ACWA Welcomes You

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.

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About Our Association

Get To Know Us

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.

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Our work is funded by sponsorships, tax-free donations, honorariums and memorials; (We are a 501.c.3 organization); cap sales in our General Store (go shopping); as well as membership dues. For donations, honorariums and memorials, you may send a check or money order to:
ACWA, P.O. Box 626, Belton, TX 76513. For Honorariums and Memorials, please include the name of the person remembered/honored, and an address for a thank you card.

Youth & the ACWA

ACWA knows our future lies in our youth and we support them by offering scholarships, helping with youth cook offs, demonstrations and other educational activities at cook offs, schools and other events. Check out the YOUTH page for more information.

ACWA Scholarships

Each year ACWA awards scholarships (read more) to individuals for up to $1000/year. You can download the application and instructions here. Applications and all supporting documents must be completed and postmarked no later than February 28, each year.

Scholarship recipient for the 2021 school year is Addison Jackson from Howe, Oklahoma.

Youth Cook Offs

For more information about youth cook offs, see our page. If your organization would like to request up to $150 and other ACWA supplies for a youth cook off, download the form and submit to

Brian Frankum
via email at
via mail to PO Box 85, Axtell, TX 76624


The American Chuck Wagon Association is always looking at ways to involve and educate our youth. Another way many involve the youth are through chuck wagon demonstrations. If you or your organization have hosted a chuck wagon demonstration, please send the information on your event along with any pictures to so we can post it onto our ACWA Facebook as well as feature your event in the next edition of the ACWA Monthly Update or ACWA quarterly newsletter, Under the Fly.


Currently ACWA has limited funding for these activities but through your generosity we want to expand our funding of scholarships, youth cook offs and other events! Please consider giving donation or memorial (specify on your gift YOUTH) so we can continue and even expand ACWA's involvement.

General Store

ACWA provides quality merchandise so check it out! Whether you are wanting to cook up some authentic chuck wagon meals or show off your support of ACWA through the purchase of a cap or apron...we have something for everyone! Click here to check out what we have!

Chuck Wagon Catering

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.


ACWA News & Events

For upcoming events, click on the EVENTS tab.

September 2021, President's Message

Hello Folks,

I hope this message finds you doing well. It has been a hot and crazy August around the world. As I am writing this, Hurricane Ida has passed through Louisiana leaving massive damage and flooding. I have a brother and his wife who live east of Baton Rouge, LA. They had to remain because her job is considered critical. They are without power, and a tree has fallen through the roof of their home. I'm packing up supplies and equipment to assist them in the recovery phase. We want to ask everyone to keep all those affected by the storm in their thoughts and prayers.

At the same time, the hurricane is crashing through our country; we are watching the last planes fly out of Afghanistan. The young soldiers who were murdered trying to help people escape the brutal Taliban have been identified and brought home to the United States. Our hearts are broken to see the events unfold over there. So again, Jo Anne and I ask you to keep the families of these military service members in your thoughts and prayers.

All these events remind me of how challenging and fragile life can be -- the heartbreak, loss of loved ones, and obstacles to overcome. But we come together as family, friends, and neighbors to help each other through these life events.

I don't want to leave you with a lot of negative news, so I want to share with you the events that are going on with ACWA.

First, the ACWA Board of Directors nominations have been made and have been sent out for you to vote on by September 9th!

The Awards Committee has received nominations for the annual awards that ACWA presents to our outstanding members at the annual meeting.

We have some significant chuck wagon events coming up as well. Please check out page 9 of this newsletter for more information on those upcoming events.

Hopefully, these events will not be impacted by the increase in COVID-19 cases. Please check the ACWA Website for the latest information on each of these events.

Don't forget to start planning for the 2021 ACWA Annual Meeting to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 5-6, at the Radisson Hotel Fort Worth North at Fossil Creek. Would you please make your room reservations and ask for the ACWA member's discounted room rate.

This member meeting will be the kick-off event to start celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the American Chuck Wagon Association! Would you please do everything you can to come to the 2021 ACWA Annual Meeting in Fort Worth?

I want to remind you again that beginning November 01, 2021, the new membership rates will increase to $35.00 for an individual membership and $50.00 for a joint membership.

Don't forget to support ACWA by purchasing the great looking ball caps, aprons and banners. These make great gifts for your family, cooking team and anyone else who has a passion for chuck wagons and chuck wagon cooking!

I hope you all have a great September. I am looking forward to seeing you at the ACWA Annual Meeting in November.

Bobby Mims

A Little History

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 France.

Mission statement - Revised 2020
The mission statement of the American Chuck Wagon Association is:
To preserve the heritage of the Chuck Wagon.
This will be accomplished by the following Core Values:

  • Integrity.
  • Education on historically correct aspects of Chuck Wagons and its importance to the beef cattle industry.
  • Fair competitive events and the promotion of youth cook-offs.
  • Fun for people passionate about chuck wagons.
  • A desire to support our communities through various outreaches and educational scholarships.
  • Inspiring future generations to embrace the chuck wagon and western heritage.


Effective October 1, 2020 - ACWA Contact Info:
ACWA, P O Box 626, Belton, Texas 76513
Phone: 940-532-1788

Latest News............
July 2021
ACWA Award Nominations: It is time for ACWA members to submit their nominations for the ACWA Awards. The process to submit your nomination was outlined in the June 2021 ACWA Monthly Update. If you nominate someone or an event, you must complete an ACWA Award Nomination form and submit it with a short description of why this individual(s) or event should receive the award. All nominations must be submitted to the Awards Committee Chairman, Jack Ramey by September 1, 2021.
ACWA Board of Director Nominations: Each year, ACWA members elect three directors to serve a three- year term. The selection process for the Board of Directors was outlined in the June edition of Under the Fly as well as the June 2021 ACWA Monthly Update with the first deadline being submission of nominee’s names to the Nominations Committee Chairman, Russ Richins by July 20, 2021.
ACWA Annual Meeting: The 2021 ACWA Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 6, 2021, at the Radisson Hotel on 2540 Meacham Blvd. in Fort Worth, Texas. The Radisson is holding a block of rooms at a rate of $99 until October 15, 2021. You can call the Radisson at (817) 625- 9911 to reserve your room.
March 2021
The American Chuck Wagon Association Board of Directors are encouraged by the re-opening of chuck wagon events, gatherings and cook offs in 2021. The BOD has prepared and approved the document, "Recommendations for a Chuck Wagon Event and COVID-19" for event coordinators and sponsors.

Membership, newsletter ads, and website ad fees are due starting January 1st.
Membership fees: Membership costs are the same as last year's - Individual - $25; Couple or two individuals within same household - $40; Event - $100, Lifetime - One-time fee of $500.00.* An event membership gives the same benefits as an individual membership plus you will get your event's information (up to three pages) sent to all ACWA members as well as posting(s) of registration, event details and results in the monthly ACWA Monthly Update and/or ACWA quarterly newsletter, Under the Fly as well as on the ACWA website and facebook page.

*International members should include an additional $5.00 to cover processing and/or postage costs.

Website Ad: $120/year - As in prior years, this includes posting onto the front page of the ACWA website and this year will include once a month posting of your business card or event information onto the ACWA Facebook page.

Newsletter Ad: $100/year - As in prior years, this includes posting on each quarterly edition of the ACWA newsletter, Under the Fly and this year will include once a month posting of your business card or event information onto the Facebook page.

Memberships and Ad fees can be sent to: ACWA, PO Box 626, Belton, Texas 76513 or can be paid for here on the ACWA website by clicking on the "Membership" tab above and paying by PayPal for an additional $5.00 convenience fee.

We are asking ALL MEMBERS (Lifetime, new and renewals) to please complete a Membership form and and indicate YES or NO on ACWA releasing your contact information to other ACWA members and/or ACWA paid events. You can pull off a new membership form under the "Membership" tab and send it either via USPS to the ACWA post office box or if a LIFETIME member or paying by PayPal, you may scan and send via email to:

Thanks for your continued support of the American Chuck Wagon Association!

Read the latest by-laws here.

Members participate in Cook off competitions, demonstrations, catering, charity events, school visits and many other activities to fulfill that original mission and even surpass the dreams of those organizers. Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you will visit one or more of our chuck wagon events.     Read More?

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