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 2020 school year are Dakota Bowen from Roscoe, TX and Sydney Ramirez from Petersburg, 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 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

Want to cook up some authentic chuck wagon grub? Now you can with recipes from the ACWA Cookbook. Check out our General Store on how to order your copy. More merchandise opportunities will be coming soon!

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 2020, President's Message

Greeting fellow American Chuck Wagon Association Members,

Wow! June has been a month for the history books. It appears to me that there are a good many out there that did not read their history books when they went to school. I will not get into the politics of all that is going on, but it is just my hope that every member of the American Chuck Wagon Association agrees that all lives matter. We are living history with our chuck wagons and if we study that history, we will find that there were coosie's from all races and walks of life. As a matter of fact, the word 'coosie' comes from the Spanish word "cocinero" which means cook. The color of their skin or ethnic background was not as important to the cowboy as was the grub.

I had the honor and privilege this weekend to be invited to bring my wagon to the Damnrox Ranch owned by members JD and Gayle Cross of Valley Mills, Texas, to cook for the local first responders, grocery store and the feed store workers. A unique mix but if you think about it, they all responded for that rural community. The store kept plenty of food on hand 7 days a week and the feed store has not been closed to the farmers and ranchers the entire time. Needless to say, the Sheriff's office, Police department, Fire department, EMS, Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Game Wardens all have worked tirelessly through this entire pandemic. The sixty or so that attended, were grateful to be able to come have a meal under the shade trees and just relax for a few minutes with friends and family. We did all the proper things like social distancing. Heck I even traded my leather work gloves in on some of those fancy nitrile gloves to fill the plates. We did fill the plates and just have them at the end of the table so they could pick them up and not have to be in close contact. It went off great! I encourage you to look for that opportunity in your community. Heck the grocery store even donated some of the food. As a punctation mark to the event we bagged up the leftovers to take to town. In route to locate someone that could use them the fire siren went off and one of the firemen saw member Gayle Cross and stopped her. He asked if we had any leftovers. She told him she had a box in the back she was taking to find a needy soul. Well, with the leftovers, she helped fill 36 to go food boxes to take to the firemen fighting a large brush fire in 25 mph wind.

I wish I had a crystal ball and could predict what will happen the rest of the year but folks I do not think it is looking promising for too many cook offs. In our area we have had a spike in COVID-19 cases. The large majority seem to be in an age group of 20 to 35. I can no longer relate to being that young, but I think I probably did some dumb things back then. Well apparently, some things do not change much and those of us that would like to responsibly go enjoy a meal or a movie are a little nervous with the latest rise. If you have not looked a Facebook on Wednesday, you should see what the hysterical committee I mean the Historical Committee have been posting on their "Wagon Wednesdays". There are some neat old chuck wagon pictures. They are very thought provoking and there is some good conversation regarding each one. Ole Jack Ramey cannot see very well but two things he can spot miles away is a Braum's ice cream parlor and a sourdough keg. I believe he can spot one of those kegs on a chuck wagon lid even if it is covered up with everything!

Well folks hope you have a great 4th of July and take some time to remember why we celebrate. So many people today think it is just a holiday for fireworks, cooking out and having a good time. My challenge to each of you is to find a young person and ask them this question "What day in 1776 did the Continental Congress adopt the Declaration of Independence?"

May God Bless America! See you down the trail!
Sam Howell
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

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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