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

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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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


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!!


U.S Air Force Band of Mid-America — March 17, 2015

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If you enjoyed the Air Force Jazz band that performed a concert in Leslie a couple of years ago, you will love the Air Force Band Of Mid America Full Concert band, coming to Leslie on March 17, 2015, at the Leslie Intermediate School Gym at 7:00 P.M.

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Concert Band is a group of 45 enlisted professional musicians who musically represent the professionalism and excellence found every day throughout the United States Air Force.  This diverse ensemble’s repertoire ranges from symphonic band masterworks and traditional marches, to modern compositions and jazz.

At one of their concerts, you are just as likely to hear the music of contemporary composers as you would the familiar sounds of John Phillip Sousa or Major Glenn Miller.  The band also features professional vocal soloists, performing a wide variety of popular, classical, and patriotic selections.

Check out a YouTube Video below.

2014 Flying Jam! – The 7th Annual

7th Annual Flying Jam

When: Saturday, 4 October

Where: Searcy County Airport in Marshall

Time: 9 a.m. until about 2 p.m.

What: Food, Fun, Live Music, & Aviation


  • Bring your folding chair and take in the free music
  • Music starts at 10 a.m. in the hangar
  • Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter present
  • Powered parachutes
  • Wood-powered vehicles on display!
  • Games provided by Girl Scouts – Buffalo River Service Unit

General Coordinator, Darryl Treat,  Searcy County Chamber of Commerce   501-941-4828
Fly-in Coordinator for pilots, Richard Craig, 870-404-1444

 Sponsored by the Searcy County Airport Commission and The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.

Flying Jam Music Festival

Annual Fly-in, mini air show with Powerchutes, music festival featuring local musicians, food vendors, crafts and displays. Fun for the entire family. Music stage is in the hangar so bring folding chairs for comfort. Free admission to the public. Free parking.


Rackensack Folklore Society Salutes Local Music Heritage – Saturday Aug. 2


The Rackensack Folklore Society Salutes Local Music Heritage on Saturday, 2 August at 7 p.m. in the Ozark Heritage Arts Center at 410 Oak Street in Leslie! Admission is FREE, however donations will be solicited for the Ozark Heritage Arts Center. This VERY special night of music will honor Jimmy Driftwood, Frankia Stills Treat, Elton Britt, and fiddlers Absie and Abbie Morrison.

Arkansas Folk Festival at Mountain View, Ark., April 19-20, 1963 Absie & Abbie Morrison (Photo by Ernie Deane)


Abbie Sherman Morrison and his twin brother Absie Sheridan Morrison were born and raised in the Searcy County community of Campbell, Arkansas.  The brothers played at the first Arkansas Folk Festival in Mountain View in 1962.  Absie also won the Burl Ives award one year, and played at the Grand Ole Opry.  Absie’s fiddle is on display at the Ozark Heritage Art Center in Leslie.


Searcy County native Elton Britt (born James Elton Baker) had the very first country music performance to be awarded a gold record for selling more than a million copies with “There’s a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere.”  In addition, according to the “Cleveland American” newspaper, Britt once won the world championship as a yodeler.


Jimmy Driftwood was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and his song “The Battle of New Orleans” won a Grammy in 1960 for Song of the Year.  He wrote over 6,000 songs and is a member of the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.  Driftwood graduated from Marshall High School in 1928 and later worked in the Snowball School.

Frankia Treat

Another Searcy County native and recording artist Frankia Stills Treat earned gold, platinum, and double platinum albums for writing a song on Country star John Anderson’s Seminole Winds album.  She was also a writer for Buck Owens’ Blue Book Music.  Her son Mason Treat was a drummer for John Anderson’s band and also earned gold, platinum, and double platinum albums for Seminole Winds.

Rackensack is comprised of a group of musicians, storytellers and friends who are dedicated to the preservation of the performance of old time traditional folk music of the Ozarks.  The acoustic music in Rackensack is comprised of a group of musicians, storytellers and friends who are dedicated to the preservation of the performance of old time traditional folk music of the Ozarks. The acoustic music is performed with fiddles, guitars, banjos, dulcimers, harmonicas, bass tubs and other instruments of our forefathers.  The Pulaski County Chapter of the Rackensack Folklore Society was formed in 1963 as a sister to the original chapter organized in Mountain View.  Jimmy Driftwood of Timbo, was the founder of the Rackensack Folklore Society of Mountain View and was the inspiration for the founding of the Pulaski County Chapter.

Come hear special tributes to our local music talents and visit with the families of these stars of yesteryear! Brought to you by The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, please call 870-448-2557.  Some of the material for this article obtained from The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, and the Rackensack Folklore Society website.

2014 Leslie Homecoming

The 60th Edition of the Leslie Homecoming is coming next week!!

This year’s events are from June 16-21.

Check out all the Events below.

Homecoming T-Shirts are available at the Leslie Homecoming Online Store  <==== Click



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Disney’s The Little Mermaid is coming to Leslie – July 26th

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Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR is coming to the Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie on Saturday, 26 July at 7 p.m.

This children’s production is $5 for children 12 & under and $10 for adults.

Production by Red Curtain Theatre of Conway.

For advance tickets, please stop by Elk & Eagle Trading Post in Leslie or Simmons Bank in Marshall.

For more information, please call 501-941-4828.