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 the future and ACWA supports activities directly involving the youth. We encourage event coordinators to offer a youth competition at their cook offs whenever possible. If your organization would like to request up to $150 and other ACWA suplies for the event's youth cook off, please complete this form and submit it via email to Brian Frankum - or send via mail to P O Box 85, Axtell, Texas 76624.

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, 2018, we had over 245 6th graders from Fredericksburg and Hunt ISDs participate in a day long Youth Demonstration Day. There were 10 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 wagon and trail drive era. 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 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 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

October 2018, President's Message

As we go into fall and hopefully some cooler weather, at least here in Central Texas, the "fall rush" of chuck wagon events is winding down. There are several events scheduled in October and November but the opportunity to attend a chuck wagon event in 2018 is rapidly coming to a close. See below for more information on upcoming events.

Many of you may have visited the ACWA Facebook page and 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, clothing worn during the trail drive era and equipment in the camps and on the wagon. You may have noticed there is a wide range of variations in the wagons, the chuck box, fly/no fly and the different equipment. You could go on and on about the differences but one of the reasons you see such a wide variation in the pictures of the wagon and camp set ups is because it was built/designed/set up to fit the needs of an individual cook. Most of the pictures were taken at the end of the trail drive era and are ranch/round up wagons/camps, but still you can see there wasn't a lot of extra equipment or items in the camps.

Once again I would like to mention ACWA is working on compiling as much information as can be found about the chuck wagon. As this information is compiled and with the website being redesigned it will be added as a new tab on the ACWA website. Hopefully, this will serve as a central location where people can go if looking for information pertaining to the chuck wagon. Just another way ACWA is working to meet its' mission statement - "to preserve and present the heritage of the Chuck Wagon." The ACWA Historical Committee is asking anyone with documentation or pictures of chuck wagons and/or camps depicting what was or wasn't in the camps or on the chuck wagon to please contact Jack Ramey, Chairman of the Historical Committee at or myself at wgoldwing04@hot.rr.

There are still some Chuck Wagon events coming up in October and November. If you have a chuck wagon some of these events are still in need of teams, so please contact them as soon as possible. Otherwise if you would like to see a chuck wagon event just come and check one out! You'll find chuck wagon folks are a friendly group and they love talking about their wagons. The event's specific contact information is listed under the EVENTS tab.
October 6, 2018, Nolan County Fair & Rodeo in Sweetwater, TEXAS - this is their first chuck wagon cook off.
✓ October 12-13, 2018 World Championship Chuck Wagon Cook Off to be held in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.
✓ October 12-13, 2018 Booneville Days to be held at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History in Bryan, Texas.
✓ October 19-20, 2018 Llano River Chuckwagon Cook Off to be held on the beautiful banks of the Llano River in Llano, Texas.
✓November 9-10, 2018 Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off to be held at the Tumbleweed Ranch in Chandler, AZ

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! As stated under the Membership tab some benefits of your ACWA membership are receiving the quarterly newsletter, purchasing cookbooks at a discount, voting on directors and policies of the association, being listed on the website for catering and chuck wagon related business and chuck wagon registration. So what are you waiting on, click on the Membership tab and join up!

Rather than just going around complaining about things, volunteer to be part of the solution." - Anonymous

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.

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

American Chuck Wagon Association By-Law Amendments Sent to Members
The American Chuck Wagon Association's Board of Directors has sent out amendments to the ACWA By-Laws to all current members. Each ACWA member is encouraged to review and cast their votes either by email or USPS by October 8, 2018. If sending by email, please make sure the email contains the information outlined on the cover letter as well as the member's name and is sent to Lonnie Tegeler by the deadline of October 8th. If sending by USPS, please make sure the letter contains the information outlined on the cover letter as well as the member's printed name and signature and is sent to Lonnie Tegeler and is postmarked by October 8th.

If you have any questions about any of the amendments, please do not hesitate to contact any of the Board of Directors.

Thanks for your continued support to make ACWA great!
2018 ACWA Board of Directors

2018 ACWA Annual Meeting: The 2018 ACWA Annual Meeting is to be held on November 3, 2018 at the Kay Rodgers Park located at 4400 Midland Blvd., Fort Smith, Arkansas. The host hotel is LaQuinta Inn & Suites located at 6700 Boston Street in Fort Smith, Arkansas (approximately six miles from the meeting venue). A block of 25 rooms has been reserved until October 25, 2018 at special rate to ACWA members of $72.00/night. To ensure the rate of $72/night you must call the hotel directly at 479-484-0303. Do not call La Quinta's 1-800 number as they will not honor the $72/night. After all 25 rooms are reserved or October 25, 2018, rooms for ACWA will be $89/night. RV parking is available at the Kay Rogers Park located at 4400 Midland Blvd near the meeting room for $25/night. Please call 479-783-6176 to make reservations.
Friday, November 2nd - ACWA will have a "Meet & Greet" from 6:00 - 8:30 PM at the Outback Steak House located at 6800 Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith only a few blocks from the LaQuinta Hotel (host hotel). Johnny has made reservations for 50 people if you would like to order off the menu and an adult beverage bar menu will also be available.
Saturday, November 3rd - ACWA Annual Meeting will be at the Kay Rogers Park in a meeting room right inside the lobby of the Expo Center (or if facing the building there is an outside door to the right of the Entrance where you can enter directly into the meeting room). We will start at 9:00 AM with a wagon judging discussion with two chuck wagons under a pavilion outside followed by a noon meal inside the meeting room at $10.00 per plate. Menu will be smoked BBQ, baked beans, & potato salad. The business portion of the meeting will start at 1:30 PM and run until approximately 4:00 PM with a Silent Auction benefitting ACWA Youth Scholarship, Education and Cook off Committee. Please bring item(s) to be auctioned off and most of all your cash!

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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