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 2019 school year are Adam Hanger from Middlebrook, VA and Damyan Sanchez from Andrews, 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.

January 2020, President's Message

Greetings Fellow ACWA Members,

Well it's a good thing the Annual meeting was not a couple of weekends ago in Pueblo. If so, Lonnie Tegeler and Wilber Wilson would still be shoveling snow from around their travel trailers. No worries, Annette and Barbara would check in with them every so often from some cozy little wine spa/salon in town. Meanwhile just down the road David Wade would have been about his usual chores on a cold snowy day. My what creatures of comfort we have gotten to be. Imagine setting up above the tall side boards of the chuck wagon as you keep the team pointed north knowing you must make the next water hole before its too late. Even the trail boss, a seasoned veteran of 26 years was taken by surprise. As the cookie you know you must push the team hard so you can get to camp, get a fire build and some coffee boiling, them boys pushing the cattle are depending on you. Yep, and we get upset when the battery on the garage remote starts going out and we must walk all the way to the door.

We all get too dependent on so many creature comforts and other individuals that make our lives easier. You know we just changed out a couple of directors that had served on our board. Both men contributed lots to the Chuck Wagon Community. Dave Mc Dowell has been very instrumental in keeping chuck wagons alive and well in the Arizona territories, I mean the State of Arizona. Jack Ramey has been the same in Oklahoma. I feel that I did not tip my hat properly to these gentlemen for the hard work they have done for the ACWA and chuck wagons.

I suggest this winter is the very best time for all of us especially those of you still "new" to the chuck wagon to find someone that has been around awhile and have a conversation. Nothing livens up a conversation more, than to ask someone what was the funniest moment on their wagon. Prepare yourself for some great stories and if you play your cards right you may come out with things from recipes and tips to a lifelong friendship. Chuck wagons are more than a wagon to cook off they are part of a community, a community of fun loving, giving, caring individuals that like the lifestyle the chuck wagon affords them. If you are one of those that find the pots getting heavy and sleep winning over when the 5 AM alarm goes off maybe it is time for you to reach out to the local 4H or FFA and see what interest you can find in someone wanting to learn about the chuck wagons. One never knows where the next lover of chuck wagons will come. In every town I am willing to wager there is at least one young man or woman that really wants to learn about the chuck wagon or chuck wagon cooking. It's up to us to kick the rocks and see what turns up in order to have an ACWA for the future.

May you have a Safe and Prosperous New Year and may ACWA grow in 2020!

Hope to see you down the trail!

Sam Howell II
2020 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.


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

Time to renew memberships and ads.
Memberships run from January thru December.

Latest News............
Updated December 1, 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 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 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.

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 in 2019 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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