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Moore’s Store & The Forge Bar & Grill Host a Quiet Man Tradition!!!
Watch Out for the Re-ignition of Bar Stool Races to be held on March 21st in Ben Wheeler, Texas.

Buy your tickets now and SAVE GREEN$$$

12 - 3 Craig Wallace Forge Indoors
3 - 4 Drake Moores Porch
4 - 6 Beyond the Pale Forge Porch

5 - 6 BAR STOOL RACES!!! All around town

6 -7:30 Stefan Cotter & the Rastabillys Forge Grist Mill
7-8:30 Steve Carpenter Moores Stage
8 - 9:30 Kid Icarus Project Forge Grist Mill
9 - 12 Chris Colston Moores Stage
10 - 11:30 Derryl Dodd Forge Grist Mill

Ben Wheeler Motorized Barstool Racing Rules 2015

Annual Motorized Barstool Adoption Guidelins 2015 

Motorized Barstool Adoptions and Races Print E-mail

Moore’s Store & The Forge Bar & Grill host a Quiet Man Tradition*!!!
Watch Out for the re-ignition of Bar Stool Races to be held on March 21st in Ben Wheeler Texas,
pre-empted by the Adoption Auction Friday, January 23rd.

So what is this crazy Motorized Barstool thing anyway? Well, it started in 1978 when a can of bud cost 16 cents at the Quiet Man Bar on Knox Street in Dallas. The original circle of 6 barstool creators consisted of Bill Jenkins, Thomas Spangler, Johnny Gable, John Pullman, Mike Carr, and Keith Blackwell (the official woo hooer). Each man created his own version of a motorized barstool and then they began to race them outside the Quiet Man bar. Soon it grew to the Highland Park Cafeteria parking lot where Mrs Dewey Goodman announced the racers at a polished track. From there they moved to the Dart Bar of Cedar Springs followed by Lukes Outhouse. The tradition continued throughout Dallas, where Mr. Jenkins made the news with his barstool cannon blast that set off the alarm of a nearby liquor store.
The notorious Dallas Farmers Market quickly took up the event in full sponsorship along with Ben E Keith and Budweiser to blast the races city wide. Bill Jenkins’ barstool train debuted (featuring a super charged 350cc Honda) coming in first place. In 1991 The races finally found their end at the Greenville Avenue St Pattys Day Parade. (This is the old school lower Greenville where legends were made.)
Last seen in 1991 the barstools have now resurfaced in Ben wheeler TX. The reincarnated reclaimed racers can be seen on display at the participating shops across the historic town of Ben Wheeler. Races to be held annually during the Over the Rainbow St Patty’s Day Party and at the Feral Hog Festival, which runs the 4th Friday and Saturday of October.
Build your own or adopt!!!

Want to Adopt?
So you want to be a Motorized Adoptee…You must attend the Adoption Auction to be held January 23 @ Moore’s Store! There will be a live auctioneer, foster barstools on display, live music and full bar. To check out potential adoptions, please go to the approved Foster Homes at the certified Ben Wheeler Merchants: Flying Fish, Frilly Pepper, Gum Creek, Secret Garden & Walking Horse. Adoption bids will start at $100.
Rules of adoption set forth by the B.W.B.P.S. (Ben Wheeler Barstool Protective Services)
Barstools must be available for future Ben Wheeler events & annual races, not show signs of abuse, & kept in good working order.  There will be an annual inspection by an authorized B.W.B.P.S. field agent to decide continued placement or removal from the premise.

Wanna make your own Motorized Barstool?
There is a silver lining, if you have the skills and wherewithal, we welcome you to create your own motorized barstool. Just be sure to check out the Ben Wheeler Motorized Barstool Racing Rules and Regulations.
Pick up entry forms & complete rules @ Moore’s Store or The Forge Bar & Grill or print them right here:

Ben Wheeler Motorized Barstool Racing Rules 2015



What are the dates for everything?
Fri, Jan 23rd 8 pm- Adoption Auction, Moore’s Store
Sat, March 21st, Races and Over the Rainbow Saint Patty’s Day Party, The Forge
Sat, Oct 24th, Inspections & Hog Festival Races
Nov 1st, Return barstool back to B.W.B.P.S. agents at either Moore’s Store or the Forge

How much is it to Adopt?
We will start the Bidding at $100, where it goes from there… we won’t know till that night. These babies are worth far more and it ensures that they are going to good homes for the racing season.

Where can I see the Barstools that are available to adopt?
They are in the shops of the good merchants of Ben Wheeler:
Flying Fish, Frilly Pepper, Gum Creek, Secret Garden & Walking Horse

Who created the Adoptable Barstools?

“The Mean Gene”-Gene Diskey
Barstool w/headlamp & trailer hitch for portable keg trailer
3 speed transmission w/ reverseP1320218 copy212 volt electric battery
This little guy is gonna need an electrician & likes budweiser
Pretty straight forward just some spark knowledge needed.

“Green racing pepper w/spoiler” -Gene Diskey
Knife switch on bottom is to change forward & reverse
12volt electric battery
Ohmite variable resister (for the old school operator) glows red hot

“I’d rather be flying”- Johnny Gable
The fiercest competitor
6volt starter w/ 12 volt maximum
6 time barstool winner
Most flexible of stools (most maneuverable)
Built for handling

“The Nemisis (of Johnny Gable)”- Tommy Spangler
Japanese effect (you meet the nicest people on a Honda)
Yamaguchi motor (gas operated)
Handmade Brass fuel tank shines up beautifully (a little Jewel on the rear)

“The Yellow Horse”- Phill Gibson
(but a real dark horse) disappearing maker (MIA)
Texas electric class
Standard barstool motor is a ford starter 6volt w/12 volt battery

Battle of the Bands, Sign up now! Print E-mail

Have you wanted to play at Moore's Store or The Forge, 
record at a studio, get tons of free music gear,
open for big name acts and have your name on a concert shirt?
Enter your band now for a shot at winning
$1,000 Scholarship (must be a student)

Grand Prize:
Guaranteed Performance @ JuneBug Music Festival

Opening for a Heavyweight Headliner @ Moore's Store

FREE Recording time at GoodShed Studio
$100 worth of D'Addario Products from RNA Music

Complete and submit the form below to enter your band. Contestants will be chosen and notified the following Monday, April 6th, if they are selected to compete. Please give us some way to hear your music through a web link, sound file, or CD. Band entries may also be hand delivered to Moore's Store OR The Forge in downtown Ben Wheeler before the deadline. Please include the same required information as below with hand delivered submissions, and have any recorded material clearly labeled with contact information.

WHEN: APRIL 11 & 12, 2015 @ 2:00PM
WHERE: The Pavilion behind The Forge
ADDRESS: 1610 FM 279 Ben Wheeler, TX 75754
PHONE: 903.833.5970
Deadline for Entries: APRIL 1st

Enter Battle of the Bands Here!

Here’s How the Competition Works

Each band will be given a TWENTY MINUTE SET. It’s your time, utilize it however you feel will best exhibit your performance skill and musical abilities. There is no minimum requirement or maximum limit on the number of songs you play in your allotted time. Bands will be given a five minute warning signal from the sound guy. At the 20 minute mark they will be allowed to complete the song they are playing, but will not be allowed to start another. So, timing your intended set might not be a bad idea. No points will be deducted for completing your set early or for exceeding the twenty minutes by finishing the last song.
Three judges will be introduced at the beginning of the event. Bands will be scored on a 1 to 10 point scale in each of the following categories by all three judges on separate scorecards. “1” means the area needs significant improvement and “10” means they showed professional quality ready for the Junebug Music Festival. All three scorecards will be totaled for band’s final score. The three Bands with the highest accumulated scores will advance to finals at Moore's Store the following Saturday, April 18.

Scoring Categories:
Tuning: Intonation as a group, awareness of intended key.

Voice: Quality, Strength, Dynamic Range (loud and soft), and Tonal Range (high to low)

Phrasing: Starts and Stops (as a group), Tempo (is the beat consistent), Articulation (instruments and vocals)

Stage Presence: Expression, Body Language, Confidence, Did they remember their parts, clearly delivered without hesitation?

Audience: Entertainment Value (overall performance), How Captivating was it, Audience Reaction (applause & cheers, attentiveness)

Song Selection: How well did the song(s) exhibit the band’s performance skill and musical abilities?

BONUS POINTS: Bands will be given the opportunity to earn an additional TEN POINTS by creating a Facebook Event page to promote the event and encourage their friends, family, and fans to attend. You must name The Forge as the event location. You must also provide the date, and time. Create the page before the event, you get the points, that simple. The band with the most people to “Join” on that event page by 2:00PM the day of the event will get to pick their spot in the performance schedule. The remaining order will be determined by drawing names from a hat by an event staff member on the stage. The number that “Join” your event page will not affect the bonus points. If you make the page, you get the points.

CONTEST RESULTS: Judges’ scorecards will be collected after each band’s performance. The points will be totaled on each scorecard and all three scorecards will be added together for the band’s final score. The top three bands with highest accumulated points will advance to the Finals at Moore’s Store the following Saturday, APRIL 18.

LOAD OUT: At 8:00PM, the gate will be locked and access to the facilities will be prohibited. The venue is NOT RESPONSIBLE for items left behind. So make sure your things are loaded in a timely fashion.