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
via mail to PO Box 85, Axtell, TX 76624


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 so your event can be featured in the next edition of the 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 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.

December 2019, President's Message

Hello Fellow American Chuck Wagon Association Members,

Well November has been an interesting month. Fall went...Winter came...but Summer has returned to West Texas with 80 degrees! One must love Mother Nature because there is not one weatherman in the nation that can predict her.

Welcome to our new Directors and "THANK YOU" for your vote of confidence in keeping me as your president for one more year. I will do my best to work on increasing the membership of ACWA and finding new events for our members to participate at whether it be a gathering or a competition.

For those of you that did not make it to Pueblo for the annual meeting, it was a great venue and the entire area is full of history. The trip to the Charles Goodnight barn and the presentations on the history about it was wonderful. Thank you to VP Bobby Mims for his hard work on a successful annual meeting. The Historical committee presented lots of information for people to look at and review. Hopefully they will be able to work thru the mountain of information they have to make it more relevant to the chuck wagon owners. In attendance at the annual meeting were people from Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming! If I missed, your State I apologize. It was great having the room full for the meeting and the award presentations. Including that guy Todd Limke, not much was written or is known about him, but he must be a Good Hoodlum! The silent auction did great with the custom knife going for $1001. Thanks to all for your bids and your auction items.

Well by the time you read this you have probably finished your 2nd plate of leftovers from Thanksgiving. I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving. I know some of us have lost loved ones and this will be the first Thanksgiving without them and for that we must thing about the great things they brought to our lives. For others it is giving thanks that the family is together. As the President of the ACWA I am thankful for all the many friends and acquaintances I have made via chuck wagon cooking.

As a side note I know a few of you managed to break away from work, cooking or chores to see Union Pacific's 4014 "Big Boy" as it rolled thru the West and South West. As a lover of steam trains my best chance to view was during the annual meeting. Why is an old steam train relevant? If you follow anything about this steam train on Facebook, you will find out that 10's of 1000's of people showed up in every type of weather just to snap a photo or hear the whistle. Most of them had no knowledge of the steam era or much about the steam locomotive but I say "Ok, so what?" WHY CAN'T WE GENERATE THE SAME INTEREST IN CHUCK WAGONS? What a great photo op it would have been to have a chuck wagon in a picture with a steam locomotive. Chuck wagons drove to the railhead. Folks it's up to us all to fan the fire of passion about the chuck wagons before there is no one out there that cares.

Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

Hope to 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.


ACWA contact information:
Mailing address: P O Box 6538, Lubbock, Texas 79493
Phone: 940-532-1788

Time to renew memberships and ads.
Memberships run from January thru December.

Latest News............
Updated January 17, 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 update 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.

If you need to change any of your contact information, please complete a new membership form found on the "Membership" tab and send it in with your payment.

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

Read the latest by-laws here.

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