|Updated: 9/01/2012 3:53 pm
||Published: 9/01/2012 3:44 pm
CLINTON, AR - The National Championship Chuckwagon Races are underway through Sunday. Thousands of spectators are taking in the action at the Of Ranch in Clinton, Arkansas. An estimated one hundred fifty teams are competing in five different divisions for the title of National Champion.
The event annually attracts in excess of 20,000 people to watch the excitement of chuckwagon racing, bronc fanning and the Snowy River Race. The Snowy River Race is a thrilling horse race that includes two downhill runs and a plunge into the river.
Bands perform after the races and dances are held at night. Vendors of western collectibles, crafts, art, saddles and tack are set up throughout the weekend at the Western Trade Show. Four Ozark Mountain trail rides are also included as part of the weekend's festivities.
The National Championship winners in each division take home silver belt buckles and share in over $20,000 in prizes that includes saddles, jackets and "Chuckwagon Bucks". Chuckwagon Bucks is prize money that can be spent at the Trade Show after the races.