Chuckwagon cookoff draws crowd to Logan

Thomas Garcia

By Thomas Garcia

Quay County Sun

Attendance and participation were higher during Logan’s 10th annual Chuckwagon Cookoff despite an earlier start date.

“We served 270 meals during the cookoff,” said Sharon Reid, cookoff coordinator.

Reid said the cookoff is usually held on the fourth weekend of April. She said this year Easter falls on that weekend, so the cookoff was bumped up a week.

“We were worried that moving the event one week forward would affect the entries and attendance,” Reid said. “It turned out better then we could have expected.”

Reid said nine chuckwagons entered the competition. She said the entrants came from as far away as Golden, Colo., and Odessa, Texas.

“This is the third year I have competed in chuckwagon cookoffs,” said Charlene Eshleman of Clovis, owner of the W Lazy S Chuckwagon.

Eshleman said her husband, Billy Eshleman has been entering chuckwagon competitions for 10 years. She said she decided to join him in the events because she finds them relaxing.

“You get to be outdoors and visit some wonderful places,” Eshleman said. “I truly enjoy the Logan event. It is very organized and there is not a lot of pressure, just a very easy atmosphere.”

Eshleman said the team prepares some of the meal the night before, but most of the meal is started at dawn and ready by noon.

“Everyone enjoys coming out and seeing the chuckwagons and enjoying a good meal,” said Reid.

This year’s top three Chuckwagons were:

1 C4B, Randy and Susan Whipple of Amarillo, Texas.

2 Gayland Ward of Hereford, Texas.

3 Honey-Do Spoiler, Keven Romines of Pampa, Texas.

Reid said next year’s event will be held on the fourth weekend in April.

“We expect to have the same, if not more chuckwagons enter the competition,” Reid said.