Monday, February 17, 2014

Chuck Wagon Presentation

This week, the Carriage Association of America will be holding their 4th International Symposium on horse drawn vehicles and related subjects.  Held in conjunction with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation at Colonial Williamsburg, this year’s event will include 14 presentations, a silent auction, trade fair, and countless memories waiting within the historic site in Virginia.  I had the privilege of speaking there during the CAA’s 50th Anniversary celebration a few years ago and it was a great event filled with outstanding opportunities to grow and learn.  This year, Doug Hansen of  Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop returns with a presentation on the American Chuck Wagon.  A legendary vehicle with tremendous history, the details of its features and functions are often overlooked.

Doug Hansen at a gathering of the American Chuck Wagon Association

As one of a dozen speakers scheduled to share rare details from the horse-drawn era, Doug will be giving an extended presentation entitled, “The American Chuck Wagon: The Ultimate Cowboy Support Vehicle,” on Friday, February 21, 2014.  The seminar will cover the trail wagon era and round-up years.  Highlights of the talk will include the history behind the vehicle, what drove its design, how it was/is outfitted, and also a focus on the vehicle’s many modern  day applications within gatherings, cook-offs, and ranches.  We wish the best to all the presenters and attendees.  It’s certain to be a memorable and productive event.

We’ll share our regular, weekly-scheduled blog on Wednesday of this week as well but wanted to provide a few overview details for those who may be able to attend this meeting.  For more information, contact the Carriage Association of America at