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Chuck Wagon Cook Off 

Experience a rare, up-close look at Western history at this FREE, family friendly culinary event. Using historic cooking methods, authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the Southwest compete to cook up the best meals fit for the trail. Wagon teams win prizes in various food categories, and the public can purchase these unique chuck wagon meals. potEnjoy a Campfire Glow, live music, Western history and cooking demonstrations, and much more! Event supports the educational development of Tumbleweed Ranch. 

Nov. 7Chuck Wagon Sampler
 Meet wagon teams before competition begins! School tours, 10 a.m.- noon. Campfire glow and s'mores at 6 p.m. featuring music & stories by Arizona troubadour Wally Bornmann.

  hat11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Chuck Wagon small sample plates on sale.

 nov. 8

Pioneer PepperLive music featuring Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers. Gunfighter shows. Cooking and history demonstrations, historic home tours, family activities and hay ride to AZ Railway museum. Campfire glow and s'mores at 6 p.m. featuring music by Buck "The Big Man" Helton.

Noon- Chuck Wagon Lunch $12 (Tickets sold on Saturday only and sell out quickly-- on sale at 10 a.m.) 

3 p.m.- 5 p.m. Chuck Wagon small sample plates on sale 


Junior ChuckwagonBuffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory ceremony. Gunfighter shows, history demonstrations and hay rides to AZ Railway Museum. Cooking demonstrations by celebrity Jan D'Atri. Junior Chuck Wagon Cook-Off competition, noon - 3 p.m.

10 a.m.- Cowboy Breakfast $10. ( Breakfast tickets sold all weekend)





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 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


                       Video Part Two: Chuckwagon Cook-Off

Calling all cow camp cooks! 

The fun starts Friday, November 7, with school tours, trail wagon judging, a cooks’ meeting, and dinner with our host wagon, Biscuitflats Chuck Wagon, followed by a campfire glow and cowboy singer. The real show begins on Saturday, when competing wagons will prepare 50 meals for the public, and each of your courses will be critiqued by a panel of local judges.  Top the evening off with cowboy music and a campfire glow. Rise early on Sunday morning to prepare a judged breakfast for the public, with ticket sales split 50/50 between wagons and the Pardners.  Wrap up your stay in Chandler by hosting a youngin’ in a one pot Junior Cook-off


Competition Information and Application

W-9 Form

Join us as vendor! Categories include: Merchandise Sales, and Food/Beverage Sales, Non-Profit Organizations, and Business Informational.

Vendors must participate Saturday and Sunday. Friday set-up and operation is optional.

Vendors with an emphasis in providing cooking, local foods, or history-related items or options will have priority during the review process. A limited number of vendors who do not meet this emphasis will be considered for the event.


 Vendor Information and Application  

Your partnership guarantees that this event remains free of charge to the public and helps raise funds for the educational programming at Tumbleweed Ranch!  Support the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off and enjoy exposure to thousands of event attendees, while highlighting your company's community involvement. Your brand will receive exposure in digital, radio, television and print advertising, depending on the level of sponsorship.

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