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.

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, 1723 East Tate Street, Brownfield, TX 79316 or call Nancy Sparks at (806)215-7851 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 selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipient for the upcoming school year is Maria Rubio from Harrison, Arkansas. One of our recipients recently sent an update you may read here.

Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.

General Store

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

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.

Annual Chuck Wagon Rendezvous
June 10-12, 2016
Lost Creek Farms - LIZZIE II
45355 East 112th Ave, Bennett, Colorado
More info to follow

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?

Incoming President's Message

November 22, 2015
As the 2016 ACWA President I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead as the organization starts up the new "trail" of Sanctioned Cook Offs to qualify for the first ACWA Championship Cook Off in the spring of 2017.
As with the original trail drives, starting up a new trail held many new challenges. As we start up this new trail of sanctioned cook offs and a championship cook off we must keep in mind our intent of preserving the heritage of the chuck wagon era and expanding the role of the ACWA.
For a person to understand what this new challenge is all aout and why it is necessary, they should have been at the 2015 Annual Meeting and heard the message from the Western Heritage Award recipient, Jerry Baird. Jerry was at the association's founding meeting in 1997 and his message was about how far this association has come and what the future holds as the association heads up this new trail.
It had reached a point that ACWA either started the sanctioning process or did nothing and just continued taling about it. Is this first year going to be smooth? Probably not, but we have to start somewhere. So as we start up this new trail let us address the challenges/problems/issues as they surface rather than complaining about why it won't work, let's pull together, find the solutions, and make the necessary corrections to make it work for the success and future of our association.
How can sanctioned cook offs and an annual ACWA Championship Cook Off help the association? After a coule of meetings with the City of Fredericksburg, Fort Martin Scott, the Former Texas Rangers Foundation Heritage Center, the Pioneer Museum, they are very excited to assist ACWA in bringing the championship cook off to Fredericksburg. The Garrity Group, a public relations firm that does the Albuquerque International Ballooon Fiesta, is working with these groups to increase the success of various events in Fredericksburg. They have the potential to put ACWA in contact with some major national corporate sponsors. This could lead to several organizations becoming annual financial sponsors. This opportunity could open up the potential for ACWA to provide financial assistance to sanctioned cook offs, more prize money, more scholarships, more assistance with youth cook offs along with other public educational events.
During the next year, if anyone notices problems or concerns with the Sanctioning Rules, or plans for the ACWA Championship Cook Off, please let myself or any other board members know about it so we can look at a solution. I only ask that you not just point out problems or concerns, but also be willing to come to the table with solutions. As a board representing the entire membership we will work to resolve these issues to the best of our ability, but foremost resolving them in the best interest of the ACWA membership.
I believe some of the problems concerning sanctioning during 2015 was due to poor communication of what was going on. Rumors and gossip, especially without facts has been the downfall of many good organizations. To help reduce this problem and keep our membership more informed with timely information I have asked Russ Richins, the 2016 secretary, to provide more detailed minutes of the monthly board of directors' conference call. Once the "draft or unapproved version" has been reviewed by the board, a monthly update will be sent out to the membership and posted on the website.
As we move forward there is a need for volunteers for the various committees necessary for the operation of the association. Here is a list of some of the committees:
Social Media/Communications
Youth Events/Educational
And the big one - Championship Cook Off
If you are interested in serving on one of these committees please let us know. Here is your opportunity to become more involved! We need everyone to pull together to preserve the past heritage of the trail drive era by taking the ACWA into the future!
If anyone knows, or has any leads on any organization that might be interested in becoming a financial sponsor to assist ACWA in meeting its Mission Statement - To preserve the history of the Chuck Wagon Era by providing authentic educational opportunities and events to diverse audiences of all ages while continuing to provide youth scholarships and support for Cowboys for Heroes. Please pass the information along so it can be turned over to the Sponsorship Committee.
I think this quote is fitting for where ACWA is today:
Ten years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did do". -Anonymous

Ronnie Sexton, 2016 ACWA President

Chuck Wagon Supporters

Bar E Ranch Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History
Buggy Barn Museum Cocklebur Camp Chuck Wagon Cooking
Fiddle Fire Chuckwagon Hanson Wheels & Wagon
Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium
Midwest Buggy Chuckwagon Sales & Catering
National Cowboy Symposium Rocking T Chuckwagon
Texas Cowboy Outfitters
Wayne's Wagon Works
Western Music Association Wheels That Won The West

Sponsorship Wanted

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