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); cookbook & 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, P.O. Box 6538, Lubbock, TX 79493 or call (940) 532 1788 with credit card information. 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 recipients for the 2018 school year are Jennifer L. Miller, of Silverton, TX, and Wyatt Wilson of Abilene, TX.

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 excited to be partnering with the High School BBQ Cookers Association to help inspire the next generation of Chuck Wagon owners & cooks. Please consider being involved in one of their events and visit their website.

Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. If you or your organization has hosted a chuck wagon demonstration, please send the information and pictures to so your event can be featured in the next edition of the the ACWA 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

Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks and caps!

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

Just a reminder on membership dues. If you are mailing them in, please send them to ACWA at
PO Box 6538, Lubbock, Texas 79493.

For upcoming events click on the EVENTS tab.

July 2019, President's Message

Greetings Fellow ACWA Members,

We have a saying in West Texas "if you don't like the weather today wait till tomorrow." Well this saying certainly appears to be happening everywhere. In June some have experienced 2' of snow, massive flooding, blistering hot weather, and some places are on fire. Wherever you are in that mix I pray you and your loved ones are safe.

Thinking about all the adverse weather we are having I know many of you have helped to feed first responders as well as those families affected. We would sure like to have a few pictures and a short story of any involvement you may have had. It is often forgotten that most chuck wagon cooks have lots of pot and pans and can help feed many people. Sure, chicken fried steak, potatoes, beans, bread and cobbler are not generally the meal but a bowl of stew and cornbread or biscuit warms a person's soul just as well. I tip my hat to those of you that have had the privilege of doing so and to those of you that are first responders.

As this is the July message, I want to thank those of you that have served for helping to make this 4th of July a great time in our country. How many of you are doing something on your chuck wagon for the 4th? Please send any pictures and a short write up about what you did by email to:

The more articles and pictures we receive the more we can post on the ACWA page on Facebook as well as in the newsletter. The more we can show the public the more interest we get in the association and the chuck wagons. Most all of us carry a smartphone or at least some members of our crew do. When the opportunities come take some pictures. It may be the magical moment when someone sees golden brown biscuits in a Dutch oven for the first time or the moment when the cook gets the recipe right and it tastes great. Also, anytime you have someone new or a young person experiencing the chuck wagon please share it. It is up to us all to share as often as we can.

Well the old thermometer is crowding the 100 mark again today and I am running on rambling so I will leave you with this thought "The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual." - Vince Lombardi

See you down the trail!

Sam Howell
2019 ACWA President

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 2018
The mission statement of the American Chuck Wagon Association is:
To preserve and present 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.

2019 ACWA Board of Director Nominations

It is now time to begin the process of electing members to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Chuck Wagon Association (ACWA). Each director is elected for a three-year term. Those whose terms are expiring are Paul Geeslin, Dave McDowell and Jack Ramey. Paul and Jack are eligible for another term. Only an ACWA member as of July 1st can nominate someone or be nominated as a Director on the ACWA Board. All nominations for the new directors must be sent to Lonnie Tegeler by email - or by USPS. If sending by USPS, it must be postmarked by July 21,2019 and sent to Lonnie Tegeler, 5400 Wonder Hill Road, Chappell Hill, TX 77426-5248.

After the deadline of July 21st, the Nominating Committee will contact each individual to verify they wish to serve on the Board of Directors and request a short biography and photo. Ballots will be sent out to all ACWA members by August 20th and will be due back to Lonnie Tegeler, by September 15th.

2019 ACWA Awards

ACWA is now receiving nominations from the membership for the various ACWA Awards to be handed out at the ACWA Annual Meeting. The awards are designed to honor those outstanding individuals and teams who have contributed to ACWA to better the organization through their commitment, leadership, dedication, public outreach and service in preserving the time period of the chuck wagon heritage.

All award nominations must be made using the official ACWA AWARD NOMINATIONS and include a letter stating why you think the individual(s) deserve the award. Download the form here. The nomination form and letter must be sent to Lonnie Tegeler by email - or by USPS. If sending by USPS, it must be postmarked by July 21st and sent to Lonnie Tegeler, 5400 Wonder Hill Road, Chappell Hill, TX 77426-5248.

ACWA contact information:
Mailing address: P O Box 6538, Lubbock, Texas 79493
Phone: 940-532-1788

Come to Pueblo, Colorado, on November 1st and 2nd for the 2019 ACWA Annual Meeting. It will be at the Pueblo Heritage Museum, 201 West B Street.
A block of $105 king or 2-bed queen rooms are reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott, West City Center Drive. Call 719-542-320 and ask for ACWA block of rooms. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, October 17.There is a KOA off I25 for RVers.

Latest News............
Updated January 17, 2019

Fees for renewal of ACWA membership, website ad and newsletter ad!

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 update 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 6538, Lubbock, Texas 79493 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.

If you need to change any of your contact information, please complete a new membership form found on the "Membership" tab and send it in with your payment.

Thanks for your continued support in 2019 of the American Chuck Wagon Association!

Read the latest by-laws here.

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