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.

November 2019, President's Message

Greetings Fellow ACWA Members,

Just a few weeks ago Jim and Susan Patrick were in Clarendon commenting on how hot it was. Now old Jim is back up in South Dakota stacking firewood as fast as he can. I believe Fall is fast departing in many parts of the country. Pumpkins are showing up everywhere and the final weeks of baseball are here. Yes, the change of the season is upon us.

Most of the cookoffs are done for the year and many of you have your wagons stored in the barn. I want to say "THANK YOU" to all the events that held cookoffs or gatherings for chuck wagons this year. It takes a lot of hard work - finding sponsors, putting together the food, and hosting an event. I am quite sure at some events the chuck wagon teams felt the food judges were unfair and at other events felt the wagon judges were blind. We all need to remember the organizers of the events do what they can to bring us the best possible event. Many times, they are limited by funds or by whom they can get for their show. I ask we all say THANK YOU to the events for their hard work and time. The scores from this years' events are in the books so, instead of dwelling on the past let's offer a helping hand to make the events better.

Speaking of events, I was pleased when I was at Ruidoso Downs two different individuals came up to me to discuss possibly starting a new event. We need new gatherings and competitions. I urged both events to set the event up so people could leave town on Friday afternoon and still enjoy the event. Hopefully changing the schedule will entice more chuck wagon teams to participate. Some Saturday evening "gathering type" events would sure help especially with the younger wagon teams that can't take off as much from work as Kevin with Honey Do Spoilers. You can't beat him to an event even if you try!

Also, I would like to say THANKS to the ACWA membership! I haven't met you all, but I have visited with lots of you. I have had many good ideas given to me and had many votes of confidence. This next year we will be bringing on two new board members which is great. I was glad to see some new names coming from other states on the ballot. As our directors' terms expire, I hope to see more board members from other states.

When you are reading this, I will either be in route to or at the ACWA annual meeting in Pueblo, Colorado. Should I remain the President of ACWA for another year I will work hard to find events our younger cooks can attend. WORKING TOGETHER we can make ACWA grow!

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.

ACWA Scholarship/Education/Youth Cook Off Benefit Auction:

A laser etched knife with a handmade sheath has been donated to benefit the ACWA youth programs. On Monday, September 16th, President Sam Howell announced the auction and posted pictures on the ACWA Facebook page with a starting bid of $300. To bid on the item, send an email with your name, phone number and bid amount to Bidding will end at 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on October 21, 2019. If you are outbid during the timeframe you will receive an email from acwabids. The person with the highest bid on October 21st will be notified and their bid will be the starting bid of the Youth Auction held at the 2019 ACWA Annual Meeting. If the highest bidder is not present at the annual meeting on Saturday, November 2nd, they will be allowed to join by phone to continue to bid. Good luck and thanks for the continued financial support of ACWA's Scholarship/Education and Youth Cook Offs!

American Chuck Wagon Association
October 5, 2019
New 2020 ACWA Board of Directors and Election of 2020 ACWA Officers:

The results are in and the three Board positions are to be filled by:
Clint Combs, Las Vegas, Nevada; Darryl Jacobs, Texarkana, Arkansas and Paul Geeslin, Lubbock, Texas.
Clint and Darryl are new to the Board and Paul was re-elected for another term.
Congratulations to each of the above!

In keeping with the November 2018 revised ACWA ByLaws, every ACWA member can exercise their right to vote on the leadership of ACWA by choosing the officers for 2020.
The following individuals are willing to serve in the officer positions on the ACWA Executive Team.
President - Sam Howell, II of Odessa, Texas
Vice President - Bobby Mims of Llano, Texas
Secretary - Darryl Jacobs, Texarkana, Arkansas
Treasurer - Paul Geeslin, Lubbock, Texas

Even though each candidate is running unopposed, we encourage you to cast your vote in confidence of this Executive Team.
The deadline for voting is October 21, 2019. Only current members as of July 1, 2019 can vote.

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 Officer position, i.e. President and the name of the candidate you are voting for as well as the name of the ACWA member(s) submitting the vote.
If submitting your vote via USPS, please print off the last page of the document sent to each eligible ACWA member via email and/or USPS, fill it out, sign and send the page to me, Lonnie Tegeler, 5400 Wonder Hill Road, Chappell Hill, Texas 77426-5248.
Remember to vote and have your email sent OR have your paper ballot postmarked by the deadline of October 21, 2019!

Lonnie Tegeler, 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!

Read the latest by-laws here.

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