April 24, 2014

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BBQ Championship, Kentucky Derby Simulcast Highlight May

Hot Springs, Ark. (Wednesday, April 16, 2014) – For the second straight year, Oaklawn is combining the region’s best BBQ competition with the Kentucky Derby simulcast at its Smokelawn event in the Infield Saturday, May 3. Gates will open for the free event at 10 a.m. and it will continue through the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.

Almost 50 teams have signed up to participate in the Smokelawn competition that is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and they will be competing for over $15,000 in prize money. Guests are invited to come enjoy the BBQ as well as live music from popular local artists, a Beer Garden offering craft beers, an antique motorcycle show and Kids Zone featuring inflatable rides and a petting zoo. Fans will also be able to enjoy all the racing action from Churchill Downs on the big screen monitor in the infield.

The festivities continue Monday, May 5 at Oaklawn’s “Plinko” de Mayo celebration in the gaming center from 5 to 10 p.m. There will be $5,000 in prize drawings throughout the night, $2 Drafts, $2 Margaritas and a $4.99 Taco Bar.

Oaklawn rounds out the month with the $100,000 Great Grill Giveaway. Guests have had the opportunity to earn entries since April 1 and on Memorial Day, May 26 more than 60 names will be drawn from among those entries throughout the day. Lucky patrons will win cash prizes or premium grills and at 4 and 9 p.m., two names will be drawn for a chance to play for the $100,000 Grand Prize.

Happy Hour returns in Pop’s Lounge every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. and will feature live music and $2 drafts and wine. Lagniappe Restaurant offers Southern Fried Wednesdays from 5 – 10 p.m. with finger-licking Catfish or Fried Chicken. Guests can enjoy the best steak in Hot Springs or if they prefer, the catch of the day, every Friday from 5 – 10 p.m.  

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Special Dates

May 3:             Smokelawn/Kentucky Derby simulcast

May 5:             Plinko De Mayo 5 – 10 p.m.

May 26:           $100,000 Great Grill Giveaway


Schedule of Events

Sundays:          High Low

                        Kick Off the Week Reel Tournament

Mondays:         Happy Hour

                        Progressive Hot Seat

Tuesdays:        Triple Thrills Reel Tournament

                      Happy Hour

                      Triple Points

Wednesdays:   Southern Fried Wednesdays (Catfish or Fried Chicken) – 5 – 10 p.m.

                        Humpday Karaoke – 7 – 11 p.m.

Thursdays:       $20,000 Overall Overhaul

                        Happy Hour

Fridays:            High Low

                        Steak Night

                        Live Entertainment in Pop’s Lounge 5-8 p.m. & 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (See below for schedule)

Saturdays:        High Low

                        Live Entertainment in Pop’s Lounge 5-8 p.m. & 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (See below for schedule)

Pop’s Lounge Schedule:

May 2 & 3:      Shane Simanton (Fri.)/The Christine DeMeo Band (Sat.)

May 9 & 10:    Crash Meadows

May 16 & 17:  John Calvin Brewer Band

May 23 & 24:  Ed Bowman and the Rock City Players

May 30 & 31:  The Devious Duo