The annual Chuck Wagon Festival is organized by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum to draw attention to the museum and capture the heritage of the Wild West itself. During the festival, you can fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Old West and try to live the life of a real cowboy. Everything from food to entertainment is really authentic.
Two days of indoor and outdoor activities include western performance, live music, pony rides for kids, and hands-on educational activities. Visitors can also get the benefit of the entire museum, as it's open through the festival weekend.
But the main aspect of the Chuck Wagon Festival is the food. Because cooking at Chuck Wagon has been a real challenge in the past, the dishes were made either from long-lasting foods or from what could be found on the go. Thus, the traditional dishes of Chuck Wagon cuisine are biscuits, cornbread, stew, beans, and cobbler. All these dishes are prepared on an open fire at the festival.
Chuck Wagon Festival is usually held on the last weekend of May and the entrance ticket costs $15 per person. The event is free for kids under 12 years old. The gates open at 10 am and close at 4 pm.