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2010 Spirit of the West festival chuck wagon winners

SIOUX FALLS, SD – From across the Midwest, eleven authentic chuck wagons rolled into the Spirit of the West Festival on Sept. 18, 2010. The rolling vestiges of American history came complete with a “cowboy cooking team” and all the gear and set up to create some amazing cowboy chow. The wagons competed for $3,000 in cash based on the condition of their wagons and just how good their food was. Experienced food personalities and Minerva, LLC chefs were challenged as they enjoyed the variety of cowboy chow prepared by the wagon cooks.

The South Dakota Pork Council, a long-term show sponsor, provided the “other white meat” for wagons to prepare tender, juicy loins and Sunshine Grocery Stores from Canton, Brandon, Tea, Lennox and Sioux Falls, rounded of the meal with the ingredients to prepare biscuits, dessert, beans and potatoes. The meal would not be complete without a hot cup of coffee cooked over an open campfire.

The Spirit of the West Festival was honored beyond words to have the American Chuck Wagon Association itself attend the Festival and judge the Midwest Wagons. None of these events would be possible without our sponsorship from: Hansen Wheel and Wagon of Letcher, SD; The South Dakota Pork Council, Rick’s Salt, Sunshine Grocers, Dollar Loan Center, Walmart, Swanson Law, Steever House of Lennox, Coca Cola, Tebbens Campers, Plums Cooking, Helen Bausch Quilts, Commissioner Johnson, Nyberg’s ACE, and more.

Wagon judges were: Bob Sparks and Bill Thompson of Texas; Bob, along with his wife Nancy (the Executive Secretary of the American Chuck Wagon Association) assisted Bill Thompson as he hosted a “Chuck Wagon Clinic” on Sept. 17, reviewing what is necessary to compete in a chuck wagon competition. The clinic was attended by folks from Washington, Oregon, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Chuck Wagons were owned by: The Johnsen’s “C BAR J” from Wessington, SD; the Heavirland’s “Flying Star” from North Branch, MN; the Sigmon’s “Prairie Mill” from Auburn, IA; the Patrick’s “DT” from Watertown, SD; Ms. Nielsen’s “Heart D” from Hyattville, WY; the Bragg-Meyer Crew’s “Secret Pass” from Madison, MN and Huron, SD; the Hallson’s “Lost Creek” from Long Lake, MN; the Dyer’s “Rocking R” from Clay City, IN; the Bender’s “Broken Box” from Humphrey, NE; and the Aspeslet’s “Lazy A” from Stoddard, WI.

Mr. Glanzer displayed his “Sweet Sally Sue” from Huron, SD and Mr. Stigen from Iola, WI, had hoped to bring back his beautiful “CCC” wagon, but had vehicle problems.

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Meat: 1. Patrick’s “DT” from Watertown, SD; 2. Heavirland’s “Flying Star” from North Branch, MN; 3. Johnsen’s “C BAR J” from Wessington, SD.

Beans: 1. Bender’s “Broken Box” from Humphrey, NE; 2. Nielsen’s “Heart D” from Hyattville, WY; 3. Sigmon’s “Prairie Mill” from Auburn, IA.

Bread: 1. Johnsen’s “C BAR J” from Wessington, SD; 2. Bragg-Meyer Crew’s “Secret Pass” from Madison, MN & Huron, SD; 3. Patrick’s “DT” from Watertown, SD.

Potato: 1. Bragg-Meyer Crew’s “Secret Pass” from Madison, MN & Huron, SD; 2. Nielsen’s “Heart D” from Hyattville, WY; 3. Aspeslet’s “Lazy A” from Stoddard, WI.

Dessert: 1. Bragg-Meyer Crew’s “Secret Pass” from Madison, MN & Huron, SD; 2. Patrick’s “DT” from Watertown, SD; 3. Hallson’s “Lost Creek” from Long Lake, MN.

Best food: Bragg-Meyer Crew’s “Secret Pass” from Madison, MN & Huron, SD.

Best wagon camp: 1. Patrick’s “DT” from Watertown, SD; 2. Hallson’s “Lost Creek” from Long Lake, MN; 3. Bragg-Meyer Crew’s “Secret Pass” from Madison, MN & Huron, SD.

Overall: 1. Patrick’s “DT” from Watertown, SD; 2. Bragg-Meyer Crew’s “Secret Pass” from Madison, MN & Huron, SD; 3. Hallson’s “Lost Creek” from Long Lake, MN.

Farthest wagons: Nielsen’s “Heart D” from Hyattville, WY & Dyer’s “Rocking R” from Clay City, IN.

Hospitality: Dyer’s “Rocking R” from Clay City, IN.

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