Pigeon Forge, TN
- Senior Pro Rodeors: Still in the Saddle / Stir It Up! At Lone Star Cooking Schools / Big Bend Ranch: The Wild, Beguiling West / Kim Son: A Taste of Vietnam in Texas / Maverick Town: Eagle Pass (Texas Highways, Volume 44, Number 2, February 1997)
- Twelve Years in the Saddle for Law and Order on the Frontiers of Texas (1909)
- Saddle Up VA Hospitals Route 66
- Pigeon Forge (Images of America)
- Things to do in the Smokies with Kids: Tips for visiting Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Pigeon Forge, TN: Giddyup to Pigeon Forge - the chuck wagon's a-comin'
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has their 11th annual Winterfest from February 24th-27th where one of the featured events is Saddle Up!, a Stetson- tip and celebration of the American West. A quirk of geography prevented Tennessee from having the full cowboy experience the first time around, so Saddle Up! is something of a corrective. Mostly, it takes the form of eating and swing dancing, but, hey, who needs the rough parts?
What interests us most is the Chuck Wagon Cookoff. The hipsters on both coasts think they've created something new with all the groovy food trucks plying vittles to passersby. But they're wrong—chuck wagons got their first. The "cookie" who made the food (chuck) was a welcome sight on the prairies, which purveyed fresh and preserved foods to hungry cowboys, loggers, and settlers.
The cookoff takes place in Pigeon Forge on February 26th, so grab your lady or man feller and giddyup. If you can't make it, though, you'll be glad to know about the American Chuck Wagon Association, dedicated to preserving the heritage of the chuck wagon. There are competitions around the country throughout the year. Yee-ha!