Outhouse Races Bring Hundreds to Town

October 28, 2006 -- Posted at 10:17 p.m. CDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, AR -- The Bean Festival in Mountain View has been going on for the past 24 years.

In that time, thousands of people have made the trip to north central Arkansas to experience the laid-back lifestyle.

While the Bean Fest is named after the pots of beans on the court square, that's not the driving force behind the event.

The event that always draws a large crowd is the outhouse races.

"This is our sixteenth year.  It all started out as a family affair and we've been involved each year.   We just do it for fun," said David Wells.

Wells and his family have participated in the outhouse races for years, but there success hasn't been that great.

"I don't think we have ever won a race in fifteen years," said Wells.

The wells group dresses up every year to coincide with Halloween.

"Occasionally we win best dressed or best outhouse.  Traditionally we win one of those.

I think they give us that because we can't win a race," said Wells.

While there are some local teams, people come from as far away as Steele, Missouri and Blytheville, Arkansas to participate in a type of race you can't see anywhere else.

"We used to come up to the Bean Fest when I was a little kid, and my uncle asked if I wanted to participate as a pusher," said James Ellis.

This is Ellis' second year to participate in the race.

"It was fun.  You go up there at first and you're all nervous about it, but then you get up there and it's cool," said Ellis.

The Bell Flying Service team placed second in the race and are striving to do better in 2007.

"We're going to come back next year and try to win," said Jordan Hatley.

The Bean Festival includes blue grass music on the square and about 100 arts and craft vendors.