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, 1723 East Tate Street, Brownfield, TX 79316 or call Nancy Sparks at (806)215-7851 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 our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs. The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award.

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 Brandon Roy from Christina, Tennessee and Rankin White from Austin, Texas.

Education

Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At the ACWA Championship Cook Off in April, 2017, we had over 250 youth from Fredericksburg and Hunt ISDs participate in a day long Youth Demonstration Day. There were 12 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 wago and trail drive era.

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, beautiful note cards 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

February 2018, President's Message

A few reminders and updates on things that are going on as we proceed with 2018.

First, there is a new time period for submitting applications for the ACWA Scholarships. The submission of applications started January 1st and must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2018. The application form and information can be found here on the ACWA webpage. The new timeline will allow the recipients to include the scholarship with their graduation awards.

On Friday night, January 5th and Saturday the 6th, the ACWA Board of Directors held a 'working' retreat in Abilene, Texas, to start developing a five year plan for ACWA's future and reviewing other ACWA processes and activities. Also, this gave a majority (7 of the 9 directors) of the board a chance to meet face-to-face rather than over the phone. To better fit the ACWA By-Laws Article II-Purpose, the Board developed a new Mission Statement: "To preserve and present the heritage of the chuck wagon." This new mission statement gets to the point of what the mission of the ACWA is. Other topics that were removed from the original mission statement are included in the ACWA's 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 Sanctioned Event season to qualify for the third ACWA Championship Cook Off is starting. Here is a listing of the Sanctioned Events so far:
    • Lazy E Chuck Wagon Cook Off, March 2-3, at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma
    • Wild, Wild West Fest, April 20-21, at the ACE Arena in Andrews, Texas
    • Bob Drake Memorial Cook Off, May 4-5, in Breckenridge, Texas
    • A Painted View Cook Off, August 17-18, in Westcliffe, Colorado
    • Staked Plains Roundup, September 14-15, in Hobbs, New Mexico


The 2017 ACWA Championship Cook Off will be held April 5-7, 2018, at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds in Fredericksburg, Texas. I know the event is held in 2018 but the wagons qualified in 2017 so that is why it is called the 2017 ACWA Championship Cook Off. There are 21 qualifying wagon teams from seven states: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas. Tickets for the Saturday noon meal are for sale here on the ACWA website by clicking on the General Store tab above. Even if you cannot attend but can afford to purchase a few tickets, they can be used to pay for the volunteers' meals -- just put "Volunteers" in the place where it asks "Name for Ticket Pickup". So please show your support for ACWA and purchase tickets today.

Volunteers are needed for the 2017 ACWA Championship Cook Off event starting with our youth education day to be held on Thursday, April 5th. During the 3-day event we will need as many volunteers as we can get so if you are interested in volunteering please contact Sheryl Wailes by email at lostcreek@esrta.com, any director, or myself.

Cook Offs in 2018 - Keep checking the ACWA website under "Events" for upcoming dates for any cook offs. If you have information on upcoming cook offs or cook off results, please send your information and results with pictures to Sheryl Wailes at lostcreek@esrta.com. Sheryl will make sure the information gets in the ACWA Monthly Update or in the ACWA newsletter, Under the Fly, posted on the ACWA website and the ACWA Facebook page.

Here is a list of some non-competitive chuck wagon events coming up in the near future:
    • Saturday, April 14th, Cowboys for Heroes will be held at Fort Sam Houston, Joint Base in San Antonio, Texas. This event is not open to the public--it is only for veterans and current military personnel and their families. Greg Liles says there are plans to serve a select group of injured soldiers on Friday night the 13th. Saturday's activities will be held again this year on the MacArthur Parade Field so there will be plenty of room to feed people so they need all the wagons they can get. If you are interested in helping with this great event contact Greg Liles by email: gregliles.home@gmail.com or by calling 713-447-2423.
    • Saturday April 14th the 1st Annual Chuck Wagons for Veterans sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America Texarkana Area Chapter #28 will be held. This event will be under a barn so they say it will happen rain or shine. If you are interested in helping with this event contact Jimmy Smith at 903-908-2135, Dan Laster at 903-748-0432 or Darryl Jacobs at 870-397-0896. Or you can email connies46652@gmail.com or csmith@mclartyford.com for more information on this event.
    • May 25th and 26th is the Wagons for Warriors in Lebanon, Missouri. This will be their 8th year with a parade on Friday; cooking for the public on Saturday and a Cowboy Church Service Sunday morning. If you are interested in helping with this great event contact Steve Hull by email: stillhangin1@gmail.com or by calling 417-588-5210.
    • May 26th and 27th is the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center Chuck Wagon Gathering nnd Children's Festival to be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For more information on this event contact Jack Ramey by email: jack.ramey@aol.com or by calling 405-834-4351.
    • June 22nd and 23rd is the 2nd Annual Mid America Chuckwagon Roundup to be held at the Northeast Missouri Old Threshers Grounds in Shelbina, Missouri. On Friday, June 22nd, there will be the Threshers Swap meet & Fish Fry, On Saturday, June 23rd there will be a Chuck Wagon Cooking demonstration with a meal and Cowboy Poetry. Proceeds in form of donations will go to Great River Honor Flight. For more information contact: Johnny Kee - 501-288-4192 or Don Collop - 660-434-6519.

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!

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."- Vince Lombardi

See y'all around the campfire at one of the cook offs.

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.



Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd ACWA Championship Cook Off! This year's event will be held at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds in Fredericksburg, Texas on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The tickets are $20/each and will include a noon meal cooked on one of the qualifying wagons. This great meal will include chicken fried steak, beans, potatoes, bread and dessert. All food is cooked from 'scratch' by some of the best chuck wagon teams in the United States. There are only a limited number of tickets so don't delay!
Click on the General Store tab above to purchase your tickets!



You can find the 2017 ACWA Championship Cook Off results and 2018 qualified wagons 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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