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Following are descriptions that are linked from event listings on the Events page. 

We keep up previous years' descriptions here to help give an idea 
of what goes on at the various gatherings. 


There are also reports from pards who have attended events, 
and those are linked from the Events page, too.

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January 22, 2005
Annual PVPHA Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival  Rolling Hills Estates (near Long Beach), California

Saturday, January 22 at 7PM at the Empty Saddle Club in Rolling Hills Estates, California (near Long Beach) the Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemens Association is presenting its annual Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival.  Visit for details.

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January 22, 2005
Canada 4-H Fundraiser  Stettler, Alberta

Each year the Stettler, Alberta, Canada 4-H Club has a fundraiser show with the top cowboy poets and entertainers in the province. This year they have lucked out. On January 22, 2005 Doris Daley (the top cowgirl poet in Canada) will be spreading her charm and tremendous sense of humour over the audience. This AWA Will Rogers award winner makes you feel like family from the time
she steps on the stage until she gives you that final salute.

Now to counter her beauty and charm we have brought in Ol' Ugly. Ol' Ugly has been described as "Truly, One of Canada's Funniest Storytellers." He's been making audiences throughout western Canada roll in the aisles at every show with his stories of his older brother, Blue, and his 86 year old Aunt Tilley. His clean (well . . . sometimes naughty) comedy is a refreshing act that the whole family can enjoy.

Folks, this Cowboy Gathering entertainment is entertainment like it used to be.

If you want to know more about this Stettler 4-H Club show contact Pat Hogg at 1 (403) 742-1963.

Posted 11/18

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January 29, 2005
Cowboy Poetry and Music  Wichita, Kansas

(Kansas Day - 144th Anniversary of the admission of Kansas as the 34th State in the Union)

7:30 PM

Where: Good Shepherd Church
             8021 W. 21st St. N.
             Wichita, Kansas 67205
           (between Tyler and Ridge Road on West 21st Street North)

Featuring the music of The Home Rangers, the cowboy poetry of Kansas Jim John, Max Kirkes, T. Texas Haney and friends. With John "Hooter" Myers as emcee in a benefit for the Wichita Children's Home.

Cost: $6.00       (all admission proceeds go to the Wichita Children's Home. All performers have waived their appearance fees.)

Contact: Jim John  684-0355

Tickets available in advance at Good Shepherd or the Wichita Children's Home (see Jim John) or at the door.

Posted 1/13

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 February 3-6, 2005
Lewis Clark Cowboy Entertainment & Western Arts Festival   Lewiston, Idaho

Lewiston, ID  Feb 3-6, 2005 7th Annual Lewis-Clark Cowboy Entertainment & Western Arts Festival.  Cowboy poetry, western music, workshops, western art vendors. Red Lion Hotel and Convention Center. Kathy Camden (208) 937-2352

The 7th annual Lewis-Clark Cowboy Entertainment & Western Arts Festival will be larger than ever this year. The event will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, Lewiston, ID, Feb. 3-6, 2005. This four day festival, which features cowboy poetry, Western art, Western music, and workshops, regularly draws upwards of 3000 people over the four day weekend. The show will conclude with Don Edwards concert following Cowboy Church on Sunday. The 2003 AWA Radio Station of the year, KRLC 1350AM with 2004 AWA District 3 Disc Jockey of the Year, Toe Tappin' Tommy Tucker, will be broadcasting live all weekend from the festival.

This festival is to promote poetry, western music, arts, and the unique lifestyle of the cowboy. Live performances of cowboy poetry and western music will take place throughout the event, as well as workshops and western art displays. Significant programming has also been planned for the children, both in school and  attendance at the event. Nationally known Western Artists will conduct workshops and performances at the Red Lion, and at local schools.

On Feb 3, workshops will be presented from 9:00AM to 3:00PM followed by a band scramble from 4:00PM to 6:00PM, a western wear style show at 6:30, and a night show at 7:00PM.

Feb 4, will be a big day with scheduled performances at area schools, school children poetry contests, day sessions free to the public at the Red Lion followed by the Friday night show at 7:00PM.  The Red Lion will present a nightly buffet prior to the night shows for $19.99.

Feb 5, will continue with free day sessions highlighted by winners of the school children contests performing on stage  at "High Noon", followed by the annual "Tall Tales" Contest at 1:00PM where last year's champion, Smoke Wade, will attempt to defend his title. After the evening buffet, the Saturday night show will begin at 7:00PM. tickets for the night shows are $15.00 each show and go on sale December 17, 2004 at Corral West in Lewiston, ID. Seating is limited to 400 per night so get your tickets early.

Feb. 6, Cowboy Church will be at 9:00AM followed by a Don Edwards concert, admission $12.50

Event organizers Kathy and Charlie Camden promise a bigger and better than ever show this year with scheduled performers including Joni Harms, Eli Barsi, Stampede!, John Westbrook, Larry Gibson, Robin Arnold, Horse Crazy, Sam Mattise, Tony Reed, Smoke Wade, Mike Logan, Jim Reader and many more.

For school information contact Smoke Wade and for festival information contact Kathy Camden (208) 937-2352 

Evening line ups (as of January 10, 2005):

Lewis Clark Cowboy Entertainment & Western Arts Festival

Friday February 4, 2005

Dinner Show: 6 pm to 6:55 pm-- Yankee Blue, Dallas McCord, Vic Anderson
Master of Ceremonies: Charlie Camden and Tommy Tucker
Star Spangle Banner: Donna Hatton
Poem by Rusty Feathers
Pledge of Allegiance: Shiloh Sherrard

Steve Blanchard
Bev Crozier
Horse Crazy
Jim Aasen
Don Rice
Rusty Feathers
Shiloh Sherrard
A. K. Moss
Dave McClure
Joe Baker
Sliver and George
Sam Mattise
Howard Norskog
Tom and Donna Hatton

Saturday-- February 5. 2005

Dinner Show: 6 pm to 6:55 pm--- With Jinny Lowe and Friends

Master of Ceremonies: Ed Daley
Star Spangle Banner: Donna Hatton
Poem by Rusty Feathers
Pledge of Allegiance: Shiloh Sherrard

Mike Burns
Smoke Wade
Coyote Moon
John Westbrook and Larry Gibson
 Jim Reader
Mike Logan
Tony Reed
Ellie Corrigan Johnson
Moon Dance Trio
Jason DeShaw
Jake White
Eli Barsi
Robin Arnold
Bill Chiles
Leon Flick


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February 4-5, 2005
Annual Western Heritage Roundup, Montana Country Poets and Pickers  Chinook, Montana

The Chinook High School FFA is pleased to invite you to two fun filled evenings of family entertainment as they present The Montana Country Poets and Pickers in their annual Western Heritage Roundup.  Thirty plus performers from across the Big Sky Country and Canada will converge on the Chinook High School Auditorium on Friday and Saturday evenings, February 4th and 5th. Performances begin at 7 p.m.  The cost is $5. A jam session will follow on the lower level of the Chinook Motor Inn.

Saturday morning at 10 and running until 5 p.m., music and poetry will be provided, free of charge, in the downstairs complex of the Chinook Motor Inn.  Sunday morning, cowboy church services will also be held at 10 at the Chinook Motor Inn.  Plan to spend the
weekend in the Cowboy Poetry Capital of Northern Montana.  Chinook, Montana welcomes you! 

Performers include: Lynn Cummings, June Elges, Jim Faber and the Cowboy Symphony Orchestra, Arnold Hokanson, Dusty Huestis, Ron Pegar, Laurel White, Dena Fritz, Pol Haldemann, Jerry Liese, Bud Comly, Valerie White, Joan Comly, Fred Liese, Phyllis Rathwell, Tom
Wilson, Dale Mailand, Lorraine Watson, Lloyd McKenna, Tom Watson, Brian Anderson, Geoff Haggard, Jeff Stoopes, Harold Matovich and friends, Larry Miller, Meda Terry, Clayton Linthicum, Warren Taylor and the guitarist sensation, Steven R. Hughes.   

Montana Country Poets & Pickers  e-mail:

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February 11, 2005
13th Annual Sagebrush Cowboyography Poetry/Music Gathering  Sheridan, Wyoming

"Gatherin' Strays"

(everything except the Bar J Wranglers is open to the public and FREE)

Visit our website )

FRIDAY, FEB. 11 (WYO Theater)

10 am - noon   COWBOY KIDZ POETRY CONTEST (winners from each participating
school will compete for the Grand Champion Poem and Performance Awards)

1 pm - 4 pm         Open Sessions of Cowboy Poetry and Music (sign up online
or at the Gather) (The 2:00 - 2:55pm session will be dedicated to the Cowboy
Kidz.  All the participants from the morning competition will be invited to
perform their poems again during this session.

4pm - 7pm           Open House at Tom Balding Bits and Spurs 655 Riverside,
Sheridan, Wyoming (off Coffeen Ave behind Tire Rama and across from Bloedorn

per-performance music by Jim Niner and Bill Sustrich, Master of Ceremonies
Charlie Cook and performances by the winners of the Cowboy Kidz Poetry


8am - 9:30am     THE "SHOOT-OUT"  If you'd like to participate, just show
up.  We'll give you 1 hour, a pencil, a tablet and one line from which to
compose an original poem.

9:30 - 10:30         The "Shoot-Out" poems will be read in front of the
audience and an anonymous panel of 3 judges.  The signed original winner's
poems will be auctioned off later in the program.

11am - 5pm         Open Poetry Sessions (sign up on line at or at the Gather.

7pm - ????           Open Jam Session (Bring your poems, your stories or
your instrument and join the fun)

SUNDAY, FEB. 13 (Ctel Performance Hall at the Whitney Bldg on the Sheridan
College Campus)

 9am - 11am         Cowboy Church  (Everyone is welcome to attend)


Sponsored by:  Sheridan Media, Wyo Theater, Homer A. & Mildred S. Scott
Foundation, The Sagebrush Cowboyography Assn., Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, C&K
Equipment, Farmer's Co-Op, Weeden Homes/Cabins Etc. & The Comfort Inn

For more information call (Deb Sustrich) at:  307-752-2468 (cell #) 307-673-5689 (home)
or email

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February 11-13, 2005
Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering  Ellensburg, Washington

Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering
A Celebration of Poetry, Music & Art
Ellensburg, Washington

Ellensburg, WA - March 22, 2004 - The newly established Board of Directors
of the Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering ~ A Celebration of Poetry, Music
& Art in Ellensburg, Washington announced today it has scheduled the first
annual Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering for February 11 - 13, 2005.  Spirit
of the West Cowboy Gathering currently operates under the umbrella of
Laughing Horse Arts Foundation.  The gathering, to be held in venues
throughout Ellensburg, will promote the arts and unique lifestyles of
cowboys with live performances of nationally and locally known cowboy poetry
and music entertainers, interactive workshops, demonstrations, and art

The gathering is modeled after the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in
Elko, Nevada, each January for the past twenty years.  This four-day
festival regularly draws more than 8,000 people and generates an excess of
$7 million for the Elko economy.

Ellensburg is uniquely situated in the heart of Washington State at the
confluence of two major interstate highways, as well as State Highway 97.
Ellensburg is less than 2 hours from Seattle (metro area pop. Of 2.5
million) and just 40 minutes from Yakima (regional pop. Of 230,000).

Wylie and the Wild West, a nationally renowned Western swing band, featuring
the out-of-this-world yodeling of Wylie Gustafson, have already been booked.
Gustafson, who has a long history of promoting traditional Western music and
culture in his native Northwest, has also agreed to help the Board plan for
next year's festival.

"The Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering in Ellensburg, WA promises to be
among the best in the country," Gustafson said.  "I'm excited that the
Northwest will have a gathering to call their own.  Our region's history and
tradition deserves a quality event to celebrate the cowboy's past and
present contributions to the Northwest.    Not only will the gathering
present the top poets and musicians of the cowboy world, but will have a
well rounded agenda including art, classes, community outreach and more.
From the looks of it, the committee involved in organizing the gathering is
well on track to make this event a one-of-a-kind event that will draw people
from all walks of life.  We are thrilled to be involved!"

Gustafson joins a diverse group of local leaders who make up the Board of
Directors.  The group is led by Sande DeSalles, Program Director of the
Kittitas County Fairgrounds, and includes local businessmen, ranchers,
farmers, and representatives from City and County government, Central
Washington University, local museums and arts organizations.

De Salles believes "the Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering offers a unique
opportunity to bring some of the best nationally known cowboy poets and
musicians to Ellensburg to be part of the gathering.  This is a project that
will provide opportunities for students, equestrians, restaurateurs,
artists, vendors and concessionaires - you name it - to be part of a
cultural event that celebrates history, poetry, music, and art of cowboys
and the American West.  Hang on, this is going to be a great event that will
continue for years to come."

Members Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering, Jim Ridgway and Gene Martin,
have organized a fundraising event - "Night on the Prairie" - to be held May
1, 2004 at the Ellensburg Inn.  For more information, please contact Jim
Ridgway at (509) 962-5822.

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February 12, 2005
Cowboy Poets of the Wind River  Lander, Wyoming

The Cowboy Poets of Wind River are having a gathering again February 12, 2005 at the Best Western Motel conference room in Lander.

Open mic all day, 10-12 noon and 1-4:30.

Pre show at 6:30PM, the regular show starts at 7.  

Contact Lynne Hendrickson Lucas at 307-349-4773 or by email.  

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February 18-21, 2005
Moab's Western Stars  Moab, Utah 

Come to the red rock desert country for our Presidents' Day weekend Western Celebration! Moab's "Western Stars" will be a 4-day event with lots of cowboy poets, music, barrel racing, chili cookin' contests, square dancing, Western art, vendors, workshops and lectures, all celebrating our love of the West. There will also be tours of  the Red Cliffs Film and Western Heritage Museum Rio Grande with special lectures about the history of Western movie-making in the area. For further information and schedules, see

On Friday, February 18 through Monday, February 21, 2005, the Moab Poets & Writers will present "Moab's Western Stars." The festivities will begin with Opening Night from 7pm - 10pm at Star Hall, located at 159 East Center Street in Moab. Highly-acclaimed cowboy poets Brenda "Sam" DeLeeuw, Jerry Brooks, Todd Nail and others will be on hand to perform as well music by the Bar M Wranglers, Ken Stevens and the Back Porch Band.

On Saturday morning at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, located at 111 East 100 North in Moab, there will be open and scheduled mic sessions of poetry and music, an art display, a chili cookin' contest, lectures and workshops. Topics will include a Humanities Council lecture by Joel Frandsen on "The Burial of Joe Walker and Butch Cassidy," Moab's film-making history, and other local historical subjects, and workshops with noted Utah author and poet Rod Miller.  At the Moab Information Center, Main and Center, a one-man art show will be displaying artist Pete Plastow's newest Western-themed works and will be held in conjunction with a lecture on "What Makes Great Western Art" by Darrell Meyer.  Barrel racing will be held at the Old Spanish Trail Arena and the evening will end with a dinner and show at the Bar M Chuckwagon.

Sunday, the participants can either attend local church sessions or visit the Red Cliffs Museum of Film and Western Heritage.  The museum is located on the ranch where many of the early Western movies were filmed.  John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Henry Fonda and others are all represented as well as history about local ranching families.  At the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, the afternoon starts with another chili contest, more workshops and lectures as well as more open mic times.  Square dancing demos begin at 3:00 PM and the evening show will feature The Sidekicks, a group composed of poets Stan Tixier, Don Kennington and poet/musician Michael "Boots" Robinson.

After a pancake breakfast for the performers Monday morning, various poets may perform at the Moab Information Center for several hours.

For more information about this western heritage weekend event, contact the Moab Poets & Writers at 435-259-4044 or see

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February 25-27, 2005
8th Annual Fisher Poets Gathering  Astoria, Oregon

The 8th annual Fisher Poets Gathering happens in Astoria, OR, Feb. 25-27, 2005. See These are not fly fishers or bass-boat liars, but the real thing: commercial fishermen & -women from the Bering Sea, the North Pacific, & elsewhere, with lots of hair-raising tales of "man" vs. nature.

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February 26th, 2005
Douglasville Cowboy Gathering  Douglassville, Georgia

The Douglasville Cowboy Gathering will be held February 26th, 2005 in Douglasville, Georgia. Featured guests are KG and the Ranger augmented by elements of the Georgia Cowboy Poets, Joel Hayes, Jerry Warren, Ray Barker and Doc Stovall. Showtime is Saturday evening at 7 PM in the high school auditorium.  A special program will be held on Friday evening featuring the artistry of Jim Dunham, also beginning at 7 PM.  Contact Doc Stovall for more information.

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March 2, 2005
Texas Independence Day Gala  Ft. Worth, Texas 

from: Devon Dawson/Cowtown Opry

The award-winning Cowtown Opry, the oldest non-profit musical organization in the Fort Worth Stockyards, will host the 7th annual 'Texas Independence Day Gala", the remembrance, dinner, and show to be held on the evening of Wednesday, March 2nd.  This is Cowtown Opry's major annual fundraiser, and proceeds benefit Cowtown Opry and the newly established scholarship program for the Buckaroo Club youngsters.  At this year's event, the first Buckaroo scholarship recipient will be named.  Cowtown Opry mentors adults and children in performance of Texas heritage music, aka cowboy & western swing repertoire and styles.

The cannons will fire at 5:30pm, to herald General Sam Houston's address to the crowd gathered at the front lawn of Fort Worth's historic Livestock Exchange Bldg. in honor of the Texian's stand for independence from Mexico.  The dinner at Joe T. Garcia's follows, beginning at 6pm, with plenty of cowboy & western music by CTO performers (including wonderfully talented kids of "The Buckaroo Club'), silent auction, raffling, and a special presentation of a Cowtown Opry original old time 'live' radio play.

This year's special feature is a comic romp featuring 'Pat Buttram' (played by this year's Honorary Chairman, John Buttram, who perfectly evokes his uncle's famous B-western sidekick persona), the 'Duke' (Jack Edmonson), 'Dale Evans' (Devon Dawson), 'Annie Oakley' (Johnie Terry), 'Leo Carillo' (Roncho Ron McRuiz . . . "Hey, Cisco . . .!!"), Bronco Bob Terry, the radio stunt man, Florence 'the Nightingale' Hopkins, the last of the 'red hot mamas', (and MORE??), who must all scramble to put on a live radio show when the star, 'Gene Autry', just can't seem to find his way to the 'studio'.

Cowtown Opry is an IRS approved, 501c3 non-profit organization.  
Donations to this annual fundraiser are tax deductible.

Dressy western, $50 per person, tables of eight to ten are available, make reservations in advance, tickets held at the door.
Call 817-366-9675 or 817-521-4969   email:


Devon Dawson

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March 5, 2005
4th Annual Cowboy Poetry & Music Round-up  Torrey, Utah

Featuring Cowboy Poetry by: Ray Conrad, Sam Jackson, and Phil Kennington with music by Black Wagon & Blue Sage.

Rim Rock Restaurant, Dinner & Program $30, advance reservations suggested 1-435-425-3388

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March 10-12, 2005
Wyoming State Winter Fair  Lander, Wyoming

From Jean Mathisen Haugen:

Gerry Sowers, Ray Bowlsby and I will be performing at the Wyoming State
Winter Fair here at Lander on Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11th--cowboy
poetry and music.  Should be fun. 

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March 10-13, 2005
9th Annual Georgia Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Cartersville, Georgia

Plans are in the works to make the 9th Annual Georgia Cowboy Poetry Gathering, March 10-13, 2005 in Cartersville, bigger and better than ever. The event begins with an Artist's Reception on the 10th honoring Fred and Deborah Fellows.  The Friday evening concert features Jim and Jeannie Martin, the Rocking M Wranglers and others.  Saturday evening features Belinda Gail and Curly Musgrave and many more. During the day Saturday, there will be western fashion shows, workshops and open mike sessions and numerous activities for children.  A Dutch oven cooking competition is being considered. Mark your calendars now to come see how Georgia folks put on a Western event y'all will never forget.

For more information on the Booth Western Art Museum or this event contact the Booth Museum 770-387-1300 or visit

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March 11-13 2005 
Ninth Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival   Kamloops, B. C.


The latest news from Mike Puhallo, March 1, 2005:


The Ninth Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival


On Course for another record breaking year!

If advance ticket sales are any indication, this years Kamloops Cowboy Festival is heading for another record breaking year! The majority of out of province guests are coming from Alberta ( 130 Weekend Passes mailed so far), but we've had ticket orders from most Canadian Provinces, several US States and even one group from Switzerland.

It just keeps on growing

The first Kamloops Cowboy Festival in 1996 attracted 275 to the Saturday Night Show and about 600 admissions over the weekend. Since then attendance has grown steadily with the Saturday Night concerts being sold out at 850 for the last two years and total admissions reaching 4,200 last year. So far advance ticket sales for 2005 are running 10% ahead of last year...

New This Year, Saturday Night March 12 Dinner Theatre at Forsters. In order to accommodate the ever increasing crowds we've added a dinner theatre and concert at Forsters Convention Centre Saturday Night. fans will have their Choice between the traditional Feature Cowboy Concert At Calvary Community Church or a Cowboy Concert package complete with a gourmet dinner and bar service at Forsters. The dinner theatre show will cost Weekend pass holders $20 and $40 for those who do not have a festival pass. Both shows feature all star casts of some of the Best Cowboy Entertainers in North America.

In offering the Choice of two shows on Saturday Night we are also setting a little different tone for each show with the dinner show MC'd by Mike Puhallo targeting to a slightly younger and more diverse audience. See Schedules below .

Of Course the festival also includes , Workshops and seminars on everything from taking care of your horse's teeth to writing and marketing cowboy poetry, A Western Art and Gear Show, open mic sessions , jam sessions and more good picking and poetry than most folks get to hear in a lifetime .

For Complete festival info, performers bio's, pictures etc. Check out our website

0r phone Mike 1-888-763-2224

Kamloops Cowboy Festival

2005 Performance Schedule!

This is subject to change!




Don’t miss the extras – dinner time and after hours entertainment, as well as the dinner theatre, will be taking place at Forsters (the Best Western)

11:00 to 11:45

Tammy Gislason MC

Brian Brannon

Western Skies

Glen Rafuse

10:30 to 11:30

Cowboy Church

Brynn Thiessen

New this year - Sponsored by:

Rubber Rock Resources

A Special Dinner Theatre

Saturday Night at Forsters

details below.

12:00 to 12:45

Chris & Sharky Schauer MC

Mag Mawhinney

Shirley field

Brynn Thiessen

12:00 to 12:45

Rob Dinwoodie MC

Shirley Field

Frank Gleeson

Brenn Hill

1:00 to 1:45 – Mike Puhallo

Tammy Gislason MC

Brian Brannon

Western Skies

Diamond Doug

1:00 to 1:45

Hugh McLennan MC

Lucas Welsh

Jay Snider

4-UP The McKelvie Family

1:00 to 1:45

Jean Prescott MC

Ryan Fritz

Eli Barsi

Doris Daley

2:00 to 2:45

Doris Daley MC

Brenn Hill

Casey & Rick Peden

Don Kennington

2:00 to 2:45

Don Kennington MC

Eli Barsi

Frank Gleeson

Rob Dinwoodie

2:00 to 2:45

Diamond Doug MC

Lucas Welsh

Brian Brannon

Tammy Gislason

3:00 to 3:45

Jay Snider MC

4-UP The McKelvie Family

Mag Mawhinney

Jean Prescott

3:00 to 3:45

Casey & Rick Peden MC

Glen Rafuse

Jean Prescott

Ryan Fritz

3:00 Sunday Feature

Hugh McLennan MC

4-UP The McKelvie Family

Mag Mawhinney

Western Skies

4:00 to 5:00

Brynn Thiessen MC

Chris & Sharky Schauer

Shirley Field

Frank Gleeson

Bud Webb

4:00 to 5:00

Brenn Hill MC

Diamond Doug

Lucas Welsh

4-UP The McKelvie Family

(Poet open Spot TBA)


Jay Snider

Don Kennington

Casey & Rick Peden

(musician open Spot TBA)

(musician open Spot TBA)

5:00 PM Closing



Hugh McLennan MC

Glen Rafuse

Rob Dinwoodie & Dogwood Road

Ryan Fritz

Lucas Welsh


Hall Of Fame Presentation

Diamond Doug

Brenn Hill

Eli Barsi




Doris Daley MCs

Casey & Rick Peden

Frank Gleeson

Tammy Gislason & Western Skies


BCCHS Scholarships Awards

Rising Star Showcase

Brynn Thiessen

Jean Prescott

Don Kennington

Shirley Field


New this year




At Forsters (in the Best Western)

5:30 Happy Hour - 6:30 Dinner

Entertainment throughout

Featuring Mike Puhallo as MC,

Matt Johnston, Brian Brannon,

Chris & Sharky Schauer,

Ryan Fritz, Eli Barsi, Jay Snider,

Brenn Hill, & other Cameo Performances!

Admission includes dinner

$20 with a weekend Pass

or $40.00 without – limited seating – order your tickets early!


Kamloops Cowboy Festival

Downtown Kamloops Attractions

On the Shuttle Route! **

Our Shuttle Bus Service Sponsored by the Horse Barn, BC' s Biggest and Best Cowboy Emporium

*Also within easy walking distance of our Downtown Hotel Sponsors

(The Plaza Heritage Hotel, Sandman Motel and The Travelodge Columbia Street)


*The Kamloops Museum,** On the corner of Second Avenue and Seymour Street, Features an Exhibit of Historical photos from Barkerville and some articles from BC Cowboys Hall of Fame from mid February through out the Cowboy Festival. Make sure you go through the permanent exhibit upstairs for a glimpse at the rich history of our region.

The Kamloops Museum also hosts a series of lectures on Western Heritage leading into this year's Cowboy Festival Feb, 16, 23 and March 2.


*Kamloops Art Gallery ** on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Victoria Street features an exhibit of fine art quality cowboy gear entitled From Crescent Moon To Prairie Rose From February 12 to March 27 , 2005. This Exhibit was curated by Mike Puhallo to show the influence of the California Vaquero on the equipment used by Canadian Cowboys. Sponsored by canadian Cowboy Country Magazine.

* Cowboy Coffee , 229 Victoria Street , well if you are downtownand need a bite to eat and some real Cowboy coffee be sure and stop in. Enjoy a good cup of coffee and some great western hospitality from one of our generous sponsors. Supplier of our Offical Cowboy coffee!


The Horse Barn, 517 MT Paul Way. Their not exactly downtown but they are not hard to find. They are on the Shuttle route!

If you are driving either go accross the Red Bridge or take the Yellowhead Hwy to Mt Paul Way. once your there you can't miss them. It's BC's biggest Western Emporium with a huge selection of tack and Western Wear. While you are at The Horse Barn make sure you head up stairs and check out their Art Gallery ( four thousand square feet of the very best in contemporary Western Art) featuring the Work of this year's Cowboy Festival Poster Artist , John Schnurrenberger, as well as many others. They are a great sponsor and this store would be worth the trip to town even if you weren't already coming here for the festival!

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March 17-20, 2005
15th Annual Festival of the West  Scottsdale, Arizona

Janice Coggin of Cowboy Miner sent the poets' schedule for the Festival of the West:

Thursday, March 17
10:30 - 12:00
1:30 - 3:00
4:00 - 5:30

Rolf Flake
Ted Newman
Jim and Ellie Cook
Lon Austin


Friday, March 18
10:30 - 12:00
1:30 - 3:00
4:00 - 5:30
7:00 - 8:30

Sue Harris
Dean Cook
Andy Hurlbut
Wally Bornman


Saturday, March 19
10:30 - 12:00
4:00 - 5:30
7:00 - 8:30

Dee Strickland Johnson (Buckshot Dot)
Joe Baer
Jim Dunham
Ron Brinegar


Sunday, March 20
10:30 - 12:00
1:30 - 3:00
4:00 - 5:30
7:00 - 8:30

Doc Jordan
Dick Morton
Jane Morton
Doc Rolland
Greg Scott

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March 18-19, 2005
Vinton Cowboy Poetry Show   Vinton, California

Featuring Brenn Hill, Jim King, Kent Rollins, and The Lost Canyon Rangers. 

Show times are Friday 7:30 PM, Saturday 1 PM and 7:30 PM

Cowboy Poetry and Olde Time Western Music at the Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton, California.  Also corned beef and cabbage dinner on Friday evening and roast beef dinner on Saturday evening.  For info: Contact: Betty Ramelli, 530-993-4692 or email

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March 26, 2005
Trail Ride For the Arts  Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona

Janice Mitich sent the following information:

Date: March 26, 2005 at Picacho Peak State Park

"Trail Ride For the Arts" sponsored by the Marana Arts Council in conjunction with Greyhorse & Lucky Events

Join us for a fundraising event in support of the Marana Arts Council and their Arts in Education Program.   The Trail Ride will be on March 26, 2005 at Picacho Peak State Park.  Campsite opens at 8:00 a.m. The three-hour trail ride for advanced riders will leave camp at 9 a.m. and return at noon. A 1½  hour ride for beginner horses and riders will leave at 10 a.m. and return at 11:30 a.m.  Camp activities include, an art show, special art projects for children and adults, Plain Air artists, miniature horse and buggy rides, Buffalo Soldier re-enactors, and raffles. Rental horses are available by reservations. Rusty Calhoun, Mike Dunn, Janice Mitich, Dick Morton, Jane Morton, Joyce Taylor, and Wayne Richardson will entertain you around the dinner campfire with traditional cowboy poetry and music.

Trail Ride Fee: $50 (Includes dinner and Park Fee)
Dinner only $13.  A $6 Park Fee per vehicle will be collected at the gate.
Registration required by March 18, 2005.  No refunds after that date.

Call  Sandy Groseclose at the Marana Arts Council  520-682-4488 or e-mail at or 
Greyhorse and Lucky and the Marana Arts Council are non-profit organizations

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April 1-3, 2005
5th Annual Shanghai Days Cowboy Gathering   Wharton, Texas

The 5th Annual Shanghai Days Cowboy Gathering, named for legendary cattle baron Abel "Shanghai" Pierce, a native of the county, will be held in Wharton, Texas April 1 (no foolin') 2 & 3. Featured Cowboy Poets are Lloyd Shelby, Linda Kirkpatrick, Dennis Gaines, Rod Nichols and Ted Dennison.

In addition there will be gun fight re-enactments, chuck wagon cooking, four stages with continuous old west music and a Liar's Contest. Saturday and Sunday events are free admission. Schedule and details on

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April 2, 2005
2nd Annual Poetry and Storytelling Festival at Pioneer Village  Gonzales, Texas

 Gonzales Pioneer Village Living History Center will present its Second Annual Storytelling Festival on Saturday, April 2, 2005.  The event is from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and will feature Donna Ingham, Adrian Lopez, Andy Hedges, Frank Roberts, Joe Wells, Bob Sawyer and Larry Heidbreder with his oxen, as well as local tellers of tales.  The Village will reopen for Ghost 'Tellin' in the Hamon Church in the lamplight at 7:00.  During the day, skilled artisans will demonstrate flintknapping, blacksmithing, soapmaking and other pioneer skills.  "Cowboy" food will be available during the day. Admission to the grounds is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 6-11.  For info, call 830-672-2157 or email


We are located at:
2122 St. Joseph Street
(which is also Business Hwy 183 North)
Gonzales, Texas  78629

See our link at

Gonzales Pioneer Village
P.O. Box 431
Gonzales, TX 78629

Updated 2/10

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April 2, 2005
Pioneer Day  Arcadia, Florida

Pioneer Day in Arcadia, Florida, "the other 'Cowtown,'" will include music, storytelling, quilting displays and workshops, Florida folk songs, and many other activities at the Tree Of Knowledge Park in Arcadia.

(The organizers are looking for a poet for their event.)

Contact Arthur Anauo, Chairman of Entertainment, by phone (863) 993-2377 or by email.

Posted 3/3

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April 2-3 2005
Eldorado Elgoatarod  Eldorado, Texas

Eldorado, Texas on the courthouse lawn and parking lot...This event is a spoof of the Alaskan Iditarod, with goats replacing Huskies as the power source.  More entries always welcomed. The rules are...there are no rules!  Additionally, other goat related events
such as the goat kissing contest, goat pill flipping contest, stick goat races, etc., as well as arts, crafts, food and midway.  New vendors also welcomed.  Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday noon to 5.  Contact Jim Runge at 325-853-3109 or

Posted 1/18

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April 8-10, 2005
Lee Earl Memorial Cowboy Gathering   Lewiston, Idaho

From Smoke Wade:

Howdy friends of cowboy poetry and music.

You are all invited to the First Annual Lee Earl Memorial Cowboy Gathering, April 8-10, 2005. Pass the word on.

Details and schedule are below. RV spaces with out hookups, restrooms and showers are available. CD sales tables will be available. No charge for vendors. This event has been changed from a contest to a gathering. People's Choice Awards will be presented to poets, musicians, and artists, in both adult and youth divisions.  Two days of lot's of fun and jam sessions. Best of all, the event is free to the public!  All proceeds from donations will go to the Lee Earl Memorial Scholarship Fund.

We welcome western entertainers of all types, demonstrations are welcome, arts and craft vendor stalls are available and chili cook-off participants are needed!

Sign up early!

Join Steve and Terri Taylor of Stampede, Howard Norskog and the Christian Cowboy Balladeers, Eric Larson and David Nordquist along with the Palouse Country Cowboy Poets, Bruce "Loose Lip" Pinson and other Cowboy Poets of Idaho, AWA award winning Dejay, Toe Tappin' Tommy Tucker, Tall Tales Champion, Smoke Wade, The Earl Family, Bodie Dominguez, Jinny Lowe and many more of your favorite western entertainers and western artists.

This event sponsored by The Lewiston Elks Lodge, Happy Trails  and KRLC 1350 AM. All performers attend unsponsored in support of the fund-raiser.

Please contact:  Smoke Wade:  208-746-7652

Louis Piraino, (208) 743-5591  email: (Elk's Lodge)

Virginia Earl  PO Box 88  Asotin, WA 99402


April 8-10, 2005
Lewiston Elk's Lodge
Lewiston, ID

SCOPE: The gathering will be open to all poets, musicians, singers, as well as arts and craft vendors of all ages. The event will be free to the public, as well as performers and vendors with donations for the scholarship fund requested. There will a buffet dinner offered on Friday and Saturday night along with lunch on Saturday, all for a nominal charge.

Highlights of the event will include: a children's hour at noon Saturday; a tall tales contest at 1:00PM on Saturday; a chili cook-off at 3:00PM on Saturday; CD vendor tables; raffles; door prizes; auction; horse shoeing and pack horse exhibition (bring your horse to be shod for a fee); RV camping area for vendors and entertainers (no hook ups, but restrooms and showers available); a poetry quilt made by Virginia Earl and Donna Peer to be raffled off; day sessions Friday and Saturday for all performers; Friday and Saturday night jam session shows with dancing encouraged; Cowboy Church on Sunday; and People's Choice awards given to adults and youth for poetry, music and art/crafts. All proceeds go to the Lee Earl Memorial Scholarship Fund. Logger poets, school teachers, gospel, fiddle players, bluegrass and country invited as well.


Lee Earl, Cowboy Poet, 1937-2004, was instrumental in the success of many Western Gatherings and was a favorite of the young people as he brought cowboy poetry to local schools. He was a member of the Cowboy Poets of Idaho
and the Palouse Country Cowboy Poets. He will be remembered through the Lee Earl Memorial Scholarship Fund. It is the intent of the fund to present two scholarships each year in the areas of English Literature/Composition and Music.

Contributions to the Lee Earl Scholarship can be sent to: 

Lee Earl Memorial Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 88
Asotin, WA 99402




Friday April 8, 2005:

Hourly day sessions from 12:00 noon to 5:00PM

Dinner Buffet starting at 5:00PM

Evening show followed by a jam session and dance at 6:30-? 

MC: Toe Tappin’ Tommy Tucker

Opening: Earl Family – Welcome

                 Guy Steely – Elks - Welcome

Dave Murrill 
Bev Crozier                                   
David Nordquist 
Shiloh Sharrard                            
Mark Johnson                             
Sam Mattise
Bruce Pinson 
Dave McClure
Howard Norskog

Open Mike Jam Session and Dance: 8:30 - ?

Saturday April 9, 2005:

Hourly sessions from 9:00AM to 12:00 noon.

Lunch Buffet

Children's hour 12:00-1:00PM

Liar's Contest 1:00PM-2:00PM

Hourly Sessions from 2:00-5:00PM

Chili Cook-off tasting 3:00PM

Dinner Buffet 5:00PM

Evening show followed by a jam session and dance at 6:30-? with People’s Choice Awards and raffle winners 

Camp Fire Jam Session: Noon – closing

 Vendor/Arts Area:          Noon – closing

Main Stage

 9:00AM – 10:00AM  Session Boss:   Bev Crozier

10:00AM – 11:00AM  Session Boss:  Bruce “Loose Lip” Pinson

Bodie Dominguez
Dolly Reed
Dave McClure
Joe Moore
Marlene Pederson
Northfork: Silver & George  

11:00AM – 12:00PM  Session Boss:   Eric Larson

Mark Johnson
Jinny Lowe      
Roger Traweek                               
Micheal Barry
Jim Bullard

Lunch Buffet

Sandwich and Lunch Items

12:00PM – 1:00PM   Youth Hour  Session Boss:  Donna Earl Peer

Pate Earl             
Bandy Earl 
Zane Earl
Shiloh Sharrard
Natale Wren
Keely Kibbee
The Eggleson Sisters: Madeline,
Lucy, Maria and Carmen
Kade Fischer
Deven Robinson
Garrett Robinson 
Natale Wren
Wyatt Kirkwood

1:00PM  Liars Contest

Session Boss: Smoke Wade

David Nordquist

2:00PM – 3:00PM  Session Boss:  Steve Taylor

Cindy Worth                                          
Jim Bullard                                           
Smoke Wade
Dave Anderson   
Northfork: Silver & George 
Dave McClure

3:00PM – 4:00PM Session Boss: Bodie Dominguez

Howard Norskog
Eric Larson                                           
Dave Rustabakke                                 
Jim Aasen
Bruce Pinson
Alan Schnetsky

4:00PM – 5:00PM Session Boss: Jim Aasen

Slim DeWitt                                           
David Nordquist  
Shiloh Sharrard
Sam Mattise

Dinner Buffet:  5:00PM – 8:30PM: $7.00
Dinner Entertainment

Introduction: Smoke Wade  5:00PM – 5:15PM: Dave McClure - Piano

5:15PM – 6:25PM: Beargrass – Shayne, Alane, Delvin   & Julie Watkins.


Saturday Night Show:  6:30Pm - 8:30PM

 MC:   Toe Tappin' Tommy Tucker,

Opening:  Earl Family - Welcome

                  Guy Steely – Elks - Welcome

Smoke Wade                                                                                                           
Natale Wren                                               
Roger Traweek                               
Announcement:  Raffle Winners 
Bodie Dominguez
David Rustabakke                                                         
Northfork: Silver and George
Handmade Fiddle Auction     Auctioneer: Sam Mattise
Jim Aasen
Alan Schnetsky  
Stampede! Steve & Terri Taylor, Dave Anderson
People’s Choice Awards

Open Mike Jam Session and Dance: 8:30 - ?

Session Boss: Sam Mattise

Sign up at Registration Table


Sunday April 10, 2005:

Cowboy Church 9:00- 10:30 AM 

Host: Howard Norskog

Dolly Reed
Bodie Dominguez
Jim Bullard
Smoke Wade
Marlene Pederson
David Nordquist

Updated 4/4

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April 9, 2005 
Cowboy Poetry Jamboree  Stevinson, California

A great time in the heart of the Central Valley....

We're holding a Cowboy Poetry Jamboree at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club on April 9, 2005.

We usually have 2 events each year with the April event in our Club's restaurant the SR Grill.  This year we have three poets in addition to one of the Golf Club's owners, Bob Kelley, providing the poetry: Pat Richardson, Ed Brown, and cowgirl Jeralynn Strong.

$45 includes Dinner, Poets, and music by Rich Price and Bobby Thompson.

We have cozy Cottages on site that you can stay at and play golf the next day!

For more information and to make reservations call 209-664-6454.

Posted 3/9

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 April 13, 2005 
Baxter Black at
The Poetry Center of Chicago  Chicago, Illinois

Baxter Black will appear at The Poetry Center of Chicago on Wednesday, April 13, 2005  at 6:30 p.m. ($20 Admission, Free for Members;  Ballroom of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 112 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603; for more info: 312.899.1229).  

An award-winning not-for-profit organization, The Poetry Center of Chicago was founded in 1973 by Paul Carroll and a team of Chicago poets who saw the need for a Chicago literary center that would nurture and expand the audience for poetry. Guiding principles of The Poetry Center's charter are: To make poetry accessible to as many people as possible, promote and develop the public's interest in poetry, stimulate and encourage young poets, and advance the careers of poets by offering them professional opportunities.

They say, "Baxter Black is one of the most accomplished and most visible cowboy poets, so he is a perfect fit to the Poetry Center's Reading Series which has presented many of the world's best-known poets (as well as some prominent novelists) which include Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Poet Laureates, MacArthur Genius Award winners and Pulitzer Prize winners."

Visit The Poetry Center of Chicago web site to enjoy their features, learn more about the organization, and find additional details about Baxter's appearance.

Posted 3/3

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April 16, 2005
Cowboy Poetry  Grass Valley, California

Jim Cardwell sent the following information:

The Grass Valley California Elks Lodge Will give Cowboy Poetry week an early kickoff with a supper and show April 16th at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 109 South School Street starting at 4:00 pm. Featured entertainers will include Jim Cardwell, Karen Macy, Jeralynn Strong, Patty Costa, David Gallino, Bill Schultz, and Tony Argento, Jr.  See or call 530-273-8342 for details.

Updated 3/31

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April 20, 2005
Jim Thompson's Heritage of the American West   Spearfish, South Dakota ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week
Live on the web, 7PM MT

Governor, Mayor Proclaim South Dakota Cowboy Poetry Week

Spearfish, SD - The Governor of South Dakota has proclaimed the week of April 17 - 23, 2005 as South Dakota Cowboy Poetry Week, in conjunction with National Cowboy Poetry Week that was passed by the United States Senate to recognize the great contributions of the cowboy to the written and oral history of America.

As part of the week-long recognition, the City of Spearfish will also salute its place in Black Hills cowboy history along with  two community business/service organizations; the Heritage of the American West Performance Series produced by Creative Broadcast Services and High Plains Western Heritage Center in a Mayoral Proclamation to be presented Mon., April 18, 2005 at the city council chambers.

Followed mid-week by a live stage performance, "Rhythm & Rhyme: Poetry & Song of the Cowboy," set for Wed., April 20, 2005 at the High Plains Western Heritage Center.   Produced by Creative Broadcast Services, (CBSI) the show is part of its monthly series performances that celebrate the music and song of the Great American Cowboy.

Beginning with a 6:00 p.m. reception and memorabilia exhibit from the National Cowboy Song & Poetry Hall of Fame, the stage show gets underway at 7:00 p.m. featuring Buddy Meredith and The Cowboys and Academy of Western Artists Poet of the Year, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns of Wyoming.  "These performers represent the true cowboy western tradition of putting words to music and verse," says Jim Thompson of CBSI. "Considering our focus, both nationally and here in South Dakota and Spearfish during Cowboy Poetry Week, they are perfect for the Heritage stage."

Both the Heritage of the American West Series and the High Plains Western Heritage Center are well known in the region for their
representation of the cowboy and western culture. The stage show that hosts western performers from across the country, is  popular with audiences and is also carried live by radio stations and on the web.  Recognized by the Academy of Western Artists, (AWA) Texas, for original and quality programming, it's home stage is located in the High Plains Western Heritage Center that houses a unique and well presented history of the settlement of the Dakota's, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming.

More Cowboy Poets are expected to perform including Georgia Sicking, an AWA nominee from Kaycee, Wyo., and the show will also display the United States Senate Resolution and the South Dakota Governor's and Spearfish Mayor's Cowboy Poetry Week Proclamation's.

Advance tickets are $5 and are available in Spearfish at First Western Bank, CBSI Studios and the High Plains Western Heritage Center. Tickets at the door are $10. For more information, call 605-722-2511 or go online at

History of National & South Dakota Cowboy Poetry Week

Beginning in 2003, the effort to bring greater awareness to Cowboy Poetry began with what is known as the world's largest ongoing (online) poetry gathering at the web-based Featuring contemporary and classic Cowboy Poetry, the site for  poets and fans  is managed by Editor Margo Metegrano and has been featured nationally in  Parade Magazine, Good Housekeeping, USA Weekend, and Cowboy Magazine.

Contacts made by website associates and poets to Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) didn't fall on deaf ears and while introducing Senate Resolution 108 during the 108th Congress, Senator Burns noted, "Cowboys gather around a campfire and swap stories just as frequently as they did 100 years ago. My resolution will recognize the contribution of cowboy poetry to our history of the West,
but also to mark it as a thriving tradition that continues even today."

The groundwork was laid.

And the reins picked up by folks with the Heritage of the American West Series, produced in Spearfish, SD by Creative Broadcast Services. "We realized that communities and states have stories to tell when it comes to Cowboy Poetry," says Kay Jorgensen of  CBSI. "This is our story. In South Dakota and surrounding states, we have poets and writers who are known and celebrated across the country.  We also have poets and writers who are busy living the western lifestyle, who may not be well known but who are every bit as good.  This Heritage performance and the recognition it brings from Governor Mike Rounds and the State of South Dakota and Spearfish Mayor Jerry Krambeck and the City of Spearfish,  is for all of them."

Posted 4/13

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April 22-23, 2005
First Consecutive StarrBooks Cowboy Poets' Celebration  Gainesville, Texas

The First Consecutive StarrBooks Cowboy Poets' Celebration will take place April 22-23, 2005, recognizing Cowboy Poetry Week in Gainesville, Texas at StarrBooks on two special days. 

The official announcement:

Join Charles Williams, Ginny Mac, Darin Brookman, Lanny Joe Burnett, Waynetta Ausmus, and others!  Gainesville recognizes our western heritage on the range.  

Charles Williams and Ginny Mac will be at StarrBooks April 22, Friday from 2:00 till 7:00 with live cowboy poetry accompanied by Ginny and her music.  Charles will be signing his "Fly Leaf Cooking" book and doing some storytelling along with Cowboy Poetry.   

Saturday April 23 beginning at 11:00 till 4 or so .... will be open mic for fellow cowboy poets, storytellers and musicians!! Recipients of the "Will Rogers Medallion Award"  will  be announced during this two day event.  Be sure to make it for the jam fest!!!  Guaranteed to be a good time. StarrBooks is located pretty close to the intersection of the Chisolm Trail and the old Sante Fe Trail in Historic Gainesville, Texas.  We are on the west side of the square, across from the Courthouse ....103 South Commerce.  For additional information, call 940-612-0202  or E Mail us at

Updated 4/1

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April 27-May 1
12th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival  Santa Clarita, California

Held at the famous Melody Ranch, this year's event includes headliners Baxter Black, Dave Stamey, Don Edwards, Wylie and the Wild West, Larry Maurice, Waddie Mitchell, Pat Richardson, Juni Fisher, Sons of the San Joaquin, Syd Masters & the Swing Riders, Sky Shivers, Lorraine Rawls, and Ginny Mac.

See the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival web site for information about the many activities.

Thursday, April 28, The Weave of the West is an evening of music, literature and hand-sewn history featuring poet and quiltmaker Yvonne Hollenbeck, musician Katy Moffatt and various other Western artists.  The quilt show segment is based on Yvonne Hollenbeck's popular "Patchwork of the Prairie" traveling trunk show.  The show has been described, "You'll hear lots of 'oohs' and 'aahs' as Yvonne unfolds five generations of quilts.  She illustrates the evolution of quilting within her own family, displaying over 30 cherished coverlets.  Her stories and poems alone are insightful, but add the the collection of colorful quilts and history comes to life before your eyes!  Yvonne turns the calendar all the way back to the days of her great-great grandmother.  Fabrics and styles change through the years as she introduces quilts made by her great grandmother, grandmother, mother, and her own award winning creations.  All of the quilts were made by women living on the prairie of the heartland and Dakotas.  The feed-sack era, among others, is represented."

Katy Moffatt will be "weaving" her beautiful songs throughout the program...songs that represent the various times of which the quilts were made.

"WEAVE of the WEST"
Quilts - Quips - Poems - Songs

. . . a visual and melodic adventure
through history with award winning
poet & quilter, YVONNE  HOLLENBECK,
and super songstress, KATY  MOFFATT!

6:30 p.m.  -  April 28, 2005
Heritage Junction at William S. Hart Park
Santa Clarita, California
in conjunction with
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival 2005

Enjoy a petit buffet and be entertained by an wonderful trunk show of five
generations of quilts made by women living on the prairie of the heartland
and Dakotas, accompanied by the outstanding music of Katy Moffatt!   Tickets
$25 - limited seating


You can sign up for news updates at the festival web site.

For example, this is the January 10, 2005 news update: 

Greetings Cowboy Festival Fans!

Things are whippin' into shape for the 2005 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival.  Here are some important new updates:

1. Don Edwards has agreed to be the featured performer for the Evening at Hart Mansion Concert on Saturday April 30 at 7:00 PM. If you've never experienced William S. Hart Mansion it's a must see. Add to the mix the talent of Don Edwards and the opportunity to enjoy him in an intimate setting and you couldn't ask for a better evening of entertainment. Seating is limited for this show.

2. Our "Friends of the Festival" Ticket Packages are going fast and there are limited numbers still available.  Remember, you get much more than preferred seating at all Melody Ranch Stage shows.  Check out our website for additional perks.

3. One of the best values we have this year is the two-day weekend pass.  For $25 you get general admission for both Saturday and Sunday at Melody Ranch and all the Cowboy Festival has to offer.  These tickets will not be sold at the gate and must be purchased on or before April 15th, 2005.

Web Updates

- The Youth Poetry Contest entry forms are now available online.  If you have children in grades K-12, this is a great way to involve them with poetry and the festival.

- If you drive an RV, local listings of RV Parks are now listed:

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

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Cowboy Campfire Concerts  Kerrville, Texas

Lively entertainment for all ages. Great musical and storytelling performances by award-winning members of the Academy of Western Artists and the Western Music Association. Authentic cowboy and western roots music, range ballads, yodeling, western harmonies, western swing, Australian, Celtic and Hispanic influences. 

Fine listening atmosphere. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic coolers. Visit after the show around our campfire. Extra features such as ice cream socials, bake-offs, door prizes, and catered meals available on site. Adults - $7.00, Seniors (over 65) - $5.00, Students - $3.00. First and third Thursdays  7:00-9:00 P.M.

Proceed north on Harper Road 1 mile north of I-10, just past James Avery Craftsman. Look for the "Cowboy Campfire Concerts" sign on the right. We are at 120 Hartshorn Drive. Call (830) 896-5598 for details. Ask for Dennis Gaines.

April 1, 2005
Andy Hedges

April 21, 2005
Jill Jones and the Lone Star Chorale

May 5, 2005
Don Cadden

May 19, 2005
Jean Prescott

June 2, 2005
Juni Fisher

June 16, 2005
Ed Stabler (WMA link)

July 7, 2005
Jeff Gore

July 21, 2005
Fletcher Jowers

See our expanded feature on this event here.

Updated 7/20

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May 6-7, 2005
Smokey Bear Days, Capitan, New Mexico

From Donna Hatton:

Once upon a time, a symbol of pride, loyalty and perseverance was born...his name was Smokey Bear, just an imaginary bear at the time, but he  helped with our war effort in 1944. In 1950 a forest fire swept through the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico and it was the rescue of one small badly burned and frightened bear cub that took Smokey from imagination to reality and to the hero all America grew to love.

Capitan, New Mexico will turnout to celebrate the 61st birthday of Smokey May 6-7, 2005 with entertainment, exhibits, car show, fire prevention exhibits, vendors, and activities for kids of all ages!

Friday, The Desperadoes will kick off  the street dance from 7pm  to 11pm and a Saturday evening will feature Fiddler Johnny Gimble and The  Desperadoes. Cowboy Entertainers: Evelyn Roper, Eddy Harrison, Harold Hill, Tom and Donna Hatton, Palo Duro, Dennis Jay, The Lost Canyon Rangers, Mixed Company, Johnny Bencomo and Scotty Fitch, provided by Joe Baker, Backforty Bunkhouse Productions, for more information call 505-345-2273 or

For great fun and wonderful entertainment join us in Capitan, New  Mexico May 6-7, 2005.

Posted 4/25

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May 7, 2005
Third Annual Motherin' Up...Gathering of Poets and Pickers    White Sulphur Springs, Montana 

All poets and pickers are Margaret Wilhelm or Meagher County Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture,  Box 888, White Sulphur Springs, MT  59645

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May 13, 2005
Songs and Stories from the Grand Canyon   South Rim of the Grand Canyon 

May 14, 2005
Songs and Stories from the Grand Canyon  Flagstaff, Arizona
also broadcast live on the web on the web at 7:00 PST

The Western Folklife Center, Grand Canyon Association and KNAU-FM will present two evenings of music, poetry and stories inspired by the Grand Canyon, May 13 and 14, 2005. These concerts celebrate the release of the Western Folklife Center's latest CD, Songs and Stories from Grand Canyon, recently released on Smithsonian Folkways Records. On Friday, May 13, the concert will be held on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium beginning at 8:00 pm. On Saturday, May 14, the concert
will begin at 7:00 pm in the Orpheum Theatre in Flagstaff.

Each concert will be unique, featuring performers from the CD, all of whom represent an incredible array of traditions rooted in the Grand Canyon. Alger Greyeyes and members of the Todi Neesh Zhee Singers will sing traditional Navajo songs including a new song called, "Grand Canyon Gold." Phyllis Yoyetewa Kachinhongva will tell a Hopi story about how the Canyon was created. Roland Manikaja will sing Havasupai songs about the red walls of home. Larry Stevens, a well known environmental scientist, will sing the song of the Humpback Chub. D-Squared will sing river running songs as will river guide Christa Sadler. Ross Knox, who has packed over 40,000 miles in the canyon on the back of a mule, will recite poetry of the mulepacker, and packer Patty Dunnigan Nolan will sing some of her original mulepacker songs.

Hundreds of hours of fieldwork provided the foundation for the CD, which is produced by the Western Folklife Center's Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis. Cannon says of the CD, which was five years in the making: "This recording is a rare look at how people who live here, year after year, have interpreted the Grand Canyon in story and song. We don't know of another recording like this and hope that it will be the first of a series that explores the music and stories of America's most treasured places."

Attendees at both events are invited to opening receptions: the South Rim reception will begin at 7:00 pm in the lobby of the Auditorium; the Flagstaff reception will begin at 6:00 pm in the lobby of the Orpheum Theatre. Performers will sign their CDs following both performances.

The South Rim concert is free and open to the public. Tickets to the Flagstaff show are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. The Orpheum Theatre is located at 15 W. Aspen Street. Western Folklife Center members with membership cards will receive a 50% discount on tickets purchased at the Orpheum Box Office. To join the Western Folklife Center, call 800-880-5885
ext 222. Tickets are available at the Orpheum, at local ticket outlets or online at Call the Orpheum at 928-556-1580 for more information.

These concerts are produced by the Western Folklife Center and sponsored by Grand Canyon Association, KNAU-FM, Scenic Airlines and Smithsonian Folkways Records.

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May 14 - 15, 2005
Wells Gray Roundup Camp  Clearwater, British Columbia

From Mike Puhallo:

A weekend of Cowboy Poetry & Western Music, On the doorstep of British Columbia's Wells Gray Wilderness Park. Good Grub, great entertainment, hiking and horseback riding available. You can bring your RV, camp, rent a cabin, or stay in a tepee. Spend your evenings listening to cowboy tunes around the campfire or whooping it up at the Black Horse Saloon. 

For ticket information and to reserve accommodation contact Well Gray Guest Ranch, PO Box 1764, RR#1 Clearwater BC VIE 1N0 Canada , email phone 1-866-467-4346 fax 250-674-0215

Posted 11/18

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May 27, 2005
Don't Fence Me In   Australia Radio National
live on the web 10PM Pacific and archived

Australia's Radio National celebrates American Cowboy Poets on Friday, May 27, 2005 with a program called "Don't Fence Me In" on PoeticA, presented by Mike Ladd. PoeticA is "dedicated to the performance of all kinds of poetry through live readings, studio-based poetry features and on-location recordings." 

Among the poems selected for the program are "My Cowgirl Life" by Linda Kirkpatrick, "Reel vs Real Cowboys" by Sam A. Jackson, "Hard Move" by Rod McQueary,  "End of the Drought" by Michael Robinson, "A Prairie King" by Tex Tumbleweed, "She Tied Her Heart to Tumbleweeds" by Don Gregory, "How Long Will the Cowboy Last" by Robert Beene, "A Westerner" byE. A. Brininstool , and "Out Where the West Begins" by Arthur Chapman.  A number of the poems were selected from our anthology, The Big Roundup.

The program airs Friday, May 27, 2005 at 10 PM US Pacific Time (that's Saturday, 3PM, Australian local time) and is repeated on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 4AM  US Pacific Time (Thursday, 9PM , Australian local time). You can listen live on the web and the program will be archived on the PoeticA page.

Posted 5/12

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May 27-28, 2005
16th Annual Idaho State Cowboy Gathering  Nampa, Idaho

Rudy Gonzales writes:

This is our 16th annual Idaho State Cowboy Gathering.  It was earlier known as the Idaho State Cowboy Poetry Gathering.  We are so much more than just cowboy poetry.  The Idaho State Cowboy Gathering features real working cowgirls and cowboys who entertain with cowboy humor, cowboy poetry and cowboy songs.  Our feature shows are said to be the fastest two hours you will ever experience.  We do allow others who entertain with cowboy music and cowboy poetry on our day feature shows are a true preservation of the American Cowboy and their special brand of entertainment.

This year we will be featuring entertainers from all over the nation.  To include Idaho's official Cowboy entertainer Rudy Gonzales, poet & storyteller "Barb Wire" Ben Aitken. Poet Jim Davis, Cowboy Singer Terry Rekow, the hilarious 90 year old "Mountain Mama"  Helen Mazewski, and many others.  Great songs and music Rob & Laura Edwards from Montana, Great music and songs from The Rocky Mountain Ramblers, Jim and Jeanne from Colorado. Dennis Gaines, funny story teller and great music from the Palo Duro band and Washtub Jerry from Texas.  And many many more will fill this weekend.

Cowboy church features the cowboy entertainers singing the gospel songs and a free Idaho Spud bake lunch for all who come.  For more information contact the web site or the Nampa Civic Center at  Cowboy Poets, Musicians Singers and Cowboy oriented display people are urged to contact us immediately.

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May 28, 2005
Frank Galbraith CD Fundraiser   Roe Lake, BC

   The British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society (BCCHS) announces a special event, dedicated to Frank Galbraith, a well loved musician who died in July, 2005.  Their announcement:

May 28th, 2005 Frank Galbraith CD Fundraiser

Before Frank passed away he had recorded enough material to make a CD - he just couldn't ever afford to make it. Well, there are a lot of folks out there thought that his material was worth making into a CD. This party is to help raise funds to produce that CD. You can help bring Frank's music to the world and provide a legacy for his kids by buying a CD or coming to the party. Doors open at 6:00 PM at the Roe Lake Community Hall on Saturday, May 28th, 2005. The Concert / Party / Dance will feature some of the best musicians in the Cariboo and the Okanagan! Matt Johnston, Gerry Brunelle, Milo Boe, Bill Fowler, and many others to be announced. Tickets are $15 and includes one of Frank's CDs. For info, or to order a CD, contact Rick at: (250) 456-2313 or Mark at: (250) 456-2425 or send us an Email.

Matt Johnston, Linda Kirkpatrick, and Frank Galbraith in Shreveport, July 2004
photo by Judy Shelby


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May 28-29, 2005
Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Medora, North Dakota

Two "Don't Miss" Concerts at 19th Annual Cowboy Gathering

MEDORA - This region's long running, cowboy poetry-music-and-art-fest is Memorial Day weekend, May 28 and 29, 2005, at the Medora Community Center. Bill Lowman, founder and organizer of the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering, announced the 2005 featured day session performers: Dan Murphy, Baker, Mont.; Slim McNaught, New Underwood, S.D.; Dale Mailand, Harlem, Mont., and Carole Rosencrans, Hettinger, N.D., Janice Hanson, White Earth, N.D., and Jim Hegland, Tioga, N.D., who perform as a trio. Approximately 40 other performers, most of them veterans of the gathering, will be on hand to recite cowboy poetry and sing classic and contemporary range ballads.

Doors open at 1 p.m. on Sat., May 28, for the daytime poetry and music sessions and Western art show. The art show is sponsored by the Badlands Art Association. Both are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to come when they can as sessions start throughout the day. Artisans and craftsmen expected include Scott Nelson, Solen, N.D., who will be doing pen and ink sketches, and featured performer, McNaught, showcasing a variety of tooled, leatherwork items.

Headlining Saturday's 7:30 p.m. concert are international Country vocal artist, Eli Barsi, and cowboy singer, Glenn Ohrlin. Raised on a Canadian wheat farm, Barsi divides her time between the provinces and Branson, Mo. She grew up listening to Wilf Carter, Kitty Wells and the Carter Family. A song writer, Barsi plays multiple musical instrumentals. Described by some as a national treasure, Ohrlin, Mountain View, Ark., is making a return engagement to Medora. A cattleman, rodeo veteran and National Folk Heritage Award winner, he is known for his vast repertoire of old-time songs and a dry wit. South Dakota poets Elizabeth Ebert of Lemmon, and Bill Wood, Newell, round out the lineup.

Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults, $8 for high school students, and $4 for students 12-years-old and under. Children who can be held on an adult's lap are admitted free of charge.

Festivities continue Sun., May 29, with Country-Gospel beginning at 9 a.m. Groups and individuals lend their talents to this worship service with a Western flair. Cowboy poet and evangelist, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, leads the ecumenical program dedicated to the late Charlie Hunt. Hunt hosted the popular, standing-room only sessions for years. He passed away in October 2004. As always, the coffee pot will be on. Following a break for lunch, afternoon sessions resume at 1 p.m.

Western singer, yodeler, poet, storyteller and trick roper, Ernie Sites, headlines Sunday's 7:30 p.m. concert. Raised in southern Idaho, Sites lists his childhood heroes as the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. An energetic and skilled performer, he appears at folk festivals and schools nationwide. Montana cowboy singer and Medora favorite, Duane Dickinson, Scobey, Mont., returns after a long absence. Poets Blanche Everidge, Mansfield, Mo., and Jim Lowman, Fairfield, N.D., complete the roster.

A pre-grand opening walkthrough of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is on tap Saturday. The Hall is to open later this summer.

Nearly all of Medora's motels, businesses and restaurants are open and ready for the gathering. Lodging is available through the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation at 1-800-633-6721, and Custer's Condo at 1-800-783-6366. Rooms are also available in Beach, Belfield and Dickinson.

For more information on the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering, contact Bill Lowman at (701) 872-4746. For art show info, contact Mary Heuther of the Badlands Art Association at (701) 225-9746.

In 2000, the Library of Congress recognized the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering as one of 1,300 Local Legacies preserving traditions and local history. One of North Dakota's signature events, the gathering and selected performers are included in the Library's permanent American Folklife Center collection.

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May 28-29, 2005
Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children's Cowboy Festival  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

One of the nation's greatest family friendly festivals is returning again to the National Cowboy &Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Museum's 15th Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children's Cowboy Festival is scheduled for May 28 and 29, 2005, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Memorial Day weekend event was recognized by the American Bus Association as a 2004 Top 100 Event in North America. The festival with its mouth-watering food, activities for children, musical entertainment for the entire family and an opportunity to browse the nation's premier Western heritage museum attracted the attention of the Food Network which featured last year's festival on its Top Five: Summer Sensations program.

Children can participate in numerous outdoor activities including pony rides, rope making, weaving, bandana designing, paper fan decorating and leather crafting. Stagecoach and covered wagon rides around the festival oval are a family favorite. Photo opportunities are abundant and pictures taken with Oreo, a Texas Longhorn steer, are popular.

Western music and musical entertainment are scheduled on two separate stages.
Don Edwards will be on stage Saturday, May 28. Edwards' career as a balladeer, guitarist and composer has spanned more than three decades, enriching audiences with his authentic Western music and his extensive knowledge of cowboy lore. He played the role of Smokey, Robert Redford's best friend, in the motion picture Horse Whisperer.

Red Steagall, who will perform on Sunday, May 29, has performed at the Chuck Wagon event since 1991. The official Cowboy Poet of Texas is a master songwriter, recording artist, author, actor, radio personality and rancher. His career spans more than 25 years of performances at rodeos, major fairs, poetry gatherings and worldwide tours.

Steagall was inducted into the Museum's prestigious Hall of Great Westerners during the 2003 Western Heritage Awards ceremonies. He has received six Wrangler Awards throughout the years for outstanding Western albums.

Rich O'Brien, well-known throughout the Western music world, will perform on Sunday with Steagall. O'Brien has been involved as a guitarist and producer on more than 150 recordings. He has received nine Wrangler Awards, more than any other person in the history of the Museum's Western Heritage Awards.

Back again for a Saturday-only performance are the delightful and captivating young, Texas
fiddlers The Quebe Sisters. Only this year, the talented trio has added singing to their act, and their voices blend with perfect sibling harmony. Accompanied by their instructors, Joey and Sherry McKenzie, Mansfield, Texas, the national champion musicians are playing to standing ovations wherever they perform. The lively fiddling act combines a mixture of Western swing, cowboy songs, vintage country and traditional Texas fiddle tunes. The sisters, Grace, 18; Sophia, 17; and Hulda, 14, have played with Ricky Skaggs and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. Most recently they were part of the cast in the opening performance of On The Road With Bob Wills featuring the popular band Asleep At the Wheel's Ray Benson.

Chuck Milner, cowboy singer, poet and song writer will entertain as well as introduce other performers on the platform stage at the south end of the festival grounds. Milner, who has performed at many Western events across the country, has entertained at the Museum's gathering since its inception 15 years ago.

New to the entertainment stage this year is Texas trio Back at the Ranch. This lively country-roots acoustic group delivers a swinging blend of original and roots-based music. Their upbeat stage presence and hilarious antics blend seamlessly together with pure harmonies to produce a top-notch performance. Back at the Ranch has appeared with Michael Martin Murphey, Red Steagall and Jim Ed Brown.

Dr. H.P. Hedgethicket III, Esquire will hawk his many "remedies and cures" during a hilarious Old West Medicine Show. Wheelwright and wagon master Gary Stull, Cape Fair, Missouri, will share his trade through interactive demonstrations on making wagon wheels while Gary Robinson will demonstrate black smithing techniques.

When it's time to cool off, families can take the kids up the hill to the Museum's indoor Children's Cowboy Corral which offers plenty of hands-on entertainment. "Please touch" is the mantra often heard in the children's building where activities include mounting real saddles, dressing up in cowboy gear and pretending to cook at a real chuck wagon camp. From howling coyotes atop a 20-foot rock mountain to over-sized puzzles of Museum paintings and interactive computer games, the Three C's Ranch is a fun place to be.

One of the best bargains of the day is the chance to visit the Museum's fascinating galleries that tell the story of the West. One of the most popular galleries is the Western Performers Gallery which evokes fond memories of movie stars from the silent era to the present. One of the most charming components of the gallery is a 1930s replica theater where a short film, narrated by Sam Elliott, captures the eventful history of Hollywood Westerns. And a stroll through Prosperity Junction, the Museum's Western town, delights all ages.

And the food is fantastic! Nine chuck wagon crews cook such delicious fare as stew, brisket, sourdough biscuits, beans, cobblers and rice pudding for visitors to sample. Recipes are prepared hourly at a demonstration wagon and the recipes are available. Chuck wagon activities and Museum admission, excluding tasting bowls and concessions, are included in the price of admission: adults $10, seniors 62 and over $8.50, children 6-12 $5.

Children five and under are admitted free, as are members of the Museum. Two-day passes are available for adults, $15; seniors, $12.75; children 6-12 $7.50. Tasting bowls are $3 each. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum remains open until 5:00 p.m.

The festival is presented by Delta Air Lines. Cosponsors include The Oklahoman, Great Plains Coca-Cola and OG&E. Additional support provided by Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Inc.,Tandy Leather Company, KKNG 93.3 FM, Bar-S Foods, Sara Lee Bakery Group, Shawnee Milling Co., Oklahoma Ford Dealers, Collins Creek Ranch, Cabot Cheese and Marianne's Rentals.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum marks its 50th anniversary in 2005 with special exhibitions and activities. Nationally accredited, the Museum is located in Oklahoma City's Adventure District at the junction of I-44 and I-35. America's Premier Western Heritage Museum™ offers annual memberships that include year-round admission for six people, including the Chuck Wagon Gathering, and a subscription to the Museum's award-winning publication, Persimmon Hill magazine. For more information, call (405) 478-2250.

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June 3-5, 2005
4th Annual Cowboy Entertainer Gathering   Townsend, Montana

(PRESS RELEASE) Well, it's that time of year again!  The 4th Annual Townsend Cowboy Entertainer Gathering will be held June 3, 4 and 5 at the Broadwater High School Multi-purpose gym. We expect over 40 performers to gather here from all over the Northwest. Proceeds from this event benefit the Fire Department.

The gathering will start at 10:00am Friday, the 3rd with open mic sessions from then until 5:00pm.  Each hour, a new group of performers will be on stage to "show off" their Western Music and Cowboy Poetry.  If anyone wants to get on stage with us, you are more than welcome.  Just show up and sign up!

Friday's night show will begin with a pre-show at 6:30pm followed by the main show at 7:00pm.  Tickets for night show performances are $7 at the door or $5 for advance purchase.  Children 12 and under get in free.  For tickets, please call 266-3946 or 266-5771.

Saturday begins at 7:30am with a Pancake Breakfast, at the High School, presented by the Broadwater Fire Department.  Our day show begins at 8:00 am so that, while you eat breakfast, you can see what we are all about!  Day shows will go until 5:00 pm with Hal Amundson's Jr. Fiddlers performing a 1:00. At 5:30 pm, the Fire Department will host a Roast Pig dinner in the school cafeteria.  There is limited seating for the dinner so get your tickets as soon as you can.  Tickets for the dinner and show are $15.  The best deal of the year!

Sunday morning, at 9:00am, there will be a Cowboy Church, provided by the Christian Cowboy Balladeers and featuring many local performers.

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June 5, 2005
Cowboy Poetry  Pleasanton, California

Century House Poetry Readings, hosted by City of Pleasanton’s Poet Laureate, Kirk Ridgeway, presents COWBOY POETRY on Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 1:00 P.M.


Mick Vernon, author of The Lyrical Lawman Rides, a book of  original cowboy poetry (and CD by the same title). Mick pens poems about his  time spent in the saddle  working cattle with the  Dobbas outfit in the Sierras  near Auburn, California, and about other reflections of western life. He recites and sings original, contemporary, and classic favorites. A trained farrier and twenty-year 
law enforcement veteran, Mick is also the President and Festival Director of the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and has performed there, the California Rodeo Poetry Gathering, the Red Mule Ranch Cowboy Campfire, and numerous other venues. “Mick is a great example of the energy and enthusiasm that is keeping the cowboy culture alive in California. A talented poet and singer.” –Leslie Ide, Old West 

Lynn Owens, a Livermore resident for 41 years, is a retired Division Fire Chief with the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. Lynn has always had an interest in the cowboy lifestyle. He is an auctioneer. He and his wife donate their time and service for charity auctions of non-profit organizations. He enjoys writing both cowboy and American civil war poetry. Two of his civil war poems "A Place Far Away " and "Battle of Franklin" were accepted by the Confederate Museum in Richmond, Va. under their new literature program. Lynn writes for his own enjoyment, but he said, "nothing is more thrilling than to have someone else enjoy your work." He writes under the pen name of Waddie "O." 

Susan Parker, “Cowboy Poetry speaks to my soul with its tales of simpler times. I like the challenge of traditional Cowboy Poetry 
with its rhyme and meter. I also like pushing my creative muse in free verse." In 1995, Susan’s creative floodgates opened and she began writing contemporary poetry and prose. Her passion for Cowboy Poetry was awakened in 2003 after attending 
the Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. She lives in Benicia, CA with her husband and two cats. She enjoys traveling and riding at the Wild Horse Sanctuary near Red Bluff where she gathers inspiration for her Cowboy Poetry. She has published a book of poems and prose, Lady By The Bay, in 2003. 

Open Mike to follow the readings. Limit one poem per reader, 40 lines or less, original or other favorite poem. 

Other poets tentatively scheduled to appear include Scott Collins, Jim Cardwell, and John Silveira.

1:00 PM

Admission: $3.00 per person 

2401 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton (1.3 miles south of 580 Fwy. Santa Rita Rd. exit) For recorded information call: 925-931-5361 
or email

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June 10-12, 2005
Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Celebration of the West  Fort Scott, Kansas

The 9th annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Celebration of the West is set for June 10 - 12 at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kan. This year's event will feature the second annual Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Heartland Chapter cowboy poetry / music contest on Friday night, as well as the first Horse Training Exposition by Ryan White of Uniontown, Kan. on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

AWA contest participants will vie for the Horizon Award, which includes passes for two to the annual AWA Convention. Winners of the Friday night competition also will perform during Echoes of the Trail Saturday, June 11.

All day and evening June 11, cowboy poets and musicians from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas will perform on the Round Room stage in the FSCC Academic Building, while craftsmen and artists sell tack, home décor, books, CDs, tapes, and much more in the halls.  On Saturday night, Echoes organizers will draw the name of this year's saddle winner. 

Outdoors, three chuck wagons will dig pits in the ground and cook the way it was done on the cattle trails in days gone by.  Nearby, Missouri horse shoer Charlie Comstock will demonstrate how horse shoes and tools were made in the Old West.

Sunday morning at 9 a.m., cowboy poets and musicians will gather to give heartfelt testimony and praise in story, rhyme and song, during our traditional Cowboy Church by the chuck wagons. Everyone will partake of a real chuck wagon breakfast, and then at 10:30 a.m. they will walk to the FSCC rodeo arena to watch Ryan White demonstrate working with several horses at various levels of training.  White will show the audience how to take each horse to the next level of training, culminating with a cutting horse training demo.  White is a local trainer whose round pen and barn share a wall with his home! Since his rodeo days at FSCC, Ryan has loved colt starting and working with cutting horses, and he says he likes to be "close to his work."  His exposition on June 12 will be a departure from the colt starting demos at past Echoes of the Trail gatherings, and will give the audience practical tips to use with their own horses while showcasing White's talent.

For more information, or to enter the saddle drawing, call 620-223-0736.

See our feature about this event here

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 June 11, 2005
A Night On The Snake River Plains  Rupert, Idaho

A Night On The Snake River Plains will be presented at the Wilson Theater in Rupert, Idaho on June 11, 2005, 7:00 - 9:00 PM as a fund raiser for the theater.  The featured western performers will be musicians Larry Gibson and John Westbrook of Montana, Wayne Nelson cowboy poet-musician and Smoke Wade, cowboy poet, both of Idaho.

The Wilson Theater, built in 1920, is being restored to it's original grandeur and beauty through a series of fund-raising events. For the past several years, the theater has been the home venue for the Mini-Cassia Snake River Cowboy Gathering that takes place in November of each year

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June 17, 18, 19 2005
Pincher Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Pincher Creek, Alberta
Presented by the Pincher Creek Agricultural Society

From Mike Puhallo:

From the first sessions on Friday afternoon to the end of the Ranch Rodeo Sunday, Pincher Creek gathering is a good time for audience and entertainer alike. Canada's Original Cowboy Gathering. 

Contact; Lorraine Brudder, Box 454, Twin Butte, Alberta

Phone (403) 627-5425 Fax (403) 627-5440

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June 19, 2005
Fathers Day At The Bar U Ranch  Longview, Alberta 

From Mike Puhallo:

Poetry and  Songs around the campfire at Round-up camp. Team Penning and other events all day at the historic Bar U Ranch.

For information call Mariam Wilson (403) 395-3041.

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June 22, 2005
Lehi Cowboy Poetry Gathering     Lehi, Utah 

Enjoy an evening of Great Western Music and Cowboy Poetry at the Lehi City Legacy Center 123 No. Center at 7:00 PM  Some of the featured Poets will be: Don Kennington, Scott Mackintosh, Sam Deleeuw, Jeff Carson, and Val Carter.

Cost $3 at the door. For more info: (801)768-8754 or


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June 25, 2005
Cowboy Campfire at Scofield's Red Mule Ranch  Fiddletown, California

Ron and Marie Scofield are your hosts for an evening of old-time cowcamp entertainment under the stars at the Red Mule Ranch in Fiddletown, California. Enjoy a chuck wagon tri-tip dinner and a variety of cowboy music, poetry, and story telling in an 1880's setting. In addition to Ron's traditional brand of old cowboy music standards, special guest performers contribute their unique style of western wit, wisdom, satire, and song. The Old West trio will be there (on all dates except July 9 and Sept 3) to share old and new cowboy ballads, three-part harmony, and yodeling tunes.

Cost is $35 each; Dinner 6:30; Showtime 7:30; Ends at 10:00.

Reservations are required.  See the web site for reservation information.

June 25: Ron Brinegar
July 9: Sourdough Slim and Gary Lowe
July 16: Juni Fisher
July 30: Tony Ilardi
Aug. 6: Jim & Karen Ross
Sept. 3: Jim King and old-time musicians
Sept. 24: Ghost of Mark Twain (McAvoy Layne)

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 June 25, 2005
Cowboy Gathering and Chili Cook Off   Cedar Hill, Texas

Cowboy Gathering and Chili Cook Off at the Ranch at Cedar Hill, 10AM-10PM.  CASI sanctioned.

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June 25, 2005
Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree  Winthrop, Washington

From Lauralee Northcott:

What do you get when you cross the best in cowboy entertainment with the old west town of Winthrop?  An evening of delightful laughter! There are two such nights planned for 2005.  The Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree will be presented June 25, and Sept. 17, 2005 both Saturday nights 7:00 pm in the Winthrop Auditorium.  

Virginia Bennett, renowned cowboy poet and author will headline the June show along with Canadian rising star Jim Reader.  

Horse Crazy, captivating cowgirl band will set your toes a tapping.  Dave McClure cowboy poet and humorist will be featured with all-star Elbow Coulee Cast of Characters.  Forest Stump, Girl of the Golden West, the Jingle Queens of the San Joaquin and a few surprise guests, will remind you what it means to be entertained!

(The September show will feature Skip Gorman, world recognized historic educator and musician.)

Join us for a hilarious trip down the memory trail as we revisit the golden age of radio, beneath a western moon and surrounded by the
spirited history of the Methow Valley.  Our program is dedicated to preserving Cowboy Culture for those hungry masses starving for wholesome entertainment.

Sponsored by the Winthrop Red Apple Market and Radio Station KVLR in conjunction with the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce events:  Wine tasting & Kick Off To Summer Celebration and Antique Auto Rally.  Please don't miss these special events in Winthrop, Washington.

For more information:  Call 509 996-2404, or check out or email to  Also, you can check out to keep up on all the Winthrop news.

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July 2-4, 2005
West Jordan Stampede and Celebration   West Jordan, Utah

Come to the West Jordan Stampede and Celebration on July 2nd and 4th from 3-5 pm in main West Jordan park 1950 W 7800 So.  So for some great cowboy poetry and western music come spend the 4th holidays with us.  Some of the poets are Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Val Carter, Bill Gubler, along with Don Kennington and Colen Sweeten.  Music by Stampede!, Steve and Rhonda Lee Paskins, Shiney Boot Boys, and poet/musician Kenny Hall.  Come enjoy a good old-fashion get together that will make you laugh and tap your feet.

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July 7, 2005
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July 28, 2005
Dinner and a Movie; Gene Autry Westerns   Autry National Center, Los Angeles, California


"Dinner and a Movie": Gene Autry Westerns

Gene and his trusty horse, Champion, are back in the saddle again! Spend a beautiful summer evening enjoying an outdoor BBQ, gallery talks, and classic Gene Autry Westerns.

An entire package has been prepared to give you a complete experience. Start off with a mouth-watering BBQ, followed by a tour of a gallery related to the movie. Next, enjoy a special introduction by Karla Buhlman, vice president of Gene Autry Entertainment, and finally, watch the famous singing cowboy on fully restored digital film. Stick around after the film for a question-and-answer session with Ms. Buhlman. Enjoy dinner, gain special insights into the film, and see the movie-all for only $15. Did we mention parking and museum admission are free? What a deal!

5 p.m.                                    BBQ on the plaza
5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.    Fifteen-minute gallery tour
7:15 p.m.                              Introduction by Karla Buhlman from Gene Autry Entertainment
7:30 p.m.                              Movie begins in the Wells Fargo Theater
9:00 p.m.                              Q&A with Karla Buhlman

Arrive early to visit the Museum of the American West, browse through the Museum Store, and watch a sunset in Griffith Park. As an added incentive, admission to the Museum of the American West is free after 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays!

"Dinner and a Movie" is brought to you by the Autry National Center, Gene Autry Entertainment, and the Golden Spur Cafe.

"Dinner and a Movie" complete package: $15, $13.50 for members
Tickets for outdoor BBQ only: $10
Tickets for Gene Autry movie only: $5
Purchase tickets on-line at

Movie Schedule

July 7 - Rovin' Tumbleweeds
Rancher Autry takes a job singing on the radio to aid farmers and ranchers whose lands were destroyed by raging floods. Blaming crooked politicians, he goes to Washington, tries to put through a flood control bill, and finds he has a lot to learn.

July 14 - Home on the Prairie
A crooked rancher tries to ship infected cattle to market, framing inspector Gene Autry to cover his tracks. With the aid of sidekick Smiley Burnette and a friendly elephant, Gene escapes and brings the culprits to justice.

July 21 - Blue Canadian Rockies
Montana rancher Cyrus Higbee sends Gene, his foreman, to Canada to stop the marriage of his daughter Sandra to Todd Markley, whom he suspects is a fortune hunter. When a Mountie is murdered and lumberjacks threaten to take over, Gene and Pat Buttram must find the real murderer and bring peace to the Blue Canadian Rockies.

July 28 - Whirlwind
Gene is an ace postal inspector who arrives in Red Bluff on Champion to work with fellow government representative Smiley Burnette and investigate a series of mail robberies. Together they give the old heave-ho to a crime syndicate muscling in on the U.S. Mail!

Museum of the American West
The Museum of the American West explores the interwoven histories and myths of the American West and its diverse peoples. The museum enhances our understanding of the present by collecting, preserving, and interpreting objects and art, making connections between people today and those who have shaped the past. It is located in Griffith Park.

The Museum of the American West and Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays: Free admission after 4:00 p.m. and open until 8:00 p.m.

Admission to is $7.50 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 60+, $3 for children 2-12, and free for children under age 2.

Autry National Center's Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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July 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 2005
The Great Northwest Tour  Union Gap, Washington; Lewiston, Idaho; 
                                                Milton-Freewater, Oregon;  Seaside, Oregon; 
                                                and Pasco, Washington

From Clark Crouch: Ed and Angie Dailey (Legends of Country, FM 102.7, 7:00-10:00am on Sundays) are sponsoring The Great Northwest Tour to destinations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington on July 17-24, 2005. If you like "western", they tell me you're invited. There is a small admission charge at each event. Some of those scheduled to perform at one or more of the western music and poetry events, listed below, are: Tammy Gislason of Canada, Eddie Collins, Clark Crouch, Bodie Dominguez, Rod Erickson, Marlissa Fite, Zac Grooms, Dick Kendall, Lenny the Cajun, A. K. Moss, and Smoke Wade.

      July 17, 11:00am-4:00pm - Fulbright Park, Union Gap, WA
      July 18, 6:00-8:30pm - Community Center, Lewiston, ID
      July 19, 6:00-8:30pm - Yantis Park, Milton-Freewater, OR
      July 20, 6:00-9:00pm - City Park, Long Creek, OR
      July 22, 6:00-8:30pm - High School, Seaside, OR
      July 24, 4:00-8:00pm - Senior Center, Pasco, WA


Official Press Release - June 17, 2005

For Immediate Music News Release!

Ed Dailey, long time and well known Country Music radio host and producer of the popular "Legends of Country," is hitting the road to bring country music to fans across the Great Northwest, literally.  Ed Dailey in support of Zac Grooms, one of the many artists that have graced Ed's shows over the years, decided the best way to get Zac to Ed's listeners was to take him to them.

Therefore, Ed Dailey along with help from many of his friends and listeners are trekking across the Great Northwest in their RV's, campers, tents and trailers to bring an evening of Country Music fun and entertainment to your town.  Campsites and overnight stays have been predetermined and are available at cost.

Zac Grooms, the featured artist, began appearing on Ed's shows many years ago when he was in his preteen years. Ed, from the very first time he heard him, knew Zac possessed a real talent to sing, write and play his own songs. Ed and Zac's followers have watched him grow up becoming even more talented and a fine young man.  Ed strongly believes Zac is destined to be a Country Music Star.

Zac will appear along with many other Country Music and Country Western Music artists, including nationally known recording artist Eddie Collins, Canada's own Tammy Gislason, yodeling sensation Rod Erickson, and many local and regional artists.  Regional artist will include Marty Robbin's sound alike, Dick Kendall; A. K. Moss, Cowboy historian and poet; Grants Pass, Oregon's own Howard Steele; Eastern Washington's Bruce Mullens; Ed Dailey's new discovery from Tri-Cities, WA, 13 year old, Marlissa Fite and Ed Dailey singing some of his most favorite gospel and country songs.  On the first half of the tour they will also have good Cajun music by Lenny and Cajun Connection.

The "Great Northwest Tour" kicks off Sunday, July 17th in Union Gap, WA at Fullbright Park from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The tour will be part of "Gapsody in the Park" festivities presented by the city of Union Gap.  The next stop is on Monday, July 18th in Lewiston, Idaho at the Community Center from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Then Tuesday, July 19th they are off to Milton-Freewater, Oregon for a show at the Yantis Park Band Shell from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  On Wednesday they will head farther south to Long Creek, Oregon for a show at Long Creek City Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Thursday is a travel day to the Oregon coast.  There they have a chance to relax on the beach, have some fun in the sun and get ready for a great show Friday night at the Seaside Theater in Seaside, Oregon from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Saturday is another travel day back to where it all began in the Tri-Cities to finish this super tour at the Pasco Senior Center on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Shows cost $5 or a "pass the hat" donation, $6 for Pasco and the Union Gap show is $10 for adults ($5 seniors), and kids are free.  For more information call:  509-585-2606 or 509-528-1677 or go to or

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July 23, 2005
California Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Salinas, California 

Show starts at 7:00 PM

Open Mike at 6:00 PM

MONTIE MONTANA, JR. -- DAVE STAMEY -- JUNI FISHER -- JIM ROSS -- KAREN ROSS -- JESS MONTANA --CLEM ALBERTONI -- JOHN SILVEIRA-- and KIDS CONTEST WINNERS from the countywide contest put on by the Monterey County Free Libraries Foundation.

Held conjunction with the 95th Salinas Rodeo

Sherwood Hall, Salinas
940 N. Main St.
Tickets on Sale: Rodeo Box Office
800-549-4989 or

Adults $25.00, Children 12 & Under $5.00

MONTIE MONTANA, JR. One of the premier rope artists in the country as well as a poet, story teller and humorist joins us again as emcee. Montie has traveled the country and the world entertaining with his own Wild West shows for many years. Hailing from Springville, CA, he carries on in his father's footsteps as one of our great showmen and entertainers at Western venues from rodeos to poetry gatherings to western tours ala Buffalo Bill Cody.

DAVE STAMEY. One of Salinas' favorites returns as our headliner this year. Dave has been recognized nationally for his talents as a singer and songwriter for years now. His many awards have included Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Best Song, Best Album and many more from the various western music awards associations nationally. Almost a local boy, hailing from Nipomo, this is one of the top names in Western Music today and one that we can guarantee you will enjoy. Dave is also well known as one of the state's best horse trainers. Don't miss this one.

JUNI FISHER. Coming right out of Nashville for this show we have one of the rising stars of Western Music who is nominated for several national awards this year. Her refreshing songs will definitely pick you up and leave you wanting more as she weaves story and song into unforgettable lyric and melody. She hails from Nashville now but was raised in our San Joaquin Valley with quite a western horsewoman's background. She has been winning snaffle bit futurities, bridle horse championships and training professional foxhunting horses and steeplechasers for years. Juni is the real deal with a fantastic voice and truly entertaining style with her great western songs.

JIM ROSS. As one of California's premier cowboy poets with a national reputation to boot, Jim returns to Salinas with a hatful of great western poems of his own as well as some of the great old works of the past masters. His voice and delivery have made fans of his traditional poems from California to Elko and then nationwide. Jim is one whose style takes you back to the campfire and the bunkhouse and leaves a real taste of the trail and the old west when he's done. Jim hails from Jamestown, CA.

KAREN ROSS. This wonderful rising cowboy poetess happens to not only be Jim's better half but one heck of a poet in her own right. She mixes serious and humorous with quite a style of her own and shares one poem that is guaranteed to bring down the house. Her western background led her into the art of silversmithing and then naturally into cowboy poetry as she was forced to travel to many many venues across the country with Jim. Take a deep seat and a long rein when this young lady fires it up.

JESS MONTANA. Talk about a kid who never had a chance. His movie star Grandpa, Montie Montana, was the best known rope artist in the world, bar none. Then his Daddy comes to be talked about with the likes of Will Rogers as a rope twirler and humorist. This young man was born to pick up a rope and we are proud to bring him to the CA Rodeo that his Dad and Grandfather have been entertaining for six decades now. Treat him gently; he's living down his Daddy's reputation. Jess also lives in Springville, CA.

CLEM ALBERTONI. Here's a local from Soledad who's graced our stage several times over the years with poems heralding his experiences as a dairyman and cowboy over the years in the Salinas Valley. Clem tends to the humorous side and even borders on the sick and wicked with a mean delivery style thrown in. Our crowd has always enjoyed Clems's work, but then again our crowd hasn't always been known for its taste.

JOHN SILVEIRA. His great poetry in last year's open mike session brought about John's invitation to be in the main show this year. Coming from just over the hill in Hilmar, CA, John blends humor and serious works rather well. We were impressed with this new poet on the scene and feel sure you will be, too. He's got what it takes in material and delivery both and we look for a bright future for this up
and coming cowboy poet.

KIDS CONTEST WINNERS. Once again we present the winners of our countywide contest put on by the Monterey County Free Libraries Foundation. For seven years now these young folks have submitted cowboy poetry entries in various age groups for judging by a committee from the libraries. Each year these winners have recited their own winning works on our stage to our great delight. This is one of our highlights and several of our young poets have gone on to state and national prominence.

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July 23, 2005
Darn Near Annual Tenth Annual Woodside Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Night   Woodside, California

Darn Near Annual Tenth Annual Woodside Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Night

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Mounted Patrol grounds

Woodside, California

Gates swing open at 5:00, performance starts at 7:00
Cost is $15/person, BBQ available at $10/person

Featuring Sourdough Slim, Lost Canyon Rangers, Buckaroo Bob Weber and Virginia Bennett

Contact Info:  (650) 851-9570 or

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July 30-31, 2005
Running of the Bull Festival  Eldorado, Texas

Running of the BULL...July 30-31, 2005...Eldorado, Texas on the courthouse
lawn with lots of grass, shade trees and "misting system." Bring your lawn
chair and/or blanket. Spoofing the Running of the Bulls in Spain, but
celebrating the gift of gab plus other silly contests and events, as well as
arts, crafts, food and midway. Cowboy poetry, puns, lies, skits & stunts,
animal acts, painful poetry, tongue twisting, songs, rhymes, impersonators,
tall tales, silly dancers and games, costume contests, Warren Jeffs
lookalike contest, etc. New vendors and "talkers" always welcome. Saturday
10 to 5 and Sunday noon to 5. Contact Jim Runge at


Third Edition of "THE BULL" set for July 30-31 in Eldorado, Texas

The "Capital of Nowhere" will again host this unique gathering of those celebrating the "gift of gab," at the end of July. This is the third year for this festival which features cowboy poets, liars, punsters, tongue twisters, hoofing heifers, singers and anyone with a story to tell...true or not. Both amateurs and professionals share the stage for this event, neither intimidated by the other.

No one can quite figure out the instant allure of this one-of-a-kind "talkfest," but the first year drew dozens of talkers and over 3000
spectators, and it has grown exponentially each year thereafter. This year 5000 listeners are expected to roam the courthouse lawn over the weekend. The festival area is having to be expanded over more of the huge shaded lawn to accommodate the expected overflow crowd.

The festivities begin Saturday at 10 AM with a parade, the likes of which have never been seen in Eldorado. Entries are expected and welcomed from throughout the area. After the parade, spectators swarm to the courthouse to shop in the over one hundred vendor booths and/or bring their lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the various "gabbers" as they "shoot the bull." The theme spoofs the running of the bulls in Spain by performers "running their mouth with a bunch of bull."

Supportive activities include a Saturday washer tossing tournament and rodeo, a car show and bull fry cook-off on Sunday, fourteen inflatables, a mobile dairy classroom, clogging groups and a plethora of arts, crafts and food booths.

This year's event will be MC'ed by the "Connecticut Yankee" Steve Skut, who brings his sarcastic humor to the fray. No expense has been spared to bring this psychotic talent to the stage. Other surprises are expected over the two day run.

Interested participants are always invited to join headliner Dennis Gaines and other talents (and some non-talents) on the "Bully Pulpit Stage," and can contact organizer Jim Runge at to obtain further information. There is no entry fee and no admission fee to the grounds. Come enjoy!

Jim Runge
P. O. Box 199
Eldorado, Texas 76936

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August 6th, 2005
Gathering Under the Aspens  Vega State Park, Colorado

This fun-filled family event is a real crowd pleaser!  Join us at Vega State Park, August 6th, 2005 for an evening of tall tales, poetry, music, and more!  Amateur and professional poets and musicians are welcome, no entry fee, fun prizes and a great crowd!  Contact Ranger Heather at or (970) 487-3407 to register or for more information or check us out at Vega State Park is located 12 miles East of Collbran, CO.  Nestled on the north side of the Grand Mesa this is one of Colorado's high mountain jewels.  Make a weekend of it by camping and fishing in the park!

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August 9, 2005 and August 10, 2005
Cowboy Opry   Lemmon, South Dakota  and Mobridge, South Dakota

Thanks to Jeri Dobrowski for the following information:

39th performance of the monthly "Cowboy Opry" in Lemmon, S.D., Boss Cowman Conference Center
Tuesday, August 9, 2005
7 p.m.

Duane Dickinson, Scobey, Mont. and Slim McNaught, New Underwood, S.D.

Encore edition in Mobridge, S.D. at the Sacagawea Learning Center
Wednesday, August 10 
7 p.m.

See our feature on the Cowboy Opry here.

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August 17, 2005
Jefferson County Public Library Benefit  Lakewood, Colorado

The Friends of the Library benefit evening at Barnes and Noble bookstore (Denver West) will feature Tom and Donna Hatton at 5-6 PM, with other entertainment until 7. The Friends of the Library receives a portion of the night's receipts, which go to support programs in the library system. 

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Denver West Village
14347 West Colfax Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80401

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August 19-21, 2005
Coast Fork Cowboy Festival  Creswell, Oregon

Featuring Sourdough Slim, Stampede!, Dallas & PJ McCord, Charlie Camden, Wayne Nelson, Fay Briscoe, AK Moss, The Poodle Creek Pickers, MoonDanse and barbershop group from The Eugene Cascade Chorus. 

Creswell High School Commons.

Tickets now on sale: $10 a seat for Evening Performances. Friday and Saturday night shows begin at 6:30pm. Cowboy Church, Sunday 9am in Holt Memorial Park, downtown Creswell.

Contact Dallas or PJ at 541-895-5925, 541-514-1575 or 503-888-2042 for information and tickets. 

Shows are booked, contact us for future Coast Fork Cowboy Festivals. (80% of the proceeded from ticket sales are ear-marked for the Creswell School District to help with the art/drama/music departments.)

PJ McCord
The Creswell Chronicle
Creswell, Oregon

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August 20, 2005
Nevada County Poetry Series  Grass Valley, California

The Nevada County Poetry Series' Saturday August 20, 2005

Cowboy Poetry:

Mick Vernon, Janice Gilbertson and Harold Roy Miller

On Saturday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. the Nevada County Poetry Series will present Cowboy Poets Mick Vernon, Janice Gilbertson and Harold Roy Miller. These poets bring the Cowboy Way and the Western Spirit to life! Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 general, seniors and students, and $1 for those under 18. Refreshments and open-mic included. The show will be in the main theater at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA. For more information call (530) 432-8196 or (530) 274-8384.

Mick Vernon is the author of The Lyrical Lawman Rides, a book of original cowboy poetry (he has a CD by the same title).  Mick's poems are about his reflections of western life and his time spent in the saddle working cattle with the Dobbas outfit in the Sierras near Auburn.  He recites and sings original, contemporary and classic favorites.  A trained farrier and twenty-year law enforcement veteran, Mick is also the President and Festival Director of the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival.  He has performed there, the California Rodeo Poetry Gathering, the Red Mule Ranch Cowboy Campfire and numerous other venues.  Mick is a 2005 Academy of Western Artists nominee for Male Cowboy Poet of the Year.

Janice Gilbertson was born, raised and still lives on the edge of the beautiful Salinas Valley in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains.  The valley floor is prime agricultural land and the surrounding Santa Lucia and Gabilan Mountains are full of California cowboy history.  Janice's father raised and ran cattle for over fifty years and put her on horseback when she was just four.  She grew up gathering cattle and riding the surrounding foothills; now, 50 years later, still does. Janice belongs to the Monterey County Sheriff's Mounted Search and Rescue Unit.  She says, "I get to help people in need while doing something I love."  Janice's poetry comes from life's experience and, as she says, "A well developed imagination."  Her latest CD is My Western Point of View, rhymes real and imagined.

Harold Roy Miller was born on a farm in Mississippi, moved to Arizona and raised cattle, mules and donkeys and now lives in Stagecoach, Nevada with his wife Diana.  He and Diana raise gaited horses "for fun and poverty" and are advocates of Nevada's wild horses.  Harold says, "I like to look at the lighter side of life and reflect that in my stories and poetry.  I have always appreciated the working cowboy that faces the elements daily In my heart I have always been and will always be a cowboy." Harold is widely published in such offerings as: Cowboy Times and the Horse Valley News and was the April 2003 Cowboy Poet of the Month on Ike Clanton's Tombstone Bard website. He has performed at Cowboy gatherings in Wickenburg, Arizona; Idaho City, Idaho; Carson City and Stagecoach, Nevada.  Harold's latest book, Horse Daze, is scheduled for release in early August.

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August 20, 2005
Reel Black Cowboy Film and Western Festival   Los Angeles, California

Reel Black Cowboy Film and Western Festival
Honors Danny Glover and Charles Sampson
Fundraiser to benefit the creation of a new African American Museum in Los Angeles

Saturday, August 20

11 am to 11 pm

Los Angeles, CA  (June 1, 2005) - The Western States Black Research and Educational Center (WSBREC) celebrates the legacy of African American cowboys on the big screen and in real life at the Autry. This year's honorees will be awarded the Herb Jeffries Lifetime Achievement Award for advancing the Black cowboy tradition in film and exemplifying the "cowboy way." The honorees are actor Danny Glover and champion bull rider Charles Sampson. Presenting the awards will be actor/singer and living legend Herb

Guest appearances include actors and rodeo stars Obba Babatund, Glynn Turman, Jim Pickens, Garrett Davis, Kenny Call, Hector Aguilar, and Howard Johnson as well as performances by Lena Caldwell, The New Cisco Kid and Pancho, Inglewood Guys and Dolls Square Dancers, Madison Walker, Cowboy Mike, Danny Trap Buffalo Soldiers, and many more.

Paying tribute to cowgirls will be DeBoraha Townson, Wendy Davis, Crist Henderson, Reine River, Marjorie Smith, Jan Griffin, Betty Rachel, and Marti Townsend.

The day's event will kick off with free screenings of classic cowboy films and a documentary on WSBREC founder Mayme A. Clayton, PhD, in the Wells Fargo Theater, followed by the "Cowboy Corner" and Western Festival outside in the plaza. The Celebration of Cowgirls Show will take place at 4 p.m. in the theater and the VIP reception and gala will immediately follow inside the museum.

The daytime film screenings are free to the public. Tickets to the Celebration of Cowgirls Show  are $10. VIP reception and gala tickets are $25. For more information, call WSBREC at 323.252.3967 or 323.737.3292.

10 am - 3:30 pm    Free Western films and documentary in theater
11:30 am - 3:30 pm   Free Cowboy Corner and Western Festival
4:00 pm                   Celebration of Cowgirls Show
6:30 -11 pm           VIP Reception and Gala

Proceeds of the event will help in the creation of the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Cultural Center, which will serve as the permanent home of the Mayme A. Clayton Collection of African Americana in Los Angeles.

Charles Sampson
Throughout his 20-year bull-riding career, Los Angeles native Charles Sampson has been an outstanding role model and goodwill ambassador, entertaining audiences around the world with his unique brand of sportsmanship. He is well-known in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand, where he won many championships. He first fell in love with horses at a local carnival pony ride. He would save money in order to go back to the pony rides until one day a carnival worker offered him free rides if he cleaned out the horse stables. He gladly accepted and from then on held other similar jobs around town. Eventually, he was the recipient of a rodeo
scholarship to Central Arizona College where his career in riding took off.

In 1982, Sampson became the first African American World Champion Bull Rider, and he was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1996. His other prestigious victories include the Calgary Stampede in Canada, the Sierra Circuit Championship in California, and three Turquoise Circuit Championships in Arizona.

The Los Angeles Forum proclaims one day each June as "Charles Sampson Day." He was selected NBC's Comeback Cowboy of the Year in 1984, and in 1985 he won the Coors Bull Riding "Chute Out" Championship. He has also been featured on television shows such as Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, NBC's Today Show, Good Morning America, and Wide World of Sports.

Since his retirement from bull riding in 1994, Sampson has dedicated his life to helping youth and senior citizens. In 2004, he became the Assistant Director for the Therapeutic Riding Program at the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth in New York. The statewide social service agency has been helping at-risk youth for 119 years, helping them build life skills and relationships by bonding with and taking care of horses.

Danny Glover
A native of San Francisco, Danny Glover attended San Francisco State University and trained at the Black Actors Workshop of the American Conservatory. He appeared in numerous stage productions, including the New York production of Athol Fugard's Master Harold and the Boys, which first brought the actor national recognition. His film/TV credits include Places in the Heart, Witness, Silverado, The Color Purple, the Lethal Weapon series, Mandela, Bat-21, To Sleep With Anger, Grand Canyon, The Saint of Fort Washington, Angels in the Outfield, Beloved, Boesman and Lena, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Good Fences. He has received an ACE Award and several NAACP Image Awards for his film and television performances. Glover received Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in the television miniseries Lonesome Dove and for Turner Network Television's Freedom Song.

To Sleep With Anger marked Glover's debut as an executive producer. Other films produced by Glover include The Saint of Fort Washington; HBO's America's Dream series for Black History Month; the HBO-BBC movie Deadly Voyage, based on a true story of eight African stowaways; TNT's Buffalo Soldiers; and TNT's Freedom Song, a story about the civil rights movement. Glover also hosted
and executive produced Courage for the Fox Family Channel, which was selected by TV Guide as one of the Top Ten Inspirational Shows on Television for 2000. In August 2002, Glover directed Just a Dream for Showtime.

Glover is passionate about his community activism and philanthropic efforts. He is deeply involved with the Vanguard Public Foundation and TransAfrica Forum, the African American lobbying organization on Africa and the Caribbean, and he actively serves on the board of the Algebra Project, a math-empowerment program developed by civil rights veteran Bob Moses. Internationally, Glover has served as the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program. In recognition of his lifetime dedication to public service, Danny was honored with the 2002 Marian Anderson Award, the 2003 NAACP Chairman's Award, and the 2004 BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

WSBREC maintains the Mayme A. Clayton Collection of African Americana. The Clayton Collection is the largest and most substantial assemblage of rare books, documents, manuscripts, films, music, photographs, and memorabilia on African American culture and history in the Western United States. The collection was assembled over a 40-year period by Mayme A. Clayton, PhD, a retired university librarian. The Clayton Collection is a remarkable cultural treasure with a vast ability to educate and delight. WSBREC's goal
is to share the collection enthusiastically with all people as a cultural compass to a more complete understanding of American history. For more information, visit the WSBREC website at

About the Autry National Center
The Autry National Center is a multicultural history center that includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of the American West (formerly the Autry Museum of Western Heritage), and the Institute for the Study of the American West. Each institution maintains its individual identity; however, the convergence of resources allows us to expand our understanding of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inform our shared future. The Autry National Center's
executive offices are located in Griffith Park.

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August 20, 2005
Wild Horse Sanctuary Benefit   Shingletown, California

The Wild Horse Sanctuary, located on 5,000 acres near the Shasta County line in the Cascade foothills northeast of Red Bluff, CA, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving America's Wild Horses.  The sanctuary, co-founded in 1978 by Dianne Nelson, is one of the few places of refuge where mustangs rescued from public lands run free and wild.  The sanctuary offers overnight weekend rides to view the wild horses during the months of June, July, September and October.  To learn more about mustang sponsorship and adoption opportunities, or about goals of the sanctuary, go to

An open house at the sanctuary is being held on Saturday, August 20, 2005 from 1 pm - 6 pm.

Bring your family and friends to the Wild Horse Sanctuary and help us celebrate our new land purchase.

  • Barn Dance & BBQ
  • Free Horse Rides for Children (10 and under)
  • Tour the Property
  • Go on a Wild Horse Walk
  • Silent Auction
  • Lots of Free Drawings (Grand Prize is a Weekend Trail Ride!)
  • Entertainment:
        -- John Olinger - Packing clinic on how to pack for the trail
        -- Rob Lydon, DMV - Equine vet will tell you how to care for your horse on the trail
        -- Miles Murphy - Horse shoeing demonstrations
        -- Bruce Barron - Playing old time country music on his guitar and harmonica, at the same time!
        -- Susan Parker - Reciting cowboy poetry
        ... AND MORE!

5768 Wilson Hill Road
Shingletown, CA  96088
(530) 335-2241

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 August 20, 2005
Halsey's Barn Dance and Barbeque  Palermo, California

August 20, 2005 at 6:00 pm
Palermo, California (just south of Oroville)
8001 Palermo Honcut Highway
Cowboy Poetry Featuring
Jim Cardwell
Nancy Kauk
Mandy Olmstead with Hank Gibbons (Harmonica Hank)
Dinner music by Dave Houser and Jim Halsey
Dance music by Inside Strait
For information call (530) 533-0230 or (530) 589-5520

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September 2-5, 2005
Wagon Days  Sun Valley-Ketchum, Idaho

Wagon Days in Ketchum/Sun Valley Idaho, which features the largest non-motorized parade in the Pacific Northwest, will feature Cowboy Poetry this year on September 2, 2005, at the Labor Day weekend event 3:30 pm, Friday, at Cimino Park.

Poetry organizer Gary Hoffman writes:

The Chamber of Commerce here has asked me to put together a 1-2 hour program of cowboy entertainment for the afternoon of 9/2.  We would welcome contacts
from any interested cowboy poets; there's no money involved but a lot of fun...and the 4 day Wagon Days weekend (Labor Day) is an absolute hoot!

Since this is the first year that the Chamber of Commerce is getting behind a cowboy poetry event, I want it to be good enough and special enough that it will leave tourists and locals alike hungering for more in the future. Professionalism works!  My phone is (208) 725-5522 or folks can email me at:  Hope to year from a bunch of you!

From the official Wagon Days web site: The holiday weekend is packed with a variety of activities, many of which celebrate the valley’s mining history. The Big Hitch Parade is the highlight of the celebration. It has grown into the largest non-motorized parade in the West, displaying more than a hundred museum-quality buggies, carriages, tacks, carts, buckboards, and wagons of every variety in existence today. The Wagon Days Big Hitch, historic wagons used to haul ore from the area, are powered by an authentic 16-draft mule jerkline. Adding spice to the parade is a lively assortment of authentically costumed individuals, numerous breeds of horses, from Arabs to Morgans to Pasos...

Read more--including information about the six-day independent Wagon Train Ride that can be joined at any point on its journey-- at the Wagon Days web site.

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September 3, 2005
Cowboy Poetry Round-up & BBQ   Templeton, California








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September 3-4, 2005
Montana Wild West Fest  Helena, Montana

The Montana Wild West Fest is a three-day event that will be held at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, located in Helena, September 3, 4 and 5, 2005. - Labor Day Weekend.

The festival is a celebration of our Frontier History. Saturday morning, September 3, the Fest officially begins at 10:00 AM.  Continuous entertainment at The Outpost Stage will change every hour. The Western Trade Show will be open, within the town site of Prairie Dog Town, where western enthusiasts can purchase a wide variety of merchandise. Western art and displays will be set in the surrounding exhibit buildings, as well as equine seminars. Don't miss the Living History Encampment, complete with frontier
era wagons, shelters, artisans and displays.

High noon will be an exciting time in Prairie Dog Town, when gunslingers and lawmen wage battle, six-guns blazing away. Entertainment for everyone is slated at The Wild West Fest!

Saturday night at 7:00 PM The Frontier Ball will be held in the large barn with a live contra band. Ladies in hoop skirts and gents in period clothing will dance to old-time reels and jigs.

The Wild West Show will be presented in the large arena Sunday, starting at 3:00 PM. Folks will be entertained with a rousing, colorful spectacle reminiscent of the old-fashioned Wild Bill Cody extravaganza.

Monday is a day of recognition for Senior Citizens and Veterans. The main arena will hold Ridin' for the Brand, a Ranch Competition. Ridin', ropin' and many other ranch skills will be displayed in this event, with the highest scoring 'wrangler' taking home the trophy for this ranch.

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September 3-4, 2005
Bring it Home Music Festival   Big Timber, Montana

Gwen Petersen sent the following information:

September 3-4, 2005
Bring it Home Music Festival   Big Timber, Montana
Saturday noon--Sunday afternoon

Fiddler/Guitar/Harmonica, etc.
Open Mikes   Jam Sessions
Concerts  Dancing
Bluegrass Folk Country Gospel
Barbershop and more

Day stage performers are eligible for gate passes to the festival.  Contact
us to apply!

Produced by

Singer/songwriter Judy Fjell
PO Box 1515 Big Timber, MT 59011


Cowpoet Gwen Petersen
PO Box 1255  Big Timber, MT 59011

Website pending ... in the meantime, check Judy's website,

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September 9-10, 2005
Roundup Cowboy Gathering - Hosted by Red Steagall  Seguin, Texas
(site launched scheduled for 6/17/05)


Hosted by Red Steagall

The Official Cowboy Poet of Texas

Friday - September 9

7:30 pm         Cowboy Campfire Gathering

Enjoy Ranch Style Chuck under the Stars with Jill Jones & Hays County Gals Singing & Yodeling

Saturday - September 10   (Gates Open at 8:30 am)

Trade Show * Old West Displays * Badlands Texas Rangers * Little Wrangler Rodeo
Chuckwagon Cookin' & Tastin' * Cowboys & Indians * Longhorns * Horses

Plus many more activities for children of all ages including ...
Indian Storytelling * Face Painting * Haystack Seek * Cow Chip Toss
Steer Dummy Roping * Horseshoe Pitching * Washer Tossing * Tug of War
and... have a Special Photo made of your Child on Old Paint!


    9:00 am        BUSTER MCLAURY  Horse Training Clinic

    10:30           Then & Now - The Legacy of the Cattle Industry in Texas
                             A WESTERN HERITAGE CLASSIC
                          Featuring Red Steagall with Legendary Cattlemen
                          Tio Kleberg of the World-Renowned King Ranch and
                          Bob Moorehouse of the Famous Pitchfork Land & Cattle Company!

    10:00            LITTLE WRANGLER RODEO

                        Pre-register before 9:30 am - Two Age Groups: 4-8 YO and 8-11 YO

Stickhorse Bronc Ridin' & Barrel Racing * Pig Scramble * Boot Scramble (No entry fees)
Mutton Bustin' ($5 Entry Fee - Parent's Permission Required - 4-8 YO only - Max. Weight 60  lbs)


                           COWBOY MUSIC

                                  Cowboy Stage:
                                  Jill Jones - Singing, Yodeling & Telling Stories About Life on the Range
                                  Back at the Ranch - A Country Roots Group That Will Knock Your Socks Off

                                  Beer Garden:
                                  Seguin's very own Best Friends

   2:30 pm          RANCH HORSE MATCH RACES... Gritty, Unbelievably Thrilling!

   7:00 pm          ROUNDUP STOCKYARD PARTY

At sundown, enjoy the Roundup Stockyard Party. Experience the sights and sounds of a cattle yard from working cowboys to cattle barons to the best chuckwagon fare & cowboy cuisine you've ever tasted, plus western swing music featuring Rich & Valerie O'Brien and Chris Abbott, spectacular live and silent auctions, special branding and fun Bull Drop.  Highlight of the evening will be Red Steagall's Special Tribute to Texas Cattlemen Tio Kleberg & Bob Moorehouse.  Helping preserve the Spirit of the Old West will be singing cowboy R. W. Hampton, Western Music Association's Top Male Performer of the Year!

CALL 830-401-7375


Underwriters will be admitted free to all Saturday activities, including the Stockyard Party.  Tickets to the Friday night Cowboy Campfire Gathering are $10 per person and will be sold only at the gate that evening.

The funds raised benefit the Guadalupe Valley Hospital Foundation and will be used to purchase a new Patient Monitoring System for the ER at Guadalupe Valley Hospital.

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September 10, 2005
Fifth Annual San Luis Obispo County Western Music, Poetry & Arts Festival  Paso Robles, California

The San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau will be hosting the fifth annual SLO County Western Music, Poetry & Arts Festival on Saturday, September 10, 2005 at the California Mid-State Fairgrounds in Paso Robles.

Our special guest is yodeling cowboy comic and songster Sourdough Slim, plus nationally acclaimed cowboy singer Dave Stamey, and Arizona cowboy poet Ross Knox. A number of local western artists and vendors will be on display. 

Admission includes western-style barbecue and wines from select SLO County wineries. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers, and the SLO County Agriculture Education Committee, Inc. (two local resources serving for the benefit of our local agriculture). Admission is $40 per person. Parking at the Mid-State Fairgrounds is free.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. in Frontier Town. Live stage performances begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Home Arts Building. For tickets and information, call (805) 543-3654. For a complete listing of artists and entertainers, visit our Western Festival website at

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September 13, 2005 and September 14, 2005
Cowboy Opry   Lemmon, South Dakota  and Mobridge, South Dakota

Thanks to Jeri Dobrowski for the following information:

40th performance of the monthly "Cowboy Opry" in Lemmon, S.D., Boss Cowman Conference Center
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
7 p.m.


Dick Taylor, Dickinson, N.D. & Polly Vandervorst, Trail City, S.D.

Encore edition in Mobridge, S.D. at the Sacagawea Learning Center
Wednesday, September 14
7 p.m.

See our feature on the Cowboy Opry here.

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September 16-17, 2005
Vinton Cowboy Poetry Show   Vinton, California

Performers:  Musicians T. J. Casey and Juni Fisher, poets Joe Herrington and Jeralynn Strong.  

Date:  Sept. 16 & 17, 2005.  

Friday evening show at 7:30 PM
Saturday Matinee at 1:00 PM and evening show at 7:30 PM. 

Both evenings we will serve a Bar-B-Que Rib dinner from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Price for the Show is $18 for adults and $6 for 12 & under. Price for the Dinner is $12 for adults and $6 for 12 & under.

contact:  Betty Ramelli, Event Organizer
e mail:
Phone 530-993-4692

Cowboy Poetry and Olde Time Western music are alive and well in this part of the country!

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 September 16-18, 2005
Fourth Annual Spirit of the West  Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The 4th Annual Spirit of the West Festival will be held September 16-18, 2005.  It features cowboy poetry (including Ed Nesselhuf), music, fast draw and cowboy mounted shooting events, whipcracking, ropespinning, cowboy and civil war re-enactments...vendors and more...     

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September 16-17, 2005
Cowboy Cultural Symposium and Art Festival   Camp Wood, Texas

Camp Wood, Texas-September 16th & 17th, 2005 is the date for the Cowboy Cultural Symposium and Art Festival to be held at Bruce Park in Camp Wood, Texas.  Friday will kick off at 7:00pm with a Ranch Rodeo.  Saturday, during the day, will be free to the public.  The Saturday events will include a Bar-B-Q Cook-Off, a judged Art Show and Writing contest.  Saturday night will feature another Ranch Rodeo.  Rodeo Intermissions on Friday & Saturday night will feature Cowboy Music and Cowboy Poets.

The Art Show with have a youth show (no entry fee).  The adult show will charge a fee.   Categories will include water color, pen & ink, oils, sculpture, leather and a cowboy gear show.  The Writing Contest will feature cowboy poetry, essays and short stories.

There will be Cowboy Church on Sunday.

Please check back for updates or call Peggy Taylor at 830-234-3322.

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September 16-18, 2005
Annual Gila Valley Cowboy Poetry & Music Roundup  Thatcher, Arizona

Ralph Smith writes: The Gila Valley gathering is back on. The Graham County Historical Society and Museum has agreed to sponsor the 2005 Gathering. It is scheduled for September 16-18, 2005 at the Society's museum in downtown Thatcher, Arizona with the Saturday evening show at the Eastern Arizona College Student Center's Little Theater at 7:00 PM. A web site will soon be posted.  We appreciate the support this gathering has had in the past and hope to continue it for years to come.

General information contact Ralph Smith:

Interested performers should contact K.W."Skelly" Boyd: 

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September 17, 2005
Joelle Smith Benefit Concert  Santa Clarita, California

Update on the benefit gathering for artist Joelle Smith, (, being organized to help in her long battle against cancer, from  Gary Brown, former Director of the Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival:

Friends of Joelle Smith are inviting you to spend an evening with us enjoying fine Western Music and Cowboy Poetry, a chuck wagon BBQ, and a premier auction of fine Western art, gear and collectibles.

Presenting in concert, renowned Cowboy Balladeer Don Edwards

“A singing scholar of the west” James Earl Jones, Actor 
“The country’s purest cowboy singer” New York Daily News 
“The best purveyor of cowboy music in America today” Cowboy Hall of Fame 

Also Appearing: 

Stephanie Davis, outstanding signer/songwriter
With classic cowboy poet Randy Rieman
and storyteller and poet Virginia Bennett 

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Spurling Hall
24901 Orchard Village Road
Santa Clarita, California 

Tickets include the BBQ hosted by the Visalia Cowboy Cultural Committee, Oral and 
Silent Auction and an outstanding concert of fine western music and cowboy poetry. All  proceeds will go to Joelle Smith’s Medical Expense Fund. 

Buy fine western art at 

Call Toll Free 
$100 Tax Deductible 
September 17, 2005 
BBQ starts 5 PM 
Limited Seating

See information about the Benefit Auctions here.

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September 17, 2005
Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree  Winthrop, Washington

From Lauralee Northcott:

What do you get when you cross the best in cowboy entertainment with the old west town of Winthrop?  An evening of delightful laughter! There are two such nights planned for 2005.  The Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree will be presented Sept. 17, 2005, Saturday nightm 7:00 pm in the Winthrop Auditorium.  

The September show will feature Skip Gorman, world recognized historic educator and musician.

Join us for a hilarious trip down the memory trail as we revisit the golden age of radio, beneath a western moon and surrounded by the
spirited history of the Methow Valley.  Our program is dedicated to preserving Cowboy Culture for those hungry masses starving for wholesome entertainment.

Sponsored by the Winthrop Red Apple Market and Radio Station KVLR in conjunction with the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce events:  Wine tasting & Kick Off To Summer Celebration and Antique Auto Rally.  Please don't miss these special events in Winthrop, Washington.

For more information:  Call 509 996-2404, or check out or email to  Also, you can check out to keep up on all the Winthrop news.

See our feature here for information about previous shows.

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September 23-25, 2005  
Third Annual Elkhorn Western Arts Gathering  Baker City, Oregon

In historic Baker City, Oregon, where the Oregon Trail wagons crossed the never ending sea of sage, they will gather. Where the valley meets up with the beautiful Elkhorn Mountains performers will gather with craftsmen and artists to share their knowledge, heritage and history.

Cowboy Poets and Western Musicians such as Stampede!, Smoke Wade, Wyoming Red, A.K. Moss, Jim Aasen and so many more will all gather together to bring words and music alive of history, humor, wit and charm.

During the gathering,  poets and musicians will be performing throughout Historic Baker City Oregon. So come west and enjoy the taste of history, the feel of open spaces and listen to the music of the west, Historic Baker City Oregon.

Info email or the Chamber at 1-800-523-1235

Update 7/19/05:

Third Annual Cowboy Poetry & Music
Elkhorn Western Arts Gathering
During the Historic Baker City Fall Festival

Baker City Oregon

Sept 23 & 24, 2005

Cowboy Poets and Singers, such as: Stampede!, Don Kennington, Sam DeLeeuw, Eddie Collins, Smoke Wade, Dallas and PJ McCord, Fay Briscoe, Jim Aasen, Desert Breeze, A.K. Moss, Sam Mattise, Leon Flick, Vern Woodbury, Jinny Lowe, Tony Reed, (singer of Mended Heart) and So Many More!

Performances, Entertainment and Workshops at:
The Armory (new Building) Friday and Saturday Evening Shows 7 PM

Tickets ~ Betty's Books & Chamber $8.00 or $10.00 at door

Performances also at Oregon Trail Interpretive Center - Regional Museum

Main Street Saturday Grand Procession 10:00 AM

Dummy Roping, Stick Horse Races, liars contest 

Dutch oven cook off! Get a taste of Baker City!

Horse carriages, Mounted Shooters- Lots of Entertainment and Fun

Programs and Workshops at Armory Saturday

Yodel with Terri Taylor work shop! 2003 yodeler of the year! 11:00

Women of the Range by A.K. Moss and Billie Flick $12:00
Women of yesterday, today and tomorrow , slide show and stories

Packing Fence Material Horseback by Leon Flick 1:00

Go Where No Rig has Gone Before! Demonstration with a few laughs and stories

Public Speaking The Art of Speaking to the Public, workshop and techniques 2:00

Information A.K. Moss~ 541-575-2202~

Chamber of Commerce 1-800-523-1235 for schedules, lodging and dining

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September 24, 2005
Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival  Pasco, Washington

Lewis & Clark Bicentennial's "Arts and Trails" series concludes with



Saturday, Sep. 24, 3-9 PM

OLYMPIA -  September 15, 2005 - Enjoy an afternoon and evening of music and poetry of cowboys of the west in a beautiful outdoor park setting!! Sacajawea State Park in Pasco is the site of a Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival on Saturday, September 24th. This event is part of a five month Arts & Trails series of traditional arts events that are taking place in Washington State Parks along the Lewis & Clark Trail. This project is presented by Northwest Folklife in collaboration with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

The festival will run from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM and features several cowboy musicians and poets, all who live in eastern Washington.  First to perform will be Dick Warwick, who was born and raised in the Palouse Hills region. He has been involved with livestock and farming his whole life and is the fourth generation of his family to farm and ranch in the Palouse.  Dick has been a featured poet at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, and many other cowboy events in the west.  He's also made the journey to Australia where he drove combines and performed at the National Folk Festival in Canberra and the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival.

Dick will be followed by Northfork, consisting of Sharon "Silver" Glenn and George Thomsen.  They are both well known cowboy, western, and old time performers from the Ahtanum North Fork, above the Yakima Valley.  Sharon Glenn is a cowgirl poet who writes about the day to day life of working with livestock and sings traditional cowboy songs from her family's vast repertoire.  Her partner George, who accompanies them both on guitar, writes music of the cattle, the land and the ranch life.  Like Dick Warwick, "Silver" & George have also been featured performers at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko and many other regional cowboy events.

Also performing is a musician local to the Tri-Cities, Justin Booher, of Kennewick.  Earlier this summer, Justin won first place in the Young Adult (18 - 36) Division of the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho. In addition to his highly skilled fiddle playing, Justin plays "just about any instrument with strings" and runs his own Columbia Music School in Kennewick, where he teaches many private students.  Justin comes from a very talented musical family in Oregon who are steeped in cowboy and western musical traditions.  They present their own "western dinner theatre", the Diamond B Chuckwagon, where they entertain audiences with programs of traditional cowboy ballads, western swing, gospel and much more.

Closing out the program is Mexican American cowboy singer Bodie Dominguez from Clarkston, Washington.  Bodie has made a career of performing music throughout the western U.S.  For the past four years he has performed with the Academy of Western Artists & Western Music Association in Vegas-Ft. Worth-Santa Clarita (on a Gene Autry movie set), and was nominated for three AWA music awards this year.  Bodie is President of the Christian Cowboy Balladeers and hosts The Western Heritage Radio Show on KRLC.  His
performances feature a mixture of traditional cowboy and western music and Mexican ranchera song.

The Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival is the last program in the Arts and Trails series, twenty-four cultural programs in Washington state parks along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail held in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial and presented by Northwest Folklife of Seattle and the Folk and Traditional Arts Program of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Support for the 2005 Arts and Trails Project was provided by the Washington State Arts Commission, a regional initiative co-sponsored by the Idaho and Oregon state arts commissions, the Rivers & Trails Program of the National Park Service and the National Endowment for the Arts. Cultural events in parks are an important aspect of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's Centennial 2013 Plan.

Free admission (but the $5 per car day-use parking fee will be in effect).

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Sept 30-Oct 1, 2005
3rd Annual Apache Festival of the West and
Rafter S Ranch Timed Event Championship
    Apache, Oklahoma

Apache, Oklahoma Fairgrounds

Cowboy music & poetry, contests, prizes, living history & re-enactors Parade, Timed event roping, kid's events and activities demonstrations & art exhibits.

Chuckwagon Meal Saturday 6pm - $6.00
Marlow Gunfighters will be performing Friday and Saturday.

Featured Entertainers:

Robert Joe Vandygriff  "The Cowboy Ain't Dead Yet"
LaVerne "Straw" Berry, regular performer at Elko
Wallace Moore, Buffalo Soldier
Dave Watson, Nacogdoches, Texas Poet
Tom Pope, Baird, Texas singer & Poet
Trey Allen, working cowboy, poet
Tim Graham, Weatherford, Texas Singer
Leroy Jones, Mountain View, Ok Singer & Poet
Hank Elling, Cache, Ok singer
Kevin Davis, Walters, Ok Singer
Chuck Milner, Radon, Ok AWA Song of the Year, 2000
Ryan Fritz, Canadian Singer

If you are interested in booth space in Western Arts Building or Frontier Demonstrations on the grounds  Call Kathryn Gallagher 580-588-2465.

Parade Saturday at 10:30am in Downtown Apache, Ok

Featuring the Express Ranch Clydesdales
Parade features horse drawn vehicles, western and period dress.
No motorized vehicles.

Join us in Apache, Oklahoma for cowboy entertainment, Marlow Gunfighters, living history,  prizes, kids activities, and Jay Snider's Rafter S Ranch Timed Event Championship.  It's all happening Sept 30-Oct 1st so mark your calendars now and plan to bring the whole family.  For more information call Jo Hargrave 1-800-485-5959


Go to for more info and complete schedule of events.

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October 2, 2005
Benefit Concert   Billings, Montana

TJ Casey and the Rough Rider Band
Dan Miller and Cowboy Revue
Rusty Feathers
Bobby Jean Murphy
and other entertainers
will give you an afternoon of great western entertainment

October 2, 2005
3-5 pm
at the Historic Northern Hotel Ballroom

Tickets available at the
American Red Cross
Historic Northern Hotel

all proceeds from the concert will go to the American Red Cross
25% will go to Katrina victims
75% will help replenish the local Red Cross

Corporate tables available
tickets will also be sold at the door

Contact TJ Casey: 406-245-0734

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October 4, 2005
Soul of the West  Ft. Worth, Texas

From the official press release:

The Cowboy Heritage Association of Fort Worth proudly brings the great cowboy legends to life at Bass Performance Hall in "Soul of the West" - with a return, one-night engagement of the inspiring story that played to a sold out audience in the fall of 2004. "Soul of the West" tells the tale of the great Texas pioneer cattleman Charles Goodnight and the settlement and development of the glorious West. Written by Red Steagall, Andy Wilkinson, and Anne Lockhart, this historical musical drama stars Steagall, Lockhart, Northern Exposure's Barry Corbin, noted movie and television actor Michael Horse, stage and screen veteran Alex Cord (star of the 80s television series Airwolf), songwriter/guitarist Don Edwards, Gunsmoke's Buck Taylor and others. All proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Cowboy Heritage Association of Fort Worth. This year's performance will be highlighted by a chance to meet the cast at a "Taste of Texas" party to be held immediately following the production. Only ticket holders at the $100 level will have access to this dining experience presented by premier Fort Worth restaurants.

Soul of the West" will take the stage at Bass Performance Hall on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m.

"Soul of the West" captures the cooperative spirit of the West - the notion that this great settlement effort involved the work and commitment of a wide variety of people of all ethnicities and walks of life. The scene is set in the chuck wagon camp of Charles Goodnight - inventor of the chuck wagon, key architect of the modern livestock industry and Texas Ranger - on the floor of the Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle. Steagall narrates as the evening progresses, and a variety of characters stop in to visit with
Goodnight (played by Corbin) and tell the story of their own role in the West's development. The audience meets Quanah Parker (Michael Horse), Chief of the Comanches; Cola Martinez (Junior Vasquez), the Mexican shepherd who showed Goodnight the ancient Indian trail down into the Palo Duro Canyon; Boze Ikard (Brian Griffin), a freed slave and Goodnight's most trusted friend; the larger than life Teddy Roosevelt (Richard Privett). Stage and screen veteran Alex Cord will join the cast this year with his portrayal of a new character to the play, cattleman/oilman Burk Burnett. The evening also includes appearances by pioneer woman Frenchie McCormick (Lockhart) and Buffalo Bill (Taylor). Songstress Trudy Fair brings to life the soulful character of Cynthia Ann Parker. Troubadour Don Edwards will complete the campfire atmosphere with authentic cowboy music, accompanied by The Boys in the Bunkhouse.

Native Texan and current Fort Worth resident Red Steagall, perhaps best known for his Texas Swing dance music, has been in the entertainment business for over 35 years - as a music industry executive, producer, songwriter/recording artist, and television and movie personality. He performed at the White House for President Reagan and went on three overseas tours (Middle East, Far East and South America) for the United States Information Agency, but he is most at home around a chuck wagon campfire with Texas cowboys. Steagall is a recent inductee into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and has been named 2006 Poet Laureate of the State of Texas.

Andy Wilkinson  is a writer and singer of contemporary western folk music. His material comes from true stories of the past and  present, real events in the lives and times of the people of the West like his distant uncle, Charles Goodnight. Wilkinson's previous productions, Charlie Goodnight's Last Night and My Cowboy's Gift have played to audiences across the West.

Anne Lockhart, a multi-talented actress, producer and writer who can trace her theatrical roots through four generations, has appeared in many stage, film and television productions, including Battlestar Galactica, J.A.G., Promised Land, Diagnosis Murder and Walker, Texas Ranger. Lockhart is also an expert horsewoman, having won championships in cutting, reining and team penning.

A member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Barry Corbin is an accomplished actor, horseman and cattleman. His credits include: Maurice Minnifield in Northern Exposure, Roscoe in Lonesome Dove, the General in War Games and Uncle Bob in Urban Cowboy, among dozens of others. Barry still acts on stage and screen, but spends as much time as possible cutting cattle at his ranch near Fort Worth.

Alex Cord's acting credits are many and varied, ranging from spaghetti westerns A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die, TV movies-of-the-week (such as Fire! with costars Patty Duke Astin and Ernest Borgnine) Genesis II and of course, the series Airwolf. Guest appearances include such series as The Law And Harry McGraw, Jake And The Fat Man, War Of The Worlds, Matt and Jenny and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. Cord is an accomplished horseman and a published author.

An accomplished actor, Michael Horse has appeared in numerous television shows, movies and cartoons including Twin Peaks and Passenger 57. As a linguist in several Native American languages, he has lent his voice and knowledge to a number of projects.

The ultimate troubadour - songster, guitarist, composer, Cowboy Hall of Famer, Don Edwards' career has spanned four decades, enriching audiences worldwide with his authentic Western music and his knowledge of cowboy lore.

Doubtless best known for his role as Newly O'Brien on Gunsmoke, Buck Taylor is an artist in every sense of the word. Though Taylor's movie credits are extensive (Tombstone, Gettysburg, Wild Wild West, Screen Door Jesus, Gods and Generals, and the recent Grand Champion, co-starring Julia Roberts), he is also an accomplished watercolor artist known nationwide. He is the official poster artist for the Fort Worth Stock Show; Fort Worth, Texas; Pendleton Round-up; AQHA; and AQHA Congress.

Richard Privitt (Teddy Roosevelt) is a native West Texan who enjoys acting and directing in his adopted hometown of Lubbock, Texas. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University, where he is now employed and in charge of Promotions, Box Office, and House Management operations. He has just directed a musical spoof of a 1940s radio show called On the Air for the Lubbock Community Theatre. Some of his favorite recent acting roles are in Wit, The Hot l Baltimore, Moon over Buffalo, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and The Grapes of Wrath.

Cowboy Heritage Association of Fort Worth is a non-profit corporation, founded in 2000 by area businessmen and women who have a passion for the Western lifestyle. The sole purpose of this organization is to fund educational scholarships to deserving young Texans who have shown an interest in the Western way of life. To date 28 full-year scholarships have been awarded to the winners of the children's poetry contest held annually at The Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering in Fort Worth. Each year, fundraising efforts such as The Cowboy Heritage Ball and the Red Steagall Pasture Roping have brought our community together to support these good causes.

All proceeds from this performance of "Soul of the West" will benefit a new scholarship fund specifically designated for children of working ranch families, enabling these deserving students to go to colleges, universities and trade schools. Special scholarship funds are earmarked for the School of Ranch Management at Texas Christian University.

Sponsors for this performance of "Soul of the West" include: Dorothea Leonhardt Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, Burnett Foundation, Heartland Alliance of America, Farm and Ranch Healthcare, Texas Bank and Sid W. Richardson Foundation.

Tickets for "Soul of the West" on October 4 range from $25.00 to $100.00. The benefit scale tickets at $100 include prime seating and a "Taste of Texas" cast reception following the performance. Some of the premier Fort Worth restaurants include Bonnell's Restaurant, Lonesome Dove Bistro, Hui Chuan Sushi, Kalamata's, Classic Café, Cacharel Restaurant, Reata Restaurant, Gunsmoke Grill and Saloon, Michael's, and Blade's Prime Chophouse; they will showcase their signature dishes at this dining extravaganza. Patrons will also dance under the stars to the western swing of The Boys in the Bunkhouse and Back at the Ranch.

To charge by phone, call (817) 212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll-free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. Ticket office hours: Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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October 7-9, 2005  CANCELLED
Badger Clark Memorial Society Writers' Workshop  Custer, South Dakota


Members of the Badger Clark Memorial Society finalized plans for a western writers' workshop this fall October 7, 8 and 9 at Blue Bell Lodge in Custer State Park.  Professional authors Linda Hasselstrom of Hermosa and  and Yvonne Hollenbeck of Clearfield, SD will conduct the workshop which will include cowboy poetry and prose for a limited number of 20 applicants.  Paul Jensen of Rapid City and Jessie Sundstrom of Custer as co-chairs of the workshop.

Participants will receive group and individual instruction, an analysis of their writings, the opportunity to share their efforts with classmates and the public, and a certificate of participation at the Sunday dinner.  They will also visit The Badger Hole; watch the video "Mountain Thunder" about Badger's life; listen to a DVD of his poetry recited by Clark, Morton B. Miller and Martin Busch; walk in Clark's footsteps on the Historic Badger Clark Trail; and receive a free T-shirt and pamphlet about Badger Clark and The Badger Hole.  Clark's poetry will be analyzed at the workshop.  There will be entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings.  The workshop will begin each day at 8 a.m.

Instruction, meals for the three-day workshop, as well as two nights of accommodations at Blue Bell Resort are included in the registration fee of $500.00.  Participants must register with a non-refundable partial fee of $250.00 by September 7, the balance to be paid October 7.  Classes will be filled on a first come - first served basis.  A list will be maintained of applicants exceeding twenty so any vacancies can be filled, if necessary.  Any registration fee paid but not accepted because of exceeding twenty applicants will be refunded immediately after the workshop.  Participants need only provide their transportation and bring only their own writing materials.  They may bring examples of their writing if they wish.  Participants do not have to be members of the Society to attend.

Questions may be directed to the Badger Clark Memorial Society, Box 351, Custer, SD 57730, phone 605-673-4377.

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October 8, 2005
First Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Willits, California

Willits Daily Bread, an ecumenical group providing hot meals for the hungry 4 nights each week, will be holding its first annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the Willits Community Center on Saturday, October 8, 7:30pm. Nationally recognized cowboy poet, Paul Zarzyski, from Butte, Montana, will be featured, along with our own Potter Valley veterinarian, Dr. Lauren La Rue, and from south of Winnemucca, Nv., Jack Southwick.  Local musicians and a silent auction, too.  $25/person  Tickets available at Willits Chamber of
Commerce, Goods Stamp Shoppe, Les Schwab Tires, or emailing

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October 13-16, 2005
Ozarks Fall Round-up Cowboy Gathering   Branson, Missouri 

The Ozarks Fall Round-up Cowboy Gathering, a "celebration of the lore, legend, legacy, and lifestyles of the Great American Cowboy through food, craftsmanship, story, and song, set in the heart of Ozark Mountain Country" features: guest hosts,The Sons of the Pioneers, Don Edwards, Curly Musgrave, Kent Rollins, Jay Snider, Dan Roberts, Belinda Gail, Daughters of the Purple Sage, Sky Shivers, Ricky Boen & Texas Mud, The Dale Burson Family, and others.

The event also includes A Celebrity Longhorn Trail Drive At Dogwood Canyon, Daily Breakfast Trail Rides, Chuckwagon Cook-off and Dinner, Cowboy Camp Meetin' Worship Service, and Cowboy Art and Mercantile Trade Show.

Visit their web site for additional information.

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October 14-15, 2005
Festival of the Common Ground  Tiger Mountain Ranch near Henryetta, Oklahoma

Oct.14 and 15, 2005 will find top Cowboy and Native American Poets, Musicians, Artists and Vendors from across the United States coming together in Southern Oklahoma for the Festival of the Common Ground. Events Friday will include education day for area schools, an over night trail ride and a Muscogee (Creek) Nation Stomp Dance. Saturday will be filled with all day entertainment by Poets and Musicians from across the country and will be topped off with a Cowboy and Muscogee (Creek) Colorguard honoring our
Nation's Military and a Sunset Concert starring Michael Martin Murphey. Sponsored in part by the Muskogee (Creek) Nation and held on the grounds of the beautiful Tiger Mountain Ranch, the festival is planned as a yearly event. For more information you can go to the web site at or call Robert Beene at 405-923-0390 or Debra Hill at 918-789-5288 or cell 918-261-3809.

*A percentage of the proceeds will go to benefit the Tiger Mountain Volunteer Fire Dept.

Posted 10/6

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October 14-15, 2005
Joaquin Miller Conference  Redding, California


Dear Joaquin Miller friends,

Shasta College is pleased to announce the hosting of a 2-day conference on their beautiful campus in Redding, California on October 14th and 15th, 2005.  The program will include keynote speakers, poetry readings by the light of the full moon, documentaries, multimedia presentations, socials, a skit by a Living History class of elementary students, a Wintu blessing/opening ceremony on both days, and more.  Plus, you will have the opportunity to share in the beauty of the nearby Sacramento River that Joaquin so loved.

The organizers for this year's conference are Scott Thompson, Executive Director of the Shasta College Foundation, his brother Jay Thompson, advisory committee member of the Shasta College Museum, and Dottie Smith, Shasta College Museum curator and instructor of Shasta County History.  The sole underwriter for this conference is WinRiver Casino in Redding.  To them we owe a huge thank you because now we can, in the words of Joaquin, "On! Sail on!"

As always, these conferences are your chance to hear and/or present information regarding Joaquin Miller.  So, mark your calendars and let us know as soon as possible if you would like to present a paper.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Additional information regarding driving directions and hotel and restaurant locations will be forthcoming.  Contact person is Dottie Smith at

Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon.

Dottie, Jay, and Scott

See the Joaquin Miller Conference and Celebration web site for the latest information:

(See our Joaquin Miller feature here)

Updated 9/23

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October 15, 2005  
Sean Blackburn Tribute Concert  Denver, Colorado

The Western entertainment world mourns the loss of Sean Blackburn, musician, singer, historian, producer, and popular entertainer, who died September 29, 2005.  Sean Blackburn had recorded many solo albums, and had performed and recorded with Liz Masterson since 1988.  Among their many appearances, the two performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, the  National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and  gatherings and festivals across the country, from Cody's Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads, to Arvada's Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, where they have been instrumental in that gathering's organization.

Patty Clayton sent this information about a Tribute Concert:


Joining Liz Masterson will be Dakota Dave Hull, Jay Peterson, & Pop Wagner all from Minnesota, Duane Dickinson from Montana, and MANY more friends from near and far.

*****NEW LOCATION*****

DIRECTIONS OR INFO: Call Swallow Hill at 303-777-1003

TICKETS IN ADVANCE ARE $12 (nonmember of Swallow Hill) $10 (member of Swallow Hill)
TICKETS AT THE DOOR ARE $15 (nonmember) and $12 (member)


As many of you know, Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn were scheduled to do their Fall Concert at Swallow Hill on Saturday Oct 15, 2005, just one week from now..and as most of you know now, Sean passed away just one week ago.

Soon after, Liz decided that instead of canceling the concert, she wanted to keep that date booked and turn it into a Tribute to Sean...and thereby give as many folks as possible the opportunity to pay tribute to him and come to celebrate his life and say goodbye. Both Liz and I got busy making contacts and emailing some of Sean's musical partners from the past, and within about 48 hours, we had dozens of folks wanting to come and participate in the tribute from MN, Wash. DC, CA, MT, and WY as well as from around CO. The response was overwhelming, and we thank each and every one of you who
expressed an interest. We finally decided we had to move the tribute from Swallow Hill as the little theatre they were originally scheduled to perform in would not hold as many folks as we had learned had wanted to come. The address of the new venue is listed at the top of this mailing.

It was also decided to retain ticket sales in order to help defray some of
the cost of the travel expenses for some of these friends that are coming from so far away, and to help with the cost of the larger venue. We encourage anyone who wants to come to the concert to please do so. After the concert we will move ourselves over to the Cafe in the basement of Swallow Hill at 71 E YALE (Yale and Broadway), where we will continue on with more tributes and music and share laughter and food...until we are all done. Please feel free to bring any pictures of Sean that you would like to share, we can tape them to the walls at the fellowship hall, or you can mount them on a piece of poster
board and we can mount the board to the walls, and also feel free to bring any kind of food to the cafe at Swallow Hill for after the concert. There will be plenty of parking at Swallow Hill when we arrive back over there.

Patty Clayton

Read more about the passing of Sean Blackburn here.

Updated 10/8

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October 15, 2005  
Cowboy Poetry Jamboree   Stevinson, California

Saturday, October 15, 2005. Cowboy Poetry Jamboree at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club featuring poet Pat Richardson and Friends.  Put on your cowboy duds and mosey down to Stevinson Ranch Golf Club in Stevinson, 15 minutes south of Turlock, for an evening of Poetry (adult content comedy), Hearty Ranch vittles and drink, and foot stomping music in the outdoor pavilion.  Info and Reservations 209-664-6454 or

Posted 8/24

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Change of date and venue for the 10th annual Palouse Gathering:

October 21-23 2005  
10th Annual Palouse Cowboy Poets Gathering  Colfax, Washington 

The Palouse Country Cowboy Poets Association has announced their plans for the 10th Annual Palouse Country Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Festival to be held October 21-23, 2005 at the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds in Colfax, WA. Dubbed "Cowboy Up" On The Palouse, the event will coincide with a Trail Horse and Ranch Dog Clinic, Club Calf sale, horse sale and Team Branding event.

Canadian musicians Matt Johnston and Tammy Gislason along with poet Mike Puhallo will be featured on the Saturday night show. Other western entertainers scheduled to perform include poets, David Nordquist, Rusty Feathers,A.K. Moss, Smoke Wade, and musicians, Eric Larson, Shiloh Sharrard, Bodie Dominguez, Jim Aasen, Sam Mattise and many more. The cowboy poetry and music sessions will be presented continuously through out the day on Friday and Saturday, with night shows at 7:00PM on both nights. A Cowboy Church hosted by Howard Norskog will be on Sunday at 9:00AM.

A Ranch Horse Trail Clinic and competition along with a Ranch Dog Training Clinic will be take place during the day on Friday and Saturday. The clinicians are Mitch and JoLinn Hoover of Richland, OR.

Other events include a show calf sale on Saturday night along with fitting and showing demonstrations. There will be a team-branding event and a horse sale on Sunday.

"Cowboy Up" On The Palouse will be a fun weekend for fans of western entertainment as well as lovers of horses and dogs. There will be art, craft, tack and food vendors on site all weekend. Admission will be a daily gate fee of $10.00 per person or $25.00 for a three-day pass. RV hook-ups are available on site.

For more information on the horse, dog and show calf events, email Shann Webley at Vendors should contact Ken Duft at and western performers may contact Smoke Wade at (208) 746-7652 or There are still a few openings left for performers and vendors.

Updated 8/23


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October 22, 2005
2005 Cowboy Poetry and Western Heritage Gathering  Oakdale, California

Silver Spoon Events
2005 Cowboy Poetry and Western Heritage Gathering
A Charity Benefit for Hold Your Horses!, Inc.

Saturday, October 22, 2005, Oakdale, California. The Cowboy Capitol of the World: Bucksworth Western Wear, 2100 East F Street Oakdale, CA. ¼ mile east of the rodeo grounds, will host the 2005 Cowboy Poetry and Western Heritage Gathering. 

Featuring: John Silveira (Cowboy Poet, Hilmar, California), Scott Collins (Cowboy Poet, Gonzales, California.), and J Parson (Western Musician, Bakersfield, California). 

Proceeds form this unique event will go to benefit Hold Your Horses!, Inc. A non-profit Corporation, providing equine assisted
therapeutic riding for special needs individuals. 

The 2005 Cowboy Poetry and Western Heritage Gathering will be a fun event for the whole family.  An Open Mic will be provided for any Cowboy Poets that may want to recite a bit of their own wisdom. Fundraiser raffle prizes and donation drive will be held during the performances. Hold Your Horses! , Inc. will have therapy horses, riding instructors, and information about the organization. 

This fun and unique event will begin at 3 p.m. Open Mic poets at 4 p.m. Featured performers begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10. Available at Bucksworth Western Wear (209) 848-2888, or by calling Silver Spoon events at (209) 612-0546.

Who to contact:

For more info on the 2005 Cowboy poetry and Western Heritage Gathering, performer info, CDs, and pictures, vendors, schedules, ETC. contact Kevin Fox at Silver Spoon Events, 209-612-0546 or

For more info on Hold Your Horses!, Inc. Contact Kim Watson, Executive Director at 209-541-0669.

For more info on Bucksworth Western Wear contact or 209-848-2888.

Posted 9/21

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October 29, 2005
Toot, Snoot, 'n Hoot  Big Timber, Montana

From the one and only Gwen Petersen:







(proceeds to Big Timber Creative Arts Center and sponsored by Wild Woman
Productions, Inc.)

October 29, 2005, American Legion, Big Timber

Chili tasting and chili supper 5:00 pm

Whippin' and Spurrin' Comedy Show:  7:00 pm

Flapdoodle Dance: 9:00

$10.00-- entire evening (Gradeschool Kids -- $3.00 )

$8.00-show and dance only


Chili contest winners receive AWARDS, JACKPOT MONEY



Yippee! I'd like to enter the Chili Contest! Please send chili rules to:



Email: _____________________________


Mail CHILI ENTRY coupon to:

Toot, Snoot, 'n Hoot

Box 1255, Big Timber, MT 59011


Posted 10/15

November 5-6, 2005
Cowboys Trader Day   Poteau, Oklahoma

We'll be holding our 3rd annual Cowboys Trader Day on November 5-6, 2005 in Poteau, Oklahoma. Lots of live entertainers from poets to singers to story tellers. For more info, contact Jimmy Crouch or visit

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November 10-13, 2005
10th Annual Mini-Cassia Snake River Cowboy Poetry & Western Music Gathering  Rupert, Idaho

The Cowboy Poets of Idaho will gather in Rupert, ID on November 10-13, 2005, for the 10th Annual Mini-Cassia Snake River Cowboy Poetry & Western Music Gathering. The event will be held at the historic Wilson Theater in Rupert.

The gathering will kick off on Thursday night with a band scramble where poets and musicians will put their names in a hat. The names are drawn and put into groups of two or more. They will then be given a certain amount of time to collaborate on a song or recitation with a musical background, and come up with a name for their band.

Open sessions will 1:00 to 5:00 PM, Friday, and 10:00 to 5:00 PM on Saturday. There will be a Truth Without End Tall Tales Contest 6:00 - 7:00 PM Friday, and a Cowboy Poets of Idaho auction 6:00 - 7:00 PM on Saturday. Poet/musician, Sam Mattise will be the auctioneer.

Poet Layle Bagely, of Idaho will host the 7:00 PM Friday night show. The featured performers are: Sam Mattise, Wayne Nelson, Gordon Peterson, Smoke Wade, Colt Angell, Linda Merrill & Carol Findlay, all of Idaho; Ken Wellard, Utah; Denise McRea and Larry Gibson of Montana.

Smoke Wade will host the 7:00 PM Saturday night show. The featured performers are: Bill Chiles, Ellie Corrigan-Johnson, Layle Bagley, Bill Ramsey & Peggy Dunow, Bad Water Cattle Co. (Gene & Sandy Jones), all of Idaho; A. K. (Kathy) Moss, Oregon; and Desert Breeze featuring Billy Rose, Doc Quam, and John Tierney all of Nevada.

There will be a Chili Cook-Off at noon Saturday at the Wilson Theater. The event will close out with a Cowboy Church at 9:00 AM on Sunday. To reserve tickets call (208) 436-2787.

Posted 10/25

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November 11-13, 2005
Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Art Show   Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana

1st Annual Gatherin' at the Grouse

Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Art Show ~ November 11, 12, 13,

All events will be held at Grouse Mountain Lodge unless otherwise noted.
2 Fairway Drive, Whitefish, MT.

Join us for this three-day cultural event and help pass along the legacy of
our western heritage to future generations.  There's something for everyone!

Friday, Nov 11th

Western Art & Cowboy Gear Show ~ Continental Divide ~ 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Morning Poetry & Music Sessions ~ 10:00 am and 11:00am

Lunch Break ~ 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Afternoon Poetry & Music Sessions ~ 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Night Show featuring Wylie Gustafson with Wylie & The Wild West

7:00 pm ~ Whitefish Central School Auditorium

Cowboy Jam 'n Dance ~ 9:00pm ~ No Cover Charge ~ Paddle & Axe Saloon

Saturday, Nov 12th

Western Art & Cowboy Gear Show ~ Continental Divide ~ 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Morning Poetry & Music Sessions ~ 9:00 am, 10:00 am and 11:00am

Lunch Break ~ 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Western Wear Style Show for Lunch Customers ~ Noon

Afternoon Poetry & Music Sessions ~ 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Night Show featuring Rob Quist and Jack Gladstone in their Odyssey West Show

7:00 pm ~ Whitefish Central School Auditorium

Cowboy Jam 'n Dance ~ 9:00pm ~ No Cover Charge ~ Paddle & Axe Saloon

Sunday, Nov 13th

Cowboy Church Service ~ Glacier Room ~ 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Western Art & Cowboy Gear Show ~ Continental Divide ~ 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Open Mic ~ Final Poetry & Music Sessions ~ 10:00 am until ???

Ticket Information

Day Sessions / Western Art Show
Adults (13 & older) $7.00 ~ Children (12 & younger) Free

Admission is per person and includes a Program and 2005 Pin Pass which gives
you access to daytime poetry/music sessions during the Gathering, Western
Art & Gear Show and Cowboy Church

Friday & Saturday Night Show Performances
Adults (13 & older) $25.00 Reserved or $15.00 General Seating ~ Children (12
& younger) Free

Admission is per person and includes a Program

Weekend Passes ~ Make a weekend of it!
Adults (13 & older) $50.00 Reserved or $30.00 General Seating ~ Children (12
& younger) Free

Admission is per person and includes a Program, 2005 Pin Pass to all-day
poetry/music sessions during the Gathering, Western Art & Gear Show, tickets
to both Night Show Performances and Cowboy Church

For advanced tickets or more information, please call 406-863-4729.

Lodging Information

Surround yourself in the rustic luxury of an upscale Western Montana lodge.

Special discounted rates are available.  Just mention to Reservations that
you are a participant in the Gatherin'.

Contact Central Reservations toll free at 877-862-1505 or email us at

Grouse Mountain Lodge ~ 2 Fairway Drive ~ Whitefish, Montana  59937

See you at the Gatherin'!

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November 12, 2005
Sub-for-Santa fundraiser in conjunction with CRC Rodeo  Salina, Utah

Sub-for-Santa fundraiser in conjunction with CRC Rodeo at Blackhawk arena in Salina, Utah
Dinner begins at 6 PM

Rodeo begins at 8 PM
Music and poetry with Brooksie, Kenny Hall, Gordon Thomas, Marion Manwill, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Sawmill River Band, Todd Nail, and other poets and musicians
(begins during dinner and continues during rodeo)

Dance following the rodeo.
Sawmill River Band

The Christmas sub-for-Santa fundraiser is an annual event at the Blackhawk.  Last year we helped bring Christmas to approximately 450 area kids.  Call Jo Lynne at (435)896-1856 or the Tomato Vine at (435)529-7600 for information.

Posted 11/1

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November 12-13, 2005
Fourth Annual Santa's Barn Sale: Craft and Tack Show at MORC  Clinton Township, Michigan


The Fourth Annual


It's Not All Just Horse Stuff!!!!

SAT NOV 12 & SUN NOV 13, 2005

10:00AM - 4:00PM


16200 19 MILE RD


                    $1.00 admission at the door

INFO: 586-263-8701



Calling all poets, musicians, and pards with books, CDs, videos, and horse items. The Fourth Annual Santa's Barn Sale: Craft and Tack Show at MORC--a non-profit agency supplying supports and services to persons with disabilities--seeks donations for fundraising event to be held November 12 and 13, 2005. MORC (Macomb Oakland Regional Center in Michigan) has assisted people with developmental and psychiatric disabilities since 1972. Chris Schroeder told us that this year's proceeds will establish/display micro industries. There will be raffles and prizes as well as a book/video sale and equine/canine equipment. There will be massage therapy and Tarot card readings. Something for everyone. To send items or request further information contact Chris Schroeder, Vocational Service Specialist at MORC Inc., 16200 19 Mile Road, PO Box 380710, Clinton Township MI 48038, phone (586) 263-8701 or e mail

Posted 10/3

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November 18, 2005
Michael Martin Murphey Christmas Concert   Sevier, Utah

The concert begins at 7:30 PM at the Sevier Valley Center.  Last year's event was sold out. Call the box office at 435-893-2223 for tickets or organizers Michael and Jo Lynne Kirkwood toll free at 877-907-1168 or at 435-896-1856.

Posted 11/1

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December 7, 2005
A Cowgirl Christmas  Cochrane, Alberta

Presenting AWA Female Cowboy Poet of the year Doris Daley ( in concert with award-winning Branson, Missouri singer-songwriter Eli Barsi ( at St. Andrew's United Church Cochrane, Alberta. Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 PM, $10.00  Call St. Andrews, 403-932-2585

Posted 11/2

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December 7, 2005
December 10, 2005
December 25, 2005
Christmas in Cowboy Country- CMT Television
11:00 AM Central

CMT tips its hat to the holiday traditions of the American West, as Clint
Black performs and hosts Christmas in Cowboy Country from the pristine
splendor of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains. Unique stories of eclectic and
interesting traditions are wrangled into one hour of holiday fare including
dog sledding from Jackson, Wyo.; an Oklahoma City parade led by Texas
longhorns; the light show from 37 Street in Austin, Texas;  a dude ranch
celebration in Steamboat Springs, Colo. and the Annual "Keepin' It Cowboy"
Christmas Radio Show from Anadarko, Oklahoma featuring Jo Hargrave and

CMT Show Times
Wednesday, Dec. 7 @ 11:00 am (Central)
Saturday, Dec. 10 @ 6:00 pm (Central)
Sunday, Dec. 25 @ 6:00 PM (Central)

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December 9-11, 2005
7th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival  Monterey, California

The Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, one of the country's most popular gatherings, known for having the "best of the best" in cowboy poetry and Western music, takes place December 9-11, 2005 in Monterey, California.  The organizers say, "Time to saddle up and ride to Old Monterey, where the West really began, for the 7th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival! Once again we have nine great shows over three days, our first rate western art & gear sale, Cowboy Church, a Saturday night western dance, our super silent auction, and the Members-Only show. Plus, this year we're adding poetry workshops with Paul Zarzyski and Charley Hendren."

Featured poets include Virginia Bennett, Buckshot Dot (Dee Strickland Johnson), Oscar Auker, Charley Hendren, Chris Isaacs, Waddie Mitchell, Henry Real Bird, and Paul Zarzyski.  Don Edwards, Dave Stamey, RW Hampton, Riders in the Sky, Rich and Valerie O'Brien, The Hay Boys, Jim Brooks, Richard Chon, CowBop and Prickly Pair.  The art and gear show will include a number of top artists and vendors.  

This year's poster is by noted Western artist and actor Buck Taylor (, and it, along with other years' posters, is available from the Festival web site.

See our feature on the Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival here, which includes each year's poster art and a list of the featured performers.  Visit the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival web site for a complete list of performers, artists, and vendors, and for the workshop and performance schedules.


The official press release, October, 2005:


And Western Art & Gear Show

 MONTEREY, CA – On December 9th, 10th and 11th, cowboys, cowgirls, vaqueros and vaqueras from throughout the west will gather at the Monterey Conference Center in downtown Monterey, for the 7th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and Western Art & Gear Show. This annual event celebrates Monterey’s contribution to our western heritage with western poetry, song, dance, and a first class western art and gear show.  This year’s featured entertainers include: Riders in the Sky, 2-time Grammy award winners, masters of the western harmonies, virtuoso instrumentalists, and America’s favorite cowboys for over 25 years; Don Edwards, a western balladeer extraordinaire, historian, author, musicologist, authority in cowboy lore and musical traditions, and national treasure; Waddie Mitchell, cowboy poet and international ambassador of western heritage, one of the most knowledgeable and entertaining poets in the business; Dave Stamey, a packer and dude-wrangler who has made his mark in western music; he was named Entertainer of the Year by the WMA; Paul Zarzyski, former bronc rider turned cowboy beat poet and recent recipient of the Montana Governors Arts Award for literature, he’s Lawrence Ferlinghetti in a ten-gallon hat; RW Hampton, working cowboy turned western singer/songwriter from Cimarron, New Mexico; CowBop, local world-class jazz and western swing musician Bruce Forman, vocalist Pinto Pammy, and friends share their love of western music; Prickly Pair, celebrated western duo from the mountains of Wyoming, vocalist and working cowgirl Locke Hamilton and fiddler and singer Les Hamilton and many, many more!

 The festival has 10 shows scheduled over three days, including 4 main shows Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons, plus a Members Only show, Friday night Jam Session, Silent Auction, Western Dance on Saturday Night with music provided by local western favorites the Hay Boys, and Sunday morning Cowboy Church featuring many of the top performers of the weekend.  For the first time the festival will also feature poetry workshops on Thursday and Friday led by Paul Zarzyski and Charley Hendren.



The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival Board of Directors is made up of a group of volunteers who love cowboy poetry, western music, cowboy movies and western art and gear.  Each member has a day job to support their hobbies and interests.  This non-profit organization aims to produce the best cowboy event of its kind for your enjoyment, and to bring the best western entertainment and art to Monterey County.  The feedback they have received indicates they are right on target.  Once again, their charitable partner is the Salvation Army.  They have been living the cowboy way for some time.


Schedule of Events


Thursday, December 8, 2005

  • 2:00 pm -  Poetry Workshop- “How Words Grow Wild” with Paul Zarzyski


Friday, December 9, 2005

  • 1:00 pm -  Poetry Workshop – “Fine Tunin’ & Recitin’” with Charley Hendren
  • 2:00 pm -  Western Art & Gear Show & Sale opens
  • 7:00 pm -   Campfire Waltzes” (Chris Isaacs, CowBop, Paul Zarzyski, Dave Stamey)


Saturday, December 10, 2005

  • 8:00 am -  Western Art & Gear Show opens
  • 9:00 am -  “Women of The West” (Virginia Bennett, Buckshot Dot, Locke Hamilton and Valerie O’ Brien)
  • 10:30 am -  “Nature’s Song” (Dave Stamey, Paul Zarzyski, Virginia Bennett and Henry Real Bird)
  • 12:00 pm -  Open Mic (Kids at 11:30); Roping Demonstration with Jim Brooks
  • 1:00 pm -  “Rhymes of the Masters” (Charley Hendren, Chris Isaacs, Waddie Mitchell and Paul Zarzyski)
  • 2:30 pm -  “The Last Cowboy” (RW Hampton with Rich O’Brien)
  • 5:00 pm -  Members Only Show (Dave Stamey, Paul Zarzyski and Henry Real Bird
  • 7:00 pm -  “Bards & Balladeers” (Oscar Auker, Prickly Pair, Waddie Mitchell & Don Edwards with Rich O’Brien)
  • 10:00 pm -  Saturday Night Dance (The Hay Boys)


Sunday, December 11, 2005

  •  Western Art & Gear Show opens immediately following Cowboy Church
  • 9:00 am -  Cowboy Church (Charley Hendren, RW Hampton, Prickly Pair, Buckshot Dot, Virginia Bennett, Rich and Valerie O’Brien- free admission)
  • 10:30 am -  “Yodelicious” (Dave Stamey, Locke Hamilton, Don Edwards, Ranger Doug)
  • 12:00 am -  Open Mic (Kids at 11:30)
  • 1:00 pm -  Rich O’Brien’s “Fiddler’s Fandango” (Valerie O’Brien, Les Hamilton, Richard Chon, Woody Paul)
  • 2:30 PM -  ”Saddle Up & Ride” (Virginia Bennett, Buckshot Dot and Riders in the Sky)
  • 5:30 PM — Western Art & Gear Show Closes


Ticket prices range from $15.00 to $40.00 or $185.00 for an all-event pass.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit our website at or call 800-722-9652.


This Project is supported by the General Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County; Monterey Peninsula Foundation Youth Fund; Cultural Council for Monterey County through funding from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors; Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation; Salinas Californian, and the Monterey Bay Blues Festival.


Updated 10/21

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December 9, 2005
Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas Ball
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

From the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum press release:

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Western Music Hall of Fame member Michael Martin Murphey has become guardian of one of America's most original traditions. Cowboy Christmas and Cowboy Christmas Ball have been granted U.S. Federal Trademark protection through Murphey's extensive efforts to protect an event that was first held in 1885 at the Star Hotel in Anson, Texas. Murphey brings the popular event to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, December 9, 2005.

M.G. Rhoades, the Star Hotel owner, held the Texas Cowboys' Christmas Ball to honor a popular local cowboy's marriage. Lawrence "Larry" Chittenden, a young reporter for the New York Times was staying at the Star Hotel at the time while visiting his uncle who owned a ranch in the area. He composed a whimsical poem about the dance that was published in the local Texas Western newspaper, June 19, 1890. The poem eventually became a song and was included in John Lomax's 1922 book, Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads. [Ed note:  read the poem here at]

Dancing, sometimes associated with rowdy honky-tonks, was once frowned upon by some of the straight-laced citizens around Anson who nearly closed the soiree down. But in 1934, Miss Leonora Barrett, an Anson school teacher who recognized the event as an American folk heritage gem, gathered support by presenting family friendly guidelines that included 1880s dances and music, alcohol-free beverages and a no-smoking policy.

Today, Murphey observes these guidelines as he takes his band on tour throughout the holiday season. The Cowboy Christmas Ball, an annual event at the National Cowboy Museum, will include a buffet dinner and visit from Santa Claus.

Presenting sponsor for the evening is Express Ranches with major support from Devon Energy Corporation, Mustang Fuel Corporation, Dobson Communications Corporation and The Oklahoman. For more information and reservations call (405) 478-2250, Ext. 219 or visit

Posted 10/31

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December 10, 2005
A Cowgirl Christmas  Fort Macleod/Pincher Creek 

Presenting AWA Female Cowboy Poet of the year Doris Daley ( in concert with award-winning Branson, Missouri singer-songwriter Eli Barsi ( at Spring Point Community Hall (west of Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump on Hwy 785) Saturday, December 10, 7:30 PM, $10.00  Call 403.687-2169 (Granum) or Doris 403/217-4340

Posted 11/2

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December 10, 2005
1st Annual Florida Cracker Cow Culture Frolic  Kissimmee, Florida

The state that started the cow history (1521) in the US is saluting its cowhuntin heritage. We will celebrate our past with the wonderful words of poets, singers, raconteurs, historians and liars, both plain & fancy . We will feature cowboy artist, authors, historic reenactors and craftsmen from around the sunshine state. If you have a love of history and a love of the cowboy lifestyle, then this is the place to be.

December 10,2005
Heritage Park
Kissimmee, Florida
10:00am - 10:00pm

CONTACT; (352) 629-7777 for information

Press release:



DECEMBER 10th, 2005

Gates Open 10:00am

In 1995 to celebrate Florida's 150th birthday, a group of cattlemen, historians and agriculturists drove 1000 head of cattle across the state. The group also included 600 trail riders, wagon drivers and cow hunters just to make the task more difficult.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries cattle production was one of Florida's biggest and most influential industries. Participants used the sesquicentennial event to educate our citizens and folks around the globe, to the fact that the cattle business in the United States began right here
in Florida. That's right; the first American cowboys were Floridians.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this momentous event, organizers will be throwing an old fashioned "FROLIC" which will include authors, artists, singers, poets, storytellers, historians, reenactors and a big ol' steak dinner. They will gather at the KVLS fairgrounds facility in the Osceola County, Heritage Park; home of the great Silver Spurs Rodeo.

There will be a full day of sharing memories, catching up, having fun, telling lies and planning the next cattle drive for 2006. CAAF (Cowboy Artists Association of Florida) art auction. Authors, Patrick Smith, Joe Akerman and others will be sharing their treasures.

While interested folks are gathered together at the Frolic, the group will discuss the possibility of repeating the historic reenactment next year. If you were lucky enough to have participated on the "Great Florida Cattle Drive of 95" then come join your peers. If you are sorry you missed it,
then, come help organizers plan for the festivities of 2006. Right now plans are being developed to present a cattle drive over the original route ending with a huge 2 day celebration of our colorful cow history.

Come and share the cracker and cowhunter experience.



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December 13 and 14, 2005
Cowboy Opry   Lemmon, South Dakota  and Bowman, North Dakota

Thanks to Jeri Dobrowski for the following information:

The monthly "Cowboy Opry" in Lemmon, S.D., Boss Cowman Conference Center
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
7 p.m.

Featuring Elizabeth Ebert and Dick Taylor

Encore edition in Mobridge, S.D. at the Bowman City Hall, Bowman, ND
Wednesday, December 14, 2005

7 p.m.

See our feature on the Cowboy Opry here.

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December 14, 2005
Bob Boyds's Western History Series at the High Desert Museum  Bend, Oregon

Get a look at Western treasures from a private collection at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Ore., -- frontier clothing and guns, homesteaders' mementos, maps, music and more. Join nationally recognized Western History Curator Bob Boyd as he hosts a series of evenings exploring the 19th-century West, its resources, and the newcomers who staked their claim to a new life. Monthly
sessions, from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 

Nov. 16: Emigrants, Adventurers, and Frontiersmen in Blue: American Expansion to the Pacific
Dec. 14: Forty-niners and Hard Rock Miners: The Rush for the Region's Mineral Wealth

Jan. 18: Stagemen, Steamboaters, Freighters, and Tracklayers: Western Transportation Develops
Feb. 15: The Frontier Army and the American Indian: America's Instrument of Empire and a Clash of Cultures
March 22: Cowboys, Buckaroos, and Basque Sheepmen: Enduring Legends from the Western Livestock Industry
April 12: Homesteaders and Hunters: Making a Life from the Western Landscape
May 17: Outlaws and Lawmen, Loggers and Rangers: Law and Order, the Timber Industry and Early Forest Service

Fee: $15 members, $20 non-members
Pre-registration required by calling the Museum at (541) 382-4754.

Posted 11/23

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December 17, 2005 and December 19, 2005
Cowboy Country Christmas Festival  Kelowna and Kamloops, British Columbia

Grab your hat, boots and non-perishable food items and come celebrate an extravaganza of everything cowboy and country during A Cowboy Country Christmas Festival presented by Robbie Brown's Guitar Town. The jamboree takes place December 17 at the Kelowna Community Theatre and December 19, 2005 at the Kamloops Sagebrush Theatre.

Keeping in the festive spirit, the Cowboy Country Christmas will be focusing on the less fortunate. The Food Bank, the event's charity of choice-- is dedicated to helping local individuals and families who are in temporary financial difficulty and in need of food. They are a self-supporting, non-profit organization, serving residents by raising money and food through donations and special fundraising events--like this one.

The host is Canadian cowboy poet extraordinaire, Mike Puhallo the most widely published cowboy poet in Canada, and perhaps the only one crazy enough to attempt to make a living from his verse. He has co-authored five books of cowboy poetry with illustrator Wendy Liddle.

Special headliner is Canadian music superstar Rick Tippe and his band who have crossed the nation with one of the busiest tour schedules in Canada. All 21 of his last singles have been top 40 hits on the country music charts across Canada. His inspirational hit "Keepin' the Faith" raised close to $25,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Rick is also known for his 13 music videos airing on CMT Canada.

Another country music legend at the festival is Diamond Joe White who back in the 70s and 80s played Alberta's clubs, halls and jamborees. For 25 years, Diamond Joe has been the rough-hewn poet laureate of the oil rigs and rodeos. With a style from yesteryear, Diamond Joe serves up captivating earthy Canadiana through prairie gospel, blue-collar stomp-alongs and poignant ballads.

Western singer/songwriter Matt E. Johnston has made his living as a farrier for about 20 years. Matt is gaining recognition throughout North America as one of the best there is at capturing the mood of the real west in his music. He has been actively entertaining folks at cowboy festivals and gatherings since 1999. The Academy of Western Artists in Fort Worth nominated him for the "Rising Star Award" for 2002. Matt's songs are now getting airplay on Western Music radio.

Canadian born singing sensation Roger Gabriel will steal your heart away with his remarkable lyrical style and good ole boy charm-he will be performing with vocalist Rachel Matkin with a special guest appearance by Jim "Pa" Ryan & Gary Smyth from the Cruzeros.

Aimee Pettersen's ascendance as a vocalist and entertainer has been conducted at an amazing velocity. Nashville based music promoter/songwriter Mark Trail became a fan, and started promoting Aimee and her music on his compilation CD, sent to almost every country radio station in Canada and the US. Mark also brought Aimee to the attention of Gilles Goddard, a Nashville based Canadian songwriter with a publishing relationship with Curb Records, a major label distributed by EMI. Gilles (along with Mark and Nashville
performer/producer Willie Mack) had composed an upbeat song entitled "Loud and Loco", and decided to let Aimee take a swing at recording it. The results were electrifying! It had been two years since the recording of "Living Proof", and the improvements in Aimee's voice and delivery were apparent. Aimee traveled to Nashville to participate in a showcase, and everyone agrees. Aimee is ready for prime time.

Lobby entertainment also includes Cowgirl Julie and Sidekick Rick, who will present a highly entertaining hoedown of cowboy, pioneer, old time, folk and swing tunes. See rope tricks, spin a rope yourself, don a cowboy hat and play a rhythm instrument. Cowgirl Julie and Sidekick Rick have performed on the Kettle Valley Railway Steam Train since 1995.

The festival also includes food from Montana's Cookhouse Restaurant, a cash bar, dancing, country Christmas crafts, country retailers, Santa Claus, food bank and displays from country/cowboy artists such as Doug Alcock and Arnold Mosley.

A real Cowboy Santa will be on site! BC Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Bud Webb will play Santa and maybe sing us a couple of tunes!

Many more activities & performers yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned for more information on this upcoming exciting event. Fun for the whole family!

Tickets are available for the Kelowna show on December 17th at Ticketmaster or charge by phone by calling 250-860-1470. Tickets for the Kamloops show are available at the Live Box Office (374-5483) in Kamloops.

Adults $22, Seniors & Students $18, and children under 12 only $10! Box office fees may apply.

For more information please call Teena Clipston, 250 861-4677 or Mike Puhallo at 250 579-5667

Posted 11/11

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December 17, 2005
First Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball  Alto, New Mexico

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Posse and Backforty Bunkhouse Productions are proud to present the First Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball to be held at the prestigious Alto Lakes and Country Club in Alto, New Mexico on December 17, 2005. This is a fundraising event to benefit the Lincoln County Sheriff's Posse. Doors open at 6PM with fine dining prepared by the Alto Country Club chefs, followed with a fun-filled night of dancing to to the western swing sounds of Jody Nix and The Texas Cowboys from 8PM to Midnight. This is a dress-up cowboy-style event and tickets can be purchased from Joe Baker, (505) 257-3955 Tickets are $50 per person. For more information please email Joe at:

Posted 9/2

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December 23, 2005
Christmas Music Special- RFD TV
3:00 PM and 11PM Eastern

December 25, 2005
Christmas Music Special- RFD TV
6:00 PM Eastern

From the official press release:

Several cowboy poets and musicians including TJ Casey, Geff Dawson, Gary Pratt, Delbert Shields, Judy Coder and Pride of the Prairie, Scott Taylor, Dead Men's Hollow, and Mars Hill Porch Pickers were chosen to be a featured performers in a special Christmas music show honoring the troops and their families at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Tom Seay of Culpeper, Virginia and Executive Producer of Best of America by Horseback television show had auditioned over 100 music groups across America and invited 7 entertainers to appear in this unique show.  The weekly horseback television show, Best
of America by Horseback, taped the music special live at Fort Riley on November 29, 2005 before a "standing room only" audience.

Highlights of the show also included special Christmas messages written and sent from Nancy Reagan, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, and Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman's grandson.  Other special messages included one from the
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Roy Roger's family and from Ms. Diedre Downs, Miss America 2005.

The Christmas Music Special will air on satellite on the RFD-TV channel via DirecTV channel 379 and Dish TV Network on channel 9409.  It will air December 23, 2005 at 3 PM (EST) and 11 PM (EST), in addition to Christmas Day at 6 PM (EST).  The Armed Forces Television Network will also air this special to 28 major US cities and over 120 countries worldwide.

More information about the Best of America by Horseback show series visit them at

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December 18, 2005
urly's Cowboy Christmas Victorville, California

Curly's Cowboy Christmas will be held December 18, 2005 in Victorville, California at the GreenTree Inn. "Enjoy a wonderful evening of outstanding Western entertainment and delicious food!  Starring Curly Jim Musgrave, winner of the Male Vocalist of the Year by the Western Music Association; Beautiful and Talented Belinda Gail, Winner of Female Vocalist of the Year by the Western Music Association, and Special Featured guests, Cowboy Poet, Gary Robertson and popular western Trio, Justus Strummin and the Montanas!"

Tickets are available through Happy Trails Children's Foundation and will benefit their Cooper Home for severly abused children.  (760) 240-3330

Posted 11/8

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