Junkfest – Bargains Alive on 65 Sept. 21-24

 

 

Junkfest/Bargains Alive on 65 is coming 21-24 September!

It’s also part of the region-wide Ozark Byways Buydays on 24 September.

This Wednesday through Saturday event is from Leslie to Marshall to Pindall and on side roads along the way.

Don’t miss this huge yard sale extravaganza and sales at local businesses! For more information, please call the chamber of commerce at 870-448-2557.

 

 

 

 

Ozark Buyways

Ozark Buyways Regional Event

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The Ozark Folklife Festival!!

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The Ozark Folklife Festival is Saturday, October 1st from 10 AM till 8 PM at the Tyler Bend Campground, Buffalo National River, near St. Joe.  It’s a heritage event reflecting life 100 or more years ago in the Ozark Mountains of Searcy County in celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday!  Food, crafts, and music!  Demonstrators include: Storytelling, History of Searcy County, Spinner, Felter, Hymn Sings/Shaped Note Class, Trapper, Flint Knapper, Native American Flute Player, Corn Husk Dolls, Old Time Children’s Games, Lye Soap, Quilt Tying, Burial Customs, Dutch Oven Cooking, Firearm display, Folk Dancers/Storytelling, Blacksmith, Tomahawk Throwing, Pre-Civil War Encampment (1840s or prior time period) Early Arkansas Reenactors Association, Quilt Display, Dairy Goat Milking and possibly more.

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Still on the Hill

We have a great lineup of music!  The Michael and Jennifer McLain Band from Tennessee, Still on the Hill from Fayetteville, The Rackensack Folklore Society of Pulaski County, Mark Jones of Mountain View, Buddy Case of Enola, Possum Juice of Leslie & Mountain View, Jeff Stansbery & Breez of Leslie, The Burlesons of Lead Hill, Nathan Eaton of Marshall, and Skymeadow Fine Arts of Yellville.

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Possum Juice

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The Rakensack Folklore Society

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Buddy Case

 

We also have a great lineup of food!

Pinto beans, ham, cornbread:

BBQ, cole slaw, Biscuit : Ruby’s Diner James Elliott ( Food Truck)

Fried Catfish, hush puppies: Larry Davenport

Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Rolls, Skylark-Joy

Hand Dipped Ice Cream- LobLolly Creamery (truck)

 

Special donations of money to help pay food vouchers for the musicians by: Sweepin’ Home Cleaning Service and Palms & Oil Massage Therapy of Tilly, the Marshall Mountain Wave, Witt Springs Community Voices, Gayla Feist, Director of North Central Adult Education of Leslie & Clinton, Starlight Cabin, LLC of Cozahome, Friends of the Searcy County Library, Ozark Byways, The Committee of Marshall, Ozark Opportunities, and Simmons Bank of Marshall.

 

Brand New 2016 Community Guide is Complete

The brand new 2016 Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce Community and Relocation Guide is now complete and available on the Chamber website.

This year’s guide is even  bigger and better than last year’s, with 4 additional new pages (68 Total)  of things to do and see, and places to go while you’re visiting Searcy County.

If you are planning on moving to Searcy County, or just visiting,  this is the guide you need to have.

There are some great additions and changes in this years guide, some of them are:

  • All member listings are by category, and we have a new category index where you can quickly find what you’re looking for.
  • Members selling chocolate rolls are noted in the member listings
  • The Calendar of Events has been expanded, all big Searcy County Events are listed.
  • We have new pages about the 100th Anniversary of the National Park System, an update to the Hunting page and how Searcy County is the Big Game Hunting Capital of Arkansas, an update on Searcy County Agri-tourism,  11 Reasons to live in Searcy County, an update on the improvements at the Searcy County Civic Center, a feature on the Annual Pedestal Rock Bicycle Ride, a story about World Class Hiking in Searcy County, Kenda Drive-in’s 50th Anniversary,  and much, much more.
  • 2015 Chamber Award Winners are listed.
  • An brand new spread on 15 Searcy County Attractions!!

The printed version of the guide will be available soon, and approximately 8000 copies will be distributed to all 13 visitor centers across the state of Arkansas by the Arkansas Parks and Tourism office, the Little Rock Air Force Base and many other places around the state.

The guide is available online in PDF format, so if you have the PDF reader on your computer you should be able to view.  just click the front page of the guide below.

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2016 Chocolate Roll Festival – Bigger and Better!!

 

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The 5th Annual Chocolate Roll Festival and World’s Best Chocolate Roll Contest is coming soon…..get those recipes ready!!

Come out on Saturday March 19th, 2016 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 4th Annual Marshall High School Art Club Chocolate Was a Huge Success and the 5th annual 2016 Edition should be even better!!

This year’s event will be held on Saturday March 19th.   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 19, 2016!  It’s a new year and the MHS Art Club is already planning the 2016 Chocolate Roll Contest and Festival. We will again be having  a 5K walk/run and a classic car show with a Parade of Cars at 10am.

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5k walk/run @ 8am. Classic car show begins at 9am with parade of cars at 10am. Chocolate Roll contest begins at 10:00 am. You pick the winner of the best chocolate roll. Art show, vendors, Make and Take chocolate roll workshop, and entertainment. Something for everyone!

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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.

 

 

 

 

Red Curtain Theater Comes to Leslie with 3 New Shows

The Red Curtain Theater of Conway is bringing three great shows this year to Leslie and the Ozark Heritage Arts Center! First off, the Leslie Area Merchants Association and the Red Curtain Theater present the children’s musical “Alice & Wonderland Jr.” on Saturday night, 27 February at 7 pm! Tickets will be $10 for Adults and $5 Children (12 & under). If you enjoyed their production of “Seussical Jr.” and “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”, you’ll love this! Don’t miss it! The Music Man musical is coming Saturday night, 23 July and as part of the 2016 8th Annual Sugarplum Festival in Leslie, the children’s musical “Elf Jr.” will be held on Saturday night, 3 December! For more information, please call 870-448-2557.

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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.

BBQ cook Off Flyer Photo

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BBB Cook Off Entry Form

BBQ Contest Rules are here:  Link to Rules

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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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!!

COME BACK TO NATURE AND ENJOY HILLBILLY DAZE AT WITTS SPRINGS, ARKANSAS!!       This is our 29th Year!!


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: www.ancestorfair.us.  For more information contact Shirley Gray at: 870-448-3308 or shirleysdream@windstream.net

 

2014 Award Winners – Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce

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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.