2018 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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*Updated 8/14/18. Tentative schedule. Some events and times are subject to change.*


Saturday Aug 25th–Saturday Sept 1st, Adults/$35 Per Day
Sunday Sept 2nd, $20/Adults, Children, 6-12, 1/2 adult admission

Saturday, August 25

8:00 a.m. Gates Open
6:00 p.m. Arena Mini Bull and Bronc Riding
8:00 p.m. Bunkhouse Concert – Greg Ward & the Goodtimes Band

Sunday, August 26

7:00 a.m. Bunkhouse Complimentary Campers Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Arena Horse Drive
11:00 a.m. Arena Cowboy Church
1:00 p.m. Arena Cattle Drive
6:30 p.m. Arena Girls Only Trail Ride (Wagons allowed)
8:00 p.m. Bunk House Concert- Lucky Rooster

Monday, August 27

10:00 a.m. Arena Trail Ride to Cabin
2:00 p.m. Arena Bronc Futurity
7:00 p.m. Arena Live Action Bulls & Broncs Round 1
7:45 p.m. Arena Calcutta
8:15 p.m. Arena Live Action Bulls & Broncs Round 2

Tuesday, August 28

10:00 a.m. Arena Team Sorting Clinic
11:00 a.m. Arena Pulse Pro Therapy
12:30 p.m. Arena
3:00 p.m. Bottom Barn Trail ride to town: Horses and Wagons
5:00 p.m. Clinton Park Fish Fry
7:00 p.m. Bunk House Karaoke

Wednesday, August 29

10:30 a.m. Bottom Barn Trail Ride to pond: Horse and Wagons
12:00 p.m. Pond Chuckwagon BBQ
2:30 p.m. Arena Horseshoeing Clinic
3:00 p.m. Arena Team Roping Clinic
4:00 p.m. Arena Sled Pull: Horses & Mules: 4 Divisions
6:30 p.m. Bunk House Chuckwagon Camp Cook Off
9:00 p.m. Hotel Concert with Aaron Watson

Thursday, August 30

8:00 a.m. Arena Trail Ride and Extreme Trail Ride: no wagons- Approx. 4 hour ride
10:00 a.m. Arena Cattle dog Competitions by Bradford Cattle dogs
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.
5:00 p.m. Bunk House Bit, spur, collectibles, and used tack auction
8:00 p.m. Hotel Opening Act- Mike Johnson
9:00 p.m. Hotel Concert with Terri Clark

Friday, August 31

9:00 a.m. Arena Introduction to the Working Cow Horse by Steve Jones
1:00 p.m. Track Chuckwagon Race 1st Performance
4:00 p.m. Arena Mules Only Competition
6:15 p.m. Arena Camper’s Ranch Rodeo (Enter by August 15)
6:30 p.m. Arena Wagon Calcutta
8:00 p.m. Bunkhouse Goat Roping
8:00 p.m. Hotel Opening Act- Heath Sanders
9:00 p.m. Hotel Concert with Whisky Meyers

Saturday, September 1

11:00 a.m. Track Preshow- Pasture Roping Finals
1:00 p.m. Track Chuckwagon Race 2nd Performance
5:00 p.m. Arena Horse Auction: check in at 4 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Hotel Bluegrass Music- Twang: An all-girl string band
8:00 p.m. Arena Kid’s Ranch Rodeo
8:00 p.m. Buffalo Rock Dance with Jake Williams Band
8:00 p.m. Hotel Concert with The Country Gold Tour featuring LeRoy Van Dyke,
The Gatlin Brothers, Tony Booth, and Mandy Barnett

Sunday, September 2

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

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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!

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