Slaughter Pen Jam moves to Fayetteville, becomes Kessler Mountain Jam

The largest cross country mountain biking race in the state is moving to Fayetteville in 2018.

After nine years in Bentonville, the Slaughter Pen Jam mountain biking festival and race will move Kessler Mountain Regional Park on Nov. 3-4.

The event has been renamed the Kessler Mountain Jam and will take place on the recently overhauled singletrack trails traversing the park, and is part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series (AMBCS), a series of mountain bike races across the state of Arkansas.

The family-friendly event will include live music, food and other activities.

“We are excited to continue the excellent tradition of this AMBCS race in Fayetteville,” said Connie Edmonston, director of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation. “We are appreciative of Bentonville Parks and Recreation’s willingness to work with us in establishing this cross country race on one of the most incredible tracks in Northwest Arkansas.”

Registration for the race is expected to open Aug. 1. Riders of all ages are encouraged to participate. Event updates and details will be posted at

Fayetteville is a designated International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Ride Center, one of only 37 IMBA Ride Centers in the world.

Fred Phillips of DLT Events has served as the race director of the event since its beginning, and will continue in the same role, according to a news release from Experience Fayetteville, the city’s tourism group.

Slaughter Pen Jam – Mike Abb