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.

Check out our Facebook Page
Check us out on Facebook

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 626, Belton, TX 76513 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 recipient for the 2021 school year is Addison Jackson from Howe, Oklahoma.

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 always looking at ways to involve and educate our youth. Another way many involve the youth are through chuck wagon demonstrations. If you or your organization have hosted a chuck wagon demonstration, please send the information on your event along with any pictures to so we can post it onto our ACWA Facebook as well as feature your event in the next edition of the ACWA Monthly Update or ACWA quarterly 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

ACWA provides quality merchandise so check it out! Whether you are wanting to cook up some authentic chuck wagon meals or show off your support of ACWA through the purchase of a cap or apron...we have something for everyone! Click here to check out what we have!

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 626, Belton, Texas 76513.

For upcoming events click on the EVENTS tab.

June 2021, President's Message

Hello Folks,

I hope this message finds you doing well and enjoying the many blessings we have in the greatest country on earth. I am writing this message just as the Memorial weekend is beginning and I am thankful for those who served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our way of life. If you have a family member or friend who died serving our country, Jo Anne and I pray for the peace of God to comfort you and help you to remember the joyful things that this loved one brought to you.

June signifies the halfway mark for our calendar year and things are moving along well as we press through the challenges from 2020. We have had many successful chuckwagon events and there are many more on the calendar. ACWA Vice President Justin Jackson has been working hard to work out the arrangements for our upcoming 2021 ACWA Annual Members Meeting that will be held in Fort Worth, Texas. Please look for Justin's article in this month's Under the Fly with all the particulars for this gathering. Thank you to Justin and Jo Anne Mims for all the work you have provided to bring this event together and for working with the hotel and City of Fort Worth.

Another exciting thing that is going on with the ACWA is the 25th Anniversary Calendar that Adam Hanger is coordinating. Earlier in May we asked for sponsors and photos that will be place in a great pictorial calendar that will help to celebrate the ACWA. If you are reading this before June 07, 2021, you may still submit photos to Adam to be included in the calendar. Adam's goal is to have the calendars ready to sale before the end of July 2021. So please help Adam's efforts by sending him your new and old photos to remember 25 years of American Chuck Wagon Association. The ACWA Scholarship, Education and Youth Committee has met, and the Board of Directors have approved their recommendation for the 2021 Scholarship to be awarded. I would like to say a special thank you to Chair Brian Frankum, Vice Chair Susan Frankum, Secretary Maribeth Sexton, and Ronnie Sexton for your dedication to serve the ACWA and the youth whom you recognize and award the scholarships to.

We will be hosting an auction to raise funds for the ACWA Scholarships at the 2021 Annual Members Meeting. I ask you to look around your wagon, trailer, barn, or garage for items that you could donate to raise money for this worthwhile cause. Dutch Ovens, Cast Iron cookware, antique kitchen utensils, harnesses, lanterns, graniteware, tools, books, period western apparel etcetera, etcetera, etcetera… If you have other items of value that you would like to donate, please let us know and we will work out arrangements to get them into the auction. Let us make this the best ACWA auction as we begin to celebrate the ACWA's 25th Anniversary.

Do not forget to support the ACWA by purchasing the great looking ball caps, aprons, and banners. These make great gifts for your family, cooking team and anyone else who has a passion for chuck wagons and chuck wagon cooking! I hope you enjoy the Under the Fly quarterly newsletter. I want to thank Maribeth Sexton for all her work and the "herding up" those of us who submit articles or provide information to pass along to you. She puts forth a huge effort to get this beautifully laid out, published, and sent to you on time. Thank you Maribeth!!! Well, that is about all I have for you this month, I hope you have a great summer.

Hope to see you down the trail soon!

Bobby Mims
2021 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 2020
The mission statement of the American Chuck Wagon Association is:
To preserve 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.


Effective October 1, 2020 - ACWA Contact Info:
ACWA, P O Box 626, Belton, Texas 76513
Phone: 940-532-1788

Latest News............
March 2021
The American Chuck Wagon Association Board of Directors are encouraged by the re-opening of chuck wagon events, gatherings and cook offs in 2021. The BOD has prepared and approved the document, "Recommendations for a Chuck Wagon Event and COVID-19" for event coordinators and sponsors.

Membership, newsletter ads, and website ad fees are due starting January 1st.
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 Monthly Update and/or ACWA quarterly newsletter, Under the Fly 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 626, Belton, Texas 76513 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.

We are asking ALL MEMBERS (Lifetime, new and renewals) to please complete a Membership form and and indicate YES or NO on ACWA releasing your contact information to other ACWA members and/or ACWA paid events. You can pull off a new membership form under the "Membership" tab and send it either via USPS to the ACWA post office box or if a LIFETIME member or paying by PayPal, you may scan and send via email to:

Thanks for your continued support of the American Chuck Wagon Association!

Read the latest by-laws here.

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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