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 (see the power point presentation shown below-right); tax-free donations, honorariums and memorials (We are a 501.c.3 organization); cookbook, note card, & 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.OBox 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 address for a thank you card.

Youth & the ACWA

Our youth are our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs. The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award.

In addition, the ACWA offers scholarships (read more) to individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year are Jennifer L. Miller, of Silverton, TX, and Wyatt Wilson of Abilene, TX.


Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At the ACWA Championship Cook Off in April, 2017, we had over 250 youth from Fredericksburg and Hunt ISDs participate in a day long Youth Demonstration Day. There were 12 stations set up and manned by volunteers to allow the youth to see up close and personal a chuck wagon and other items associated with the chuck wago and trail drive era.


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 a 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

June 2018, President's Message

Well summer is pretty well upon us and with the hot weather most of the cook offs and other related events in the South are pretty well over until September. I recently had an event contact me about doing catering the last two weekends in July and the first weekend of August. Everyone I called and asked if they would be interested basically had the same response ? "Are you crazy? My crew would kill me if I book something during that time period!" Everything kind of moves up North during the summer months.

As stated in earlier President's Messages, ACWA is shifting our focus to educate the youth and the general public on the role of the chuck wagon during the trail drive era. Also, ACWA would like to help competitive and non-competitive events, such as cook offs to benefit the military personnel/families and promote more gatherings/rendezvouses by providing resources to assist in the preparation for an event, wagon judging and promotion of the events on the ACWA website, ACWA Facebook page, ACWA Monthly Update and the ACWA newsletter, Under the Fly.

Some of you that visit the ACWA Facebook page may have seen some of the old pictures of chuck wagons and their camps. These pictures are being posted as an attempt to show the differences between the chuck wagons, both trail and ranch, (or as some call them round up wagons). I think the one thing the different pictures show is about the only common thing on the chuck wagons was four wheels and a chuck box. Just another attempt to better educate the members, wagon owners along with the general public. If anyone has pictures they would like to share please let us know. Also if you have any documentation to support what was or wasn't on the majority of the wagons please share. ACWA is in the process of establishing a database of information to cover all aspects of the chuck wagon, wagon camps and equipment so in the future there will be a central location to go and find as much information concerning chuck wagons as possible. Just another way ACWA is working towards meeting its' mission statement.

In addition to the above, ACWA is currently working with a website designer and hopefully on August 1st we will roll out a new website that is more user friendly.

Here are some Chuck Wagon events coming up during the summer. If any are close to you - come on out! To check out other months, click on the EVENTS tab above.
♦ June 1-3, Fort Sisseton Chuck Wagon Gathering - Lake City, SD NOT A COMPETITION for information contact Fort Sisseton, 605-448-5474 or Cassandra Swanson, 605-359-5105
♦ June 8-9, Oklahoma Championship Chuck Wagon Cook Off - Woodward, OK - R J Hollon, (580)571-2060
♦ June 22-23, Western Heritage Days - Stevensville, MT -, 915-212-7476, 406-777-3773
♦ June 22-23, 2nd Annual Mid America Chuckwagon Roundup at Northeast Missouri Old Threshers Grounds - Shelbina, MO - NOT A COMPETITION - for information contact Johnny Kee at 501-288-4192 or Don Collop at 660-434-6519
♦ July 27-28, La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen's Assn CW cook off - Durango, CO for information contact Larry Zauberis - 970-247-3231 or 970-759-5629
♦ July 20-29, Cheyenne Frontier Days - Cheyenne, WY, for information go to
♦ August 4, Pinedale, AZ - Pinedale Station, 928-739-4394 for information contact Bob Gavin, 928-205-5327
♦ August 17-19, Custer County Cowboy Gathering Chuck Wagon Cook-Off - Westcliffe, CO for information contact - 719-783-9100

New Members? If you are interested in the trail drive era along with the mystique of the chuck wagon please look around our website! If you want to become a member of this fine association, simply click on the Membership tab, fill out an application and join us! ACWA members receive a membership lapel pin, monthly updates of current events and activities and a quarterly newsletter, Under the Fly. So what are you waiting on, go to the Membership tab, download an application and join up!

Until next time, Happy Trails!
Ronnie Sexton
2018 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.

The 2018 ACWA Annual Meeting will be held November 3, at the Kay Rodgers Coliseum in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Further information coming soon.

After 20 years ACWA has a new mailing address, email address and phone number. Effective immediately:
Mailing address: P O Box 6538, Lubbock, Texas 79493
Phone: 940-532-1788
As always, thanks to all the ACWA members for their patience! If you have further questions, you may email President, Ronnie Sexton, at or Vice President, Sam Howell, at

Here's a pin map Kathy Christensen put together showing member locations.
Click on the dots to see more detail.

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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