2017 Chuckwagon Races

Each year, an estimated 20,000 people are on hand to watch the excitement of chuckwagon racing, bronc fanning, and the Snowy River Race.

The Races are held Friday through Sunday every Labor Day weekend at the Bar o f Ranch in Clinton, Arkansas. Each year, an estimated 20,000 people are on hand to watch the excitement of chuckwagon racing, bronc fanning, and the Snowy River Race. In addition to the three performances, bands perform after the races and dances are held Friday and Saturday nights. Vendors of western collectibles, crafts, art, saddles and tack are set up throughout the weekend at the Western Trade show. Ozark Mountain trail rides begin on Tuesday and are included as a part of the weekend’s festivities.

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Contact Dan or Peggy Eoff or Dapple McCracken 501-745-5250 or 501-745-8407

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The famed Bar of Western Store warehouses are located off Hwy 65 in the middle of Clinton. Look for the Western murals!


*Updated 4/12/17. Tentative schedule. Some events and times are subject to change.*


Saturday Aug 26th–Saturday Sept 2nd, Adults/$30 Per Day
Sunday Sept 3rd, $20/Adults, Children, 6-12, 1/2 adult admission

Saturday, August 26

8:00 a.m. Gates Open
7:00 p.m. Arena 3 & 4 Year-Old Bronc futurity
8:00 p.m. Bunkhouse Concert- Mike Johnson and the Southern Express

Sunday, August 27

9:00 a.m. Arena Horse Drive, Cattle Drive
11:00 a.m. Arena Cowboy Church
1:00 p.m. Arena Horse and Mule Sled Pull
6:30 p.m. Arena Girls Only Trail Ride (Wagons allowed)
8:00 p.m. Bunk House TBA

Monday, August 28

6:30 p.m. Arena Bucking Bull Futurity (2 year-old)
7:30 p.m. Arena Calcutta
9:00 p.m. Arena Bucking Bull Futurity (3 year-old) & Maturity (5 year-old)

Tuesday, August 29

9:00 a.m. 2G Arena Jackpot Roping (see West Gate for directions)
10:00 a.m. Arena Team Sorting Clinic
3:00 p.m. Bottom Barn Trail ride to town: Horses and Wagons
5:00 p.m. Clinton Park Fish Fry
6:00 p.m. Arena Team Roping Clinic
7:00 p.m. Bunk House Game Night (details to come)
7:30 p.m. Arena Barrel Racing Clinic
8:30 p.m. Bunk House Karaoke

Wednesday, August 30

9:30 a.m. Arena Trail Ride Clinic
10:30 a.m. Bottom Barn Trail Ride to pond: Horse and Wagons
12:00 p.m. Pond Chuckwagon BBQ
3:00 p.m. Arena Horseshoeing Clinic
4:00 p.m. Arena Showing of Select Horses & Mules
6:00 p.m. Arena Select Horse & Mule Sale
7:00 p.m. Bunk House Chuckwagon Camp Cook Off
8:00 p.m. Hotel Concert with Tracy Byrd

Thursday, August 31

8:30 a.m. Arena Trail Ride and Extreme Trail Ride (No wagons- Approx. 4 hour ride)
10:00 a.m. Arena Cattledog Demonstrations by Bradford Cattledogs
1:00 p.m. Track Rookie Qualifying Races and Pasture Roping
4:00 p.m. Arena Mule Clinic
5:00 p.m. Arena Team Sorting, Barrel Race (Campers and Contestants only, enter between 3:00-4:00 p.m.)
6:00 p.m. Bunk House Bit, spur, collectibles, and used tack auction
7:00 p.m. Saloon Go-Round Presentations
7:30 p.m. Hotel Opening Act TBA
8 00 p.m. Hotel Concert with Casey Donahew Band

Friday, September 1

9:00 a.m. Arena Trail Ride Competition
1:00 p.m. Track Chuckwagon Race 1st Performance
4:00 p.m. Arena Mules Only Competition
6:00 p.m. Arena Go-Round Presentations
6:15 p.m. Arena Camper’s Ranch Rodeo (Enter by August 15) & Calcutta
7:30 p.m. Hotel Opening Act TBA
8:00 p.m. Hotel Concert with Stoney LaRue

Saturday, September 2

11:00 a.m. Track Preshow; Pasture Roping Finals
1:00 p.m. Track Chuckwagon Race 2nd Performance
5:00 p.m. Arena Horse Sale
7:00 p.m. Hotel Bluegrass Music- Don Nunley & the Chuckwagon Crew
7:00 p.m. Saloon Go-Round Presentations
8:00 p.m. Arena Kid’s Ranch Rodeo
8:00 p.m. Buffalo Rock Dance
8:00 p.m. Hotel Concert with The Country Gold Tour featuring LeRoy Van Dyke,
Darrell McCall, Becky Hobbs, and David Frizzell

Sunday, September 3

9:00 a.m. Announcer’s Stand Non-denominational Church Services
9:00 a.m. Arena Cowboy Church
11:00 a.m. Track Preshow – Young Cowboys and Cowgirls competitions
1:00 p.m. Track Chuckwagon Race Final Performance (One Hour after the final race Award’s Ceremony at the Saloon)

Downtown Clinton AR Parade & Cowboy Fish Fry

Video courtesy of Warren Johnson | Van Buren County: Thanks for the Memories

The Chuckwagon Races started out as a Labor Day party for a few friends by Dan and Peggy Eoff. Not one to just sit around at a party, Dan came up with the idea of racing chuckwagons to add something to the party. Eight teams competed that year, and the Eoff’s notion of an exciting Labor Day party has mushroomed into the world’s largest chuckwagon race.

An estimated 150 teams compete in five different divisions (Oklahoma Land Rush, Four Up Mules, Buckboard, Big Mules, and Classic) for the title of National Champion. Each year, the National Champions in each division take home silver buckles and share in over $20,000 in prizes that include saddles, jackets, and Chuckwagon Bucks– prize money that can be spent at the Trade Show or with any businesses that advertise in the program.

Official Website: http://www.chuckwagonraces.com

Bar of Western Store: http://www.barofwesternstore.com