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July, 2006
Cowboy Poets of Utah National Day of the Cowboy Celebration  Sevier, Utah

photos and captions by Jo Lynne Kirkwood


[The Cowboy Poets of Utah celebrated the National Day of the American Cowboy at a gathering in Sevier, Utah, at Jerry "Brooksie" Brooks' place, July 22, 2006.]


Cowboy Poets of Utah (CPU) members relaxing in the shade.


 Colen Sweeten , Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Al Clark and Mike

Brian Arnold, poet and songwritier, is also the heartbeat of
Saddle Strings, one of Utah's finest cowboy bands.

 Brooksie's friend and neighbor, Les, listens to a tale told
Al Clark.  In the background  Jan Erickson adds an occasional comment.

Marion and Vi Manwill, down for the day from Payson, Utah.  Marion, past Vice-President and founding member of CPU, wagon master and team roper, is a fine poet and also long-time member and organizer of the original Peteetneet Creek Ranch Hands band.  Vi has her hands full just keeping him in line!

Al Clark posed for the camera, then hurried back to make
sure everything was roasting just right.

Vi Manwill keeps an eye of simmering pots, as the dinner hour

We didn't need a dinner bell. Just the smell as those dutch
ovens were opened brought everyone running.

Al Clark serves up a generous helping of dutch-oven cooking
to Terrill Staples, long-time Sevier County cattleman, poet, and CPU member.

Jerry "Brooksie" Brooks, hostess extraordinaire - standin' in
line for her own chance at the goodies!

Jan Erickson
 takes a cool break in the shade of Brooksie's clothesline!

Val Carter and Barbara Hall, taking a break from taking their
own photos, to have their picture taken!  Val is CPU VP, and Barbara Hall is
one of the CPU's most enduring -and endearing - sweethearts.

See the Cowboy Poets of Utah web site for more about the organization.



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