Russ and Marian Wolfe, owners of the Flying W Ranch, started a whole new entertainment industry (without even knowing it) when they served dinner to 11 paying guests on their first night.
The Chuckwagon Supper business is the industry and the Chuckwagons of the West Association keeps it all together. There are seven independently owned Chuckwagon outfits in the association.
The Chuckwagon Suppers are not franchised. The only connection they have with each other is the “friendly association”, where owners of the various Chuckwagon's swap ideas on better ways to serve and entertain guests.
The Chuckwagons of the West Association got started by accident in 1975. With the coming of the American Freedom Train which was promoting the Bicentennial of the U.S., Wolfe help from the ranches Public Relation Director Mike Edwards, decided to hold a Chuckwagon Festival.
Russ Wolfe thought the festival would help to promote the Freedom Train when it arrived in Colorado Springs October 2nd-5th of 1975.
The festival was an outstanding success and in 1976, the second annual festival, which was held at The Flying W Ranch was such a success that it was decided to rotate it every single year through all of the Chuckwagons. The festival is now known as “The Chuckwagon Association of the West Jamboree” and is still held every year.
If traveling to another area of the country in where a Chuckwagon is located, we hope you'll pay them a visit and experience their unique atmosphere and hospitality. The Chuckwagons exist only because of folks like you being faithful over the years in giving us the privilege to serve your every need.