It’s Elk Viewing Season!!


Fall is here and the Elk are on the move in Searcy County.  You may have not heard, Searcy County has Elk!!  And we have a lot of them.  Arkansas Game and Fish’s official numbers total about 600 elk in the state,  Most are in Newton and Searcy County.  And even though Newton County has an annual Elk Festival, Searcy County can boast that we’re the “Elk Hunting Capital of Arkansas”, because for the past 2 years, more have been killed in Searcy County than any other county in the state.   Arkansas Game and Fish very carefully manages the herd, and a very limited number of tags (Normally about 20% of herd total) are drawn for hunters every year.


Searcy County’s elk are mostly in two main areas of the county.  The Richland Valley in the western section of the county, and along the Bear Creek valley just west of Marshall.  Many visitors and travelers see the Bear Creek herd regularly in that 4 mile stretch right along Highway 65.    These are the two main areas, but elk might be seen just about anywhere along the Buffalo River, and some have recently been reported between Gilbert and Maumee South, along the river.


So get out and enjoy our beautiful Searcy County fall scenery, and keep your eyes open for those beautiful elk!!

Pedestal Rock 20 & 40 Mile Bicycle Ride


1st Annual Pedestal Rock 20- & 40-Mile Bicycle Ride! The ride is Saturday, November 7th starting at 9 AM at Witts Springs Community Center.  Check in / Registration 7:30-8:30.  Twenty mile ride and Forty mile ride.  Shirts to all registered riders.  Lunch included for first 200 pre-registered riders!

2,800 total feet of ascents and 2,800 feet of descents (40 mile portion), essentially a neutral ride at the start and turnaround.



The ride starts at the Witts Springs Community Center at the intersection of Highway 377 and Highway 16 in Witts Springs, Arkansas. Two routes are offered, both winding through the beautiful Ozark National Forest. The 20-mile ride is from the Community Center to Raspberry Bend and back; the 40-mile ride is from the Community Center to the Pedestal Rock Scenic area and back.

(You cannot actually see Pedestal Rock from the turnaround point.) Go to for all the details and online registration.



They have a lofty goal of getting 200 RIDERS to attend this challenging, but fun & beautiful finish to the riding season. They will be posting three videos for riders as well; one highlighting Pedestal Rock, one highlighting the riders village where you can tent camp or RV camp the night before and enjoy a donation dinner along with free use of the showers, bathroom and gym! Danishes and coffee in the morning. Finally, a safety video sharing insights on the ride! PLEASE Consider the 20 mile ride if you’re not ready for a 40. They need as many riders as possible to make the inaugural ride a success.

ADVISORY: This ride is in a rural and isolated part of Arkansas. Residents depend on volunteer rescue squads during emergency medical situations. The closest hospitals from the starting point are approximately 50 miles away. Ride organizers and volunteers trust that participants will keep this information in mind and ride safely and responsibly. Some ascents and descents are intense; this is not a ride for beginners. This is not a race. Enjoy the view!  HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. The ride supports the efforts of work being done by Community Voices to strengthen their community and keep their facilities open for use by the public for conventions, business meetings, entertainment, ball games, and more. Community Voices is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so your donations are tax deductible as allowable by law.


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!!


Map of  Witts Springs Location


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,