National Championship Chuckwagon Races

Chuckwagon Races, National Championship

September, weekend of Labor Day
The National Championship Chuckwagon Races take place at Dan Eoff's "Bar Of" Ranch in Clinton, Ark., each Labor Day weekend from Friday through Sunday. About 150 teams consisting of a wagon and four horses compete in five divisions for the National Champion title. Division winners are awarded silver belt buckles. They also take home a share of $20,000 worth of prizes, including jackets, saddles, and "Chuckwagon Bucks"—prize money that can be spent at the western-themed Trade Show held at the event. The races are for amateurs and open to all. The weekend can attract more than 20,000 spectators, many of whom camp out on the 700-acre ranch.
In addition to chuckwagon racing, events include bronc fanning, so called because riders attempt to calm ornery mounts by fanning them with their cowboy hats. The annual Snowy River Race is a tribute to the film The Man from Snowy River, which featured a downhill chase on horseback into a river. The 16 entrants in the race ride their horses up and then furiously down a steep hill, straight into the mouth of a stream, where the race finishes. Live music and dances add to the weekend's festivities.
Eoff and his family launched the races in 1986 as a Labor Day party for friends after attending a chuckwagon race in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1985. Eight wagons competed in the first race. More than 20 years later, that party has grown to be the largest chuckwagon race in the United States.
Bar Of Ranch
2848 Shake Rag Rd.
Clinton, AR 72031
501-745-5250 or 501-745-8407
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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His victory in the 2014 National Championship Chuckwagon Races in Clinton got his picture into Sports Illustrated.

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