Cowboy Cooks To Compete in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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One of the tastiest and perhaps most unexpected meals of the year in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is just down the trail at a chuckwagon cookoff on Feb. 25.

The cookoff is part of Saddle Up, Feb. 23-26, a four-day celebration that also features a series of Western music and cowboy poetry concerts, a Saturday night dance and Sunday Cowboy Church.

With names such as Grumpy’s Grub and Skillet and Spurs, six teams of competitive cowboy cooks will showcase their campfire skills and offer $10 lunches of  chicken-fried steaks, potatoes, beans, bread, cornbread and fruit cobblers.

The cookoff day’s fun begins at 9 a.m. when the free-admission Buckaroo Roundup starts. The Buckaroo Roundup includes a mechanical bull, lasso lessons and branding demonstrations, plus cowboy songs and storytelling.

The 12th Annual Saddle Up begins Thursday, Feb. 23.  Entertainers include R.W. Hampton, Stephanie Davis & the Roadrunners, Cowboy Celtic, Saddle Cats, Andy Nelson, Chuck Pyle, Ray Doyle and Kent Rollins.

Saddle Up ticket information and a schedule of activities are at Information about all aspects of visiting Pigeon Forge is at or 1-800-251-9100.

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