2015 Chocolate Roll Festival – Bigger and Better!!


Rep. Branscum casting his ballot, with Coordinator Brenda Smyth - Photo: Bob King Photography

Rep. Branscum casting his ballot, with Coordinator Brenda Smyth – Photo: Bob King Photography

The 4th Annual Chocolate Roll Festival and World’s Best Chocolate Roll Contest is coming soon…..get those recipes ready!!

Come out on Saturday March 21st, 2015 at 10 am at Marshall High School for all the fun.  Be sure to purchase your ballot where you can sample all the chocolate rolls and cast your vote for the World Champion Chocolate Roll.

The 3rd Annual Marshall High School Art Club Chocolate Was a Huge Success and the 4th annual 2015 Edition should be even better!!

This year’s event will be held on Saturday March 21st.   Be sure and check here and the Chambers Facebook page for upcoming information and to enter your chocolate rolls in the World Championship Chocolate Roll Contest.

To Enter the Contest check out the Event Facebook page.

There are some new events this year as well…..Highlights include:

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 21, 2015! It’s a new year and the MHS Art Club is already planning the 2015 Chocolate Roll Contest and Festival. There will be two new additions this year – the MHS Cross Country team will be sponsoring a 5K walk/run that morning and our club will be sponsoring our first High School Invitational Art competition.
Area high schools have been invited to bring student artwork to be judged and prizes awarded. All artwork will be on display during the festival on Saturday, March 21. In order to award prizes to the students, our club is having an art auction fundraiser on Facebook!
This is how it works:
● Each Sunday evening we will post an original artwork created by an MHS Art Club student or Mrs. Smyth on the MHS Art Club Facebook page and shared on Brenda Smyth’s FB page.
● You will have the opportunity to bid on the artwork until Friday at noon of the same week.
● To bid, you put the amount you want to bid in the comment section under the artwork.
● The minimum bid will be $20.
● The highest bidder at 12 noon on Friday will be the owner of the original artwork.
● If the artwork needs to be shipped then there will be a shipping fee added but…if the bid is $100 or more, then the shipping is FREE!
● Payment options will be cash, check or Pay Pal. Details will be worked out through private message.
We’re excited about the new additions and hope you will help us make this the best Chocolate Roll Festival ever!



2014 Chocolate Roll Festival a great Success!!

For just the 3rd year of the festival, the event was a huge success, and a great fundraiser for the Marshall High School Art Club who sponsored the event.

The declaration of Searcy County as theChocolate Roll Capital of the World by the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce in late 2012, and promotion of the event by the chamber of commerce brought in visitors from all over the state.  There were people from Hazen, Huntsville, Springdale, Russellville, and more.   The weather was beautiful, and the car show, with 27 entries was well attended also.

There were  14 entries  competing in the contest this year!!   Nearly 250 people voted for their “favorite chocolate roll”, by purchasing a punch card, and then visiting all the chocolate roll stations, where they got a sample of each contestant’s creation.  Chocolate rolls were also available for sale at the festival, but went very fast.

The voting was very competitive, and the chocolate rolls were delicious.  It was truly a festival atmosphere, with Music, arts and crafts, and two chocolate roll classes that were also well attended.


Event coordinator Brenda Smyth commented, “The MHS Art Club would like to thank the volunteers who helped with the cutting the samples, conducting baking classes, organizing the arts and crafts, getting the fantastic car show organized, and the musicians who did a great job entertaining.  They really helped make it a huge success.”  Smith said a great big thank you to the sponsors for their participation.  You helped make it great!   Thanks also goes out to the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce for donating money for the prize money this year and for all their promotion of the festival.   Smith also thanked all who donated, including Kenda Drive In, Sonic, McDonalds, Daisy Queen, Boston Mtn. Market Pizza, First National Bank of North Arkansas, First Service Bank, Ozark Hardwood Flooring, Elk and Eagle Trading Post LLC, Girl Scouts, Simmons Bank and Homebank for door prizes at the car show.

Several people at the festival and several who took baking classes commented that they plan to enter the contest next year, so we expect the 3rd Annual Chocolate Roll Festival to be bigger and better than ever.  Everyone better hone up their recipes as the competition will be fierce.

Click on the pictures below for a slide show of festival photos.





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