2013 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.
For Information and showtimes call the
2015 Searcy County Events
(Always call to confirm event is being held as published here. 870-448-2557)
2nd & 5th Saturday Music at OHAC Continual Leslie-OHAC*
American Legion Meeting 4th Saturday 9 a.m. monthly Leslie
VFW Meeting 2nd Saturday 9 a.m. monthly Leslie
Wiley's Cove Lodge F.&A.M 3rd Monday PM monthly Leslie
Am. Legion Hillbilly Skeet Shoots 1st Sat. April-Oct Between Leslie-Marshall
Lawnmower Races 3rd Sat. May-Sept Leslie
31st Southwestern Regional Rendezvous 13-21 Mar Leslie
Air Force Concert Band 17 Mar Leslie School Gym
Leslie Plant Sale 4 April Leslie
5th Annual City Wide Rummage Sale 9 May Leslie
7th Annual Fishing Derby 9 May Leslie
61st Annual Leslie Homecoming 16-20 June Leslie
Jr. Rodeo XX July Pine Grove Trails
5th Annual Hope and Justice Dice Run 15 Aug Around County
Ozark Byways Buydays (Junkfest) 23-26 Sept Searcy County
4th Annual Mtn Man Rendezvous 9-10 Oct Leslie
4th Annual Salute to Veterans Concert 10 Nov Leslie-OHAC*
7th Annual Sugarplum Festival 5 Dec Leslie
*OHAC – Ozark Heritage Arts Center
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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.