Cattlemen announce chuck wagon cook-off results

The La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen held their annual chuck wagon cook-off on Saturday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds as part of Durango Fiesta Days. Contestants are given ingredients to cook just as chuck wagon cooks prepared them in the old days, and they were also judged by the authenticity of their wagons.

The best wagon award went to Rodney Carrkier of the Canyon Trails Ranch of Cortez.

Second place in the wagon award went to Monte Deckerd of Golden and third to Davin Montoya of Montoya Cattle Company of Hesperus.

Harry Baxstrom of Bayfield won the all-important meat category, cooked near his Poverty Flats wagon with help from family members and friends.

Montoya took second in the beef category, and Carriker took third.

Baxstrom also took first in beans, followed by Montoya in second and Deckerd in third.

For potatoes, first-year entrant Sam Howell of Odessa, Texas won with his Cocklebur Camp wagon. Montoya took second, and Baxstrom took third.

In the bread competition, Montoya took first, Decker second and Howell third.

For the dessert, Montoya again won, followed by Deckerd in second and Baxstrom taking third.

Montoya took home a belt buckle for winning the overall food competition, with Baxstrom taking second place and Deckerd winning third place.