The ACWA Board of Directors, its officers and members would like to welcome you to the online home of the American Chuck Wagon Association, a 501.c.3 organization.
The American Chuck Wagon Association started out as a small group of Old West enthusiasts and has expanded to world wide association preserving the American past through competitions, demonstrations, charity and school events and other venues.
Our work is funded by sponsorships (see the power point presentation shown below-right); tax-free donations, honorariums and memorials
(We are a 501.c.3 organization);
cookbook, note card & cap sales in our General Store (go shopping), as well as membership dues.
For donations, honorariums and memorials, you may send a check to:
ACWA, 1723 East Tate Street, Brownfield, TX 79316 or call Nancy Sparks at (806)215-7851 with credit card information. For Honorariums and Memorials, please include the name of the person remembered/honored, and address for a thank you card.
Our youth are our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth
competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs.
The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award.
In addition, the ACWA offers scholarships (read more) to selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year are Clell Swanson, Canton, SD, and Ty Robertson, Granbury, TX.
Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.
Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks, beautiful note cards and caps!
Many of our members offer catering services. Check out the link above to contact one of them about bringing some of the finest chuck wagon cooking to your next event.
I have been invigorated by recent participation in cooking for military heroes at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. It had been a while since last cooking in Abilene, Texas for returning military from Afghanistan. This particular event was called Cowboys For Heroes and has been organized for the last 10 years by ACWA member Aubrey Lenamon from Fannin, Texas. It was indeed a pleasure to SERVE THEM for a change. This type of event is an opportunity for members of the American Chuck Wagon Association to become involved on different fronts. We have members who are wagon owners that give freely of their time and money to, in a small way, say Thank You to the members of our military who have given so much for us to experience freedom. It is also a way for ACWA non-wagon owner members to come together alongside wagon cooks to help in this most worthwhile endeavor. Folks can keep up with events like these on the chuck wagon cooking facebook page.
There was recently a combined meeting of the ACWA sanctioning, food judging, and wagon judging committees in San Angelo, Texas. We spent nearly a day and a half working on the specifics of getting ACWA rules to a point where there will be consistency and continuity between the chuck wagon venues who wish to be sanctioned. Of course to become sanctioned means it will allow a chuck wagon cooking team to participate in these events with the intent of accumulating points which will ultimately allow them to compete in an ACWA Championship Cook Off with big prize money. You may ask how much will the prize money be? That obviously will be dependent on what we have to sell. We expect that corporate sponsors will not jump on board the first or even second year and, most likely, not until they see what we are trying to accomplish which is providing a competitive venue that focuses the light on our realistic chuck wagon heritage. We also do not want to lose sight of the fact that we can educate a larg spectrum of the public in ways other than competitions such as previously mentioned the Cowboys for Heroes.
We are currently working on a Corporate Sponsorship package to present to potential sponsors. We are also working on the points system by which teams will accumulate points for the chapionship. Dale Grubelnik is the chairman of our Championship Cook Off committee and we expect he and his committee will come up with a very realistic feel to the championship which will depict the wagon in its natural setting on the trail.
Please get involved. If you have a question please ask any ACWA board member or ask a question on the facebook page and someone will provide a response. The ACWA website, americanchuckwagon.org, will provide contacts. We are an inclusive organization and in no way want to exclude anyone who has the chuck wagon heritage flame in their heart. We must work together! We don't have all the answers. We are striving to lay the groumd work for something that we will ultimately be very proud of. Please help in any way that you can.Wayne Calk
In 1996 at a chuck wagon competition in Amarillo, Texas, a small
group of Old West enthusiasts and wagon masters talked about an
association. The mission would be to preserve the heritage of the chuck
wagon and its use in the short, but significant, era of the cattle
drives. In 1997, in Bryson, Texas, by-laws and articles of operation
were adopted and the American Chuck Wagon Association was off and
running. Today there are members in 31 states, Canada, Germany and