm-8pm            Buildings open to the public

Friday, September 11  — School Day & Senior Citizen Day

8am-8pm             Fairgrounds & buildings open to the public

8:00 am Swine judging (showmanship following show)

1:00 pm                Cattle judging (showmanship following show)

8:00 pm                Rodeo, Flintock Saddle Club Arena

Saturday, September 12

8am-2pm             Fairgrounds & buildings open to the public

9:00 am 4-H Poultry Auction, poultry barn

10:00 am              Junior Livestock Premium Sale, show arena

12pm-2pm          Pick up entries in all departments

2:30 pm                Fair Parade

8:00 pm                Rodeo, Flintock Saddle Club Arena

Sunday, September 13

2pm       NBHA, National Barrel Horse Association, Sponsored by Flintrock Saddle Club at the arena

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Searcy County Farmer’s Markets!!

Searcy County has three Farmer’s Markets!

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The farmer’s market in Marshall is Fridays from 3 p.m. till 6 p.m. Held at the berry shed, come for produce, eggs, crafts, and entertainment.  For more information, please call Nikki at 870-448-5196.

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Cove Creek Emporium hosts a farmer’s market in downtown Leslie. Market is from 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon every Saturday throughout the growing season. Vendors-Farmers welcome. They have an awning and building, so weather will not be an issue. Call Dottie Mayes at 870-448-6287 for more information or message her on Facebook.

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Witts Springs Farmers Market is on Mondays from 6 p.m. till about 7 p.m. at the community park across the street from Cindy’s Country Store.

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Free Electronics Recycling – May 9th 2015

Free Electronics Recycling to be offered in Marshall May 9, 2015

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The city of Marshall is hosting a free electronic waste (E-Waste) recycling round-up on Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Old Berry Shed on 200 West Fair Street, off Highway 65. Participants may drop off items such as computers, fax machines, printers, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, phones, electronic cables and more.

Businesses, schools, non-profit groups, and residents are invited to participate.

Why recycle electronics? Banned at most landfills, E-Waste is the fastest growing part of the solid waste stream. Presently only about 18% of electronics are being recycled in the United States and contain heavy metals, flame retardants, and other compounds known to cause health problems. The vast majority of dangerous toxins found in landfills – mercury, cadmium, flame retardants and lead – come from electronics. During the recycling (e-cycling) process, hazardous waste is safely and responsibly removed from electronic items, metals and plastics are reprocessed, and data is wiped from the items in compliance with the U.S. Department of Defense’s standards.

This electronic waste round-up is sponsored by Searcy County Recycling, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Ozark Mountain Solid Waste, Searcy County, and the City of Marshall.

As a thank-you for recycling, randomly selected participants that drop off E-Waste will win a pair tickets to the Kenda Drive-In movie theater in Marshall.

If you are unable to drop off your unwanted electronic items at the Round-Up on May 9, Searcy County Recycling, located at 2137 Highway 27 South, accepts E-Waste, as well as glass, cardboard, textiles, paper products, and aluminum cans, which can be dropped off any time, free of charge.

For more information, contact Debbie McDaniel at Searcy County Recycling, 870-448-3001, 870-448-6583,

29th Annual Hillbilly Daze – Witts Springs, Arkansas

Everyone come out to the 29th Annual Hillbilly Daze in Witts Springs, Arkansas on Saturday, May 23th, 2015.

Hillbilly Daze is always on Memorial Day weekend at Witts Springs, Arkansas.

Hillbilly Daze  started as the weekend of Decoration of the local grave sites of the people that have lived in these hills for generations.  The locals started a parade with other festivities in 1988 and it has bloomed into a wonderful festival that takes place every year.

The Kids Parade begins at 10:00 A.M. and the Main Parade starts at 11:00 A.M.  Lunch will be served immediately after the parade.

After lunch there will be Horse Shoes, Turtle Races, A Stick Horse Rodeo, and Sack Races,  behind the Pavilion. (All kids have to provide their own turtles.)

Doyle and Sandra Weaver are the Grand Marshalls this year.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the Parade….there are CASH Prizes and all old cars, ATV’s, Horses, Floats, Bikes, Wagons, and Marching Groups are all WELCOME!!


Map of  Witts Springs Location


26th North Arkansas Ancestor Fair June 5-6, 2015




26th North Arkansas Ancestor Fair June 5-6, 2015

Searcy County Civic Center, Marshall, AR

Writing and Interpreting: Civil War Resources Authors Use


After months, or years, of collecting Civil War information, what does one do with it? How does one organize to tell an intelligent narrative? How does one evaluate the information?  What to put in the text and what in the footnote?  And most importantly, what resources does one use to write a good story/tale/narrative?


The 26th North Arkansas Ancestor Fair will have authors who have and are writing books about the Civil War in Arkansas tell how they have written their books, or are putting their books together.  This is an unprecedented opportunity to hear and talk to authors who have dealt with problems of Arkansas research, and have put it together.  Our authors Dr. Thomas A. DeBlack, Arkansas Tech University, has written “With Fire and Sword: Arkansas, 1861-1874″;  Mark Christ, Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, has authored “Civil War Arkansas, 1863″ and edited “I Do Wish This Cruel War Was Overt” and other Arkansas Civil War tomes, and  David Schieffler, doctoral candidate at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville is putting together “Lincoln’s Foothold in the South: Phillips County, Arkansas, 1861-1865.”


This opportunity will be available Friday, June 5th, 2015, from 9:30 a. m. to 3:30 p. m. in Marshall, Arkansas at the Civic Center on Zack Road.  There will be a fee: $10 for all day and $5 for a half day. The following day at the Marshall Civic Center family historians, county historical and genealogical societies and other genealogical/historical organizations, authors and vendors can set up for free to exchange information, advertise themselves or sell their wares.  Saturday admission and set up are free. Details and accommodation information is available at:  For more information contact Shirley Gray at: 870-448-3308 or


New Motorcycle Routes Defined

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The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce has laid out two new motorcycle routes for riding enthusiasts coming thru our area.

The new routes will be highlighted in the new upcoming 2015 Chamber Member and Relocation guide with a 2 page spread including a detailed description and a map.

There is also some good detailed information here on our site.   Check it out!!


2014 Award Winners – Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce


The Annual Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce held it’s Banquet and Awards Ceremony last night, February 26th, 2015, at the Searcy County Civic Center.   Nearly 200 were in attendance for the event, and it was a great success.

Keynote Speaker Mr. James Johnston

Keynote Speaker Mr. James Johnston



“The Spirit of Searcy County Award”: Searcy County Sheriff’s Deputy Lang Holland and State Police Officer Buster “Buckey” Rinks
Lifetime Achievement Award: Kenneth Fariss
Business of the Year: Ratchford Farms –  L.C. Ratchford
Employee of the Year: Amanda McCoy – Marshall Medic Pharmacy
Volunteer of the Year: Keith Karnes
Business Student of the Year: Victoria Passmore 1st, Mersady Redding 2nd, Court Turney 3rd
Agriculture Student of the Year: Laykyn Rainbolt 1st, Logan Boyd 2nd, Grace Pepler 3rd
Science/Technology Student of the Year: Seth Stephenson 1st, Taylor Irwin 2nd, Domonique Baheza 3rd

3 of the Student winners (Seth Stephenson, Victoria Passmore and Mersady Redding) were not available for the photo because of a event conflict and are not shown.
(Photo by Bob King Photography)

Award Winners

2014 Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce Award Winners


Spirit of Searcy County Award Winners.

Spirit of Searcy County Award Winners.