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.
Each year, the National Champions in each division take home silver buckles and share in over $25,000 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.
Dan recalls, “We had eight wagons and 200 people showed up one Sunday evening and next year promoted it a little, had 16 wagons and just kept promoting it and it’s got real big. One year, some 30,000 people attended.”
In addition to the four performances, bands perform after the races and dances are held Friday and Saturday nights. There are also special events, such as trail rides, karaoke, ranch rodeos, and cattle and horse drives all week for everyone to enjoy. 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.
Everyone is welcome to come and camp free of charge. Once admission is paid to the Ranch, all events and camping are free. No events have entry fees so if you want to enter any of the ropings, clinics, or rodeos during the week feel free.
To enter, please call Dan or Peggy Eoff or Dane or Dapple McCracken: (501) 745-8407 or (501) 745-5250.