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.

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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); donations, honorariums and memorials; cookbook, note card & cap sales in our General Store (go shopping), as well as membership dues.

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 2012 that award went to Drake Tolbert.
In addition, the ACWA offers a scholarship (read more) to selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. For the 2012-2013 school year, ACWA was proud to award two scholarships. 2012-13 Scholarship Winners chosen
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 Switzerland.
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?

ACWA Scholarship

Time is drawing short for scholarship applications. Deadline is May 1. Send applications to Jim Patrick, 17358 447th Ave., Watertown, SD 57201-7629

ACWA Southwest Chapter
Spring Gathering and Hoorah
March 21-23, 2014

Big THANK YOU to hosts John and Sandy Sullivan along with Randy Hawkins, Russ Richins, Dave McDowell and the SouthWest chapter of ACWA for an incredibly fun get together. Those of us who didn't make it missed a great time.


First Annual Chuck Wagon Rendezvous
May 2-4, 2014

Lizzie II at Lost Creek Farms, 45355 East 112th Ave, Bennett, CO 80102      303-644-3081

This is being put on to have a time when we can enjoy every ones company and talk about what we all love to do - enjoy the cowboy way of life. Everyone bring a small dessert to share and 3 favorite recipes. We can make copies here.
We have room for people to bring their campers and tents to stay at our place. You do not need to bring a wagon; we will have two wagons set up.

Chuck Wagon Supporters

Bar E Ranch Midwest Buggy Chuckwagon Sales & Catering
Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium
Texas Cowboy Outfitters
Wheels That Won The West National Cowboy Symposium
Rocking T Chuckwagon Wayne's Wagon Works
Hanson Wheels & Wagon Fiddle Fire Chuckwagon
Buggy Barn Museum

Sponsorship Wanted

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