Chuckwagon cook off

By: Kathryn Spencer Email
By: Kathryn Spencer Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Early mornings and heavy lifting are just a small part of the chuckwagon lifestyle that a few people at Frontier Days have adopted.

Biscuits and beans have replaced broncos and bulls at the chuckwagon cook off. "What it basically is is people to learn how to cook at this altitude because we come from all over the country," said Cindy Gullion, a chuckwagon chef.

Gullion and her family started their fire Thursday morning at five to get ready for the day ahead. "What we are doing is reenacting the cooking on the trail drive," said Gullion.

The taste of the old west was brought back by many competing in the chuckwagon cook off. "Chicken fried steak, beans, potatoes, biscuits, and cobbler, cherry cobbler i think is this year,” said Ned Larson, a chuckwagon chef.

All of the tools, ingredients and even clothes were reminders of the wild west. "About an 1880, its a newton wagon, it was on the full length of the centennial wagon train," said Gullion.

Even the kids are getting involved in the cook off. "I get nervous every year," said Troy Larson, a youth chuckwagon chef.

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