Arkansas State Championship Potato Shoot  Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas Saturday October 12, 2013

2013 Date Has Been Set

Do you hear a “boom”?  I do and I’m not alone.
The 2013 Arkansas State Championship Potato Shoot will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Turkey Mountain Golf Course Driving Range in Horseshoe Bend, AR.  Competition begins at 10 a.m. Entry fee: $10 in advance at the Chamber of Commerce office or $15 at the event. For more information please email: 
or stop by the Chamber at:

811 Second Street, Ste 10
Horseshoe Bend, AR 72512.
The Big Thunder State Championship Potato Shoot is held every October in lovely, rural Horseshoe Bend AR.   This event is the premier potato shoot of the year and is always well attended in good weather or bad. 
Situated at the scenic Turkey Mountain Golf Course, there is particularly nice shooting from one of the  hills which allows  for shots that reach amazing distances.   In the picture at the top of this page, looking down from the launch site, you can see a small dry stream bed going from left to right. It really is quite a thrill to see your potato go over 200 yards and beyond the stream. If you look VERY closely, you can just see two little white golf carts just in front of the trees. They are waiting for the next potato to come out their way so they can mark the distance for us. Cool, huh? That’s about 300 yards.

2012 winners were the boomers (see inset at top of page) who never fail to impress with their accuracy and all around performance.
In 2011, the current record of 292 yards (that’s right, yards –  not feet) was set by Team Pink who still only managed second place due to the perennial sterling of The Boomers . Since then, there has  been a friendly rivalry between Team Pink and the Boomers with the ladies shooting a pretty traditional gun against the guys who have a very effective new-age design.
Other shooters, whether they’ve been shooting for many years or for the first time, bring their own style and design to the competition. We have a lot of fun at the Potato Shoot and people get wildly enthusiastic as they cheer for their favorite team. The crowds were even more energetic in 2012 when the River 98.3 home town radio station was on site with their roving reporter broadcasting live interviews with spectators, participants and winners. 

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