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 supplies for the event's youth cook off, please complete this form and submit it via email to Brian Frankum - wishbonewagon@yahoo.com or send via mail to P O Box 85, Axtell, Texas 76624.

ACWA Scholarships

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Time to get those ACWA Scholarship Applications filled out and submitted. ***************************************

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, 2019.

Please be sure to follow the instructions and submit all required information/supporting documents by the deadline to:.
Brian Frankum, P O Box 85, Axtell, TX 76624.
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Scholarship recipients for the 2018 school year are Jennifer L. Miller, of Silverton, TX, and Wyatt Wilson of Abilene, TX.

Education

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 acwa@chuckwagon.org so your event can be featured in the next edition of 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 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

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.

January 2018, President's Message

Well 2019 is upon us. Some of us are mending from new hardware installed to replace worn out joints while others are just itching to start cooking. Regardless of which category you fall, "Cooking Season" is around the corner. It's a great time to practice a new potato or roll recipe.

As chuck wagon cooks, I want to encourage each of you to promote the events we attend. We are blessed with some great events so the more we as ACWA members can promote those events the more successful they will become. In order to have future events, we must all help get the word out!

Also, I urge all wagons to find some new faces to help them cook and perhaps build the chuck wagon fire in them! An example I use is the Cowboys for Heroes event at Ft Sam Houston, Texas. We like to invite several new people to come and cook with us at this event. First off it is an event where you need plenty of help but also a great way for a new person to help cook in a non-competitive environment with little pressure. We do our best to let them get a feel for cooking on the chuck wagon and who knows it might be just the spark for them to become a chuck wagon cook.

Lastly, I urge you to never turn down a chance to have youth help you on the wagon. The only way ACWA will be around to pass on the legacy of the chuck wagon is by educating our youth. There are many avenues to do this and you need to find out which one fits your operation. If you attend any cook off this year that does not have a youth cook off, ask them why they don't. We must take every opportunity to excite youth about the chuck wagon and cooking.

I look forward to seeing many of you in 2019. I hope each of you have a year with no burned biscuits and award-winning cobblers.

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.

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

Latest News............
Updated January 17, 2019

Time to renew you or your event's ACWA membership, website ad and newsletter ad!

Membership fees: Membership costs are the same as last year's - Individual - $20; 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.


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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