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 wishbonewagon@yahoo.com
or
via mail to PO Box 85, Axtell, TX 76624

Education

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 acwa@chuckwagon.org so your event can be featured in the next edition of the the ACWA newsletter, Under the Fly.

Expansion

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.

May 2019, President's Message

Greetings, Salutations and Howdy,

In many ways April has flown past! The April winds have kept the canvas flopping and the IRS has kept some of us hopping. As best as one can tell in West Texas it is spring because the mesquite trees have budded out. They are very rarely fooled by Mother Nature. The other day I saw on Facebook where Jim and Susan Patrick, up in Watertown, South Dakota as well as several other ACWA members were shoveling snow, and in Chappell Hill, Texas Lonnie Tegeler was running his air conditioner. Hopefully before too soon everyone will be having cooking weather.

I am very proud of what all the ACWA members do outside of chuck wagon cooking. As I write this article, Director Jack Ramey is on a Church Mission trip to Belgrade, Serbia. I bet there are many interesting conversations with the locals about sourdough biscuits. It would be fun to listen in as Jack explains sourdough biscuits. Jack is just one of many members that give of their time to help others. There are countless others helping with our Veterans, Meals on Wheels, churches, schools or many other charitable entities. To each of you I tip my hat for your time and dedication to your favorite cause.

I have been a member of several organizations over the years and of them all the ACWA members seem to be some of the most caring and helpful. This past weekend I had the privilege of cooking in Andrews, Texas. It was getting close to wagon judging time and one team had not shown up. They called to say they had truck trouble and would not make it for wagon judging. The other teams decided it would not be fair to penalize them for something they had no control over and asked if the wagon judging could be held later. Fortunately, with the schedule it was possible to delay and still have enough time to judge all the chuck wagons. Just another example of the friendship and caring attitude of chuck wagon cooks and teams.

The other thing I find very interesting about ACWA members is what the teams do for a living. I have met everyone from an Agronomist to a Zoologist and lots of professions in between. Apart from a very few it is a passion for the Old West and the trail drives that keeps them going. The greatest thing is when they bring their kids or grandkids to help on the team. There is nothing more rewarding than to see the raw enthusiasm of a young cooking team member and when the awards are handed out, they are always the ones clapping the loudest for the team.

Lastly, I am doing everything in my power as President of this association to find ways to promote ACWA as well as the history and heritage of the chuck wagon. I look forward to hearing about how others are doing the same. I am always keeping my eye out for ideas or ways to grow our Scholarship fund and our association. If you have a thought or ideas catch me at an event and bend my ear or send me an email to: president@chuckwagon.org. It takes us all to grow and thrive.

See you down the trail!
Sam

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
Email: acwa@chuckwagon.org
Phone: 940-532-1788

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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