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.
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.
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.
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 selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipient for the upcoming school year is Maria Rubio from Harrison, Arkansas. One of our recipients recently sent an update you may read here.
Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.
Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks, beautiful note cards and caps!
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.
There are a lot of activities going on within ACWA as the year progresses.
The following sanctioned events are scheduled in May:
May 6-7, 2016 - Bob Drake Memorial Days - Breckenridge, TX
May 6-8, 2016 - Wilcox West Fest - Wilcox, AZ
May 13-14, 2016 - Western Heritage Classic - Abilene, TX
There will be a planning meeting for the ACWA Championship Cook Off on Saturday May 21st, at the LaQuinta, 8300 John Carpenter Freeway, which is located near Love Field in Dallas. As we are less than a year away from the first ACWA Championship Cook Off it is time to finalize the overall plan and start appointing committees for the various areas along with addressing the MANY things that must get done before and during the event! If you are unable to attend the meeting but want to get involved, please contact any of the board of directors OR a chapter president OR of course you can also reach out to me via email at email@example.com if you are interested in helping! We will definitely need more than a small group to pull off a successful event!
The group of wagons qualifying for the first ACWA Championship Cook Off is shaping up with four sanctioned cook offs already completed. Already there are wagons qualified from the following states, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. With two sanctioned events left in Arizona and Colorado, there will be wagons from seven or more states qualifying for the first ACWA Championship Cook Off.
There will be another great opportunity where chuck wagons are coming together to honor our military personnel in Lebanon, Missouri, at the 6th Annual Wagons for Warriors on May 28th. Hats off to Steve Hull and Mitch Morgan for everything they do in organizing this great event. Since it is during the Memorial Day weekend, let's get out and support this great event and give back to our military personnel by showing them the recognition and support they deserve. Hope to see you there!
Another event just around the corner is the Annual Chuck Wagon Rendezvous, June 10-12, 2016. This will be held at Lost Creek Farms - LIZZIE II, 45355 East 112th Ave, Bennett, Colorado. Rex and Sheryl have a few 30amp RV hookups available. They ask you to give them a call (303-644-3081) if you are planning on attending. There is more information on this event on the ACWA website along with being posted on the ACWA Facebook page.
Check out the "Competitive Events" tab on the ACWA website to see now through November the many opportunities for you to participate in a cook off somewhere across the nation.
ACWA has members in twenty-nine states and if you follow the ACWA Facebook page, ACWA member Georges Sachse, from France, posted he would like to come to Texas and compete in some cook offs in 2017. Also at the 2015 World Championship Chuckwagon Cookoff Competition in Ruidoso, New Mexico, Kajel Nelson, from Sweden, helped Sam Howell and the Cocklebur Camp wagon crew. How interesting that would be to have wagon(s) or wagon owners from other country(s) participate in some of the cook offs!
If you are not a member of ACWA we welcome you to explore our website or Facebook page. Feel free to contact us, or even better, jump on board and become a member of a great organization committed to the preservation of the chuck wagon and the trail drive era.
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein
Looking forward to seeing you at some of the cook offs!
Until next time, happy trails!
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 operationwere adopted and the American Chuck Wagon Association was off and
running. Today there are members in 31 states, Canada, Germany and France.
In 2016, the original mission statement was revised and Sanctioning was approved. The revised mission statement reads as follows:
The mission statement of the American Chuck Wagon Association is to preserve the history of the Chuck Wagon Era by providing educational opportunities and events to diverse audiences of all ages while continuing to provide youth scholarships and support for wounded warriors.
Sanctioning information and forms can be found here.
Check out the Chuck Wagon Food Safety brochure here.