History and good food come together each fall when competitors gather for the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off at Tumbleweed Park. We have gone several years in the past and wanted to check it out again this last weekend.
The competition includes both authentic recreations of the chuck wagons that traveled with cattle drives in the old West and typical trail meals. The contestants put a lot of effort into recreating the complete kitchens that fed the cow hands. Notice the tipi to the left rear where the cook would sleep.
A lot of time and effort is put into finding authentic containers and cooking equipment. Antique dealers must love to see these folks come in the door. Cooking without running water takes a lot of work. Look at the bucket of water this woman is carrying. And imagine how hot her clothing must be. I was glad to be in chorts.
I hope these red long-johns weren't washed in the water that was then used for cooking.
This miniature cook wagon attracted the young visitors. It's important to get children interested in cooking and history at a young age.
You can click here or here if you want to learn more by looking at my blogs from previous contests.