2012 Leslie Homecoming Car Show – June 16

 

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Car Show, in conjunction with the 58th Leslie Homecoming, at the parking lot of the Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie, Arkansas on Saturday, June 16, 2012.   Registration begins at 9:00 AM, with Judging at Noon.

This is an open car show, and anyone and any car is eligible to enter, there are trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.    Entry Fee is only $10.00 to show off your ride.  T Shirts and Goodie Bags will be given to the first 12 Entries.

Pictures from last year’s car show at Marshall are shown below.   We hope to have a lot more entries this year.

Entry form:  Click Here

 

 

 

 

 

Dedication of Historic St. Joe Depot

The official Grand Opening of the Historic Missouri and North Arkansas Railway Depot was held on May 28, 2011 from 9:00 AM till 4:00 PM, in conjunction with the Buffalo River Spring Fling.  Official Dedication of the Depot was at  2:00 PM, with the Honorable Judge Charles Clawson serving as Master of Ceremonies.  Dedication of the Civil War Monument was at 2:30.   Be sure and visit this beautiful piece of restored Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad history.  A 2 year project of Renovation is nearing completion.   The people of St. Joe and all the people of Searcy County should be very proud of what has been accomplished.   The Depot structure itself, which sits on the original site is nearing completion.  The exterior is complete, and the interior is nearing completion.  Some items will be added later, such as the original deck that went around the depot (see the old photo below) , and additional museum items inside


Opened in 1902, the St. Joe Train Depot was a stop on the Missouri and North Arkansas (M & NA) Railway running south from Joplin, MO to Helena, AR. The 365 mile railway cut a path through the Ozark Mountain Region of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas encompassing the natural beauty, vast scenic landscape and mountainous terrain of the area. This smaller connector rail line was a lifeline between the happenings of the big cities, international commerce and the rural country lifestyle by exporting timber, minerals and local goods in exchange for supplies and products from around the United States and beyond. The M & NA was vital to the development of the culture and the economy in every respect. It helped in the creation of colorful lifestyles and history in this region. This rail line paralleled the Buffalo National River for a distance, crossed it as well as other rivers and streams along its journey. Unique vegetation and spectacular cliffs abound along this rail line.



The railway closed for regular service in 1946. It since has served the community as a church, temporary classrooms for the local school and a feed store until it became vacant and fell into disrepair. The City of St. Joe purchased the building in 2009, completed repairs to the structure and has restored it to its original colors. On the National Registry of Historic Buildings since 1991, the property recently acquired a Civil War historic marker for the local area.


The City is currently developing and furnishing the building to be used as a train museum, a local history museum and an information center. Due to limited funds, at this time, the depot is unable to be opened to the public on a regular basis. Located at 110 Highway U.S. 65 South in St. Joe, AR, viewing can be scheduled by calling the City of St. Joe, Mayor John Henley, at 870-439-2012 or Councilman Norman Morrison at 870-439-2369.


See a slide show of more photos of the renovations by clicking on a smaller picture below.


Photo of the Missouri and North Arkansas - St. Joe, Arkansas Railroad Depot nearing completion in 1902

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buffalo River Spring Fling

Buffalo River Panorama from Roark Bluff

Links to Registration Forms and Information!!!

The First Annual Buffalo River Spring Fling, will be held Memorial Weekend,  Friday thru Sunday, May 27th -29th.  There will be events all over Searcy County that weekend.

Check out the Schedule of Events below for more information.

Food and Fun Festival

Certain Items below have “Hot Links”   — Click on them for More Information

Printable Schedule of Events


Friday, May 27th, 2011

  • Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast  —   7:30AM-11:00AM       Location:  EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds      Sponsor:  Operation Kindness-Searcy County Humane Society
  • Hot Dog Lunch — 11:00AM-2:00PM   Location: EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds  Sponsor: Operation Kindness – Searcy County Humane Society
  • Craft Fair —  9:00AM-5:00PM     Location:  EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds     Sponsor: Buffalo River Artisans Guild
  • Bingo —  6:30PM     Location: Searcy County Civic Center     Sponsor: I.O.O.F.  Aaron Lodge #4     Proceeds Benefit the Veterans Memorial Museum
  • Music at the Killebrew Theater  — “The Tuells” — 7:30PM — Killebrew Theater — Ozark Heritage Arts Center  — Leslie, Arkansas    Proceeds Benefit the Ozark Heritage Arts Center

 

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

  • 5/10K  Walk and Run — Registration Beginning at 7:00 Am, Run begins at 8:00 AM  Location: Searcy County Civic Center      Sponsor: Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.   Registration Form Hot Link PDF File
  • 24th Annual Hillbilly Daze —  All Day  — Location:  Witts Springs, AR       See   Hot Link For More Information
  • Ozark Mountain Market — 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon  — Location:  Leslie, AR    Also Fiddling in the Park in Leslie starts at 10:00 AM
  • Barnyard Buddies Petting Zoo and Pony Rides — 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM  — Location:  Searcy County Fairgrounds   Sponsor: Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • BB Shooting Gallery —  9:00AM – 5:00PM  — Location: Searcy County Fairgrounds   Sponsor: Boy Scout Troop 150 of Leslie, AR
  • Craft Fair —  9:00AM-7:00PM     Location:  EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds     Sponsor: Buffalo River Artisans Guild
  • Morning Star Baptist Youth Group Bake Sale  — 9:00AM-3:00 PM  —  Location:  EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds
  • Loafers Glory Community Church Lunch — 11:00AM-3:00PM  — Location: Searcy County Fairgrounds
  • Dog Show — Registration 9:00 AM — Show 9:30 AM     Location:  Searcy County Fairgrounds     Sponsor: Operation Kindness -Searcy County Humane Society
  • 2K  Pet Walk — Begins at 11:00 AM      Location:  Searcy County Fairgrounds    Sponsor: Operation Kindness-Searcy County Humane Society   2K Pet Walk Entry Form
  • Pet Adoption — All Day   Location: Searcy County Fairgrounds  Sponsor: Operation Kindness – Searcy County Humane Society
  • Hillbilly Skeet Shoot — 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon  —  Location:  Searcy County Rock Quarry (Quarry Road, 5.0 Miles South of the Stoplight in Marshall on Highway 65)  Sponsor:  American Legion Post 131, Leslie   Proceeds Benefit the Veterans Memorial Museum Facebook Link
  • Car/Motorcycle Show —  9:00AM Registration – 2:00PM Judging  — Location:  Courthouse Square, Marshall   —   Sponsor: Marshall Screen Printing    Printable Flyer PDF File Car Show Entry Form
  • 50’s Music on the Square all Day during the Car Show   — Sponsor:  Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Dunking Booth —  Location: Courthouse Square, Marshall   —  Sponsor: Lions Club
  • Gun Show by M &R Gun Shows — 10:00 AM-4:00Pm    Location: Commercial Buiding, Searcy County Fairgrounds   Admission $5.00 per person  —   Sponsor: Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Lions Cooking on the Square —  11:00Am-1:00PM   Location: Marshall Courthouse Square    Sponsor:  Lions Club
  • Spaghetti Dinner — 4:30PM-7:00PM     Location: EH Building, Searcy County Fairgrounds     Sponsor:  Operation Kindness – Searcy County Humane Society
  • Buffalo River Bull Bash —  7:30PM    Location:  Searcy County Fairgrounds Arena    Sponsor: Flintrock Saddle Club and Produced by  Heath Horton Rodeo Co.
  • Music at Ozark Heritage Arts Center — 7:30PM   Featuring  “In Cahoots” — Location: Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie, AR    Sponsor: Searcy County Chamber of Commerce  —    Admission:  $5.00 at the door — All Proceeds Benefit the Ozark Heritage Arts Center

Muscle Car

 

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

  • Honoring Veterans Memorial Day Service — 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon      Searcy County Civic Center  — Information Hot Link PDF File
  • Potluck Luncheon after the Veterans Service — 12:00 Noon     Searcy County Civic Center  Sponsor: Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Gun Show by M &R Gun Shows — 10:00 AM-4:00Pm    Location: Commercial Building, Searcy County Fairgrounds   — Admission  $5.00 per person  —  Sponsor: Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Gospel Music “The Gospel Trio”   at Ozark Heritage Arts Center —  3:00PM-4:30PM      Location:  Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie, AR
  • Chuck Wagon Gathering — 5:00 PM    Location: Searcy County Fairgrounds Show Barn    Sponsor: Thousand Hills Cowboy Church      Details:  Will include “Dutch Oven Supper”  (Free to the public)  Musical Performance by cowboy musician Sean Burgess, and concluding with message by the Thousand Hills Cowboy Church

 

Remember, this events schedule is evolving day by day, and we will update this page frequently as the events and the planning details are completed.   This will be a weekend of food and fun for kids of all ages.   Keep checking back for more details.     For more information about any of these Events send us an e-mail.

Headline Photo Courtesy of Paul Caldwell, photosofarkansas.com