Photo courtesy National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

The Chuck Wagon gathering returns to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on Memorial Day weekend for its 28th year, combining food, family and history.

“The chuck wagon was America’s first food truck,” says Tara Carr, communications coordinator at the museum. “It remains an iconic symbol of the American West. This tradition is meant to connect people with the West of the past, but also the West of today.”

Along with a variation of delicious chuck wagon food samples, visitors can enjoy a petting zoo, square dancing, artisan demonstrations, live music and more. The gathering is a big hit with kids, but adults can have just as much fun exploring the sounds, sites and tastes of the event.

“The Chuck Wagon food samples are especially fun for adults because they get to try something new at each wagon,” Carr says. “Musical entertainment featuring red dirt, folk and country styles bands will be playing throughout the day, as well as a sharpshooting presentation.”

The gathering takes place May 27-28, and children 12 and under get in free. Visit for

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