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

July 2018, President's Message

Well summer is here! With the hot weather most of the cook offs and other related events in the South are pretty well over until September. I recently went down from heat stroke while cooking on the 3C Cowboy Fellowship chuck wagon at a Texas History Days event in Salado Texas. Several times during the 6 months I spent repairing/restoring the wagon I told Maribeth I thought the wagon was going to kill me. Well it just about did, the heat stroke resulted in nice little hospital stay where I received 7 IV bags of fluid in 38 hours! Not fun! I now fully understand why the cook offs kind of move up North during the summer months. So little advice to any of you out there cooking during this time of the year, please watch yourselves and keep yourselves well hydrated!

I have stated in earlier President's Messages, ACWA is shifting our focus to educate the youth and the general public on the role of the chuck wagon during the trail drive era. Also, ACWA is focusing on being more helpful with any chuck wagon events whether it is a competitive or non-competitive events. We want to promote all cook offs, chuck wagon events benefitting military personnel/families and gatherings/rendezvouses. ACWA can provide resources to assist in the preparation for an event, wagon judging and promotion of the events on the ACWA website, ACWA Facebook page, ACWA Monthly Update and the ACWA newsletter, Under the Fly.

Some of you that visit the ACWA Facebook page 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, the camps, and equipment in the camps and on the wagon, along with the clothing. Also if you have any documentation to support what was or wasn't on the majority of the wagons please share. Once again the Historical Committee is asking anyone who may have pictures of the chuck wagons, camps, etc. and are willing to share to please contact me at or Jack Ramey, Chairman of the Historical Committee at ACWA is in the process of establishing a database of information to cover all aspects of the chuck wagon, wagon camps and equipment so in the future there will be a central location to go and find as much information concerning chuck wagons as possible. Just another way ACWA is working towards meeting its' mission statement.

ACWA has been working with a website designer to develop a new look along with a more user friendly website. Due to some unforeseen personnel issues they have informed me they are having to close up their business. I have already reached out to a couple of website designers to see what we can come up with along with a new rollout date.

Here are some Chuck Wagon events coming up during July - October. If you are close to any of these events - come on out! To check out other months or to get more information on each event, click on the EVENTS tab above.
✓ July 27-28, 2018 La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen's Assn Chuck Wagon Cook Off - Durango, CO
✓ July 20-29, Cheyenne Frontier Days - Cheyenne, WY
✓ August 4, Pinedale Chuck Wagon Festival - Pinedale Community Center, Pinedale, AZ
✓ August 17-19, Custer County Cowboy Gathering Chuck Wagon Cook-Off in Westcliffe, CO
✓ September 7-9, 2018 National Championship Chuck Wagon Cook Off not a competition) in Mustang, Oklahoma.
✓ September 14-15, 2018 Washington County Fair in Brenham, Texas.
✓ September 22, 2018, Colonel Charles Goodnight Chuck Wagon Cook Off and Youth Cook Off in Clarendon, Texas.
✓ September 22, 2018, 2nd Annual Chuck Wagon Cook Off & 37th Staked Plains Round Up Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame in Hobbs, New Mexico.
✓ September 29, 2018 First Annual Chuck Wagon for Heroes (not a competition) to be held on the beautiful grounds of the Crossbrand Cowboy Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
✓ October 6, 2018, Nolan County Fair & Rodeo is planning 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 a great event held on the beautiful banks of the Llano River in Llano, Texas.

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! ACWA members receive a membership lapel pin, monthly updates of current events and activities and a quarterly newsletter, Under the Fly. So what are you waiting on, go to the Membership tab, download an application and join up!

"If you dwell too much on the past, you'll never have the vision to move forward." - 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.

The 2018 ACWA Annual Meeting will be held November 3, at the Kay Rodgers Coliseum in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Further information coming soon.

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
As always, thanks to all the ACWA members for their patience! If you have further questions, you may email President, Ronnie Sexton, at or Vice President, Sam Howell, at

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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