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 wishbonewagon@yahoo.com
or
via mail to PO Box 85, Axtell, TX 76624

Education

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 acwa@chuckwagon.org so your event can be featured in the next edition of the the ACWA newsletter, Under the Fly.

Expansion

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.

May 2020, President's Message

Greetings Fellow ACWA Members:

I hope this letter finds you and your family well. I thought last month was interesting, but I believe this month may top it. Negative prices for oil on the futures' market did not help those of us in West Texas. This month has truly reflected what Americans can do if you look past all the media hype (I had another word but refrained). The nightly news shows Americans helping Americans. It does not matter if it is the elementary kid raising money to help the hospital buy supplies or a first responder that went above and beyond. I saw a story where there are more gardens being planted this year than ever before. Americans are going back to learning about the things that are important. Hopefully as soon as chuck wagon cooks are able, we will hear stories about you helping fellow Americans and neighbors. Maybe you already have, if so, please share your story.

It is hard to say what is going to happen over the next year or more regarding the COVID 19. Some experts say it will flare this fall just like the flu while others say it will flare before the fall. I bet Las Vegas would have a line on it if they were open. Maybe Clint Combs has an inside tip from out that way on what the line is. I know there are many events relying on chuck wagons to bring in revenue for their cause. I truly hope we can continue to do so in a safe manner.

On the bright side Susan Patrick said Jim has done well staying in the barn during the social distancing. Jack Ramey said if it were not for having a drive thru at Braum’s he would suffer absolute ice cream withdrawal. I am not sure about Adam Hanger out in Virginia as I have not heard from him since the first of the year. Russ Richins out in Arizona is already working on frying eggs on the sidewalk. His wife, Susan says the problem is he keeps trying different ways to oil the sidewalk. She reported he found wagon axle grease worked best but the eggs had a bad twang and you could not eat them.

Well I have taken all your time and as you can tell this month has not been very eventful. I would like to take a knee and say a prayer for all of you involved in this pandemic. I know some of you are in health care, or first responders, or emergency management and some of you may have lost loved ones. In many ways this has been a very trying time for us all but one thing I know is the good Lord and the strength of America will prevail and we will survive.

May God Bless you. 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.

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ACWA contact information:
Mailing address: P O Box 6538, Lubbock, Texas 79493
Email: acwa@chuckwagon.org
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: acwa@chuckwagon.org.

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


Read the latest by-laws here.


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