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Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off rolls into Tumbleweed Ranch

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Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 1:17 pm

Bring the whole family to Chandler Museum's first Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off and savor the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Old West that will be on display at Tumbleweed Ranch next Saturday, November 13.

This free event features a unique cooking competition as several chuck wagon teams will prepare a five-course meal including meat, beans, bread, potatoes and dessert in the style of 1880s cattle drives. You can catch the teams in action while they cook over open flames and in dutch ovens from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Event attendees also will be able to taste the variety of food samples for $2 or as a meal for $10.

In addition to the cooking demonstrations, there will be a musical performance from Arizona's own Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers. Their "greatest, funniest, bestest Cowboy stage show around" will have you feeling at home on the range. You can also catch a hay ride, horse ride or visit the free petting zoo presented by Superstition Farm. There will be candle dipping and weaving demonstrations and Campfire Kettle Corn, Udder Delights and Chandler BBQ Co. will sell food concessions.

Parking and admission is free. Food is not included, and there will be small fees for the hay and horse rides. Tumbleweed Ranch is located in Tumbleweed Park, at the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. The event is presented by the Chandler Museum and City of Chandler Community Services Department and sponsored by Fastsigns of Chandler, Superstition Farm, Biscuitflats Chuck Wagon, Shamrock Farms, Bonita Bean Company, Arizona Beef Council, Schnepf Farms and Serrano's Mexican Restaurants.

For more information, contact the Chandler Museum at 480-782-2717 or visit

Winter Class Registration Starts

The winter Break Time magazine is available at Chandler Recreation facilities, libraries, Fry's Stores and at Registration starts Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. for all-ages classes in December, January and February (non-resident registration begins Friday, Nov. 12). For more information, call 480-782-2727.

Sonoran Sunset Series

The Environmental Education Center hosts its Sonoran Sunset Series outdoor entertainment on Thursday, Nov. 10 (Cowboy Ted - singer and storyteller) and Dec. 9 (holiday music and luminaries around the Veterans Oasis Park lake). For more information, call 480-782-2890 or visit

EEC Hosts Urban Fishing Clinic

Join the Environmental Education Center for its annual urban fishing clinic at Veterans Oasis Park (northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads) next Saturday, November 13 from 8 a.m.-noon. It is free to attend and sport fishing instructors from the AZ Game and Fish Department will provide a limited supply of bait and loaner rods. Participants who register at the AZGFD booth during the event may fish without a license during clinic hours. For more information, call 480-782-2890 or visit

Woofstock Returns To Tumbleweed Park

Bring your family and four-legged friends to the third annual Woofstock event at Tumbleweed Park (2250 S. McQueen road) on Saturday, November 20 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This free event features a charity dog walk, a concert, demonstrations, pet costume parade, a raffle, vendor booths and other fun outdoor activities. Visit for more information.

TRC Toddler Activities

Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC) will host its popular fall parent and toddler drop-in activities "Bubble Blast" and "Bikes, Bounce & Boogie" from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 and Nov. 24. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. Call 480-782-2900 or visit for more information.

New "Come Out & Play Chandler!"

Check out the winter episode of "Come Out & Play Chandler!" that is scheduled to start airing on Channel 11 on Monday. It counts down the "Top 10 Highlights of ‘10". You can also view past shows on the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel.

Stay Informed

For the latest event and program information, you can follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook Fan Pages (Chandler Recreation). You can also sign up for the monthly e-newsletter at

Mari Dresner is the Curator of Education for the City of Chandler Museum Division. She can be reached at




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