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Chuckwagon Cookoff Competition

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm $12.50

Chuck wagons will gather at Clabough’s Campground (405 Wears Valley Road) for this one-of-a-kind outdoor cooking event. Long before today’s food truck craze treated foodies to impromptu kitchens on wheels, early American chuck wagons fed hungry cowboys on the open prairies during cattle drives. Chuck wagon cooks, or cookies, as they are known, rely on simple ingredients to guide their menus and fire to power their ovens.

Chuck wagon cookoffs aid in the preservation of cattle drive trail days as well as ensuring the authentic reproduction of the mobile kitchens. The competition includes cash prizes for most authentic wagon and awards in various food categories, including meat, potatoes, bread, beans and dessert. All food items must be prepared onsite and using ingredients provided to the cooking teams. Condiments may be used at the cook’s discretion. Prohibited ingredients are announced prior to the competition.

The day also includes several free activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: an old-time Western Buckaroo Roundup for children of all ages featuring Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch; roving cowboy lookalikes from the Golden Age of cinema, and Sisters on the Fly, the largest women’s outdoor adventure group in the country, with free tours of their Cowgirl Caravan of vintage trailers; and Western poetry and music featuring Andy Nelson and Marshal Andy & the Riders of the Silver Screen Band from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, features the Chuck Wagon Breakfast and Cowboy Church at Stages West (2765 Parkway). Breakfast is prepared by Kent and Shannon Rollins of Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon.

Online ticket purchase coming soon.


March 4
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Clabough’s Campground
405 Wears Valley Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 United States
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