2015 Events for Leslie Arkansas
The Ozark Heritage Arts Center (OHAC)
The OHAC is located in a building constructed as a community hall in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, or WPA. It later became used as a gymnasium by the Leslie school system. Inside the arts center is the 350-seat Killebrew Theatre. It gets its’ name from Rex and Daphne Killebrew who remodeled the old Leslie school gym in 1992. They gave it the name of the Ozark Heritage Arts Center.
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2015 Searcy County Events
Every 2nd Saturday – Live Music – Leslie OHAC
Every 5th Saturday – Live Gospel Music – Leslie OHAC
2nd & 4th Saturday, May-September – Ozark Mountain Market – Leslie
3rd Saturday May-September – Lawnmower Races – Leslie Fun Park
1st Saturday April-October – American Legion Hillbilly Skeet Shoots – Between Leslie & Marshall
March 13-21 – SW Regional Mountain Man Rendezvous – Leslie
March 17 – Air Force Band Performance – Leslie School Gym
March 21 – Leslie Plant Sale – Leslie
March 31-April1 – Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic – Leslie Community Center
April 18 – Seussical, Jr. Childlren’s Musical – Leslie OHAC
May 9 – Leslie City Wide Rummage Sale
May 9 – 7th Annual Fishing Derby – Leslie
June 16-20 – 61st Annual Leslie Homecoming
July 17-18 – Junior Rodeo – Leslie Pine Grove Trails
September 23-26 – Ozark Byways Buy-Days and Searcy County Junkfest
October 9-10 – 4th Annual Mtn. Man Rendezvous – Leslie
November 10 – 4th Annual Salute to Veterans Concert – Leslie OHAC
December 5 – 7th Annual Sugarplum Festival – Leslie
(Always call to confirm event is being held as published here. 870-448-2557)
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The Leslie Lasso begins in Searcy County on State Highway 66 in the quaint Ozark Mountain town of Leslie. Restored old buildings downtown give Leslie a character that few American towns possess today. This town of less than 500 residents harkens back to a bygone era of Americana. Homesteaded by pioneers moving West from the Appalachians, Leslie was first surveyed by Herbert Hoover in the last part of the 19th century. The Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad once came through Leslie. A railroad spur, the Dinky Line, once hauled mighty white oak timber from the hills to the world’s largest barrel making factory that turned out up to 4,500 barrels a day. The railroad and barrel factory are now relegated to the pages of history, but the town still thrives. Today Leslie is the crossroads for tourist traffic going to and from Mountain View, the “Folk Music Capital of the World,” and travel going to and from Branson, Missouri. Leslie is home to antique stores, shops, multiple parks, restaurants and a wood-fired brick oven that produces Old World Sourdough Bread. Leslie is also the music epicenter of Searcy County with its Ozark Heritage Arts Center and Museum that offers a variety of live music shows as well as plays and musicals. The Art Center is housed in an historic stone building constructed by the WPA in 1938.
Traveling east from Leslie involves an immediate climb on a mountain with an 11 percent grade. Seven miles down highway 66 from Leslie is the small community of Oxley. About 3 ½ miles past Oxley the route descends into Stone County. Beautiful scenery abounds as the trip glides through the community of Alco and makes a left turn just short of Timbo onto State Highway 263. Shortly after making the left turn, the route passes in front of the old home of Grammy award winning folk singer Jimmy Driftwood on the right. Driftwood was famous for singing and composing hundreds of folk songs, including the Grammy winning 1960 Song of the Year, “The Battle of New Orleans.” The scenic route continues through the community of Onia and just to the west of the Ozark National Forest as it makes its way to an intersection with State Highway 14 near the town of Big Flat. Making a left turn on highway 14, the Leslie Lasso reenters Searcy County and transits eight miles of rugged and gorgeous countryside bisected by the clear, cool waters of Big Creek. The route arrives in Harriet where it makes another left-hand turn onto State Highway 27.
The trip along State Highway 27 takes the rider to the south of the Loafers Glory Wildlife Management Area. At the community of Morning Star, the route passes the South Maumee Road on its right which leads to an access point and primitive campground for the Buffalo National River as well as the stunning beauty of the Buffalo River Hiking Trail. Proceeding through Morning Star on highway 27 the biker will soon approach the town of Marshall. However, the route will turn left just before Marshall onto State Highway 74 which will take the rider back to state highway 66. This portion of the route offers miles of bucolic countryside with little traffic and views of Long Creek and Big Creek. Transiting through the communities of Landis and Thola, the route will briefly reenter Stone County, then the rider will intersect with State Highway 66 and make a right turn heading southwest as the road makes its climb into Searcy County and the community of Oxley. Seven miles past Oxley the highway once again finds the town of Leslie after descending down the 11 percent grade.