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); cap sales in our General Store (go shopping); as well as membership dues. For donations, honorariums and memorials, you may send a check or money order to:
ACWA, P.O. Box 626, Belton, TX 76513. 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 2022-2023 school year are Reatta Conway from Goodwell, Oklahome and Cloe Swanson from Canton, South Dakota.

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

For upcoming events, click on the EVENTS tab.

June 2022, President's Message

Dear ACWA Friends,

Hello Friends,

I want to start by saying what an honor and privilege it is to serve as your president this year. This is my second year on the Board of Directors and the longer I'm on the board the more I appreciate our mission statement. We exist to preserve the heritage of the chuck wagon. When I'm out on weekends at different events and around other chuck wagon owners or enthusiasts, I always ask the question, "Are you a member of ACWA?" I get all kinds of answers from yes, to I have not renewed my membership, or sometimes simply no and then I ask them why not? I have received several different responses. Here are a few... "I don't have a chuck wagon", "my chuck wagon has rubber tires" and or "it's not authentic", "the ACWA is all about competitions", or maybe they've got their feelings hurt by an ACWA member in the past. My response to everyone has been "we exist to preserve the heritage of the chuck wagon so please consider joining us in doing that." It's really that simple. I do believe that needs to always be our focus. I truly love chuck wagons and cowboy cooking!

On another note, I just got back from Wagons for Warriors in Lebanon, Missouri. It was an awesome event with well over 20 wagons participating. I know a lot of my friends were at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City at their annual chuck wagon event. The chuck wagon gatherings are coming every weekend. Please take plenty of photos and be sure to post them to our ACWA Facebook page, especially ones with youth involved. Let's not forget they are the future of ACWA and we need to bring the youth alongside us every chance we get! Y'all have a safe June.

Vaya con Dios,

Justin Jackson
2022 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............

It is that time of year! Time to nominate an event and/or individual(s) for the 2022 ACWA Awards. Here is the latest nomination form describing each award and how to submit your award nomination and a letter stating why you think this person and/or event deserves the award. The deadline for submission of the form and letter is September 1, 2022. The documents are to be sent to Jack Ramey, Chair of the Committee via USPS at 8405 S. Richland Road, Mustang, Oklahoma 73064-9317 or you can email the two documents to Jack at Please note: Must submit the nomination form and a letter stating why are nominating this individual(s) and/or event.

Nominations for the Three 2023 Board of Director Vacancies - The 2022 ACWA Nominating Committee Chairman is Todd Limke of Choctaw, Oklahoma.

Each year the members of ACWA elect three Directors to serve a three-year term on the ACWA Board of Directors. Clint Combs, Paul Geeslin and Darryl Jacobs have their terms expiring in November 2022. Clint and Darryl are eligible for re-election; however, Paul Geeslin is not. Please note: Before sending in someone's name, please check with your nominee to see if they are willing to accept the nomination.

The nomination/election process starts with the members submitting up to three nominations into the Chair by July 20, 2022. All nominations must be submitted by the deadline to Todd Limke via email: or by USPS to Todd Limke, P O Box 1481, Choctaw, Oklahoma 73020. Please note: If submitting your nomination by USPS, it must be postmarked by the July 20th deadline.

Think about joining up...

You may pay online by going to the Membership tab of this website OR by printing off the 2022 ACWA Membership form and mailing your check or money order to: ACWA, P O Box 626, Belton, Texas 76513. You do NOT need to complete a new membership form UNLESS your contact information has changed, i.e., street address, email address, etc.

Website Ad: Cost will remain the same as 2021 as $120/year; Newsletter Ad: Cost will remain the same as 2021 as $100/year. You may pay for your ads online by going to the Membership tab of this website and use PayPal to complete your purchas, or you may mail your check or money order to: ACWA, P O Box 626, Belton, Texas 76513.


ACWA Trifold Brochure
Chuck Wagon Round Up Guidelines
Recommendations for a Chuck Wagon Event and COVID-19
Acquiring Liability Coverage for My Chuck Wagon Team -- Paul Geeslin

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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