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.

 

 

 

 

New Member — Crockett’s Country Store and Canoe Rentals

 

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The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have Crockett’s Country Store and Canoe Rentals as our newest member!!

Conveniently located at the intersection of Hwy. 14 & Hwy. 27 North, in Harriet, Arkansas, Crockett’s is just minutes away from the beautiful Buffalo National River.

Escaping from its originating source in the Boston Mountains, 15 miles above the National Park’s Boundary, the Buffalo National River embraces 135 miles of both rapid flowing and calm segments of the 150 mile long river. Popular among both avid and amateur canoeist, a float trip on the Middle Buffalo River offers both Level I and Level II canoeing at its best. Cutting a path through what appears to be a primitive watercourse, your canoe adventure will deliver breathtaking, scenic views at most every bend of the river. Soaring limestone bluffs, picturesque inlets, indigenous flora and fauna present you with Arkansas, “The Natural State” at its best along this river’s borders.

If you are planning to experience the Buffalo River by canoe, whether it be for a few hours or several days, let our friendly staff at Crockett’s Canoe Rental assist you with your river adventure needs.

Services Tailored to Meet Your Needs

“We aim to please!” Offering friendly, courteous, and most importantly Flexible service is our priority. Perhaps you’ve been dreaming about catching a sunrise or sunset on the Buffalo River. Our customers, not the clock, determine our “down-home” hours of operation. Whether there be five or fifty in your party, we can accommodate you.

Thinking of camping overnight? Our knowledgeable staff is happy to assist groups and families in planning, exploring, hiking, picnics and overnight camping at many of the breathtaking sites along the river.

Life jackets, paddles and seat backs are provided with each canoe rental. and Shuttle Service is available for all approved access areas. Click Here  for more information on all our services.

Family owned by Bobby & Creed Crockett, we offer hunting, fishing, camping and picnic supplies, along with a full line of groceries and “convenience store” items. If you forgot it at home, or just simply want it, we probably have it here. If not, we will point you in the right direction! Deli sandwiches, hamburgers, sodas, ice, T-Shirts and souvenirs are all available. We also have the world famous Searcy County Chocolate Rolls normally for sale!!  We have a self-service gasoline station and we also fill propane tanks. Hunting and Fishing Licenses are also available.

Be sure and make Crockett’s Country Store and Buffalo River Canoe Rentals your next stop to outfit your complete Buffalo River Adventure.

For more information Crockett’s website.

Crockett’s Country Store & Buffalo River Canoe Rental

119 West Hwy 14 • P. O. Box 26

Harriet, Arkansas 72639

Call Us:  870-448-3892 (local) • 800-355-6111 (toll free)

All Things Chocolate Roll Contest Winners Named

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The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce recently held the “All Things Chocolate Roll” contest.    The submissions of stories and photos for the contest are going to be used to in the Chocolate Roll book that the Chamber is in the process of assembling.   Several written and photographic entries were received by the deadline date of January 8th, and the winners were judged by the Chocolate Roll Committee on January 10th.

The winning Photography entry “Serving Chocolate Rolls” was submitted by Shirley Patterson of Marshall, and is shown above.   We’ll post several more of the Photography Entries in the gallery below.

There are 3 winners in the written story category.  Placing for the 3 prizes will be announced at the 2nd Annual Chocolate Roll Festival on March 16.   The 3 winners, in no particular order are,  Edna Mae Wells, with her story titled “Chocolate Rolls For Christmas”.  Georgia Mae Brown Long for her story titled, “The Chocolate Roll Goes to College”.  Dana Treat for her story titled, “Love at First Bite”.    Prizes of $100 for first place, $50 for 2nd place and $25 for first place will be awarded at the Chocolate Roll Festival.

Everyone needs to practice and get their best Chocolate Roll Recipe ready for the contest on March 16!!!