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Celebrate Cowboy Cooking During Pigeon Forge’s Chuck Wagon Cookoff March 4-6

Saturday night concert headlined by The Quebe Sisters and Andy Nelson.

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Jan. 19, 2022) – The chuck wagon kitchens are serving up a hearty helping of frontier food, free activities, and family-friendly entertainment at the Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff March 4-6.

Cookies, or chuck wagon cooks, whip up a variety of from-scratch dishes aiding in the preservation of cowboy cuisine. Made like it would have been in the cattle drive trail days, lunch is served at high noon on Saturday, March 5, from each wagon at Clabough’s Campground (405 Wears Valley Road).

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased in advance at A limited number of tickets will be available onsite. Free entertainment is available from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The event has sold out for the past nine years.

The Quebe Sisters and Andy Nelson headline the Saturday evening concert at 6 p.m. at Clabough’s Campground. Tickets are $20 (Tax included; seating is general admission). Nelson and The Quebe Sisters are also set to perform an intimate dinner show on Friday, March 4, at Mama’s Farmhouse (208 Pickel Street). Tickets are $50 per person (tax and dinner included). Tickets for both shows can be purchased in advance at

“Our residents and visitors look forward to Pigeon Forge’s Chuck Wagon Cookoff each year not only for the delicious food but for the day of entertainment and activities it offers,” said Pigeon Forge Executive Director of Tourism Leon Downey. “We’re proud to continue aiding in the preservation of this piece of American history.” 

The cookoff event also includes several free activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., including an old-time Western Buckaroo Roundup for children and adults of all ages with Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch providing roping and branding demos, and Sisters on the Fly, the largest women’s outdoor adventure group in the country providing free tours of their Cowgirl Caravan of vintage trailers. The event also features free performances by Marshal Andy & The Riders of the Silver Screen Band, and Cowboy & Girl Poets from Cal Farley’s Boy Ranch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The weekend continues on Sunday, March 6, with the Chuck Wagon Breakfast and Cowboy Church at Stages West (2765 Parkway). The cowboy-style breakfast will be served 8:30 to 10 a.m. for $5 per person (tax included). Cowboy Church follows at 10:30 a.m. and admission is free.

For more information about the Chuck Wagon Cookoff and other events, please visit or call 1-800-251-9100.


About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

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