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!!

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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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2014 Rock, Rhythm and Blues Fest in Leslie on Saturday May 10

 

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On Saturday, May 10th, some of the best musicians around will be converging on the small town of Leslie in North Central Arkansas. Leslie, a town of about 480 people, is located halfway between Harrison and Conway on Hwy 65 and home to the Buffalo River Blues Society. 

This is our 2nd year of bringing awesome acts to the area! Last year, there were over 400 in attendance with 14 bands in 5 venues!

This year, the event is raising money to support both our Blues In The Schools programs in Area Schools and North Central Career Center Adult Education.  

There will be music in only 2 venues this year, on the Outdoor Stage in the City Park and in “the VIP Room” (The Drop Zone), with 12 Bands,  playing 12 hours of music!!! So bring your lawn chairs and your family! Come early as there is also a city-wide yard sale on Saturday morning from 8 am – Noon in the town of Leslie! 

Part of Leslie will be blocked off as there will be Arts & Crafts vendors  as well! Everything from 3-legged stools, massage therapy, handmade jewelry, and so much more! Also, some of the best BBQ this side of the Mason-Dixon Line! 

TICKETS: Get Tickets here for the Music Festival on Saturday! Regular AdmissionTickets are $20 in Advance, $25 at the Gate. VIP Passes are $30!

COME ON! IT’S GOING TO BE FUN!!!!

Click here for more information on Blues In the Schools from the Blues Foundation.

Click here for more information on North Central Career Center Adult Education program, supporting Van Buren & Searcy Counties!

BANDS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR ON SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014:

Groove Injectors

The Groove Injectors – This great local band has been around a long time. You name it, they can play it! If you want to groove, they can do it. This band will rock your socks off! 

JD and Mudhounds

JD & The Mudhounds– Take a trip with JD & The Mudhounds…. A musical road trip through Memphis and Clarksdale, with a side trip to New Orleans, ending up in Chicago and you have a idea of the Blues, Soul, and Boogie of JD & The Mudhounds. The band’s music has been described as authentic, fresh and new, yet with a cool retro vibe. It’s The Real Deal. JD & The Mudhounds is not just a blues band, it’s an experience.

Gill Franklin

The Gil Franklin Band – Gil Franklin has been a fixture in the Arkansas music scene for over three decades. He has played in too many bands to mention,( Notably The Blues Patrol)and has done too many things to talk about. Oddly enough,this band is the first to perform almost all original material. Fan response have been great. While his songs are uniquely his, they remain the blues.

Zakk and Big Papa

Zakk & Big Papa Binns – Zakk & Big Papa Binns is a father/son duo with dueling slide guitar, one-man-band style drums and a raw hypnotic delta blues sound. They are also members of the band Brethren, who have toured extensively with legendary bluesman Cedell Davis over the last 5 years, so… some dues have been paid.  

This kicka** duo won the Solo/Duo Competition for the Buffalo River Blues Society and went on to represent them at the IBC 2014.

Low Society

Low Society – You’d be forgiven if, in stumbling upon the first notes of a Low Society song, you thought you’d found a forgotten classic. But a few bars in and you know this is not your grandpa’s blues. 

This awesome band won the Band Competition for the Buffalo River Blues Society and went on to represent them at the IBC 2014. This band is one to be reckoned with..

Ben Rice

Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice – Coming to you from the Portland, Oregon area, they’re coming to Arkansas on their Double Strength Tour, making a special stop in Leslie, Arkansas. 

Northwest Blues artist, Lucy Hammond, has been “livin’ the blues” for over 30 years. As a songwriter, Lucy delivers a writing style that ranges from New Orleans Jazz ,to Memphis Soul,to sultry Blues Rock. When Lucy sings, you best be sitting down,or better yet dancing ! Lucy never disappoints, never holds back,& she leaves it all onstage,every performance! Her ability to connect with the audience can’t be missed ! She gives voice to the emotion we all feel,& expresses it with soul! 

Ben Rice, at 25 is a growing force in the NW Blues scene. Ben Rice brings vintage blues into the modern era. Twisting soul, roots blues, and west coast blues with rockabilly, funk, and rock. Ben Rice, as Lloyd Jones put, “gets it.” His inventive twists on blues are creating a buzz up and down the West coast. Winning the 2013 Male Vocalist and Traditional Act of the Year from the Cascade Blues Association as well as Performance and Acoustic Guitar of the Year from the West Side Blues Society. 

Brick Fields

Brick Fields & The Chosen Ones – Larry Brick and Rachel Fields-Brick, both Arkansas natives, come together with their natural approach to their own genre of music which has recently been called Ozark Gospel Blues.  Larry, on guitar and background vocals along with Rachel using her ambrosial voice while playing guitar and flute, bring together a stormy performance each and every time.  Brick Fields, the multi-award winning musical team are definitive blues artists and they are no strangers to being surrounded by great music. Rachel has toured with, opened for and recorded with acts and players from  such groups as JGB,Government Mule, the Temptations, Widespread Panic, Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company and many others. The Nashville Blues Society has called Brick Fields Music an “Unleashed cleansing of the soul!” and New Music Of Tomorrow says, “Brick Fields is by far the most soulful artist I have heard in years!”

Jason Vivone

.Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – Jason Vivone has been called the Orson Welles of Roots and Blues music. “It’s a helluva compliment. And it makes me drop and do 100 crunches immediately,” says Vivone. Maybe it’s because of his girth. Or maybe it’s because there lies a cinematic approach to the tunes of the Billy Bats. If you close your eyes, it is easy to make little mind movies of the family reunion of EDDIE ATE DYNAMITE or the domestic drama of MEAN.They came high-stepping out of Kansas City in 2013, blind siding the public with Lather. Rinse. Repeat of joyously twisted, stomping blues. In 2011 singer, songwriter and string master Jason Vivone released his solo album, My Roaring Twenties. Now, Vivone and his band of merry musical pranksters return with the equally mind-bending Eddie Ate Dynamite

Tas Cru

Tas Cru & the Tortured Souls – It is not for nothing Tas Cru has been called “the master of the triple entendre.”  His songs are blues poetry – telltale life lessons crafted with rare verbal flair and delivered with a power and passion the heights of which only the seasoned concert entertainer can reach. Rawcuss, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru’s songs and testify to his reputation as a one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today!

Honors and recognition include Cru Awarded the 2014 Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award (KBA) for Blues Education, named to the New York State Blues Hall of Fame – 2013 as a Master Blues Artist,  and in 2009 he was named by Blues Festival Guide Magazine as its 2009 Blues Artist on the Rise.

TWO HEADLINERS!!! THE JEFF JENSEN BAND AND THE ORI NAFTALY BAND!!!

Jeff Jensen

The Jeff Jensen Band – was formed May of 2004. Since then, the band has performed hundreds of gigs. Some of the most impressive have been with Deborah Coleman, Paul Oscher, and blues legend BB KING as part of his 80th birthday tour. The band has competed in the International Blues Challenge in 2005 representing the Santa Clarita Blues Society, 2006 representing the Pinetop Perkins Blues Society, once again in the 2007 IBC representing Santa Clarita Blues Society. Now the band is touring 200+ shows a year around the West-Coast and surrounding states.

Ori Naftaly

The Ori Naftaly Band – In a very short time this extremely talented band has gained international recognition and support by the international blues community and by an extended fan base, located in the USA, Holland, India, Germany and other countries all over the world.

Within the course of two years The Ori Naftaly Band has twice toured the United States and the Netherlands, won the Israeli Blues Challenge Competition, and was the first Israeli band ever to have reached the Semi-Finals of the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee. They have released two live studio albums and are currently working on their third new album

SCHEDULE

(All Times Approximate and subject to change so check back often for updates)

Festival Grounds Entrance

10:00 am – 11:00 am The Groove Injectors

Ticket booth opens at 10:30 am

Main Stage

11:00-12:00 The Gil Franklin Band

12:15-1:15 Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice

1:30-3:00 Brick Fields & The Chosen Ones

3:30-5:00 Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats

5:30-7:00 Tas Cru & The Tortured Souls

7:30-9:00 Jeff Jensen Band

9:30-11:00 The Ori Naftaly Band

towards the end of Ori’s set all the ladies will be invited back on stage to do a couple of “diva” songs

VIP Stage (The Drop Zone)

1:00-2:30 JD & The Mudhounds

2:45-3:45 Zakk & Big Papa Binns

4:45-5:45 The Gil Franklin Band

6:45-7:45 Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice

8:45-9:45 Low Society

2014 Searcy County Events Calendar (Updated 4/14/2014)

Here is the brand new 2014 Events Calendar for Searcy County!!

Updated April 14, 2014.

Bookmark this page or print and cut out where you won’t miss out on any event happening in Searcy County.

 

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Hurricane River Cave Featured on Adventure Arkansas

Hurricane River Caverns was recently featured in Three “Adventure Arkansas” segments from KFSM TV 5 in Fort Smith.

Check out the video’s below from the adventure in the regular tour below.

 

 

Part Two of the “Adventure Arkansas” trip, deeper into Hurricane River Caverns.   This segment shows part of the “Wild Cave Tour”.    

Part Three of the “Adventure Arkansas” trip.  Deep into the depths of the cave, thru the water!

Check out more about Hurricane River Cave here, and find out how you can have your own Adventure Arkansas Trip.

 

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WestFest 2013 – A Cowboy Celebration – September 28

The 3nd Annual Westfest Celebration, 2013 Edition, is scheduled for September 28, 2013 at Pine Grove Trails near Leslie, Arkansas.   It will be a day long happening of fun and exciting activities celebrating western heritage and providing an opportunity to help our neighbors.  Built around The Great Ozark Trail Dog & Horse Race, which has been held for the past 7 years, WestFest will feature all new events for all ages. It will be for real cowboys and cowgirls, those that like to play like they are real, and those folks that just want to watch. A simple way to describe the day would be to call it a “Western Circus”.  There will be a “main attraction event” scheduled for each hour from 10 AM until 6 PM, while at the same time there will be large variety of “sideshow events” happening all around the grounds.  A detail schedule and list of events, and a map to the site is below. Check back to this site often as updates and new information will be posted on a weekly basis.

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The Cause

WestFest is not just about having fun it is about folks working together to help each other.  In addition to the “main attraction event” local area  charitable, civic, and community organizations will be conducting  fund-raising events. Some will be raising funds through activities like a horse shoe throwing contest, the “sideshow events”, others may be just selling items in a more traditional charitable bazaar type activity.    The idea is to bring groups together with their specific followers for the purpose of raising money for their individual needs. This large group combined with others that will be present because of the entertainment provided will create a real opportunity for increased fund-raising success. Not only will more people mean more chances for giving, it will also increase the chances for getting more business and corporate participation.

The Location and Date

WestFest will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 starting at 8:00 AM,  at Pine Grove Trails just south of Leslie, Arkansas on Trace Ridge Road. They are a full service camp ground, and one of the top horseback trail riding destinations in Mid-America. You can learn more about Pine Grove Trail Rides at their web site.

 

Check out the Westfest Website for more information !

 


 

Sponsored by the Western Horse Heritage Foundation

Buffalo River Trail – South Maumee to Highway 14

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Great Photos – Buffalo River Trail in Searcy County

—  The Buffalo River Trail segment between The South Maumee
Road and the Highway 14 Bridge is just over 11 miles in length and has some
stunning overlooks of the Buffalo River!  Kudos to the National Park
Service, Volunteer Coordinator Ken Smith, and dozens of volunteers who
helped to complete this beautiful trail!  At places the trail runs through
lush, dense, bottomland forests, and by contrast also winds along upland
ridges.  It also traverses beautiful glades with native wildflowers and
sometimes clings to the edge of near vertical hillsides.  Near the South
Maumee Road there are beautiful waterfalls after healthy amounts of rain.
There is a water crossing between the South Maumee Road and the Spring Creek
Road when the trail crosses beautiful Spring Creek.  Between the creek and
the Highway 14 bridge there are some majestic views of the Ozarks and the
Buffalo River far below.  Canoeists and sometimes soaring birds are seen
below the trail.  This trail can be strenuous at times and is not for small
children as there are dangerous drops nearby.  However, it is a spectacular
attraction for Searcy County!  Well worth the hike.

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Recommend bringing a camera or camera phone, strong hiking stick, sturdy
shoes, and having a pack with an ample supply of water and snacks.”
Remember to carry out all of your trash.  The trail is fairly well marked,
but sometimes switches back, look for white Park Service metal markers on
trees.  The trail sometimes runs along old roads as well.  Enjoy!

Click on the smaller photos for a slide show.

Pine Grove Trails

Welcome To Pine Grove Trails!

Located five miles southwest of Leslie, Arkansas on Searcy County road 41, the community of Pine Grove is located just across the Van Buren county line. This is the home of Pine Grove Trails. Born the year of 2004 on 4,500 acres of pine covered hills and valleys and all privately owned, Pine Grove Trails is the brain child of Freddy Sutterfield and Dennis Wood, who have been friends and riding and camping companions for many years.

During their many outings on this beautiful mountain, it seemed one or the other would always bring up the idea of being able to share this breathtaking scenery and secluded wilderness with others. In the winter of 2003, while the two sat cooking on an open campfire with a light snow falling, they made a pledge to each other that by the spring of 2004 they would begin offering trail rides to the public.

 

 

Pine Grove Trails is equipped with:

  • Miles of horse riding trails
  • Lots of clean horse stalls
  • Clean RV sites, complete with water and electrical hookups
  • Western style bath house, complete with hot showers and clean restrooms
  • Plenty of clean, scenic rest areas along the trail

You see, Freddy and Dennis are just good ol’ country boys who go to great lengths to make their guests feel right at home, with their old fashioned natural Southern hospitality. Once you meet them, you’ll feel that you’ve known them all your life!

Freddy and Dennis have got a lot more up their sleeves here at Pine Grove Trail Rides in the future, but for now,come enjoy all the wonderful things they’ve already done. Miles of cleared, marked trails, some with steep inclines, traveling under high bluffs (called Indian bluffs) where artifacts have been discovered throughout the years. Experience a breathtaking view from Lookout Point located in Van Buren county with a view of Searcy and Stone counties. Listen to the mountain stream inside a rock wall and feel the mystery at Running Rock. Relax to the serene sounds of water running in the clear blue streams at the various scenic rest areas along the trails.

Some of our trails are quite rugged, even for experienced riders, so be prepared to “COWBOY UP!”


Sorry, we do not provide horses, so bring your own, or come enjoy a vigorous hike through nature.

Directions to Pine Grove Trails

From Leslie, AR take Hwy. 65 South. Go approximately 1 mile to Searcy County Road 41, just past the Little Red River bridge and turn right. Go approximately 3.6 miles to Pine Grove Trail sign and turn left. Just follow the driveway from there. If you head in on Hwy. 65 from the south, watch for Little Red River bridge, Searcy County Road 41 on your left just before you cross the bridge.

 

To learn more, visit Pine Grove Trails’ Website at      www.pinegrovetrails.com , check them out on Facebook, or call   870-447-2367

 

 

 

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Hurricane River Cave announces Extreme Cave Tours

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In an exciting announcement, Hurricane River Cave has announced they will be offering two Guided Extreme Cave Tours for 2013.

In addition to their regular cave tour, there are two different Extreme Cave tours offered.

The Deep North, or the East Passage cave tours.

These cave tours can be somewhat customized, to accommodate different fitness levels.
 
Our extreme cave tours ( by reservation ) feature a combination of the following: vertical climbs; slipping, sliding, stumbling; hands and knees crawls; belly crawls; tight squeezes; contortionist positions; tortuous, irregular terrain; gooey, sticky clay; soupy clutching mud; disconcerting ravine crossings, of indeterminate depths; wadingand or swimming; a short boat ride; bear beds, and numerous bear claw marks; sites where a saber tooth tiger, and many prehistoric, short faced bears, were discovered; and human remains, which are still there, in their final resting place, as of 2013.  The cave entrance is right next to the waterfall: you will walk right by it.Duration: 3-5 hours. Each extreme cave tour, covers about one and a half miles: although you will feel like you’ve done 5.The cost of these cave tours is $89.00 per person, plus state and local taxes: currently at 9 % ( 2013 ). Group rates, and family rates, are available.
For this cave tour, you will be supplied with a Petzl caving helmet, with a headlight, along with knee pads, and gloves. You will be accompanied at all times by a guide, for your safety, and the protection of the cave. Prepare to get extremely muddy on this trip. Lace up boots are best; however, tightly laced up sneakers are also OK. A long sleeved shirt is necessary; a belt is very important to hold up your jeans, as they will loosen up and sag, when they get wet and muddy; and you should wear a swim suit underneath your clothes: so that you can strip off all your muddy clothes, at tour end, before you use our hot showers: for which, we supply towels. We encourage the use of waterproof cameras, and sport cams for photography.
Check out the 5 Star  ratings on on Hurricane river cave from Trip Adviser.Com .

 

Hurricane River Cave is located in Northwest Searcy County, Arkansas on U.S.  Highway 65, halfway between Harrison and M
arshall (about a half hour drive either way), and about 50 minutes south of Branson, MO

You will be guided along a level ancient underground riverbed. These fantastic water-eroded passageways are the most unique of their kind among American show caves. Our cave features stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, draperies, soda straws, rimstone dams, cave popcorn, columns, moonmilk, stalactoflats, canopies, along with rare and unique shields, and more!

The Cave’s visitor approval ratings get high marks, according to an official state exit poll. Only the extremely claustrophobic would feel uncomfortable in Hurricane River Cave.

A number of unusual skeletons have been discovered in the cave. Among them are a saber-toothed cat (Smilodan Floridanus); many bears (including the prehistoric Ursus Americanus Amplidens); and, in 1989, a complete Indian skeleton, which is still in its final resting place which you will see on the Extreme Cave Tour.insidecave3

Not only are the caverns spectacular, but so are the grounds. The cave entrance is at the base of a towering bluff and is graced by a much photographed waterfall (specially created for the visitor) that spills between 150 and 300 gallons per minute. This water crashes down through a series of smaller waterfalls and pools. Green manicured lawns, flowering shrubs, flowers and trees complete the scenery.  Especially pretty in the early spring are the native Arkansas red bud and dogwood trees.

The cave is  open from March 1st to October 31st. Winter visits are available by appointment. Guided tours take approximately 45 minutes, and it’s rare that anyone ever waits more than 20 minutes. The distance covered is about ¼ mile and is not strenuous — only one incline and two staircases (17 and 27 steps respectively)

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Sheltered picnic tables are also available.

Hurricane River Cave gift shop showcases rocks, minerals, ceramics, full leaded crystal, and jewelry. tables are available. There is ample parking space.

Come and visit Hurricane River Cave.

For more information or to contact Hurricane River Cave, call 870-429-6200, email, or visit the Hurricane River Cave website.

 

Click on a picture below of a slideshow of photos from the Hurricane River Cave.

 

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)