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Chuck Wagon Cook Off 

Experience a rare, up-close look at Western history at this FREE, family friendly culinary event. Authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the Southwest compete to cook up the best meals fit for the trail using slow-cook, wood-fire methods from the time period. Wagon teams win prizes in various food categories, and the public can purchase these unique five-course chuck wagon meals from competitors.

pot Enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, Western artisans, storytelling, unique vendors, group tours and more! The event supports the educational development of Tumbleweed Ranch.

   Map to Tumbleweed Ranch | Chuckwagon Cook Off Event Map

Nov. 6

School group tours, preregistration required. Limited number of tours available. These are booking fast. 480-782-2874.

Special Senior group opportunity:

Red Shed Theater programs presented by the Chandler Historical Society

10 AM - "Wyatt Earp: Life on the Frontier"
11:30 AM  - "Blazing the Early Television Westerns Trail"

Call 480-782-2874 for more information. 

nov. 7

Pioneer PepperLive music on the Main Stage featuring Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers. Western artists and other unique vendors, cooking demonstrations and storytelling, historic home tours, and wagon rides to the AZ Railway museum. 

9 AM   - Gates open

10 AM - Chuck Wagon
               Lunch Tickets
               On Sale for $12

10- 11:30 AM - At the Red Shed Theater, presented by the Chandler Historical Society:  Cowboy Poet and Storyteller Michael "Coyote" Peach, along with outdoor cooking demonstrations.

Noon- 1 PM only - Chuck Wagon Lunch Junior Chuckwagon

1 PM- Junior Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, ages 10-15, preregistration required

Lunch tickets sold only on Saturday, starting at 10 AM, and   they always sell out quickly!  





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For more information

 Contact Jean Reynolds at 480-782-2751 or by e-mail at


For photos, winners, sponsors and other information on previous years' Cook-Offs, check out Chandlerpedia

What is the Chuck Wagon Cook Off all about, and what will you see there? Take a look back at our first year of the Cook-Off, and meet the cast of characters who attend and compete each year. The event has grown to as many as 12 wagon teams--and now includes a variety of family activities and demonstrations in addition to the culinary competition! 


                       Video Part Two: Chuckwagon Cook-Off

2015 Wagon Teams 

We can't wait to see you!

Join us for this great competition and a chance to see old friends and make new friends! Click on links below for more information.


Thanks to the 2014 Wagon teams who made last year's event a success!

  Arizona Sharpshooters-- Phoenix, AZ
  Cannon Family-- Rimrock, AZ
  Canyon Trails Ranch-- Cortez, CO
  Colonel Chuck-- New York, NY
  Cowgirls Forever-- Phoenix, AZ
  Curly Cue-- Las Vegas, NV/ Coralles, NM
  Diamond Bar J-- Prescott, AZ
  E-Z Cattle Company-- Sonoita, AZ
  Gummer's Camp-- Pima, AZ
  M Bar Lazy B-- Rimrock, AZ
  Musselshell Wagon-- Roundup, MT
  Rockin RR-- Phoenix, AZ  

 Join us as a vendor in 2015!

Categories include: Food/Beverage Sales, Artists, Merchandise Sales, Non-Profit Organizations, and Business Informational.

Vendors with an emphasis in providing cooking, local foods, and Western art or history-related items will have priority during the review process. 

  2015 Vendor Information and Application


Help us keep this event free of charge and to raise funds for the educational programming at Tumbleweed Ranch!  Support the Chandler Chuck Wago