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Chuck Wagon Cookoff Competition

March 2

Event Description

Pigeon Forge invites Western lifestyle enthusiasts, foodies and those in search of a hearty meal to the new Chuck Wagon Cook Off competition.

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.

Great food and the chance to observe and interact with our chuck wagon cooks makes our Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff not only unique but educational. Whether you’re in search of a delicious meal or want to learn more about the American West, the cookoff lets you get up-close and experience something extraordinary.Leon Downey, Pigeon Forge Executive Director of Tourism

Chuck wagon cook-offs 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.


Clabough’s Campground

405 Wears Valley Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 United States

Schedule Of Events

Free Buckaroo Roundup Activities
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Location: Clabough’s Campground

Free Tent Entertainment
Time: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Location: Clabough’s Campground

Chuck Wagon Luncheon
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Clabough’s Campground
Tickets: $12.50 (tax inclusive); Tickets are limited and can be purchased onsite or online
Parking: Clabough’s Campground, located at 405 Wears Valley Road and Wear Farm Park, located at 623 Wears Valley Road

An Evening Concert with RW Hampton and Andy Nelson
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort
Tickets: $20 (tax inclusive)

Chuck Wagon Breakfast at Stages West
Time: March 4 at 8:30 – 10:00 am
Tickets: $5 (tax inclusive)

Cowboy Church at Stages West
Time: March 4 at 10:30 am
Following the Chuck Wagon Breakfast, be sure to stay and visit as we have church the cowboy way at Stages West. This is a great way to fellowship before hitting the trail.