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Oct. 17, 2016

Unique Taste of the Wild West
Chandler Museum presents 7th Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off
Campfire at the Chuck Wagon Cook-offChandler Museum, in partnership with Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch, present the 7th Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, 2016.
The festivities take place at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Ranch, a space including historic structures and farm equipment located within Tumbleweed Park, at 2250 S. McQueen Road. Parking, admission and activities at this family friendly festival are free with pricing for food and beverages.
“Attendees experience a rare, up-close look at Western history and are transported back in time with chuck wagon competitors wearing period dress, using period equipment and cooking methods as if they were on an 1880s cattle drive,” says Jody Crago, Administrator at Chandler Museum. “This is a culinary experience unlike any other that will attract foodies and history buffs alike.”
On Friday, Nov. 11, event hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the day starting with a posting of the colors and tribute to veterans. Small plates from participating wagons will be available starting at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Youth compete in the junior cook-off at 10:30 a.m., and all day the public can see cooking demonstrations from Chef Tess and Arizona Historical Society. Guests can take a wagon ride to the nearby Arizona Railway Museum, tour historic Chandler homes, and enjoy live Western Music throughout the day from Tortuga Brass Quartet, the Paula and Ermal Show and Barefoot and Pregnant. In the evening, families can take part in a campfire glow, make s’mores and sing along to cowboy music from 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12, is the main event – the Dutch oven cooking competition – where each chuck wagon team will cook five courses: meat, potatoes, beans, bread and dessert. A limited number of tickets for the noon meal will be available to purchase (each wagon cooks 50 meals). Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. The meal tickets cost $15 and always sell out very quickly. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and there are no pre-sales.
Headlining Saturday’s toe-tappin’ musical entertainment will be Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers, billed as “The Greatest, Funniest, Bestest Cowboy Stage Show Around.” Visitors also can enjoy outdoor cooking demonstrations, storyteller Michael Peach, tours of the historic 1917 McCroskey House, blacksmith demonstrations, an interactive cattle drive history exhibit, hay wagon rides to the nearby Arizona Railway Museum with free admission and more. Local artisan vendors are on-site with arts and crafts, as well as additional food and beverage choices.
More information about the Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off can be found online at, or by calling 480-782-2717.

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    In its seventh year, this signature culinary event provides attendees with the rare experience of the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of authentic 1880s chuck wagons. Teams from across the West compete using slow-cook, wood-fire methods from the time period. More information online at
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