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 2018 school year are Jennifer L. Miller, of Silverton, TX, and Wyatt Wilson of Abilene, 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.

September 2019, President's Message

Greetings Fellow ACWA Members,

Wow it is September and I know for many of you that means a very busy time of the year. I pray that however busy your schedule is you stay safe and have a great fall. Fall brings a scurry of activity with my chuck wagon and crew as we try to make a few events. As I am writing this newsletter it is raining in West Texas and a nice change from the 113 degrees we had two days ago.

At this time of the year the biggest ACWA events are the ACWA Annual Meeting and the election to fill the three vacancies on the Board of Directors. This year's annual meeting is in Pueblo Colorado. Hopefully, that will allow some of the folks from the north and west to attend.

As we look at those we want to elect to serve on the board of directors I urge everyone to think about who will best serve the overall membership. ACWA is not just a local group, but an international group so we need to do our best to have directors from all over. So please take the time to review the candidates' information and get your vote into Lonnie Tegeler by the deadline of September 16th! I wish the following individuals the best as they run for YOUR board of directors.
   Mike Byrd, Burton, Texas
   Glenn Hanger, Middlebrook, Virginia
   Clint Combs, Las Vegas, Nevada
   Jesse Hillis, Lubbock, Texas
   Paul Geeslin, Lubbock, Texas
   Darryl Jacobs, Texarkana, Arkansas
   Doug Hahn, Watseka, Illinois
   Marcus Reed, Blooming Grove, Texas

We as members are responsible for our organization. The Board of Directors try to the best of their abilities to promote and carry out the wishes of the members. I challenge the membership to recruit new members. If each family represented were to find one new member, we would grow by over ⅓ in size. That is what we need to do to further our scholarship efforts and promote the Chuck Wagon. "All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work." Calvin Coolidge. So I am asking the membership to please work on adding members and strengthening our association by growth. Let us all make ACWA an even greater association.

The last item in this month's message pertains to the auction held at the ACWA Annual Meeting to raise money for the scholarship fund. This year ACWA has been given a beautiful handmade knife, laser etched with the ACWA logo number 1 of 1. The knife is in a custom-made buffalo hide sheath. The knife will go up for auction starting on September 15th with bids accepted until 5:00 p.m. on October 21, 2019. You can place your bid via email up until the deadline. The person with the highest bid on October 21st will be notified and at the annual meeting the highest bid amount will be the starting amount at the live auction.

Anyone will be allowed to bid either in person or by phone. This is the first time we have had such a unique item up for sale and want to allow everyone a chance to bid. We will post pictures of the knife on our Facebook page and our webpage. Bids will be sent to You will receive an email stating if you have been outbid. All bids must have your name and a phone number.

See you down the trail!

Sam Howell II
2019 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.

American Chuck Wagon Association
Board of Diirectors Nomination Ballots

Each year every ACWA member can exercise their right to vote on the leadership of ACWA by choosing up to three candidates to fill the three vacancies on the American Chuck Wagon Association (ACWA) Board of Directors.

The followng individuals accepted their nomination to serve on the ACWA Board of Directors for a three-year term:
Mike Byrd, Burton, Texas
Clint Combs, Las Vegas, Nevada
Paul Geeslin, Lubbock, Texas
Doug Hahn, Watseka, Illinois
Glenn Hanger, Middlebrook, Virginia
Jesse Hillis, Lubbock, Texas
Darryl Jacobs, Texarkana, Arkansas
Marcus Reed, Blooming Grove, Texas

The candidates' bios/pictures with a ballot have been sent via email and/or USPS to each ACWA member. Please take the time to read about each of the candidates and cast your vote for the three individuals or your choice. The deadline for voting is September 16, 2019. Only current members as of July 1, 2019 can vote. For each Single and Event membership you may cast three votes. For a Joint membership, each member can cast three votes each. IF you did not receive either an email and/or mailout please contact ACWA via email at or call 940-532-1788.

ACWA members submitting their votes via email are asked to send an email to me, Lonnie Tegeler, Chairman of the Nominating Committee at The email must list the three candidates' names as well as the name of the ACWA member(s) submitting the vote.

If submitting your vote via USPS, please tear off the last page (page 7) of the mailout, fill it out, sign and send the page to me, Lonnie Tegeler, 5400 Wonder Hill Road, Chappell Hill, Texas 77426-5248. The paper ballot must have the printed name and signature of the ACWA member submitting the vote.

Lonnie Tegeer, Chairman
2019 ACWA Nominating Committee


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

Come to Pueblo, Colorado, on November 1st and 2nd for the 2019 ACWA Annual Meeting. It will be at the Pueblo Heritage Museum, 201 West B Street.
A block of $105 king or 2-bed queen rooms are reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott, West City Center Drive. Call 719-542-3200 and ask for ACWA block of rooms. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, October 17.There is a KOA off I25 for RVers.

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!

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