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April 19, 2016
 
Chuck Wagon CampfireCity seeks vendors for seventh annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off at Tumbleweed Ranch on Nov. 11-12, 2016 

Food vendors, Western artists, and merchandise vendors are invited to participate in the City’s seventh annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off, which will be held at Tumbleweed Ranch on Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12.
 
This family-friendly culinary competition has been hailed as one of the best chuck wagon cook-offs by American Cowboy Magazine. It features teams working from authentic chuck wagons as they cook in the style of 1880s cattle drives. The Cook-off is produced by the Chandler Museum and its support organization, Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch.
 
Preference will be given to vendors who specialize in cooking, local foods, Western art, and other old-west or history-related items. The deadline to submit a vendor application is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23. Vendor applications are available online at chandleraz.gov/chuckwagon or by calling 480-782-2751.
 
The costumes, equipment, music, tastes and smells at this event transport guests back in time to show a rare, up-close look at the Old West lifestyle. Using historic cooking methods, the authentic 1880s chuck wagon teams from around the west prepare five course meals, and share the history of food and life on cattle drives. Judges decide winners in meal course categories as well as most authentic wagon and best overall meal. A limited number of chuck wagon lunches are available for purchase on Saturday. Vendors will provide additional food and beverage options.
 
This year’s event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days. In addition to the chuck wagons, there will be musical entertainment, historical demonstrations, and wagon rides to the nearby Arizona Railway Museum.
 
The Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off at Tumbleweed Ranch is held within Tumbleweed Park, which is on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads.