Smokelawn BBQ Championship Debuts May 4

April 23, 2013

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Kentucky Derby Simulcast, $100,000 Promotion and Mower Mania Also in May

Hot Springs, Ark. (Thursday, April 18, 2013) – The live race meet may be over, but the fun and excitement will keep going strong at Oaklawn as it kicks off a full summer of events with the first ever Smokelawn BBQ Championship Saturday, May 4, Kentucky Derby Day. Oaklawn is opening its Infield for this all-day event featuring professional and amateur BBQ cook teams competing for nearly $10,000 in prize money.

The Infield will open at 10 a.m. and admission is free. Guests can bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a great day of BBQ sampling and the complete simulcast of the Kentucky Derby Day card from Churchill Downs on the big screen TV. Smokelawn will also include live music from the best Blues bands in town, beer garden, antique motorcycle show and Kids Zone with petting zoo and inflatable rides.

“We really expect Smokelawn to turn into a popular annual event,” said Kim Baron, Director of Marketing. “We know how popular Oaklawn’s Infield is during live racing and we have had great response from BBQ teams wanting to compete. It’s going to a great day the entire family can enjoy.”

As if throwing Hot Springs’ largest Kentucky Derby party wasn’t enough, Oaklawn comes back one day later with a Cinco de Mayo celebration May 5 from 5 -10 p.m. in the game room. This event will include a $5,000 prize drawing, $1 Coronas and Margaritas and $3.99 Taco Bar in Lagniappes.

During the entire month of May, the game room will take people back to the days of yore with a medieval theme featuring special promotions and offers.  Crowns of Camelot will be played every Thursday from 6 – 10:30 p.m. One lucky person will be called every 15 minutes for a cash prize and at 10:30, two people will have the chance to play for $100,000.  The finalists will pull from 12 spots on the Crowns of Camelot board. If they find five crowns before finding a Jester, they win $100,000. If they find a Jester, their turn is over and they win a $500 consolation prize.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 will once again be highlighted by Mower Mania where 20 lucky guests will win a brand new John Deere Tractor. Guests can earn entries by using their Winners Circle card every time they play between May 1 and 26.

Lagniappe’s Restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat Spaghetti dinner special every Wednesday from 5 – 10 p.m. Every Friday from 5 – 10 p.m. it’s Steak Night where guests can enjoy the best steak in Hot Springs or if they prefer, the catch of the day.

Follow Oaklawn Racing & Gaming on Facebook for up-to-date news and reminders for what’s happening. For more information or a complete list of promotions, visit or call (501) 623-4411. For more information about Smokelawn, visit

Special Dates

May 4:        Smokelawn

May 5:        Cinco de Mayo

May 27:    Mower Mania

May 28:    Tickets go on sale for Sawyer Brown Concert June 6

Schedule of Events

Sundays:    Royal Treasures
Mondays:    Progressive Hot Seat
                  Happy Hour – 4-7 p.m.
Tuesdays:    Triple Points
                   Happy Hour – 4-7 p.m.

Wednesdays:    All-You-Can-Eat Spagetthi – 5 – 10 p.m.
                       Humpback Karaoke – 7 – 11 p.m.
Thursdays:    $100,000 Crowns of Camelot   

Fridays:     Royal Treasures
                Steak Night
                Live Entertainment in Pop’s Lounge  9 p.m. – 1 a.m. (See below for schedule)
Saturdays:    Royal Treasures
                    Live Entertainment in Pop’s Lounge 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. (See below for schedule)
Pop’s Lounge Schedule:

May 3 & 4: Integrity

May 10 & 11: Crash Meadows

May 17 & 18: Salt and Pepper

May 24 & 25: John Calvin Brewer Band

May 31 & June 1: Tin Pan Alley