National Chuck Wagon Championship Cook-Off in Lubbock set for Sept. 12

Staff Reports

The National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration hosts the National Chuck Wagon Championship Cook-Off in Lubbock on Sept. 12. The full Symposium is held Sept. 11-13 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center and Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts.
The annual cook-off boasts one of the largest chuck wagon gatherings in the nation, with wagon crews competing trophy buckles, cash awards, and prizes of over $10,000. Each wagon is required to prepare a complete meal of chicken fried steak, pinto beans, potatoes, fruit cobbler and bread. The cooking competition team consists of one head cook, one assistant cook and two helpers. The head cook is responsible for appropriate equipment and wagon authenticity, meal preparation and cleanliness of the wagon camp area. Judges’ scores are compiled to award winners in each of five divisions: Bread, meat, potatoes, beans, dessert and overall high food point. Wagons are also judged on the camp and wagon authenticity and prizes are awarded in the Ranch Wagon and Trail Wagon divisions.
A limited number of meal tickets are available for the public to enjoy the same competition prepared meals on Saturday, Sept. 12. Advance purchase is highly recommended. Tickets may be purchased online in the NCSC Store and mail-in order forms may also be found on the web site at
The purpose of the Symposium is to celebrate, preserve and pass along our western heritage and cowboy culture for those who know and love it and for those who have never known it before to learn from and enjoy it as well. To carry out these goals, the event schedule includes musical entertainers, poetry and storytelling, western writer’s panel, horse handling demonstrations, farrier demonstrations, a horse parade, chuck wagon cook-off and exhibits of western artworks and merchandise. The event features award winning entertainers like Cowboy Celtic, Pipp Gillette and Craig Carter along with many other talented performers.
The 27th annual event includes exhibit spaces filled with western art and goods, chuck wagons and special presenters on “The Influence of Celtic Cultures on the American West.”
One of the largest events annually held in Lubbock, the Symposium draws visitors from 20-30 states and multiple nations and people from more than 30 nations have attended in the previous 21 years.
The event has activities for the entire family! Show goers will be able pick and choose from a full schedule of entertainers, western programs and activities each day of the event. A schedule of events and ticket information may be found on the official web site at . All-inclusive, one-price, “Wrangler Pass” and “Rustler Pass” admission tickets are available prior to the event. The wrangler passes allow admission and meals for all three days and the rustler pass is an all-inclusive one day pass for Friday or Saturday. Individual tickets may be purchased in advance through the office, on the web site, or in person upon arrival at the event.
The show is open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-13 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane (6th Street), and Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 avenue K in Lubbock. Additional information about the event may be obtained at or