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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 10 and January 11, 2006
Cowboy Opry   Lemmon, South Dakota  and Bowman, North Dakota 

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 - 7 p.m.
Boss Cowman Conference Center, Lemmon, S.D.

Seth Mulder: 17-year-old singing fiddler and Robert Dennis:  Red Owl, S.D., three-time guest at Elko.

Wed., Jan. 11, 2006 - 7 p.m.
Bowman Gateway Cafe, US 12, Bowman, N. D.

posted 1/6 (thanks to Jeri Dobrowski for the details)

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January 14, 2005
Comfort Food Radio   Cody, Wyoming

Chris Turner, Host and Producer of Comfort Food, Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes for your Mind, is proud to announce that his January 14th guest will be Katie Robichaud.  Katie has just released her very first CD featuring original songs and is very talented up and comer.  Katie is Powell native and this is her very first live radio performance.  Comfort Food is broadcast each Saturday morning live from the Irma Hotel in Cody Wyoming and broadcast live on KODI 1400am and KZMQ 1140am from 9-10am. Comfort Food is
Wyoming and Montana's only live radio comedy and musical variety show.

Listen to archived broadcasts at the show's web site, where you'll also find  information about upcoming shows, photos, links, and more.

See our feature about Comfort Food Radio here

Posted 1/9

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January 18, 2006
Heritage of the American West  Spearfish, South Dakota

Chuck Pyle (, the "Zen cowboy," is the headliner for the January 18, 2006 Heritage of the American West, the "Cabin Fever Party!," the 90th anniversary of the monthly show.  Read more about the Heritage of the American West in our feature here.

The show takes place at 7PM at the High Plains Heritage Center and you can listen Live on the web, 7PM MT (and to archived broadcasts at any time). Advance tickets are $5, $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at First Western Bank (605) 642-2734, Heritage Center 605-642-9378, and Creative Broadcast Services 605-722-2511, all located in Spearfish, or by emailing

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January 18, 2006
February 15, 2006
March 22, 2006
April 12, 2006
May 17, 2006 

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.

Bend, Ore. -- Bob Boyd knows the power of things -- things that tell the stories of the past in ways that no book, talk or movie ever could.

Boyd knows this because he's spent much of his life exploring the forgotten corners of the High Desert, from barns in eastern Oregon to abandoned mining camps, military posts and old ranches across the Great Basin. And he has scoured second-hand stores and antique shops to find scores of artifacts -- from buckaroos' saddles to fur trappers' tools - to create Museum exhibits of the West.

As the Museum's curator of Western history, Boyd knows the impact that his artifacts have on people -- from a cavalry officer's handmade buckskin leggings to a homesteader's map. "Three dimensionality -- and good storytelling -- are key to teaching history effectively, to young people or adults," said Boyd, a history teacher in the Bend since 1978, and, for the last 20 years, the force behind the Museum's nationally recognized Western history exhibits.

One night each month, Boyd offers visitors a peek at his private collection, which includes rare items such as a gold rush miner's scales and a vaqueros' silver spurs. Not only do guests in Boyd's Western History Series see artifacts that are not on display at the Museum, they also have the unique experience of having Boyd -- a Museum treasure himself -- explain how the items fit into the stories of the American West. Those stories include the West's adventurers, forty-niners, frontier armies, native people, cowboys, bandits, homesteaders, hunters, loggers and rangers. 

These evenings are about legendary characters -- whose possessions are in the same room. "History is made up of ordinary people's lives," Boyd said. "People who make their own choices about where to take themselves and their country." He doesn't view history just by big movements. "It's more about that guy who's sitting in the dirt with holes in his socks, mining for gold, and who's cold, hungry and lonely," Boyd said. "I can identify with that. And to help me speak about it better, I've spent years getting out on the landscape, seeing where they lived their lives -- and that's what adds up to a movement or an era -- all those individual experiences."

That landscape is frequently associated with Hollywood Westerns. "Every aspect of Western history that was popularized in movies and literature took place in the High Desert -- from lost wagon trains to stagecoach holdups -- even though the history of other parts of the West, such as the Great Plains, have been far more popularized," Boyd said. His collection not only evokes curiosity about the past, it also prompts visitors to wonder how he found it all. "You look everywhere, all the time, and look at endless junk," he said. "And things show up."

© 2005, Cathy Carroll


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January 21, 2006
Annual PVPHA Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival  Rolling Hills Estates (near Long Beach), California

At the Empty Saddle Club in Rolling Hills Estates, California at 7PM

This is an evening event, featuring mostly local music and poetry talent (of the cowboy kind, of course!).

We are the Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemens Association ( a non-profit association. For more information, go to or email:

Rusty Dooley of the The New Westernaires sent this additional information on January 17, 2006:

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemens Association
Presents the
2006 Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival
And Custom Saddle Raffle

Saturday, January 21
Free Chili feed at 6pm
Live Music starts around 6:30pm
Show starts at 7pm

Empty Saddle Club in Rolling Hills Estates
39 Empty Saddle Lane


Wanda Smith
Steve Deming and Craig Rupert
The New Westernaires
Jim Townsley, Trick Roper
and others

Updated 1/18

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January 23-24, 2006
Fort Worth Stock Show  Fort Worth, Texas
"Campfire Stories" presented by Texas Cowboy Poets Association - West Arena

Campfire Stories at 12 noon on Monday, January 23 and Tuesday, January 24 in the West Arena presented by the Texas Cowboy Poets.

thanks to Linda Kirkpatrick for the details

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January 28, 2006
The Gila Valley Cowboy Poets  Thatcher, Arizona

The Gila Valley Cowboy Poets and Graham County Historical Society invite you to their Winter Preview Chili Cook Off, Cowboy Poetry and Music event on January 28, 2006 beginning at 8:30am at the Historical Society Museum at 3430 W. Main Street in Thatcher, Arizona. 

All interested groups and individuals are invited to enter the cook off. Judges will determine first, second and third places with cash prizes of $250, $100 and $50 awarded. A People's Choice Award trophy will be presented as well.

Chili entries will be judged before noon, at which time the chili, along with a variety of side dishes will be available for sale for lunch.

There will be a full day of activities which will feature cowboy musical and poetry talents; Hook Hill, Jan Choate, Larry Harmer and Bunny Dryden. Also performing will be local talents including local school students. On the schedule is a Cowboy Recognition Award, honoring a long time area cowboy as well as a posthumous recognition. 

There will be an entertainment preview at 9:30am. The matinee performance begins at 2pm, with tickets available at the door for $10, students $3.00. Advance tickets are available for $8 at the Graham County Chamber of Commerce at 111 Thatcher Blvd., Safford, phone 928-428-2511.

Bring the family, watch the chili cooks at work, have a chili lunch, vote for your favorite and enjoy some great traditional cowboy entertainment. For more information contact Sharon Watson at 928 651 5990.

Posted 12/15

January 28, 2006
2nd Annual Kansas Day Cowboy Music and Poetry Roundup Benefit  Wichita, Kansas

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, the 2nd Annual Cowboy Music & Poetry Roundup will take place at Good Shepherd Church, 8021 W. 21st St. N. in Wichita, KS.

It will feature music and poetry by T. Texas Haney & Young'uns, the Home Rangers, Margo Imes, Charlie MacCoy and  "Kansas Jim" John. The performers and crew donate their time and talent to benefit the Wichita Children's Home and Episcopal Social Services.

Tickets are $9.00 and are available at the door, at Episcopal Social Services 233 S. St. Francis, the Wichita Children's Home, 810 N. Holyoke or at the Good Shepherd Church office. For more information call Jim John at 684-6581 ext. 236.

Updated 1/10

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February 3-4, 2006
Montana Country Poets and Pickers Chinook, Montana

The Chinook FFA Chapter presents the Montana Country Poets and Pickers for two entertaining evenings at the Chinook High School Auditorium, Chinook, Montana on Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th, 2006. Thirty plus performers from across the Big Sky Country and Canada will assemble in Chinook for this fun-filled weekend. Performance time is 7 p.m.  Cost is $5.  Following the performance, a jam session will be held at the Chinook Motor Inn  on the lower level, so bring your dancing shoes.  Saturday from 10a.m until 5 p.m., free daytime sessions will be held at the event's headquarters, The Chinook Motor Inn.  Sunday morning at 9:30, Cowboy Church will be held at the Chinook Motor Inn.  For good family entertainment, we'll see you in the Cowboy Poet Capital of North Central Montana.

For more information, call Dusty Huestis, 406.265.2488 or Arnold Hokanson, 405.386.2275

Updated 1/20

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February 3-5, 2006
14th Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering  Sierra Vista, Arizona

Visit the Gathering web site for the most current information.

For all three headliner performances, general admission tickets are $17; seniors 55+ and military are $15; and, students (Grades 3-12) are $6 each.  For groups of 30 or more (primarily targeted to bus tours) tickets to the Sunday matinee are $12 each.


The Gathering's September, 2005 media release:


Cochise County, Arizona, is a land of legends and wide-open spaces.  With a rich history of cowboys and Indians, gunfights and ghost towns, booms and busts in silver and copper, it remains a special corner of Western life - past and present.

The Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering celebrates this tradition each year.  The Gathering brings together dozens of musicians and poets for three days of special performances including a day of free, themed "mini-sessions" at the 1,300-seat Buena Performing Arts Center in Sierra Vista - the central and largest city in the County.

The 14th Annual Gathering is set for Feb. 3-5, 2006.  This community-wide event has been declared an official "Arizona Treasure" by Gov. Janet Napolitano, and was honored with the national Cowboy Symposium Cultural Event Award in 2003.  It is widely praised by the performers who love to come back year after year.

So do the audiences.

Last year, the Cochise Gathering entertained more than 3,000 visitors from 29 states and three Canadian provinces.  This year promises to be equally exciting with new talent such as poets Trey Allen and Tim Nolting, both from Colorado, and the musical husband-and-wife team, "Prickly Pear," out of Wyoming.  Among the many returning favorites from all points
West are Daughters of the Purple Sage, The O'Brien Family Band, Dave Stamey, Kip Calahan, Sue Harris, Roughstring Western Music, Ray Owens, Kahuna Cowboys, and Bud Strom.

If you've never moseyed over to a cowboy poetry and music festival, treat yourself by visiting this one first.  The Gathering presents first-class entertainment in a down-home setting, and Sierra Vista (a town of 40,000 at the base of the Huachuca Mountains) offers a broad range of accommodations and restaurants.  For more details, go to, or

For all three headliner performances general admission tickets are $17; seniors and military are $15; and, school children (3-12) are $6 each.  For groups of 30 or more (primarily targeted to bus tours) tickets to the Sunday matinee are $12 each.

KEY FACTS (from 2005 Gathering)

-- Audiences came from 29 states and 3 Canadian Provinces
-- More than 60 cowboy poets and musicians performed
-- More than 3000 people attend the headliner shows
-- 28% of attendees planned an AZ trip around the Gathering
-- The Gathering was named the first "Arizona Treasure" by Governor Janet Napolitano on February 6, 2005
-- Winner of National Cowboy Heritage award in 2003.
-- Headline shows at Buena Performing Arts Center; Friday & Saturday, 7 pm; Sunday matinee at 1 pm
-- Multiple, simultaneous performances 10am - 5pm on Saturday - FREE to the public!
-- Abundant free parking with handicap access!

Also visit within 25 miles of Sierra Vista:

- Tombstone, AZ - The Town Too Tough to Die
- Bisbee, AZ named a "Distinctive Destination" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation; an Arizona first
- Kartchner Caverns State Park near Benson, AZ
- Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve
- San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

Updated 9/24

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February 10-14, 2006
18th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference Austin, Texas

Andy Hedges, Don Edwards, Andy Wilkinson and others will perform in a cowboy showcase on Sunday, February 12, 2006 at the 18th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference (February 10 - 14, 2006) in Austin, Texas. The Folk Alliance conference is described on the organization's web site as, "The premier professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural and world music in North America... This year’s conference theme, "For the Sake of the Song," is a tribute to Texas native Townes Van Zandt, and to all our Folk Alliance members so actively engaged in the performance, preservation and promotion of folk music, dance and storytelling."

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February 10-12, 2006
14th Annual Sagebrush Cowboyography Poetry and Music Gathering  Sheridan, Wyoming

14th Annual Sagebrush Cowboy Roundup
Feb 10-12th, 2006

Sheridan, Wyoming

The west at it's best!

FRIDAY, FEB. 10 (WYO Theater)

1 pm - 5 pm           Open Sessions of Cowboy Poetry & Music

8 pm - 10 pm         SWEETHEARTS OF THE RANGE- a program featuring ranch women who have been there and done that 
                           and now they write or sing about it.


 8 am - 9 am          THE "SHOOT-OUT"  If you'd like to participate, just show up.

 9 am - noon          COWBOY KIDZ POETRY CONTEST

 10 am -11 am       Shoot-out poems to be read to audience and judges.

 11 am - 5 pm        Open Poetry Sessions


SUNDAY, FEB. 12 (Ctel Performance Hall ,Whitney Bldg, Sheridan College Campus)

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


Sheridan Media,, Homer A. & Mildred S. Scott Foundation, The Sagebrush Cowboyography Assn., Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, the Sheridan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Weeden Homes/Cabins Etc., Diamond Creek Ranch, Lonnie Wright, Sheridan Seed, Cowboy State Bank, Star Creek Trucking.

For more info call Deb: Ph #: 307-673-5689, 307-752-2468 Email:

Updated 1/23

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February 18, 2006 
Comfort Food Radio  Cody, Wyoming

From host Chris Turner:

Comfort Food, Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes for Your Mind, is proud to announce that two of the West's most popular performers will appear on our February 18th show. Recording artists Skip Gorman and Connie Dover will join Comfort Food host Chris Turner live at the world famous Irma Hotel in Cody Wyoming from 9am -- 10am Saturday morning February 18th. Skiip is a popular performer who blends classic cowboy music with a variety of styles.  The reslut is magic.  The Boston Globe described Connie Dover as "the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez. Connie is
considered one of the world's finest performers of celtic music. Both performers are in town to help raise money for Wyoming's Wrangler Ranch, an outreach program for inner city kids in crisis.  Comfort Food is Wyoming's only live comedy & music variety show. It airs live on KODI 1400am and KZMQ 1140am Saturday mornings from 9-10am from the Irma Hotel.

[See our feature about Comfort Food Radio here. You can listen to archived broadcasts at their web site.]

February 11, 2006 show:
From host Chris Turner:

Comfort Food, Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes for your Mind, Wyoming's only live comedy & music variety show is proud to welcome 'The Circut Riders" from Cody Wyoming Saturday Feb. 11, 2006.  This talented and fun trio have played all over the west with some of the biggest names in cowboy music.  Brad and Sharon Bothwell and Kate Taylor play a mix of trail songs, country swing from the 30's & 40's and a touch of gospel. Comfort Food is broadcast on KODI 1400am and KZMQ 1140am from 9-10am Saturday mornings live from the Irma Hotel in downtown Cody Wyoming before a live audience. The show is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

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February 11, 2006 
Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert   100 Mile House, British Columbia

The Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert. This year featuring Brett Kissel and Ol' Ugly with Matt Johnston and Mike Puhallo,
back by popular demand. 

7:00 PM in the Martin Exeter Hall. For info phone Mark at (250) 456-2425 or email: a portion of proceeds to the BC Cowboy Heritage Society Scholarship Fund and BC Cowboys Hall Of Fame.

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February 14 and February 15, 2006
Cowboy Opry   Lemmon, South Dakota  and Bowman, North Dakota 

Buer Family Musicians, Bison, S.D. and cowboy poet Bob O'Donnell, Keldron, S.D.

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006 - 7 p.m.
Boss Cowman Conference Center, Lemmon, S.D.

Wed., Feb. 15, 2006 - 7 p.m.
Bowman Gateway Cafe, US 12, Bowman, N. D.

posted 1/30 (thanks to Jeri Dobrowski for the details)

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February 15, 2006
Heritage of the American West  Spearfish, South Dakota
Live on the web, 7PM MT


Join Us As We Celebrate Hearts Of The West, featuring...

The Western Cowboy Music of...


From his silk scarf to his boots and spurs ..this is 'real' cowboy... with a voice that will make even the confirmed dudes in the audience long for a horse and saddle...and a guitar to sing along with. "There's not many like Brent," says Jim Thompson of CBSI, producers of the Heritage of the American West. "It's something deep in his voice, the lyrics are authentic and he wraps his voice around them in such a way that you know he's been there. We're lucky to have him." Brent has shared the stage with such stars as Jean Sheppard, Moe Bandy, Ricky Van Sheldon, Gail Davies, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Williams and Ree. He has opened shows for Joe Diffy and the Late Chris LeDoux. No stranger to "the big show," he's appeared on the Grand Ole Opry state in Nashville and has opened shows for Joe Diffy and the late Chris LeDoux.

The Western Poetry of...


Elizabeth Ebert has been featured at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Elko many times, received the Academy of Western Artists' Best Female Poet award and other honors, including the Della Johns Scholarship. South Dakota Governor Michael Rounds proclaimed February 24, 2005 as Elizabeth Ebert Day. She and her husband S. J. live on the home place near Thunder Hawk, SD. They have three children, Jonni, John, and Jayne; six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. She says, "As I tell people, we have now been married for 19 wonderful years---plus those other 39 that sometimes got a little 'iffy.'"

Among her current publications and recordings are a book, Crazy Quilt and a CD, Live from Thunder Hawk. She is also part of the acclaimed CD, Where the Buffalo Rhyme, which was recorded with her friends, poets Yvonne Hollenbeck, Rodney Nelson, and Jess Howard.  Her poetry is included in many anthologies, including Cooling Down, Cowgirl Poetry, Humorous Western Verse, and Graining the Mare. 


High Plains Western Heritage Center
Spearfish, South Dakota
6:00 PM ~ Heart of the West
Exhibit & Reception

Seniors & Kids: $5.00
Adults: $10.00

7:00 PM ~ Show Time!

Produced by Creative Broadcast Services, Spearfish, SD ~ 605-722-2511
Tickets in Spearfish:
First Western Bank, High Plains Heritage Center, CBSI Studio

See our feature about the Heritage of the American West here.

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February 17-20, 2006
Moab's Western Stars  Moab, Utah

On Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 20, 2006, the Moab Poets & Writers will present the third annual "Moab's Western Stars." The festivities will begin with the unveiling at the Moab Information Center, Main and Center, Moab, Utah, of the "Pole Star" Invited Artist's show. This year we will be displaying artist JK Dooley's Western watercolors and one of her pieces of art will be the theme for the "Painting With Poetry" competition.  Contestants will have until 3:30 on Saturday to develop a piece of poetry about the chosen piece of art. Opening Night from 7pm - 10pm at Star Hall, located at 159 East Center Street, will then feature highly-acclaimed cowboy poets Brenda Sam DeLeeuw, Jerry Brooks, Val Carter and others who will be on hand to perform as well music by Kenny Hall, the Bar-M Wranglers, and the Back Porch Band.

On Saturday morning at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, located at 111 East 100 North, there will be open and scheduled stage sessions of poetry and music, an amateurs' Western art contest, a chili contest, lectures, and workshops. Topics will include a panel discussion called "How DO you DO that?"  This panel, composed of several of the presenting poets, will discuss the finer points of how to recite cowboy poetry for an audience. Lectures will cover Western lore, Moab's film-making history, and other local subjects.  Writing workshops with noted Utah poet
Jo Lynne Kirkwood will be held both Saturday and Sunday.  At the Moab Information Center, Main and Center, the "Pole Star" Invited Artist's show will continue to display artist JK Dooley's paintings.  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 services, enjoy more barrel racing, 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. There are plans to show some of the favorite old movies during the weekend. At the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, the afternoon starts with another chili
contest, more workshops and lectures as well as more open stage times.  In addition, a hands-on Dutch Oven workshop will be conducted by Brittany Sheain, noted in the region for her catering skills.

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 18, 2006
Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Baxter Black  Chadron, Nebraska

Cowboy humorist Baxter Black will be performing at Chadron State College, on February 18, 2006.  Chadron State is hosting a Cowboy Poetry Gathering in conjunction with Baxter Black's performance.  

Tickets for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering are FREE to the public; please make the trip to check out what is sure to be a great afternoon for cowboy poetry.  For information on accommodations in Chadron, please visit the Chadron Community website— or call the Chadron State College office of College Relations at (308)432-6316.

 ** Tickets are still available for the Baxter Black performance, but they are limited.  Reserved ticket prices are $10 for adults and $6 for Seniors and Youth.  To reserve tickets, contact the Chadron State College Box Office M-F from 2:00-6:00 at (308)432-6360.

** Tickets for the Cowboy Supper are $6 a person, at the door.  However, we would like a head count, so reservations are accepted by calling Danielle Hencey at (308)432-6316


First Session

1:00-1:15        Diane Tribitt-Hillman, MN  

1:15-1:30        Lyn Messersmith-Alliance, NE  

1:30-1:45        Deb Carpenter-Music-Rushville, NE  

1:45-2:00        Jerry Schleicher-Parkville, MO  

2:00-2:15        BREAK


Second Session

2:15-2:30        Timothy Nolting-Berthoud, CO

                   2:30-2:45        Slim McNaught-New Underwood, SD         

2:45-3:00        Harold Roy Miller-Stagecoach, NV  

3:00-3:15        Ken Cook-Martin, SD  

3:15-3:30        BREAK


Third Session

3:30-3:45       Willard Hollopeter-Wood Lake, NE

                   3:45-4:00       Yvonne Hollenbeck-Clearfield, SD  

4:00-4:15       Boyd Roberts-Music-Chadron, NE  

4:15-4:30       Rick Buoy-Kearney, NE  

4:30-4:45       BREAK


Fourth Session

4:45-5:00      Mike Moutoux-Pinos Altos, NM

                   5:00-5:15      Bonnie Krogman-Wood, SD  

5:15-5:30      Richard "Driver Dick" Haag-Indianola, NE  

5:45-6:00      Bald Mountain Rounders-Music-Chadron, NE  

6:00-7:00      COWBOY SUPPER  

7:30              BAXTER BLACK  

The poetry festival and cowboy supper will take place in the Chadron State College Student Center ballroom, and Baxter Black will perform in the Memorial Hall auditorium.  For a map of the Chadron area and our campus--see the CSC website maps.  

Links for more information about Chadron State and the Chadron Community:

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February 18-26, 2006
Bookman's Rodeo Week events  Tucson, Arizona

Bookmans on Grant in Tucson, Arizona celebrates rodeo week (February 18th-26th 2006) with a daily series of free events open to the public.

Feb 18, 4:00 PM Ken Whitecotton - poet
Feb 19, 6:00 PM Spurloafers - Concert
Feb 20, 2:00 PM Eldon Housely - poet
Feb 21, 2:00 PM Ken Whitecotton - poet doing a poetry writing workshop
Feb 22, 2:00 PM Dean Cook - poet, storyteller and musician
Feb 23, 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM Bill Black - poet for a kids feature
Feb 24, 7:00 PM Broken Chair Band - concert
Feb 26, 4:00 PM Bill Black - poet

Contact or (520) 325-5767. To learn more about our store, visit

Thanks to Bill Black for his help with this information.

Posted 2/9

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Mavericks Coffee House   Visalia, California

From Gary Brown:  We are proud to announce an updated concert lineup for the first half of 06 at Mavericks Coffee House, 238 E. Caldwell Ave., Visalia, an old western town. Shows start at 7 PM. Tickets (559-624-1400) go on sale 30 days prior to the event.
Limited seating:

Feb  23     TOM RUSSELL w/ Andrew Hardin

March 8     ELANA JAMES and her HOT, HOT TRIO a new trio featuring Elana formerly w/ Hot Club of Cowtown

March 24    KATY MOFFAT

April 15      DAVE STAMEY (3rd anniversary show featuring the house musician)

April 28      BRENN HILL


July 15      JUNI FISHER

July 21      RANDY RIEMAN an evening of classic cowboy poetry

August 10         ELI BARSI

August 17 & 18  RW HAMPTON

September 23   RICHARD ELLOYAN

October 20  BELINDA GAIL

Stay tuned to this station for additional bookings in the fall.

Updated 8/16

February 24-26, 2006
Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Alpine, Texas

From Linda Kirkpatrick:

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering will Celebrate Twenty Years
February 24-26, 2006
Alpine, Texas

Alpine, Texas----Wonderful traditions are something to behold and the tradition that has continued for twenty years in Alpine, Texas is one that you sure don't want to miss.  Truly one of the best doggone, down to earth cowboy gatherings is hosted each year in Alpine.  Without the aid of sponsorship, this gathering has managed to keep the down home friendly atmosphere where friends and families can meet and greet through-out the

Joel Nelson, Barney Nelson, Nelson Sieger, Bill Brooks, Gary Dunshee and JJ Tucker were part of the original committee that had the dream of establishing this gathering.  The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering has been held on the campus of Sul Ross State University since its beginning and continues to this day.

To celebrate Twenty Years of the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, a pair of Gene Klein spurs will be raffled.  Only five hundred tickets will be sold. Tickets are priced at $10.00 each and can be purchased from Betty Tanksley at 432-354-2490.  A picture of the spurs can be viewed at the web site:  The drawing will be during the Saturday night show.

The event will kick off on Friday, February 24th morning with a hearty chuck wagon breakfast.  There will be lots of things to do during the day from iron bending demonstrations to the much anticipated recitations.  Headliners at the 2006 Gathering Friday night show will be the Gillette Brothers. Guy and Pip Gillette present an outstanding show and this show is one you don't want to miss.  Start your Saturday, February 25th with another chuck wagon breakfast or visit the Cowboy Continental Breakfast at Big Bend Saddlery. Either will get you off to another great West Texas day filled with plenty of things to do.  The Museum of the Big Bend will host the Trappings of Texas and a Gear Auction.   Recitations will be going on throughout the day.

The Saturday night show headliners will be Gary and Jean Prescott.  I am sure they will sing their Academy of Western Artists award winning song, "Fair Blows the Wind."   The song was written by Gary and is performed by Jean.  Both night shows will also feature other poets and musicians.  You can kick up your heels to the music of Craig Carter and the Spur of the Moment Band at the dance on Saturday night.  If you have never attended a Cowboy Church Service then don't miss the chance to do so on Sunday morning.

All in all the folks in Alpine wish to invite each and everyone of you to come help them celebrate Twenty Years at the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering February 24-26, 2006.

Posted 10/6

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March 2, 2006
Texas Independence Day Gala  Ft. Worth, Texas 

From Devon Dawson:

Howdy Saddle Pals!

2006 is Cowtown Opry's tenth anniversary of coordinating and mentoring adults and youth by professional western music performers.  Founded in 1992, Cowtown Opry promotes and seeks to perpetuate Texas heritage through performance of western music, and is the oldest non-profit musical organization in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic
District. Our big annual event is our fundraiser, held every Texas Independence Day, March 2nd.

This year, our gala evening will be hosted by Honorary Chairman, Jack Edmondson, noted Texas historian, author, actor, playwright, and held at Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame on East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.  Featured performers include Devon Dawson, Janet McBride & John Ingram, Jean Prescott, Billy Cate, Jess Meador, Chelsea Beck, Aly Sutherlin, "Tappin' Tunes" dance group, and a host of "Cowtown Opry Saddle Pals."

Our guests will be invited to gather for a public ceremony at 5pm, steps of Livestock Exchange Bldg. at 131 E. Exchange Ave.  The solemn remembrance of the events leading up to Texas Independence from Mexico, will include a special address by the first President of the Texas Republic, General Sam Houston (Jack Edmondson), a "Texas, Our Texas" sing-along complete with gun salute and cannon shot.

Then participants will cross the street for dinner and show at Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame which features a catered Tex-Mex meal, special performances by the Cowtown Opry Buckaroos, and an original production of "Stage Door Cantina," a 40s-style USO variety show, done with a Texas flair and a few surprises! (like see Miss Devon do the hula . . . !)

Dressy western   $50 per person
Please call or email now to reserve your table seating.  Tickets held at the door.  817-521-4969 OR 817-366-9675  email: Website:

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March 3, 2006
Western Reflections, A Cowboy Symphony  Kamloops, British Columbia

March 3, 2006 7pm Calvary Community Church Kamloops 

Featuring The Thompson Valley Community Orchestra, with guest artists, Hugh McLennan, Mike Puhallo  and Tammy Gislason.

Contact Norris Berg 828-1542

Posted 11/14

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March 4, 2006 
Comfort Food Radio  Cody, Wyoming

From host Chris Turner:

Comfort Food, Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes for your Mind, is proud to announce our March 4th guest will be cowboy singer/songwriter and Sheridan Native Dave Munsick.  Dave has just released a new CD, Old Wood, and will be performing his unique and special music Saturday morning at the Irma hotel in Cody Wyoming.  Comfort Food, hosted by Chris Turner, is Wyoming's only live comedy and variety radio show. Also on the show this week will be Thom and Karen Huge in sketches ranging from The Daytona 500 to the Alamo's hapless morale officer Sheldon Nibble. Comfort Food airs on KODI 1400 am and KZMQ 1140 am from 9-10 am Saturday Mornings before a live audience at the Irma Hotel. All are invited.

[See our feature about Comfort Food Radio here. You can listen to archived broadcasts at their web site.]

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March 10-12, 2006
10th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival  Kamloops, British Columbia

This year is the 10th Anniversary!


Kamloops Cowboy Festival !
(March 10-12, 2006

For a decade it's been growing,
Getting bigger every year,
The Best Cowboy Fest in the whole darn West,
Is drawing folks from far and near.

There'll be a bunch of poets and pickers,
Custom hats, and saddles too,
Cowboy art and fancy braiding,
Will be there for folks to view.

This aint no Hollywood fantasy,
Or no twisted shepherds tale,
Just a celebration of the Cowboy way,
On the ranch and on the trail!

Mike Puhallo


Presented by the BC Cowboy Heritage Society, Canada's premiere Cowboy heritage event just keeps getting better, thanks to the support of our sponsors, fans and volunteers. This one should be the best. For info call 1-888-763-2224. email: or visit BC Cowboy Heritage Society.

December 5, 1005 media release:


Canada's Premiere Cowboy Culture event on track for another great year.

The Tenth Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival

March 10, 11 and 12, 2006

Cowboy poets, Singers, Songwriters, Artist and Fans, from all over the West will be hitting the trail to Kamloops BC the second weekend in March for the tenth anniversary of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. Over the last nine years this event has a established a reputation as one of the very best cowboy poetry and western music events in the world. From a modest beginning in 1997, the Kamloops Cowboy Festival grew slowly at first but the last half dozen years has seen attendance increase by an average of more than thirty percent per year.

Our growing reputation as a top notch event has allowed us to attract some of the best western entertainers in the world to our stage. Performers from throughout the Canadian West and as far south as Texas gather here because they know they will find an enthusiastic audience eager to buy their CDs and books.

The quality of the stage performances continue to draw appreciative fans in ever increasing numbers. While as many as 200 guest a year brave the mountain passes to migrate here from Alberta , we also have fans attending from as far East as Nova Scotia. The Kamloops cowboy festival always draws quite a few visitors from South of The Medicine Line, not only from the bordering states but from as far away as California, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Last year we even had groups attend the festival from Switzerland, Austria and Argentina.

The Tenth Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival should be the best yet, ticket sales are off to a brisk start (festival passes make great stocking Stuffers.) Due to the outstanding success of our first ever dinner theatre show last year we are offering that option both Friday and Saturday night in 2006. Most of the entertainers have been confirmed for the upcoming event including; Alberta's sensational young rising stars, Brett Kissel & Jesse Fowler, Shirley Field, Doris Daley (AWA female poet of the year 2004), Juni Fisher (AWA female vocalist of the year 2005), Jean Prescott (who's won so many awards we'd need an extra page to list them), Tammy Gislason, Hugh McLennan, Gord Collier, Don Wudel, Noel Burles, Butch Falk, Matt Johnston, Horse Crazy, Bud Webb, and a dozen other returning favourites and bright new stars from the Western Sky.

Of course there is a lot more to the Kamloops Cowboy Festival than poetry and music, The Western Art and Gear Show will once again feature close to three dozen of Western Canada's finest cowboy Artists and Artisans. The BC Cowboy Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies will take place Friday Night December 10. during the feature concert and the winners of the BC Cowboy heritage scholarships will be announced at the Saturday night show. There will be other events leading into and in conjunction with the festival at the Kamloops Museum, the Kamloops Art Gallery and Forsters Restaurant.

They say word of mouth is the best form of advertising here's what Jay Snider (a poet from Oklahoma ) had to say:


Thanks so much for inviting us out to Kamloops for such a great festival. We appreciate the wonderful hospitality that you all showed us. The weather and the country up there was beautiful and the folks we met at the festival were great. You are blessed to have such a fantastic group of volunteers and sponsors and you guys did a whale of a job organizing what I consider to be the "Best Cowboy Show on Earth." My family and I were honored to be a part of it. Thanks again for allowing us to be a part of such a great event.                Adios my friends, JS

For up-to-date detailed information on the festival, accommodations, and more, check out our website

or call Mike Puhallo, 1-888-763-2224

Tickets are available:

- in Kamloops at The Horsebarn on Mount Paul Way, BC's biggest and best western wear store

- The Best Western Kamloops, Our Official Host Hotel has complete packages available

-The BC Cowboy Heritage Society , box 137 Kamloops BC , VAC 5K3. email

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March 14 and March 15, 2006
Cowboy Opry   Lemmon, South Dakota  and Bowman, North Dakota 

46th in a series of monthly shows

Brent Voight, Rhame, ND 
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, SD

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 7 p.m.
Boss Cowman Conference Center, Lemmon, S.D.

Wed., March 15, 2006 - 7 p.m.
Bowman Gateway Cafe, US 12, Bowman, N. D.

posted 3/1 (thanks to Jeri Dobrowski for the details)

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March 11, 2006 
Comfort Food Radio  Cody, Wyoming

From host Chris Turner:

Comfort Food, Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes for your Mind, is proud to annouce our March 11th guest will be 8 year old violinist Harrison Schulmann Saturday morning at the Irma hotel in Cody Wyoming. Harrison at the ripe old age of 8 has already won a national fiddling contest and has his sights set on the New York Philharmonic Orchestra! Comfort Food, hosted by Chris Turner, is Wyoming's only live comedy and variety radio show. This week we are featuring a report on cloud seeding in Wyoming, another Mule Deer controversy and a Heck's Angel's update. Comfort Food airs on KODI 1400 am and KZMQ 1140 am from 9-10 am Saturday Mornings before a live audience at the Irma Hotel. All are invited.

[See our feature about Comfort Food Radio here. You can listen to archived broadcasts at their web site.]

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March 15, 2006
Heritage of the American West  Spearfish, South Dakota
Also live on the web, 7PM MT

The Cowgirl & The Celt…..
Cowboy Irish Music, Poetry Featured At Heritage of the American West Show

Spearfish, SD --  Cowboy Celtic is more than music.  It’s theatre and imagery and history and storytelling and more, all wrapped up in sagebrush and tartan. 

The Celtic origins of traditional cowboy music will be on stage for the Heritage of the American West performance of “The Cowgirl and The Celt”, Wed., March 15th, a 90 minute live stage show that features the stellar vocals and old-time fiddling of Wyoming "cowfolk,", Les and Locke Hamilton.

Recognized nationally in the cowboy/western entertainment industry, the duo has a diverse acoustic style that blends vintage Western, cowboy folk tunes, yodeling and original material that showcases this Americana art form. One of their signatures is the Celtic music that influenced early cowboy songs.

Performing under the stage name “The Prickly Pair & Cactus Chorale,” they are joined by the harmony vocals and artful playing of a stand-up bassist and together, their albums have charted on folk radio nationwide. Their CD release, The Lights of Cheyenne stayed on the folk charts for over 25 weeks and they have earned multiple nominations from the Academy of Western Artists and the Western Music Association.

 “When it comes to cowboy music and poetry, people rarely think of it in terms of an Irish/Celtic influence,” says Heritage director Francie Ganje.  “But after the Civil War and government land acts, immigrants who would become cowboys joined the Bozeman Trail, moving cattle north.  Along the trail, these cowboys told stories and sang songs to pass the time and to put into words the power of their experiences on the range. Many of the cowboys had Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and Gaelic roots, and they based their music on what they knew — traditional ballads of the British Isles.”

She adds, “Cowboy Celtic has been called, ‘a beautiful evocation of just how much Celtic music inspired the melodies played around the campfires in the West.’ It’s unique to the cowboy culture and we’re pleased to bring it to the Heritage of the American West stage.”

A pre-show Cowboy Irish exhibit and reception begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Founder’s Hall of the High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, SD, and will feature cowboy memorabilia from that era from the Days of 76 Museum, Deadwood, SD,  along with contemporary exhibits from the Black Hills Celtic Shop, Rapid City. Also planned is an exhibit on the history and contemporary development and use of stock dogs.  The stage show follows at 7:00 p.m. and is also broadcast on  radio stations and on the web.

A special guest appearance by cowboy poet and humorist Andy Nelson of Pinedale, Wyo. is also on the stage order for the evening performance. Nelson delivers extraordinary, original poetry and stories, " more befitting  the stockyards than the courtyards," and performs around the country at cowboy poetry and music gatherings. "Nelson is that rare mix of the traditional and contemporary western story teller," observes Ganje. "From 'Ranch Wife Barbie' to 'Ridin' With Jim Again', he weaves current issues of the day, along with poignant stories of loyalty and sacrifice. The end result is often compelling; sometimes with a smile, at others a rough-hewn edginess, but always real." 

Tickets are $5 for seniors and children and $10 for adults and can be purchased in Spearfish at First Western Bank, High Plains Western Heritage Center and Creative Broadcast Services.  For more information, contact show productions at 605-722-2511.

HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAN WEST ~ The Cowgirl and the Celt  (pdf poster)

Featuring cowboy poet and humorist Andy Nelson and the music of Prickly Pair.

Heritage of the American West presents....

"The Cowgirl & The Celt"
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, SD

6:00 PM: Cowboy Irish Exhibit & Reception
7:00 PM: Show Time!     *mountain time

Featuring: The Prickly Pair & Cactus Chorale
Special Guest: Cowboy Poet & Humorist Andy Nelson

Join us for Irish Creme Coffee, Shamrock Cookies, or a nip of Bailey's Irish Creme!
Special gifts from the Black Hills Celtic Shop, Dublin Square & The Knight's Cellar Irish Pub!

Produced by Creative Broadcast Services, Spearfish, SD ~ 605-722-2511
Tickets in Spearfish:
First Western Bank, High Plains Heritage Center, CBSI Studio

Seniors & Kids: $5.00
Adults: $10.00

See our feature about the Heritage of the American West here.

Updated 2/23 

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March 17,  2006
Cowboy Music and Poetry  Bryson-Hesperia, California

The evening of March 17th is once again time for the country community of Bryson-Hesperia to open the doors of their beloved Hesperia Hall to Cowboy Music and Poetry lovers. This is an annual community event that reflects the warmth of country gathering with favorite pot luck dishes, friends and neighbors in a Hall full to the rafters of the area's history.

Again this year Janice Gilbertson will be an invited poet with the enviable job of introducing a line up of talent you would expect to see if you drove all the way to town!

Virginia Bennett will trek the 60 miles or so from Paso Robles to share her stories and poetry and maybe join in with her friend Delores Talbert and her Wild River Ramblers for some great old time music.

And, as if that weren't enough, Gary Robertson from Thousand Oaks, Ca. will be performing this year too! Gary's poetry is sincere, warm and often humorous and it is a real treat to get to hear him!

For more information please contact Anne Brown at

Posted 3/6

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March 17 and 18,  2006
Vinton Cowboy Poetry Show   Vinton, California

MARCH 17 & 18, 2006
Vinton, Ca.    (30 miles from Reno, Nv.)
Corner of Hwy 70 and Hwy 49

Featuring:  Steve Blanchard, Dallas McCord, "Barbed Wire" Ben Aitken, & Chris Isaacs

Friday evening corned beef dinner 5 - 7 PM   $12
Friday evening show at 7:30 PM     $18

Saturday matinee    1 PM   $18
Roast beef dinner  4 - 7 PM $12
Saturday evening show 7:30 PM  $18

Contact:  Betty Ramelli
e mail
phone  530-993-4692
cell   530-514-1022

Updated 1/18

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April 1, 2006
Arizona Book Festival  Phoenix, Arizona

From Catherine Lilbit Devine:

The Arizona Humanities Council has chosen Whispers of the West (Catherine Lilbit Devine, Jeff Streeby, G. Casey Allen, and Debra Coppinger Hill ) to do a one hour presentation of Cowboy Poetry & Songs during their Arizona Book Festival on April 1, 2006 at the Carnegie Center in Phoenix Arizona.  Visit the Arizona Book Festival web site for additional details.

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April 7-9, 2006
3rd Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering, Kennewick, Washington

From Smoke Wade:

The 3rd Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering will take place April 7-9, 2006 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick, Washington. The fund-raiser event is organized by Ed Dailey of the Legends Of Country syndicated radio show of Tri-Cities, WA. Several organizations will benefit from the proceeds including the Benton County Mounted Sheriff's Posse.

Scheduled daytime performances will be presented on Friday, April 7, from noon to 6:00 pm and on Saturday, April 8, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be open mic sessions at 6:00 - 6:45 pm on Friday and 3:00 - 6:00 pm on Saturday. Main Shows will take place at 7:00 pm on Friday and 6:00 pm on Saturday. Each evening there will be a cowboy dance following the main show at 9:30 pm. A special live Campfire Radio Sing will take place Sunday, April 9, at 7:00 - 10:00 am followed by Cowboy Church at 11:00 am featuring Howard Steele and other performers.

The Friday night show will feature cowboy poets, Smoke Wade, Idaho; A. K. Moss, Oregon; singer/songwriters Wayne Nelson and Rod Erickson, both of Idaho; Tammy Gislason, Alberta; Juni Fisher, Tennessee. 

The Saturday night main show will feature poets Smoke Wade, A. K. Moss, and Clark Crouch of Washington; and singer/songwriters Wayne Nelson, Tammy Gislason, Juni Fisher and special guest, Lacy J Dalton of Nevada.

Other daytime performers include cowboy poets, Van Criddle, Oregon; Larry Price, Washington; Dick Morton  & Jane Morton, Colorado; and singer/songwriters Northfork, featuring George Thomsen & Sharon Glenn, Washington;, Sarah Gautschi, California; and Howard Steele, Oregon.

Western Art and craft vendors will be on hand featuring bronze sculptor, John X. Geis, Idaho, as well as food vendors.. Admission wristbands are on sale. Contact Ed Dailey: email -



12noon - 7pm Vendors, exhibits, demos and more
Poetry and music in Halls featuring:
12:00 - 12:15 pm Larry Price - Poet
12:15 - 12:30 pm Howard Steele - Singer
12:30-12:45 pm Clark Crouch - Poet
1:00-1:20 pm Sarah Gautschi - Singer
1:30 - 1:50 pm Jane Morton - Poet
2pm - 2:40 pm Tammy Gislason - Singer
3pm - 3:30 pm Smoke Wade - Poet
3:30-4:00 pm Northfork - Poetry/Music
4:00-4:20 pm A.K. Moss - Poet
4:30-4:50 pm Van Criddle - Poet
5:00-5:20 pm Local poets group
5:30-6:00 pm Dick Morton - Poet
6:00 -6:45 pm Open Mic Time (10min Limit)
7:00 - 9:30pm Main Show featuring: Tammy Gislason, Wayne Nelson, Smoke Wade,
A.K. Moss, Rod Erickson, Juni Fisher, Joni Harms.

9:30 - 11:30pm Cowboy Dance

SATURDAY April 8th

9:00 AM All Booths, Vendors, exhibits, demos open in all Halls.

9:00 am poetry and music featuring:
9:00-9:20 am Howard Steele - Singer
9:30-9:50 am Van Criddle - Poet
10:00 - 10:20 am Juni Fisher - Singer
10:30 - 10:50 am Dick Morton - Poet
11:00 - 11:30 am Northfork - Poetry/Music
11:30-11:50 am A.K. MOSS - Poet
12:00-12:20pm Wayne Nelson - poet
12:30-1:00pm Tammy Gislason - Singer
1:00 - 1:30pm Rod Erickson - Stories//Music
1:30-1:50 pm Smoke Wade - Poet
2:00-2:20 pm Sarah Gautschi - Singers
2:30-3:00 pm Jane Morton - Poet
3:00-6:00pm Open Mic Hall---------10 Min Limit
6:00-9:30PM Main Show featuring: Tammy Gislason, Wayne Nelson, Smoke Wade,
Clark Crouch, A. K. Moss, Juni Fisher, Lacy J Dalton.

9:30 - 11:30 Cowboy Dance

SUNDAY April 9th

Campfire radio sing 7:00-10:00 am featuring: Tammy Gislason, Smoke Wade, Northfork, A. K. Moss, Rod Erickson, Jane Morton, Sarah Gautschi, Dick Morton, Van Criddle.

Cowboy Church 11:00 am-1:00 pm featuring Howard Steele

Cowboy gathering ends 1:30pm

Contact Ed Dailey: email - website:

Posted 12/8

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April 7-9, 2006
The Estes Park Cowboy Music and Poetry Roundup   Estes Park, Colorado

The Estes Park Cowboy Music and Poetry Roundup will be held April 7,8, & 9, 2006 at the Estes Park Colorado YMCA of the Rockies. Friday night will feature Brad & Cathy Fitch, Vic Anderson, Patty Clayton and more. Saturday night will be Baxter Black, Bob Kinford, Yampa Valley Boys, Bill Barwick, and more. Open mics sessions on Saturday. For reservations and rooms call (970) 586-3341 ext. 1010

Posted 2/20

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April 7-9, 2006
24th Annual Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads  Cody, Wyoming

BBHC adds dinner concert to Cowboy Songs event

There's not much a cowboy likes better than good tunes and fine food. Attendees at April's Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads (CSRB) have the opportunity for both with a brand new dinner concert added to the schedule.

"Tunes at The Terrace" is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 6 p.m. at the Terrace on the west edge of Cody. Singer-songwriter, Stephanie Davis, as heard on A Prairie Home Companion, and Wylie and The Wild West are on tap to lend their voices to this unique dining experience set against the backdrop of the Shoshone River Canyon. Ticket holders will enjoy a mouth-watering menu created by Road Grill Catering. Factor in outstanding music and it's easy to see why ticket sales are already very brisk.

Fast approaching its twenty-fifth anniversary, CSRB has become one of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's (BBHC) flagship events. Public Programs Coordinator Jesse Siess says, "While preserving past traditions, Cowboy Songs is also looking ahead. New events, such as the dinner concert, will keep it fun and attract a new cowboy enthusiast."

Ticket prices for the dinner concert are $32 per person or $25 per child, or the table option of 8 for $256 with priority seating. Tickets are also available for dessert and concert only at $25 per person. All tickets may be purchased online at by clicking "Events" or by calling Siess at 307.578.4028.

This year's CSRB theme is Rhythms of the Range: Music of the Northern Rockies and Northwestern Plains. Special children's Museum Adventures for area fourth and fifth graders kick off CSRB on Wednesday and Thursday, April 5 and 6. A patrons' preview at the BBHC welcomes participants and attendees Thursday at 7 p.m. On Friday, the BBHC hosts a variety of CSRB symposium presentations and hands-on workshops in the morning followed that evening by Tunes at The Terrace.

Saturday will have a number of activities for the entire family as presenters offer song, poetry, storytelling, and demonstrations. Several participants will perform in a 1 p.m. concert at the downtown Cody theatre. That evening the ever popular Bar J Wranglers from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, along with many of their cohorts, will perform in a 7:30 concert at Cody High School's Wynona Thompson Auditorium. A cowboy horsemanship demo, a chuck wagon spotlight, and the popular "Trail to Glory" kick off the day on Sunday, April 9, with a variety of presenters, demonstrations, and even more music to follow.

According to Siess, "As in past years we have weekend passes available. For $60 an attendee has a single admission to all CSRB events including the dinner concert on Friday evening. The $30 traditional weekend pass includes single admission to the two Saturday concerts and to the BBHC through Sunday." Complete information about the Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads weekend is also available online.

Start any journey into the American West at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, currently operating its winter schedule: open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; closed Mondays. In April BBHC hours will move to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Devoted to Western cultural and natural history, the Center is comprised of the Buffalo Bill Museum, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Plains Indian Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, Draper Museum of Natural History, and McCracken Research Library. For general information, call 307.587.4771 or visit

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April 8, 2006 
Comfort Food Radio  Cody, Wyoming

From host Chris Turner:

Comfort Food, Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes For Your Mind, is very proud to welcome Wyoming's most popular singing group The Bar-J-Wranglers.  Based in Jackson Wyoming, The Bar-J-Wranglers have built a nation wide following with their popular recordings and their live performances in Las Vegas, Key West, Wichita, Brigham Young University and across the West. Along with the Wranglers we will have a Heck's Angel's update, Bob's Western Design Confrence and the staff of Comfort Food tries to join the Wyoming National Guard. Hosted by Chris Turner,  Comfort Food is Wyoming's only live comedy and music variety show and is produced on KODI 1400am and KZMQ 1140am From 9-10am Saturday mornings from Buffalo Bill's historic Irma Hotel, so come on down and... take a bite out of the radio!

[See our feature about Comfort Food Radio here. You can listen to archived broadcasts at their web site.]

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April 11 and April 12, 2006
Cowboy Opry   Lemmon, South Dakota  and Bowman, North Dakota 

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 7 p.m.
Boss Cowman Conference Center, Lemmon, S.D.

Syble Brown, Faith S.D  and Terry Henderson, Shawnee, Wyo. 

Read more about the program here.

Wed., April 12, 2006 - 7 p.m.
Bowman Gateway Cafe, US 12, Bowman, N. D.

posted 3/30 (thanks to Jeri Dobrowski for the details)

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April 15, 2006
Piper's Opera House fundraiser   Virginia City, Nevada  Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

Poet Dave P. Fisher will take part in a fundraiser for Piper's Opera House in Virginia City, Nevada, that will also celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week.  From the organizers:  

An entire day, beginning at 10:00am on Saturday April 15, 2006, honoring the legendary stage at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City . Entertainment will range from Bluegrass Music and Cowboy Poetry (in honor of National Cowboy Poetry Week) to solo piano and vocal performances. Sierra Express Band will conclude the event bringing their high energy, fun atmosphere to the stage. Admission is just $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children under 16, and children under 6 are free. All funds received either by admission or donation will go to helping the restoration project of Piper’s Opera House. Come and enjoy an array of local talent while helping to preserve the history of American Art.

Harold Roy Miller and Diana Miller will also perform at the event.

Posted 3/28

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April 18, 2006
Poetry and Song   Goldhill, Nevada  Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

Dennis Golden and Texas Tom Weatherby appear at the Gold Hill Hotel, Goldhill, Nevada, on April 18, 2006 in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week, in a program presented by the Nevada Rangeland Resources Commission. The event includes a buffet dinner, followed by Tom and Dennis.  $15 dinner and show, $5 show only. Contact: 775-847-0111.

Posted 3/27

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April 20, 2006  (The show was postponed one day because of a winter storm. New date:  Thursday, April 20, 2006.)
Heritage of the American West  Spearfish, South Dakota
Live on the web, 7PM MT

Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week with Yvonne Hollenbeck, and Wally Bazyn

Read more here.

High Plains Western Heritage Center
Spearfish, South Dakota
6:00 PM Exhibit & Reception

Seniors & Kids: $5.00
Adults: $10.00

7:00 PM ~ Show Time!

Produced by Creative Broadcast Services, Spearfish, SD ~ 605-722-2511
Tickets in Spearfish:
First Western Bank, High Plains Heritage Center, CBSI Studio

See our feature about the Heritage of the American West here.

Updated 4/12

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April 19, 2006
Cowboy Poetry and Western Songs Stillwater, Oklahoma      Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

"Cowboy Poetry and Western Songs," an event sponsored by the Oklahoma State University Library (OSU/Stillwater), OSU Rodeo Association, and OSU Rodeo Association Booster Club will celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week and National Poetry Month on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 8:00 PM in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, of the Edmon Low Library. For more information, contact  Karen Neurohr, Assessment Librarian, 405/744-2376 or Sally Vielma, Rodeo Association Advisor, 742-7568.

Posted 4/13

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April 20, 2006  
Cowboy Poetry and Western Music  Kanab, Utah   Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week  

Poets and musicians in Kanab, Utah, home of the Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week at a special event at Kanab's Crescent Moon theatre on April 20, 2006 at 7PM.  Sam A. Jackson, who conceived and produces the Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, will emcee and perform along with Doug Keller, Brent Owens, Myrna Cox, Laurali Noteman, Kenny Hall, and others. Admission $5.  Crescent Moon Theatre: (435)-644-2350

Posted 4/17

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April 21-26, 2006  
"Winds Of The Chaparral" 2006 Convention  Fresno, California

The "Winds Of The Chaparral" 2006 Convention is April 21-26, 2006, Friday through Sunday, and open to all who are interested in all facets of poetry. To learn more about the California Federation of Chaparral Poets, Inc. visit:

Mick Vernon will bring Cowboy Poetry and Western Music to the event on Friday afternoon from 4 - 5 pm. Organizer Dave Lapierre writes, that it will " a great opportunity for those attending to become familiar with this diverse poetry form."  

We are composed of 20 Chapters spanning the state from San Diego to Cottonwood in Northern California. We are the oldest and largest poetry organization in California dedicated to fostering and furthering the writing and appreciation of poetry in all ages.

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April 22, 2006
Third Annual Cowboy Poetry Event  Grass Valley, California ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

The Grass Valley Elks Lodge will hold its 3rd annual Cowboy Poetry event during Cowboy Poetry Week on April 22nd. Doors will open at 4:00 pm with dinner at and the show at 6:00 pm. Poet and musician Jim Cardwell reports that in the past two years the crowds have been large and appreciative.

The evening will begin with "Real" Cowboy Music from the Stardust Cowboys ( -- music like Gene Autry used to play. To date, poets and musicians include Susan Parker, Tony Argento Jr., Fred Gibbons and Gene Davis, Harold Roy Miller, and  Jim Cardwell.

Call or e-mail Dawn at (530) 432-9106/  or email Jim Cardwell

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April 22, 2006
Cowboy Poets of Utah   Payson, Utah  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

The Cowboy Poets of Utah will have a "Tribute to Cowboy Poetry Week" on April 22, 2006, with dinner and a program, in Payson, Utah. 

The official Cowboy Poets of Utah web site announced "We're having a Cowboy Poetry / Western Music Get-together Saturday, April 22 at 5 pm at Mi Rancherito's (85 E. Utah Ave.) in Payson. Come enjoy food, friends and have a Cowboy Poetry Week Jam Session."

See the Cowboy Poets of Utah web site for additional details. 

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April 22, 2006
Abernathy Boys Statue Dedication  Frederick, Oklahoma

From Jo Hargrave at Keepin' it Cowboy:

Once they were famous from the Atlantic to the Pacific.  If you had asked any American school children in 1911 who Bud and Temple Abernathy were, they would have given you a look of disbelief.  "Everyone knows the Abernathy Boys," they would have said.  And they would have been correct, because the mounted adventures of the little Long Riders from Oklahoma Territory had taken the United States by storm.

On their first equestrian journey in 1909 the tiny travelers, aged nine and five, encountered a host of Old West obstacles, including wolves and wild rivers, when they rode more than 1,000 miles from Oklahoma to Santa Fe and back - ALONE!

The following year the intrepid brothers set their sights on New York City, which they reached after a month of hard riding.  Along the way Orville Wright offered to take them up in his new-fangled airplane and President Taft gave them a warm welcome when they reached the White House. Kids envied them.

Women adored them.  Grown men pulled hair from their horses' tails to keep as souvenirs.  This public frenzy culminated when Bud and Temple rode their Oklahoma ponies alongside Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in a victory parade witnessed by more than a million cheering New Yorkers.

Even though they were only six and ten years old, Temple and Bud Abernathy were a national sensation.

In the summer of 1911, they did the impossible.  They rode nearly 4,000 miles, from New York to San Francisco, in only sixty-two days.  Once again, the Abernathy Boys had made a historic ride without any adult assistance and accomplished an equestrian feat which has never been equaled.

Sadly with the passage of time the legend of these Little Long Riders was nearly forgotten.  Then in 2004 The Long Riders' Guild joined forces with the hometown of these amazing children in an effort to preserve the equestrian legacy of Bud and Temple Abernathy.

Under the direction of civic leader Dana Greer, Frederick, Oklahoma commissioned celebrated American artist Gary Gardiner to erect this life size statue of the Abernathy Boys.

To assist Frederick in their efforts to preserve the memory of Bud and Temple, The Long Riders' Guild reissued the original book which told the story of their early adventures.  This superbly-written version of their remarkable story was penned by a member of the Abernathy family in 1910.  "Ride the Wind" not only celebrated the adventures of the tiny travelers, more importantly, a proportion of the profits were donated by The Long Riders' Guild to the Abernathy Boys Sculpture Fund.  Here is a link to this enchanting

 After nearly 2 years of fund raising we are proud to announce:

The life size bronze sculpture of the Abernathy Boys will be dedicated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22nd, 2006.  The sculpture will be set in Centennial Park at the Tillman County Courthouse.  A great statue and wonderful tribute to the famous Little Long Riders.  Any Long Riders who want to attend are most welcome. Thanks,

Dana Greer

North American Long Rider Howard Wooldridge has kindly agreed to travel from Washington DC to Oklahoma and officially represent The Guild at the ceremony. Howard is the only person in modern history to have crossed North America on horseback - twice !  In 2004 Howard set out to ride his mare, Misty, from Georgia's Atlantic coast to the shores of the Pacific in Oregon.  Then in 2005 Long Rider Howard and Misty journeyed from Los Angeles to New York. In recognition of his journeys, Howard was made a Fellow of England's
prestigious Royal Geographical Society.  This excellent Long Rider, author and talented public speaker is not only a keen fan of the Abernathy Boys, he knows their legend intimately.

For more information  contact details for both Dana and Howard.

Dana Greer -
Email -
Telephone - 580-335-5689.

Long Rider Howard Wooldridge F.R.G.S.
Email -
Telephone - 817-975-1110.

"I hope that together the North American equestrian community can help Frederick commemorate the amazing achievements of these Little Long Riders." Such recognition is long overdue.

Best wishes,
CuChullaine O'Reilly F.R.G.S.

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April 26-30, 2006
13th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival  Santa Clarita, California

Cowboy Festival Announcement

Greetings Cowboy Festival fans and patrons!

We now have our official dates for the 2006 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival!

The Festival will take place April 26-30 at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio, the location for the HBO series "Deadwood" and other venues around Santa Clarita.

As always, we will feature the best in Western Music, Cowboy Poetry, delicious food and Western gear. Some of our featured entertainers in 2006 will be perennial favorites, Don Edwards, The Sons of the San Joaquin and Waddie Mitchell as well as returnees Stephanie Davis, R. W. Hampton, Lorraine Rawls, Sky Shivers, Syd Masters and the Swing Riders, Brenn Hill, and Sourdough Slim.

We're also very excited about several new acts that will be making their debut at Santa Clarita on our Melody Ranch Stage.

One of these is a fantastic new fiddle trio from Texas called, "The Quebe Sisters Band," who amazed crowds at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko Nevada in 2005 with flawless three part harmonies on fiddles and vocals. They're all under 20 years old but play like veterans.

Another great young trio from Texas called, "Back at the Ranch," will be sure to please Festival-goers with their unique brand of timeless music and timely humor.

Cowboy Poet, Chris Isaacs, from Arizona will be spinning tales drawn from his years of experience as a working cowboy. Humor will be the order of the day.

From Colorado, we'll be welcoming Jon Chandler and the Wichitones. Jon is a great songwriter and vocalist and is paired with two great musicians that bring a whole new sound and flavor to Western Music. Jon is also an award winning Western novelist.

Lastly, our Saturday Night Swing Dance will once again be held at Melody Ranch and will feature one of the hottest Western Swing bands going, "The Lucky Stars." These boys come from the wilds of Los Angeles but play swing like they were born and raised in Texas. They look, sound and feel like a premier 40's Western group.

Tell all your friends that tickets will go on sale on December 15, 2005 (We'll do another notification before the start date) and they'll be able to purchase them by calling (661) 286-4021, or by going to our website. If you're on our mailing list you'll receive a brochure in the mail. If not, give us a call or sign up at

Look forward to seeing you in April!

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April 28-30, 2006
8th Annual Missouri Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Mountain View, Missouri
Contact Jennie Cummings
417-934-2213 or

Cowboy Poets Gather at Mountain View, Missouri

Each year the Missouri Cowboy Poets Association gathers at Mountain View, MO. This year, twenty-four will perform cowboy poetry, music and songs. They will be at the Mountain View, Missouri City Community Center April 28-29,
2006 and at the Mountain View United Methodist Church April 30th.  Cowboy Poetry is always good family entertainment; you can even bring your Mother. The program is hosted by the Mountain View Council of the Arts, assisted by
many community volunteers! It is partially funded by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Missouri can boast of many attractions, beautiful scenic forest, flowing rivers, the start of jazz and ragtime, bluegrass and country music. All of these attract the tourist to Missouri.  Now, another attraction is added to the list and Missouri can certainly boast about this. It's the Missouri Cowboy Poets Association, a group of seventy-five poets and support members; who are dedicated to preserve the part of Missouri history about the cowboy way of life that contributed to the Missouri and Western Movement. Performers from out-of-state are from Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas and Arkansas. Missouri poets are from Willow Springs, Jasper, Rutledge, Louisburg, Oronogo, Columbia, Richards, Warsaw, Kansas City, Joplin, Bolivar, Verona and Springfield.

The three-day event is an explosion of cowboy everything; sometimes can make you feel like you're on a cattle drive. It's kind of like a cowboy circus but with no live animals! Might be like a convention with only wholesome stories, comedy and wonderful people. You may even imagine you're a tourist, visiting an old cow town; where everyone congregates after
a long cattle drive.  As the poets relate sad stories, happy times, love that's gone, missed or anticipated, sung about, and cowboy songs renewed.

The Cowboy Poets will entertain the Mountain View Elementary students April 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the City Community Center, 125 East First Street. The Cowboy Poets have performed for the students each year (8) of the Gathering, due to the excellent cooperation of the school board, Principal Loren Smith and elementary teachers. This year, the First National Bank Regency Club will hand out flyers to help promote this Mountain View tourism event.

Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. the public is invited to have "Supper with the Cowboys", a ticket meal for $6.00.  The Friday evening "Cowboy Poet's Roundup " performance begins at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 29th, is a full day and evening of performances. Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. some of the poets will entertain Mountain View Healthcare Center residents and public and family are invited to be there. Also, Saturday morning, 9:00 a.m. there is an open mike for new poets, regulars and any poet who wants to practice and be heard. The public is
invited to this free show.  Also a free show continues Saturday afternoon 1:00 p.m., scheduled poets will perform all afternoon at the Center. Saturday evening is the "Grand Finale" of performances. This begins at 6 p.m. ($4.00) and sometimes last until the "cows come home."

April 30th, 10:45, "Sunday Morning Coming Down" features all volunteer Poets. As a tradition of the cowboy cattle trail days, cowboys always held a "Cowboy Church." This traditional performance continues as the "Cowboy Church Service" at the Mountain View United Methodist Church, 609 East 5th Street. Directly following the Cowboy Church, a Sunday dinner will be served in the Church Fellowship Hall.  After good food there's more exciting poetry, stories and songs to conclude the 8th Annual Cowboy Poetry weekend, 2006.


Welcome :  Tickets available at the door:

         Friday Evening, April 28, 5 pm Supper $ 6.00,

Friday Performance, April 28, 6 pm, Admission $4.00

Saturday Morning, April 29, 9 am, Mountain View Healthcare Center

Welcome family, friends, residents and staff residents.  Free

Saturday Morning, April 29, 9 am, Community Center, Open Mike New talent welcome, signup for regulars,  Free 

Saturday Afternoon, April 29, 1 pm, Community Center, Poets Perform, Free

Saturday Evening, April 29, 4 pm, Community Center, Poets Perform, Admission $4.00 


Sunday, April 30, 10:45 am, Cowboy Church , Mountain View United Methodist Church , Volunteer Cowboy Poets Present “ Cowboy Church

Sunday, April 30, 12:20 pm, Sunday Dinner, ticket $6.00 

More poetry, stories and music   

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April 29, 2006
Orrin Porter Rockwell Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Festival  Brigham City, Utah

The annual Orrin Porter Rockwell Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Festival will take place Saturday, April 29, 2006 in Brigham City, Utah at Box Elder High School, 380 South 600 West. Come and join us for a lively blend of foot stompin' music, humorous poetry, and moving stories and insights.

Festivities will go from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Western artisans and craftsmen will display cowboy collectables.  An authentic western barbeque meal will include BBQ beef and caramel bread pudding, catered by world famous Maddox Ranch House.  Open Mic time and sing-a-long will be happening from 5 to 7 pm.

Main event featured performers include Phil Kennington, Barry Ward, A. K. Moss, Blue Sage, and other local performers.  A Sons of the Utah Pioneers Poetry Contest is also featured.  For information on entering a poem, please contact Bob Folkman at

Phil Kennington and brother Don are prolific poets with a fantastic sense of humor.  Barry "Bear" Ward is an award winning signer/songwriter who has performed from Carnegie Hall to all over the intermountain west.  A. K. Moss comes to us from Oregon and is known for her thought provoking and inspired poetry.  Blue Sage, a trio from Utah, will have you kickin' up your heels with their incredible music - including the best fiddle music in the west.

Tickets are $8.00 and are available in advance or at the door.

Contact Susan Neidert at for advance tickets.

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April 30, 2006
WBRO Cowboy Gathering  Marengo, Indiana

Carson Jockell of WBRO 89.9, Community Radio for Southern Indiana, will host a Cowboy Gathering on the air Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 7:00 PM EST, with poetry readers, local cowboys, and cowboy music. The 2-hour show's audio and video will be broadcast live over cable access. Carson Jockell is the host of the regular Sunday evening bluegrass show.

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May 1-14, 2006
Texas Ranch House  PBS broadcast


Produced By Thirteen/WNET New York And Wall To Wall Television, Producers Of The Acclaimed Series Frontier House And Colonial House Interactive Web Site At Scheduled To Launch Spring 2006

110 degrees.  200 cows.  47,000 acres.  And 15 people.  Can they make it? 

Welcome to Texas, 1867, where modern-day time-travelers find themselves struggling to get a real-life ranch up and running.  Viewers will watch the drama unfold in TEXAS RANCH HOUSE, an eight-part series narrated by native Texan and actor Randy Quaid premiering four consecutive nights, Monday, May 1 - Thursday May 4, 2006 from 8-10 p.m. (ET) on PBS. 

Transplanted into the actual living and working conditions of the era, outfitted with period tools, technology and clothing, a brave family and a diverse group of cowboys-at-heart discover how the myth of the American West meshes with reality - and what the saddle-sore, rope-burned, and sun-blistered ranch life was really like.  Amid a roasting Texas summer, the group experiences the life of the American cowboy - building corrals, herding cattle, and passing nights under the stars - while tending to their livestock and their daily needs. 

As it follows the day-to-day life of the time-travelers, TEXAS RANCH HOUSE also illuminates the fascinating story of merging cultures and changing social dynamics in post-Civil War Texas and explores the country's diverse ancestry.

"TEXAS RANCH HOUSE may be the most challenging hands-on history series we've done," said Thirteen's executive producer Jody Sheff.  "The ranchers and cowboys are constantly working with temperamental horses, riding a harsh terrain riddled with ravines and rattlesnakes, not to mention the 100-plus degree heat.  The physical demands on our participants and the distances they must cover make this House experience unique."

At the center of the new TEXAS RANCH HOUSE community is the Cooke family of five from California and their 25-year-old appointed servant Maura, a well-read and widely-traveled Washington, D.C. native.  The other valiant vaqueros, or cowboys, of TEXAS RANCH HOUSE include Ignacio ("Nacho"), 52, a native Puerto Rican now living in New York; Robby, 35, a USDA cattle inspector; Stan, 56, a retired colonel living in New Mexico; and 22-year-old Ian from Arizona.

At 20 years old, Vermont native Shaun is the youngest of the male ranchers.  Johnny, 22, is the spirited Englishman of the bunch, while Jared, 30, from Texas; Anders, 25, originally from Sweden and now living in Missouri; and Rob, a 31-year-old physical education teacher and coach from Colorado, round out the ranching crew.   

"Taking people out of their comfortable surroundings and placing them in an unfamiliar and taxing environment is at the heart of this series. How will folks living today deal with the hardships of life in the old west?" said series producer Luis Barreto.  "It's fascinating to witness different strengths emerge from different people, as well as the cooperation in work, play, and creative strategies for just plain coping.  Unlike other unscripted shows out there today, we're not looking to humiliate or embarrass anyone.  It's all about the experience and how one deals with the situation at hand."

The group's adventures in roughin' it are expanded for viewers by the series' companion Web site (
), which is scheduled to launch in spring 2006.  Essays by scholars and series consultants provide historical context, and loggers-on will gain further insight into the challenges of 19th-century ranch life, and get unique perspectives of the experience through excerpts from video diaries.  Interviews with producers, behind-the-scenes photos, lesson plans and other teacher resources are also lassoed into the online component of TEXAS RANCH HOUSE.

Funding for TEXAS RANCH HOUSE is provided by public television viewers and PBS and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people. 

TEXAS RANCH HOUSE is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York and Britain's Wall To Wall Television.  Luis Barreto is series producer; Jody Sheff for Thirteen and Leanne Klein and Diane Best for Wall To Wall are executive producers.  William R. Grant is executive in charge for Thirteen.   For more information, visit


Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Wide Angle, Stage on Screen, Secrets of the Dead, and Cyberchase - as well as the work of Bill Moyers - to audiences nationwide.  As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week, airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as The Ethnic Heritage Specials, The Thirteen Walking Tours, New York Voices, and Reel New York.  With educational and community outreach projects that extend the impact of its television productions, Thirteen takes television "out of the box."  And as broadcast and digital media converge, Thirteen is blazing trails in the creation of Web sites, enhanced television, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs, educational software, and other cutting-edge media products.  More information about Thirteen can be found at:

- Saddle up, partners, as PBS presents the heroes and the hardships of the Old (and not so old) West with a series of programs that explore life on the American frontier, as well as the legends and lore that persist today. Ride with the wild stallions of the Rocky Mountains, round up your prettiest cattle and revive the days of six-shooters and sheriffs with a "range" of programming.

THE STANDARD OF PERFECTION's "Show Cattle,"airing on PBS Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET, is a new documentary from director Mark Lewis (NATURAL HISTORY OF THE CHICKEN), who takes viewers behind the scenes of the Fryeburg Fair - New England's biggest and most prestigious show cattle competition. Held annually in October, the fair signals a time when cattle lovers across New England gather to bathe, groom, clip and show their animals over three days of intense competition. Judged against recognized standards in a variety of categories, hundreds of cattle compete for six grand champion prizes and the coveted crown of Supreme Champion. "Show Cattle" takes viewers into the world of the bovine makeover, and shows how pride, determination and a set of steel-capped boots transform barnyard cattle into regional celebrities.

Departing the territory of domesticated cattle, the dusty trail heads west for an encore of NATURE's "Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies," airing on PBS Sunday, April 23, 2006, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET. Filmed in the mountains of western Montana, this poignant, engrossing story focuses on a wild stallion whose life has been recorded since his moment of birth in the wild by Emmy-winning filmmaker Ginger Kathrens. Kathrens' exceptional footage follows the striking white horse she names Cloud through a series of harrowing struggles and adventures, including expulsion from his own horse family, the rites of passage as he develops into a dominating stallion, his capture in a government roundup and subsequent release, the struggle to survive harsh winters and frequent summer lightning strikes, and the dangers posed by illegal horse shooters. As an illuminating visual record of the emergence of a natural leader, this is an unprecedented film about wild horses.

In May, circle your wagons around the latest hands-on history series, TEXAS RANCH HOUSE, airing on PBS Monday-Thursday, May 1-4, 2006, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET. This four-part series from the producers of COLONIAL HOUSE and FRONTIER HOUSE challenges a group of intrepid time-travelers to experience the exhilaration and exhaustion of life in the Old West. Participants ranch, rope, ride and pass nights under the stars and in their haciendas as they experience life in the real West of the American cowboy. As it follows the daily challenges of the participants, the series illuminates the fascinating story of merging cultures and changing social dynamics in post-Civil War Texas, and explores the country's diverse ancestry, including the cultures of European immigrants, Hispanics, African Americans and Native Americans.

The trail moves from the harsh realities of western life to the legends that life has created: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's "Annie Oakley," airing on PBS Monday, May 8, 2006, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET, tells the tale of the star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, the young woman who thrilled audiences around the world with her daring shooting feats. While her act helped fuel turn-of-the-century nostalgia for the vanished, mythical world of the American West, the legend of Annie Oakley had little to do with the real Annie. Although famous as a western sharpshooter, Oakley lived her entire life east of the Mississippi. A champion in a man's sport, Oakley forever changed ideas about the abilities of women, yet she opposed female suffrage. Her fame and fortune came from her skill with guns, a concept that was counter to her Quaker upbringing.

The journey ends with a modern-day look at the ways two masters of American cinema collaborated to create a number of classic western movies in AMERICAN MASTERS' "John Wayne/John Ford" (w.t.), airing on PBS Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. Many consider John Ford America's greatest director - winner of six Academy Awards, more than any director before or since. John Wayne is the actor whom Ford transformed from a B-western cowboy into a larger-than-life national icon. Their friendship and professional collaboration spanned 50 years, changing their lives, the movies and, in the process, how America saw itself. Their remarkable body of work - including Stagecoach, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Rio Grande, The Searchers, The Horse Soldiers, The Alamo and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - is heroic and nostalgic, reflecting all the elements and all the paradoxes of 20th-century America: generosity of spirit, abuse of power, a sense of loyalty and a restless nationalism.

Head off into the sunset with this collection of Wild West programs in April and May, only on PBS.

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May 6, 2006
1st Annual Spring Max Walker Scholarship Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Enterprise, Oregon

From Smoke Wade:

The 1st Annual Spring Max Walker Scholarship Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held May 6, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the Liberty Grange Hall in Enterprise, Oregon. The event will be held in conjunction with the Larry Waters Spring Plowing Bee on that date.

Organizers host the Annual Fall Max Walker Scholarship Cowboy Poetry Gathering each September in conjunction with Hells Canyon Mule Days in Enterprise. This year's fall date will be September 9, 2006. Proceeds from the Gathering will help sponsor scholarships for local graduating seniors.

[Read more about the scholarship here.]

Interested parties may contact Allen Schnetsky, 541-828-7730

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May 6, 2006
Comfort Food Radio  Cody, Wyoming

Comfort Food, Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes for Your Mind, Wyoming's only live comedy & music variety show will be broadcasting live from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center for their spring open house May 6, 2006. Our very special musical guests will includeMontana singer, songwriter and popular Prairie Home Companion guest star, Stephanie Davis. Joining Stephanie will
be Rocky Mountain Fiddle Champion, 9 year-old Harrison Schumann. Veteran voice actor Thom Huge, The Garfield show, will also join the cast.

Comfort Food is hosted by Chris Turner and heard Saturday mornings from 9-10 am on KODI, 1400am and KZMQ, 1140 am.

Listen to archived broadcasts at the show's web site, where you'll also find  information about upcoming shows, photos, links, and more.

See our feature about Comfort Food Radio here

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May 7, 2006
Cattlemen's Disaster Relief Fund Benefit  Amarillo, Texas

 From Sandra Herl:

Performers have been banding together to help raise money and help for victims of the wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma. If you are a performer and would like to get involved, contact the people listed.

May 7, 2006
Cattlemen's Disaster Relief Fund Benefit  Amarillo, Texas
Sunday, May 7, 2006 - M.K. Brown Center
Pampa, TX - 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
RSVP to TSCRA by May 3, 2006 at 1-800-242-7820, ext. 192
Entertainment provided by Palo Duro, Curt Brummet, Paul and Susie Luchsinger
Live Auction  - Jim Anderson, Auctioneer "Cattlemen's Disaster Relief Fund"

Make checks payable to:
“Cattlemen’s Disaster Relief Fund”
5501 I-40 West, Amarillo, TX 79106

Hay locations for feed to be donated:
McLean Feedyard, Ltd.
Pampa Rodeo Grounds
Roberts County Airport-Miami
For more information on the Disaster Fund or hay donations, contact:
Texas Cattle Feeders Association
Burt Rutherford at (806) 358-3681

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May 9, 2006 and May 10, 2006
Cowboy Opry   Lemmon, South Dakota  and Bowman, North Dakota 

49th in a series
Boss Cowman Cowboy Opry
7 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2006
Boss Cowman Conference Center, Lemmon, S.D.

Musician Mark Franklund, Amidon, N.D.
Badlands rancher who loves those baldy cows almost as much as his wife.

Poet Ray Hanzlik, Mud Butte, S.D.
Third-generation Meade County rancher with a lifetime of experiences to draw from.

Encore Edition
7 p.m., Wednesday, May 10
Bowman City Hall, Bowman, N.D.

See the Penfield Auctions (the show's producers) calendar here.

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May 12 and 13, 2006
8th Conejo Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Festival  Thousand Oaks, California

May 12,2006 8:00 PM Dave Stamey, Gary Allegretto, Gary Robertson
May 13, 2006 2:00 PM (children's show) Sourdough Slim, Gary Allegretto with Haromikids
May 13, 2006 8:00 PM Sourdough Slim, Richard Elloyan, Mark Birdsall aka Wishbone

...and others

evening show - pre-show entertainment 7:00 to 7:45, show 8: to 10:30,
backstage reception 10:30  till we get done
children's show - pre-show activities 1:00 to 1:45(Indian Stories, sing -a-long, blacksmithing demonstration), show 2:00 to 3:00

351 S. Moorpark Rd
Thousand Oaks CA 91361
(805)495-3715 box office
single ticket $25.00 two night package $40.00 children's show $8.00 (for info)

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May 12-14, 2006
Fourth 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 27-28, 2006
20th Annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Medora, North Dakota

Top Female Vocalists Headline 20th Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering

MEDORA – Patty Clayton, the Western Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year, and Juni Fisher, the 2005 Academy of Western Artists’ Female Vocalist of the Year, headline Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering concerts, Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, 2006. Also on tap Saturday night are Bill Lowman, Sentinel Butte, N.D., and Jess Howard, Marmarth, N.D. Sunday’s show includes the Larsen Brothers from Taylor, N.D., The Old Five & Dime from Bismarck/Mandan and Dan Murphy, Baker, Mont. Tickets, available at the door, are $12 for adults, $10 for high school students and $5 for students 12-years-old and under. Children who can be held on an adult's lap are admitted free of charge. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

Held annually over the Memorial Day weekend, the gathering sets up camp for the 20th year at the Medora Community Center, Medora, N.D. The building will be chock-full of music and poetry, Western art, big hats and quilts. Artisans and craftsmen expected include Scott Nelson, Solen, N.D., who will be doing pen and ink sketches, and Slim McNaught, New Underwood, S.D., with leatherwork items. Adding to the fun is the Big Hat Society, which encourages everyone to have a ten-gallon hat day!

Sentinel Butte rancher/artist/poet, Bill Lowman, founder and organizer of the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering, announced the 2006 featured day-session performers. North Dakota is represented by poet/singers Chris Sand, Killdeer; Ron Crowley, Hazen; Terry Schwartz, Spiritwood; and Jim Dalglish, who divides his time between Grand Forks and Sierra Vista, Ariz. Killdeer rancher/poet Joe Reems rounds out the North Dakota contingency. Montana poet Robert Lawmyer represents the neighboring Big Sky Country. Returning after a successful walk-on appearance last year is vocalist Rusty Thetan, Floral City, Wis. Approximately 40 other performers, most veterans of the gathering, will be on hand to recite cowboy poetry and sing classic and contemporary cowboy ballads.

Doors open Saturday morning, May 27, for Yvonne Hollenbeck’s "Five Generations of Quilts" traveling trunk show. The 10 a.m. show displays more than three dozen cherished quilts and coverlets and the story behind each told by Hollenbeck, an award-winning cowgirl poet. The earliest pieces, executed in muslin and yellow cotton, date back to the 1880s. The $10 admission for the quilt show includes coffee and pastries and cameo appearances by night show entertainers, Clayton and Fisher.

Daytime poetry and music sessions, and a Western art show sponsored by the Badlands Art Association, get underway at 1 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. Guests may come and go during the afternoon as sessions start throughout the day.

Festivities continue Sunday, May 28, with country-gospel beginning at 9 a.m. Groups and individuals lend their talents to this Western-style worship service. Cowgirl poet, author and evangelist Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, Newcastle, Wyo., leads the ecumenical program. As always, the coffee pot will be on. Following a break for lunch, afternoon poetry and music sessions resume at 1 p.m.

For more information on the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering contact Bill Lowman at (701) 872-4746. For art show info contact Mary Lovell of the Badlands Art Association at 701- 483-4950 or 701-456-7700. For information on the quilt show contact Jeri Dobrowski at 406-795-8168.

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.

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.

Family's Quilt Treasures to be Showcased in Medora

"Oohs" and "aahs" fill the room when Yvonne Hollenbeck unfolds five generations of her family's quilts. The award-winning quilter, accomplished storyteller and poet brings her popular trunk show to Medora, N.D., May 27, 2006. The event is in conjunction with the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering held Memorial Day weekend.

The Saturday morning quilt program begins at 10 a.m. at the Medora Community Center. There is a $10 admission which includes coffee and pastries and cameo appearances by night show entertainers, Western singers Juni Fisher and Patty Clayton.

Hollenbeck, Clearfield, S.D., unpacks more than three dozen cherished quilts and coverlets, telling the story behind each. The earliest pieces, both executed in muslin and yellow cotton, trace back to the 1880s. "Great-great-grandma must have gotten a bolt of each," speculates Hollenbeck.

Fabrics and styles change through the years as she introduces quilts made by her great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, her own, and those she made for her children. The feed-sack era and good ol' polyester are represented, and there's a 1989 Better Homes & Gardens contest winner she designed and executed.

Hollenbeck's stories alone are insightful, but add the collection of colorful quilts and history comes to life. She illustrates the evolution of quilting within her own family: the basket pattern quilt stored away in a hope chest by a relative who never married; the Depression-era pattern painstakingly sewn from men's worn work shirts; a 1953 double wedding ring made entirely from feed sacks.

One of the most ambitious projects was done by Hollenbeck as a gift for her mother. An original design, "Pansies for Mama" combines more than 5800 background pieces, hand-dyed fabric flowers and trapunto. Hand-pieced and hand-quilted, it took over 16 months to complete.

Following a break for lunch, cowboy entertainers take to the stage at 1 p.m. for the gathering's daytime poetry and music sessions. The Badlands Art Association opens its annual Western art show at the same time. Both are free and open to the public. Concerts are held Saturday and Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission is $12; high school students are $10; children, $5. A Sunday morning gospel program runs from 9 a.m. until noon. There is no admission for the gospel session.

Nearly all of Medora's motels, businesses and restaurants will be open and ready for the gathering.

For more information on Hollenbeck's quilt trunk show, contact Jeri Dobrowski at 406-795-8168, or Hollenbeck at 605-557-3559, For details on the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering, contact Bill Lowman at 701-872-4746.


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May 27-28, 2006
Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

April 17, 2006 media release
Museum's Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children's Cowboy Festival Draws National Attention

OKLAHOMA CITY--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 16th Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children’s Cowboy Festival is scheduled for May 27 and 28, 2006, 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 opportunity to browse the nation’s premier Western heritage museum attracted the attention of the Food Network which featured the festival on its Top Five: Summer Sensations program.

Children can participate in numerous outdoor activities including pony rides, rope making, 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 27. 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 Sunday, May 28, 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 11 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 Band. The talented trio has added singing to their act, and their voices blend with perfect sibling harmony. Accompanied by their instructor, Joey McKenzie, Burleson, 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, 20; Sophia, 18; and Hulda, 15, have played with Ricky Skaggs and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. Most recently they have performed in On The Road With Bob Wills featuring the popular band Asleep At the Wheel’s Ray Benson.

Chuck Milner, cowboy singer, poet and songwriter 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 16 years ago.

New to the entertainment stage this year is Sourdough Slim, a free-wheeling, fast-paced comedian, award-winning yodeler and teller of Western lore, a performance set to the rhythm of a repertoire of catchy tunes on accordion. Since 1988, this comical, minstrel-of-the-range has drawn audiences into his fun-loving antics and musical ingenuity. Other entertainers include youthful Western music performer Aly Sutherlin and talented fiddler Wayne Cantwell.

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 blacksmithing techniques. Lisa Sorrell, Guthrie, Oklahoma, will demonstrate boot making. Trick horse Ice, owned by Johnny and Cheryl Blasier, Coyle, Oklahoma, will perform. The talented equine appeared on the Jay Leno show. Also returning is Oklahoma City Blazers hockey coach Doug Sauter’s Express Clyde and Pony Show +1 featuring the seven-year-old Clydesdale Blazer, donkey Redhawk and miniature horse Taxi.

When it’s time to cool off, families can take 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 oversized 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! Ten 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. Pace Picante chuck wagon spokesman Tom Perini will return to share recipes at the demonstration wagon along with award-winning cooks from the C Bar C Ranch. 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.

Dobson Communications Corporation presents the 2006 Chuck Wagon Gathering in cooperation with Delta Air Lines. Pace Picante returns to the festival, making possible an appearance by famed Buffalo Gap, Texas cook Tom Perini. Additional co-sponsors include The Oklahoman. KKNG 93.3 FM and Great Plains Coca-Cola, with support from Museum Partners Devon Energy Corporation, Mustang Fuel Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

Nationally accredited, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage 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 Persimmon Hill magazine. For more information call (405) 478-2250.

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June 1, 2006
Around the Campfire House Concert with Buckshot Dot   Goodyear, Arizona

From Marvin O'Dell of Around the Campfire on Classic Heartland: is proud to present Dee Strickland Johnson in a free house concert at the home of Marvin & Theresa O'Dell on Thursday night, June 1st.  Performing under the name of "Buckshot Dot," this is one of the most delightful ladies to ever grace a western event stage.

Marshall Trimble, Arizona's Official State Historian, says, "The only thing better than reading Dee's poems is to sit in the audience and watch her perform them."

Ms. Johnson has recorded three albums of western songs and poetry and has written four books.  Her latest book is titled Arizona Woman - Weird, Wild, and Wonderful.  She is a favorite at western festivals.

The concert will begin at 7:00, Thursday evening, June 1st.  Doors will open at 6:30.  The address is 1652 S. 173rd Dr., Goodyear.  For directions, call 623-374-2778 or e-mail Marvin at  This is a free concert; a collection will be taken up for the artist.

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June 2-4, 2006
The Canadian Rockies Cowboy Festival   Nordegg, Alberta

Join us for a weekend of great music, cowboy poetry and fun in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The David Thompson Resort at Nordegg Alberta is smack dab in the middle of some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet, a short drive from Calgary or Banff and right next door to the famous Columbia Ice Fields.

The entertainment line up for this inaugural event includes Country Music Legend Gary Fjellgaard; Canada's next country superstar Brett Kissel; The Allen Christie Band; Tim Hus; Tom Phillips and The Men of Constant Sorrow; Canadian Rodeo Legend Ivan Daines; and three of Canada's best known cowboy poets, Doris Daley, Terri Mason and Mike Puhallo. In addition to stage shows throughout the weekend, there will also be a big beef Bar-B-Que followed by a dance each night hosted by "The Three Musty Steers."

There is plenty of camping on site as well as motel packages available for those that book early. All you need to bring is a few friends, your lawn chairs and a cowboy state of mind, we've got the rest of it covered!

Presented by David Thompson Resort and Twilight Ranch Productions

For complete information and reservations just visit our website

Phone toll free 1-888-810-2103 or Ph 403-721-2103 fax 403-721-2267

David Thompson Resort, Box 17, Nordegg Alberta. T0M 2H0

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June 3, 2006
Crossroads Ranch Trail Drive and Chuckwagon Dinner   Frederick, Oklahoma

From Sandi and Jay Snider:


Join us to celebrate the Historic 1910 ride by the sons of the great "Catch 'em Alive" Jack Abernathy.  Temple, age 6 years, and Louis, age 10, rode horseback 2500 miles from the Crossroads Ranch to New York City to meet their family friend Teddy Roosevelt.

200 head of cattle will be rounded up and driven from the river bottom, to the sand hills, followed by entertainment and an authentic Chuckwagon Dinner by Walker Ryan at Crossroads Ranch.  Pony rides will be available for children 6 years and under.

TRAIL DRIVE --Riders gather at 3:00 pm-Adults $25, 10 and under Free
FREE PONY RIDES-- Beginning at 3:00 PM:  (Children 6 and Under)
ENTERTAINMENT-- 6:00 pm -- The Rush Creek Wranglers of Cheyenne, Ok., featuring singer/songwriter Chuck Milner, Hallie and Cody
CHUCKWAGON DINNER-7:00 pm-Adults $25.00, 10 and under $7.50

TICKETS: Must be purchased by May 26th, Visa & Mastercard accepted.
Tickets available at Box, Inc., Frederick Ace Hardware, Frederick Chamber of Commerce, BancFirst, SWRE, First National Bank of Altus, Tipton & Frederick. Directions and map on back of tickets. (Checks payable to Tillman County Historical Society).  FOR MORE INFORMATION call Joe Wynn at 580-471-5850.  

No beer or alcohol allowed.  Proceeds to benefit Centennial Park Sculpture of the Abernathy Boys.

Rain date: June 4, 2006.
See a news article about the event here

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June - September, 2006
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.

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

2006 Dates:

Jun 3: Old West, Tony Ilardi, and Ron Scofield
Jun 24: Old West, Virginia Bennett, and Ron Scofield
Jul 29: Juni Fisher, Jim King, and Ron Scofield
Aug 5: Sourdough Slim and Ron Scofield
Aug 26: Old West, Ron Brinegar, and Ron Scofield
Sep 9: Old West, Jim & Karen Ross, and Ron Scofield
Sept. 23: Old West, Ghost of Mark Twain, and Ron Scofield

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June 10, 2006
A Night On The Snake River Plains  Rupert, Idaho

From Smoke Wade:

A Night On The Snake River Plains

The second annual A Night On The Snake River Plains will take place at 7:00 p.m. on June 10, 2006 at the historic Wilson theater in Rupert, Idaho. The event will feature: cowboy poet, Smoke Wade, Idaho; and western musicians, Larry Gibson, Montana; Mike Burns, Alberta, Canada; and Wayne Nelson, Idaho.

The cowboy show will raise money for the restoration of the Wilson theater. Contact Chris Jackson, 208-436-2787, for ticket information.

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June 11, 2006
Volunteer Fire Departments Benefit  Gainesville, Texas

Lanny Joe Burnett, Jay Snider, Tim Graham, Waynetta Ausmus and other entertainers will appear with Dean Smith, Robert Fuller, Alex Cord, and other celebrities.

From Sandra Herl:

Sunday, June 11th, 2006
Spring Creek Arena
Gainesville, TX
1:00 PM

Come join us for a afternoon of Celebrities, Music, Cowboy Poetry & Storytelling and raising money for the Volunteer Fire Departments. 

If you would like to join in by donating items for the auctions or performing check the website to find out more information. The Volunteer Fire  Departments of Cooke Country run on donations, after the fires of last
summer and in general they need support. 

If you can't make it and would like to donate something for the auction please contact Marnee Smith 940-902-4545 or E-mail her at Hope to see you there. for directions

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June 9-11, 2006
10th Annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Celebration of the West  Fort Scott, Kansas
contact: call Judy Howser at 620-223-0736, or by email 

Mark your calendars for a rip-roarin' 10th annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Celebration of the West, June 9 - 11, 2006 at Fort Scott Community College, Fort Scott, KS! 

We'll kick off the event Friday night at 7 p.m. with Johnny Kendrick and friends performing, followed by Jim Hoy of Emporia State University.  Jim will present "Boots and Stetsons," courtesy of the Kansas Humanities Council History Alive program. Jim is a well-known historian with a passion for cowboy lore who was with us way back when Echoes first began. He uses song and guitar to tell the story of the American Cowboy. You'll learn a lot and be entertained at the same time! 

Then, Saturday morning at 10 a.m., we'll start a marathon of cowboy poets and musicians performing on the two stages in the Academic Building while chuck wagon cookies stir up some great vittles out under the old Sycamore tree. Lining the halls will be purveyors of fine tack, silver and turquoise jewelry, leather goods, wild rags and other duds, western art, books and CDs, and fancy things fer yer bunk house. 

Ken Lorton will be on hand demonstrating his skill at braiding deer hide and selling his fine, hand made bolos and tack. He's on the program to spout a little cowboy poetry, too. New to the bunch this year will be John Sheehan of Coventry Leather in Wichita. S & S Outfitters of Edna KS and Joplin, MO also will display some wonderful western things for the first time this year. We get a "two-fer" with Joe and Kathy Lester. Joe does leather work, sings, and plays guitar. Kathy creates all sorts of decorative items for the home, wild rags, and western clothing. Their table is right next to the Round Room where the poets perform, where it's been for nearly 10 years! Other long time vendors include Rick Trouslot's Bunkhouse Art and Judy Renard's Country Cupboard (a shop in Fort Scott).

There'll be an open microphone for those not on the program, and we hope you all will come and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow cowpokes.

At 7:00 Saturday night, founders Arnold Schofield and Johnny Kendrick will kick off the evening program of cowboy poets/musicians. A couple of old timers you'll enjoy are Harold Carpenter of Sedan, KS and Jake White of Springfield, MO. Harold is known for his droll humor, spouted as he executes fancy rope tricks. Jake has been a performer at Branson's Shepherd of the Hills and is a polished cowboy poet. During the evening, we'll auction off a low-numbered, signed Gary Hawk Echoes of the Trail print, prize winning metal art hand welded by Fort Scott students, and other great western items.

Other Missouri Cowboy Poets Assn. members you'll hear are Gerry Allen, Gail Burton, Wanda Cothren, Jimmy Couch, Delbert Shields, Richard Dunlap, D. J. Fry, John Hybsha, Jay Jones, Joe Lester, Abe Reddekopp, Cliff Sexton, Neal Torrey, and Leroy Watts. Chuck wagon cookies Don Collop, Kenny Gordon, and Denny Williams have been known to get up on stage and trade insults, too! Lynn and Judy Doughty will be on hand with their chuck wagon, as well. Ask Lynn about his wonderful hand carved western figures.

Sunday morning, we'll hold our usual Cowboy Church out by the chuck wagons. It's always a wonderful outpouring of spiritual poems and old time hymns accompanied by our cowboy poets/musicians. To end a most enjoyable weekend, the camp cookies will stir up a hearty breakfast cooked over the coals. 

All this for only $7 at the door, or $5 in advance. Kids 12 and under free.

No charge for outdoor activities and only a free-will offering asked for the chuck wagon grub. You couldn't find a better weekend of family fun anywhere for that price!

To top it off, Fort Scott has plenty of fine antique shops, a restored 1840's fort, historic downtown and churches, Victorian bed and breakfasts, and much more.

If you are a vendor and want to bring your wares to Echoes, or for more information, give a holler to Judy Howser, 620-223-0736 or email Also check out under special events.


See our feature about Echoes of the Trail here

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June 16-18, 2006
Luke Mezich Memorial Team Roping, and Western Music and Art Festival Ellensburg, Washington

Luke Mezich Memorial Team Roping, and Western Music and Art Festival

Benefiting Sparrow Clubs U.S.A. and Helping Kids in Medical Crisis

Ellensburg , Washington Rodeo Grounds

June 16 to 18, 2006

Don't miss the old and new Luke Mezich Memorial Team Roping, and Western Music and Art Festival benefiting Sparrow Clubs, USA and Helping Kids in Medical Crisis. This year we will be adding Cowboy Poetry and Western Music and the best in Visual Western Arts. This year we will be including WMA Members, Academy of Western Artists members, Sculptors, Oil and Water Color Artists, Saddlemakers, Silversmiths, and many other exhibitors. Exhibits will be open all day with performances by Cowboy Poets, Cowboy Balladeers, and Guitar Pickers. A special Presentation about Women of the West by real ranch women, and don't miss the up to date special feature on the Wild Horses of the West.

Among the featured performers: Joni Harms, Horse Crazy, Smoke Wade, Dave McClure, Jinny Lowe, Bodie Dominquez, Jim Aasen, A. Kathy Moss, Sam Mattise, Tony Reed, Rusty Feathers, and many more, to come.

A fund raising event for the Sparrow Foundation, (a non-profit organization that benefits children in  medical  crisis and their families) These events will be held each day in both the arena and the surrounding area. Plan your days now so you will not miss these new events. Combined with the traditional events of team roping, and barrel racing, the addition of cowboy poetry, western music, and great art show, this promises to be the biggest and best year yet for this wonderful and deserving event.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for June 16 to 18, 2006 and plan to be in Ellensburg,  Washington at the famous rodeo grounds. This is a family event. Watch for more information as the time grows near. We will have "Sparrow Families"  on hand for this special fundraising event so be sure to check your calendars now.

There is still space available for interested artists and craftsmen.


Music Shoot-Out
Saturday, June 17, 2006
1 PM to 4PM

A $25.00 entry fee


1. Must send cd or tape plus bio.

2. 7 Groups and 9 single acts will be chosen

3. Material may be traditional, contemporary, or original.

4. Must use a new song each time

Judged on:

A. Content of Material used, is it authentic,

B. Musician ship

C. Stage presence

D. Entertainment

There will be three judges, each judge will give a total of 1 to 33 points

The three groups and three singles that are the finalist will compete again for first, second and third place.

Send your info to: Kathy Camden, 609 Oak, Nezperce, ID 83543

For more information about this event please call Steve Mezich at 425-888-0957 or Kathy Camden at 208-937-9899.

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June 17, 2006
Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History Celebration   Lone Pine, California

From Larry Maurice:

Well gang it is finally here.  Please make your plans to be in Lone Pine for this momentous occasion!!!!

Please Join Us On Saturday, June 17, 2006 for Our Gala Celebration of the completion of the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History beginning with Dedication at 10:00 a.m. and Alabama Hills Home and Garden Tour leaving from the Museum site at 11 a.m. Donation $20.00 per person

Enjoy Gourmet Dining and an Evening Concert Under the Stars In Lone Ranger Canyon A Celebration with "Chaparral"

General Seating Donation $80.00 per person

Western Attire

Benefiting the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History A Non-profit Public Benefit California Corporation

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June 21, 2006
Lehi Cowboy Poetry Gathering     Lehi, Utah

Mark you calendars and come celebrate the Lehi Round-up Cowboy Poetry Gathering with another enjoyable evening of Great Western Music and Cowboy Poetry, Wednesday June 21, 2006 at the Lehi City Legacy Center 123 No. Center at 7:30 PM.

This year Dave Anderson will be accompanied by Steve and Terri Taylor. Together the three of them make up the group Stampede.

Again this year, back by popular demand will be Don Kennington, Phil Kennington and Sam DeLeeuw, as well as Scott Mackintosh, Randy Lefler and Val Carter. We are also excited to have musician/poet Kenny Hall with us this year.

Cost will be $4 dollars per person or $15 per family. Tickets will be sold at the door. 

For more info contact Val Carter at (801) 768-8754 or

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June 24, 2006
Benefit: Chuckwagon Dinner Concert with Don Edwards and Waddie Mitchell   Yucaipa, California

From the media release:

Oak Glen (Yucaipa), CA - On June 24, 2006, Riley's at Los Rios Rancho presents Roundup at Los Rios, a cowboy chuckwagon dinner and concert featuring a special appearance by the "Bard and the Balladeer" - Don Edwards and Waddie Mitchell.

Held under the stars at historic Los Rios Rancho in Oak Glen, the Roundup offers an evening of cowboy songs and tales of the trail, performed by America's premier cowboy singer and its number one buckaroo poet.  Before the concert, Riley's at Los Rios Rancho will serve guests an authentic western dinner, right off the tailgate of an 1880s chuckwagon.

Proceeds benefit the Desi Geestman Foundation, which gives vital support to childhood cancer patients and their families at The City of Hope National Medical Center.

This one night only engagement is limited to 500 seats.  Tickets are $50 each and include both the dinner and concert.  Tickets go on sale January 1st.  To purchase, call (818) 249-1105, or log on to or

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June 24, 2006
Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree   Winthrop, Washington

The Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree will ride again on June 24, 2006, Saturday night 7:00 pm. at the Winthrop Auditorium, in the old west town of Winthrop. Doris Daley, Academy of Western Artist's Cowboy Poet of the Year will headline the show.  Hank Cramer, well loved Northwest folksinger, will lend his rich baritone to the ensemble. The spirited cowgirl band, "Horse Crazy," brings life and joy to the occasion and Dave McClure, cowboy poet and announcer will host the show along with Emcee Lauralee Northcott. The all-star Elbow Coulee Cast of Characters round out this delightful western variety show everyone is talking about.

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.  The show is loosely based on KMOO is a fictional radio station dedicated to preserving Cowboy Culture for to those hungry masses starving for wholesome entertainment!

And: Plan to attend our next DWCJ Show September 16, 2006 featuring Back Porch Swing, a five piece group, featuring tight harmonies, lightening fast licks and lovely fun entertainment.  This program will be presented in conjunction with the Antique Auto Rally.  Please don't miss these special events in Winthrop, WA.

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.

Sponsored by
Winthrop Red Apple Market
& Radio Station KVLR

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June 24, 2006
Cedar Hill Cowboy Gathering and Chili Cookoff   Cedar Hill, Texas

The Ranch at Cedar Hill and the City of Cedar Hill are proud to be sponsoring:

The 2006 Cedar Hill Cowboy Gathering and Chili Cookoff

DATE  - Saturday JUNE 24TH
PLACE - THE RANCH at CEDAR HILL (Wintergreen exit on N. Hwy 67)
TIME  - 10 am to 10 pm

Chili Turn in - 2:00pm  (Cooks must be pre-registered)

If you made it to last year's event, like many of us, you experienced what good old fashion fun is all about.  If you looked out over the small field there behind The Ranch, and you're like me and just don't get away that often, you were astonished to see, well what I really mean actually felt like you were experiencing what it must have been like in the 1880's.  There were chuckwagons, cowboys, gunslingers, and lots of people enjoying, if only for a brief few hours, a little of the way the old west must have been.
 WOW!  We are so thankful to all those who attended and made last year's event so great.

We all had a grand old time, and now were getting all revved up to do it again.

Here's what I need:

1. Email any friends that you think should know about our Cowboy Gathering.
2. Let me know if you want to perform:  i.e. Poets, Storytellers, Singers, or small bands (small band is defined as you need about 5 minutes to set up)
3. We need vendors who can set up and sell 'cowboy trappins', as they call it.  Leather goods, hats, western artifacts, spurs, etc.
4. We need chili cooks!  This is an official CASI event (Chili Appreciation Society International).

Note to Entertainers:  give me your availability for both Saturday and Sunday, just in case we need to stretch this to two days.  Also, if you're scheduled that weekend, but it's a gig near by, don't rule out playing early and then taking off abruptly.  We won't mind!  Devon Dawson did it last year, as did Brett Watts, and I'll tell you I'm so glad we were lucky enough to get them for the brief time we did.

If this year is anything like last, I expect to see entertainers coming from far and wide to be here.  If we get as many entertainers interested as we did last year, we'll extend this to a 2 day event!

Some of the entertainment will include:

Texas Music
Cowboy Poetry
Real Chuckwagons w/ Cooking demonstrations
Buffalo Soldiers
Flint Knapping
Other frontier skills demonstrations

Food and Fun for All

Come to experience the down home Cowboy hospitality, Texans are known for.

Call me or email me at Paradise Cowboy if you have an interest, or know someone who might want to participate.

To see some of the great photos from last year go to:
You'll need to put in my email address: and the password: chaca
Then you'll see the photo album from last year.

Bill Watkins
aka Cowboy Bill from Cedar Hill...

Paradise Cowboy
1427 N. Hwy 67 Ste 200
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Fax 972-293-7092

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June 24, 2006
Yellowstone Chautauqua   Big Timber, Montana

From Gwen Petersen:

"Chautauqua-a gathering that is typically American in that it is typical of America at its best." -Theodore Roosevelt.  Chautauqua:  pronounced "shuh-TAWK-wuh.

Named for a lake in upstate New York, Chautauqua is a community-based cultural and social movement that started in the 1870's.  From that early beginning, Chautauqua broadened into hundreds of touring "tent-show" Chautauquas that fanned out across the country presenting lectures, dance, music, theater and a variety of other "culturally enriching" pursuits. Their goal: to delight, educate, amaze and provoke the imagination of adults and children alike.

The Big Timber Creative Arts Center organization, following those principals, plans to offer a rich variety of workshops, plays,
lectures, music and more in the Martin Theater.  he BTCAC volunteers are currently renovating and painting rooms for a Western Room, an Art Gallery and constructing a stage for drama.

The Big Timber Creative Arts will present the first Yellowstone Chautauqua 3:00-5:00 on Saturday June 24. Open House and Open Mike local talent Variety Show.  Please join us. We welcome your ideas and suggestions.

Big Timber Creative Arts Organization presents the first
Yellowstone Chautauqua
Saturday June 24  3:00-5:00
At Martin Theater
Open House and Open Mike local talent Variety Show.
Singers, Pickers, Drummers, Dancers - any and all talents welcome.
To sign up for a spot on Open Mike call: 406/932-4227.

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June 24, 2006
Seventh Annual Auburn Family Night Out   Auburn, California

Auburn Family Night Out is coming. This seventh annual event bringing Old Town, and Downtown together is on the longest Saturday evening of the year, June 24th.  Between the hours of 5 & 9pm, Auburn Family Night Out promises
to have something for everyone. From an 1800's encampment, strolling minstrels, cloggers, the Court House Museum opened, church participation, a children's area with many activities including rock climbing, pony rides, bounce house, a petting zoo, face painting and the "Sugar Plump Fairies" and "Never Cry Wolf", a wolf rescue. A variety of "walk around" food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by service clubs, scout troops and individuals. City and County services will have a full on display with demonstrations from the Fire Department, Police and Sheriff Departments, K-9 unit, mounted and bike patrol units, and the American Red Cross, behind City Hall, just to name a few.

Auburn Family Night Out will follow a path on Lincoln Way and split off at High Street between the two districts. Visitors will use a "passport" to sign in at specific locations, qualifying them for several grand prizes at the end of the evening. A trip for a family of four to Marine World valued at $250.00, River Cat tickets, Oakland A's tickets. Auburn Family Night Out will be a safe and sober family event, and it is our hope to promote business and goodwill throughout Historic Auburn.  Our major underwriting sponsor this year is the Child Advocates of Placer County (CASA Program). Supporting sponsors are; The Downtown and Old Town Business Associations. Other sponsors include, Pony Express Printers, Norma Harris, Auburn Nissan, Kathie Harris, Roper's Jewelry, Allegra Print & Imaging, Abbott Media, and Maki Heating & Air, to name a few. If you have any questions, or would like to sponsor this event or be a vendor, please contact Linda Robinson 530/888-1585.

[The event welcomes Cowboy Poets to volunteer for this Family Night Out.  Contact Carol René Guild at 530/823-6987.]

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July 4, 2006
Park City Freedom Celebration  Park City, Kansas

Hosted By Wild West World Theme Park In Conjunction With Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper

Due to overwhelming requests through the years for a fireworks show at the Prairie Rose, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper and Wild West World are joining with Park City to host a giant 4th of July Freedom Celebration.

The Prairie Rose will be presenting our 4th of July Johnny Western Freedom Celebration Show at Wild West World. The show will be set up on a stage in front of the wooden bridge in the Wild West World parking lot. The show will be free to everyone. Fun foods such as BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Chips, Cookies, and Pepsi will be available for purchase.  Limited tours of Wild West World construction progress will be available.


In The Morning

9:00 am Park City 4th of July Parade

In The Evening in the Parking Lot of Wild West World Enter from 77th on Wild West Dr.

5:00 pm Petting Zoo & Continuous Wagon Rides with Other Park City Attractions Represented

6:30 pm Kid's Rodeo

8:00 pm Color Guard Presentation By Armed Forces, American Legion and Scouts.

8:05 pm The Official Raising Of The Wild West World American Flag For The First Time.

8:10 pm Fly Over of Wild West World by McConnell Air Force Base

8:15 pm Recognition of the VIP's.

8:30 pm Johnny Western / Prairie Rose Wranglers Patriotic Concert

At Dark  Spectacular Park City Fireworks Display

Due to Wild West World being under construction. The 2006 4th of July celebration will be located in the Wild West World parking lot, next to I-135.  Please bring your lawn chairs for this spectacular, old fashion 4th of July Celebration, free of charge provided by Park City and Wild West World.


Wild West World, LLC

City of Park City

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July 6, 2006
July 13, 2006
July 20, 2006
July 27, 2006
Autry National Center/Museum of the American West Dinner-and-a Movie Thursdays   Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles - Join us Thursdays in July for Dinner-and-a-Movie:  Gene Autry Westerns.  Enjoy Thursday evenings with Gene and Champion.  Dine al fresco, enjoy special gallery talks, see screenings of fully restored Gene Autry Western movies, and receive discounts on Gene Autry movies in the museum store.  All screenings are fully restored digital movies.

Dinner: 5 p.m., Gallery tours: 5:45 and 6:30 p.m., Screenings: 7:30 p.m. Dinner-and-a-Movie tickets (includes museum admission):  $15/$13.50 for members.  Buy tickets online at or drop by the Visitor Services Desk in Griffith Park.  Sponsored by Yellow Book.


            Thursday, July 6th - Mexicali Rose
            Thursday, July 13th - In Old Monterey
            Thursday, July 20th - South of the Border
            Thursday, July 27th - Down Mexico Way

About the Museum of the American West
The Museum of the American West provides rich learning opportunities for all people by exploring the myths and realities of the American West and its diverse populations. 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.

The museum receives approximately 374,000 visitors annually and each year provides free guided tours and educational activities for more than 40,000 area schoolchildren. It is located in Griffith Park at 4700 Western Heritage Way, across from the Los Angeles Zoo, where the 5 and 134 freeways meet. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $3 for children. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and on major holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas. On Thursdays, the
museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,  Memorial Day through Labor Day. Parking is free. Find out more about events at the Autry National Center by visiting the website at

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July 14-16, 2006 
4th Annual Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering   Encampment, Wyoming

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 14          Gunfighter Shootout, Melodrama, and Campfire Jam Session

Saturday, July 15      Stick Horse Rodeo, Barbeque Lunch, Open Mic Session of Poetry and Music

                             Evening Performance by Pat Richardson, The Yampa Valley Boys, MC Chuck Larsen
                             Ken Kreusel, and Laurie Wood

                             Campfire Jam Session

Sunday, July 16        Chuckwagon Breakfast and Cowboy Church

The Grand Encampment Museum will have historic re-enactments and activities all weekend as well.  Bring the family and come join us!  More information can be found at Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering, or e-mail us at

More information can be found at the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering web site:

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July 15, 2006
Horse Creek Rendezvous Day   Morril, Nebraska

Kansas City cowboy poet Jerry Schleicher, together with Russ Thacker, a banker and cowboy poet, and Jerry Kennedy, a singing brand inspector, will perform at the Horse Creek Rendezvous Day next July 15 in Morrill, Nebraska. Schleicher, whose humorous poems evoke his experiences growing up on a crop and livestock farm in western Nebraska, most recently performed at the 2006 Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. Thacker and Kennedy, both from western Nebraska, have performed together at several area events.

Begun in 1990, Horse Creek Rendezvous Day celebrates the historic 1851 Horse Creek Treaty between the U.S. Government and eleven Indian nations. Between 400 and 600 people attend the annual event held in Morrill, Nebraska, located just across the North Platte River from the treaty site. The day-long event will feature a parade, classic car show, a bluegrass band, cowboy poetry, an old-time fiddlers group, and a free barbeque dinner in the park.

Village of Morrill
P.O. Box 305
118 Center Ave.
Morrill, NE 69358
Tel. 308-247-2312

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July 20-23, 2006
Annual Gathering  Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering 2006

Date: July 20-23rd, 2006

Location: Big Bear Lake, CA

Event Headliners:  O'Brien Family, Dave Stamey, Juni Fisher, Yvonne Hollenbeck, and Nancy Walker

The Big Bear Cowboy Gathering celebrates western heritage that is part of Big Bear Valley history. The theme for our 7th annual event is RANGE ROMANCE. Come join the fun of true cowboy music and poetry in the clear air and blue skies of our beautiful Big Bear Mountains. On Friday and Saturday nights at the PAC you'll enjoy this special form of entertainment. Our cowboys and cowgirls with make you laugh out loud, shed a tear and leave you feeling good inside. At Bear Mountain on Saturday and Sunday you'll have an
opportunity to see how cowboys lived at the encampment, watch the blacksmith and see the authentic chuckwagon. You'll enjoy good food, an art show and venders. The cowboy poets and musicians are performing too. On Sunday Cowboy Church is free. It is good family fun. Plan on joinin' us for this great weekend of family entertainment.

Tix/Admission: Performing Arts Center: $25.00 Friday night, $30.00 Saturday night - Saturday at Bear Mountain: Kids 12 and under free, Adults $10.00

Contact Person - Liz Harris Phone: 909 866-5118 Fax: 909 866-3627
E-mail Address:
Web Address:

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July 22, 2006
Darn Near 11th Annual Woodside Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Night   Woodside, California

Featuring Sourdough Slim, Belinda Gail, Buckaroo Bob Weber
Performance $15/person, Chicken BBQ $10/person
Gates open at 5:00, performance starts at 7:00
Mounted Patrol Arena, 521 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside, CA 94062
Contact, (650) 851-9570

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July 22, 2006
California Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Salinas, California 

Open Mike @ 6 PM
Main show @ 7:00 PM

Sherwood Hall -- 940 No. Main, Salinas

Randy Rieman
Virginia Bennett
Lone Prairie
J Parson
Amanda Gabucan
Kids Poetry Contest Winners



Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Sherwood Hall, Salinas

Randy Rieman has made his living "a-horseback" for the last 25 years working
for cow/calf ranches, grazing associations and stocker operations in
Montana, Nevada and California. He spent 8 years in Hawaii starting colts
and training stock horses for the Parker Ranch on the Big Island and is
currently plying his trade in New Mexico.

In addition to starting colts and braiding Rawhide Reatas, a skill he
learned from the late Bill Dorrance, Randy recites traditional cowboy poetry
at festivals across the country with a style that few can match. He is
nationally known for his performances of the classics of the masters from
the American West and the Australian Bush at all the major cowboy poetry

Virginia Bennett We are very pleased to bring back as this year's emcee the
nationally known poet, book author and editor, full time cowgirl and all
around sweetheart Virginia Bennett. She has been busy touring the country
hitting all the major festivals and we are glad she hails from nearby Paso
Robles and can make herself available for our Cowboy Poetry event.

Virginia raises cattle, starts colts, shows jumping horses and manages
ranches with her husband Pete. We consider her to be a national treasure
with a real down home style. She is a multi-talented, all in one, real deal
Western entertainer that we consider a local here at the CA Rodeo.

J Parson is a native Californian who makes his living raising cattle and
breeding horses in the Bakersfield area. He has been a featured musician at
many California venues including the prestigious Rancho Vistadores Trail
Ride, San Benito Rodeo and California Rodeo Salinas. Raised in the stomping
grounds of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings they and Marty
Robbins and Lefty Frizzell shaped his musical tastes. His original songs are
great listening and those along with his renditions of old favorites help
him garner new fans everywhere he goes. This is a real rising star that we
guarantee you will enjoy.

Lone Prairie's smooth blend and exciting vocal harmonies, combined with
their genuine love of the music and traditions of the west, creates a spell
that evokes the romance of the Old West, a spell that audiences find hard to
resist. Lone Prairie has shared the stage with such greats as Roy Rogers,
The Reinsmen and Don Edwards and has performed for such varied audiences
from the Elko Nevada's Cowboy Poetry Gathering, to the No Nukes concert in
Santa Cruz where they shared the stage with Bonnie Raitt and David Crosby.
These folks are definitely locals, hailing from Santa Cruz.

Amanda Gabucan is a seven year old yodeler with a "multi-octave" range. She
has been performing and recording since she was three. She has a six octave
range and the uncanny ability to mimic voices, quickly memorize difficult
musical patterns, long lyrics and can improvise. This is one act you will

Monterey County Free Libraries For eight years one of our highlights has
been presenting the winners from the age categories in the Cowboy Poetry
writing contest conducted by our revenue sharing partners at the Foundation
for Monterey County Free Libraries. Some of these kids have gone on to other
State and even National event stages. We have been very proud of these kids
who have displayed talent as well as fortitude to face a large audience with
their own works. This is a fun packed segment of the show where we grow our
own talent pool and audience.

Updated 7/11

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July 22, 2006
White Mountains Roundup of Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art  Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona

White Mountains Roundup of Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art, celebrating the National Day of the American Cowboy July 22, 2006 at Blue Ridge High School Auditorium in Pinetop-Lakeside. 

Art and Gear Show opens at 10 a.m.

Two different performances will feature six nationally known cowboy poets. Afternoon Show starts at 2 p.m. and features Carole Jarvis, Barb Baker, and Buckshot Dot (Dee Strickland Johnson) in "Women of the West. Also, the High Country Wranglers men's chorus and Mountain Saddle Band. The Night Show starts at 7 p.m. with popular Navajo entertainer and balladeer Vincent Craig; cowboy poets Chris Isaacs, Bob Bird and Kent Rollins. Also the Mountain Saddle Band

In addition, there will be an exhibit of early ranching history at the Show Low Historical Society Museum on the Deuce of Clubs in Show Low. 

Tickets for the performances will be available May 15 from the Pinetop-Lakeside (928-367-4290) and Show Low (928-537-2326) chambers of commerce. Tickets are adults $10 advance, $12 at the door; kids 12 and under $5. For ticket information call 928-367-0240, or email


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July 27, 2006
Rosebud Remuda    Forsyth, Montana

In conjunction with the traveling event Clark on the Yellowstone, the Forsyth Chamber of Commerce is hosting a gathering of cowboy poets and singers for a main street attractions celebration of life up the creek at Rosebud (home of Wally McRae).  It's gonna be a rollicking night of tall tales and yodelin' on the historic Main Street of Forsyth Montana. July 27th, 2006.

Kicking off with some open mic time on the big stage ( long Hay wagon) at 7:30 and featured acts to follow with BBQ beef sandwiches and all the fixin's.  No cover and no cover charge, proceeds from the BBQ go to send local youth to the Trails end youth camp.  All presenters will receive a CD of their performance in Forsyth. For more info email or call the following:

Terry Hause
Operations Manager
Montana Range LLC.
Fax 406-356-2201

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July 29-30, 2006
Running of the Bull Festival  Eldorado, Texas

Running of the BULL-Saturday, July 29 and Sunday July 30, 2006 in Eldorado, Texas.  A festival celebrating the gift of gab, with cowboy poets and musicians, liars, cloggers, skits, tongue twisters, punsters, story tellers, etc.  Arts, crafts, food, inflatable amusements and other entertainment.  No entry or admission fee.  Contact Jim Runge at for more information.

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August 4-6, 2006
Coast Fork Cowboy Festival  Creswell, Oregon

Entertainers: Pat Richardson, Sam Deleeuw, Ridin' High, Wayne Nelson, North Fork, Poodle Creek Pickers, and Dallas & PJ McCord

Friday & Saturday night shows: Preshow starts at 6:30pm at the Creswell High School Commons 

Sunday: Cowboy Church, Holt Memorial Park, Creswell.

80% of the proceeds go to help fund the music, arts and drama programs for Creswell School District.

Contact: Dallas McCord: or 541-514-1575

Tickets are $10 per show. Cowboy Church is free.

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August 6, 2005
First Annual Colorado Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering  Minturn, Colorado




Sunday August 6, 2006


$7 for adults $5 for seniors

a beer garden &
chuck wagon dinner




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August 8, 2006
Cowboy Poetry & Music  Truckee, California

Tuesday, August 8, 2006
7 p.m. gates open at 6 p.m.

Waddie Mitchell, Don Edwards, Sourdough Slim, Sierry Pete and Fiddlin' Jenni and more!

McIver Arena, Truckee, CA
Tickets and Information: (530) 587-5555 or

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August 11-12, 2006
Reno Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Reno, Nevada

From Donna Hatton:

Soroptimist International of Reno proudly announces the first RENO COWBOY POETRY & MUSIC GATHERING to be held Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12, 2006, at the Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno, Nevada.

TV personality John Tyson will host the both nights' performances under the summer stars at the Hawkins Amphitheater, which will feature the following entertainers:

Friday night, August 11:  Juni Fisher (Academy of Western Artists' 2005 Female Western Vocalist of the Year, and Western Music Association 2005 Crescendo Award Winner); Richard Elloyan ("Back in Heaven" CD was #7 on Western Music Charts as of January 2006); Dennis Golden and Texas Tom Weatherby.

Saturday night, August 12:  David John and the Comstock Cowboys; Tom and Donna Hatton (Academy of Western Artists' 2005 Will Rodgers Award for Cowboy Poetry CD; Top Five Lady Cowboy Poet in 2003 and 2005); and Georgie Sicking (Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree).

A documentary film, Ridin' & Rhymin', about the amazing life and poetry of cowgirl
Georgie Sicking will be shown on Saturday afternoon in the air-conditioned Western Heritage Interpretative Center.  Other indoor entertainment will include a slide show presentation by Marilyn Newton, author of Alkali Angels; a dueling poets performance by Ray March and Tierra Hodge Blom; and open mike sessions for aspiring cowboy poets and musicians.

Outdoors, there will be food, drink and product booths on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening.

The Gathering is the first of its kind in Reno, and will be SI Reno's annual fundraiser for scholarships and community activities.  Tickets will go on sale on May 1, 2006.  Please visit or leave a message at 775-677-8519 to find out more about the Gathering, ticket sales venues, and special pre-event ticket rates.  For more information about SI Reno, please visit

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August 12, 2006
Western Arts Day   Grand Canyon, North Rim, Arizona

Sam Jackson, Jerry "Brooksie" Brooks, and Doug Keller are part of an afternoon program at the North Rim Lodge during the National Parks "Western Arts Day" on August 12th, 2006. As the sun sets, the Kanab, Utah "Symphony of the Canyons" orchestra  will present a concert.  

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August 18-20, 2006
Stony Plain Gathering  Stony Plain, Alberta

For our 14th year, August 18, 19, & 20, the Stony Plain Gathering will continue to present and preserve traditional and contemporary Cowboy Poetry, Music & Art.

This year our line-up includes Sue Harris (Arizona), Howard Norskog (Idaho), Floyd Beard (Colorado) and a  great line-up from across Canada

Including Doris Daley, Ben Crane, Bryn Thiessen, Garth and Rose Bibby and forty other guest artists.

With over 50 artists from across Canada and the USA, the Gathering has grown to be a true pride of the West, hosted at the Pioneer Museum and Exhibition Grounds in Stony Plain Alberta.

Our web site is  and our ph# 780-963-5998

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August 16, 2006
Heritage of the American West   Spearfish, South Dakota
Live on the web, 7PM MT
   See a pdf poster  here

Cowboy Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Rider, Roper…..

R.W. Hampton On Stage For Heritage of the American West Anniversary Show  

Spearfish, SD – Born to be a cowboy, destined to become one of the leading Western entertainers in America, the Heritage of the American West  welcomes to its stage award winning singer/songwriter R. W. Hampton whose 10 albums, appearances in western movies and as a playwright bring him to a unique place in his career.     

          The performer got his start around campfires where he worked cattle and started horses by day on ranges in Utah, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming and entertained the cowboys by night. He’s lived what he sings about on ranches all over the American west, and the world of early mornings, hard work, rough horses, maverick cattle and new
ranges fits him.  After 20 years in the entertainment business, Hampton
is still pure cowboy, singing about what he knows and loves best.

            “As we prepare to begin our ninth year of producing the music, poetry, and song of the Great American Cowboy, there are few performers who bring such a diverse pool of talent to the stage,” says Heritage of the American West Director Francie Ganje. “Our anniversary shows are always special to us and our audiences.  Good friends to the show like Red Steagall have joined us in the past – and performers like Red along with Don Edwards and Michael Martin Murphey select many of R.W.’s work to record in their own studios.”

            Set for Wednesday, August 16 at the High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, the event titled, “It’s Not Country. It’s Cowboy.”  opens with a pre-show exhibit and reception beginning at 6:00 p.m.  that will feature cowboy craftsman such as Ed Lawrence, Alzada, Mont., who is among those cowboy gear makers that Hollywood turns to when looking for authentic western wear in movies produced, directed and/or acted in by Tom Selleck, Kevin Costner, and others. Cowboy movie gear from well known cowboy artisans Jerry Croft and  Buck Troxell will also be on display from personal collections housed at the High Plains Western Heritage Center. As will movie posters and memorabilia from movies that starred the legendary saddle bronc rider Casey Tibbs.

            As a cowboy singer, songwriter, musician, actor, model, storyteller, rider and roper, R.W. Hampton’s career highlights including film, television, major radio and voice work, musical appearances and awards will also find him just as comfortable announcing ranch rodeos – one of his more favorite past times.

     Along the way R.W. has performed all over the United States including The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  As a playwright, he has written and produced a one man stage performance titled THE LAST COWBOY.  His peers in the Western entertainment industry have honored his performing and songwriting numerous times. Named Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, he is also the Top Male Performer for the Western Music Association. His albums have picked up multiple awards and his newest I BELIEVE will be a featured part of Hampton's solo acoustic performance on the Heritage stage.

            Tickets are available for the live, 90 minute stage performance (also broadcast on radio and the web) in Spearfish at Creative Broadcast Services (CBSI), First Western Bank and High Plains Western Heritage Center.  Prices are $5 for seniors 62+ and kids 12 and under.  Adult tickets are $10.  For more information, contact CBSI at 605-722-2511.  To learn more about R.W. Hampton’s career highlights including film, television, radio and voice work, international and national appearances and awards, go online at

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August 19, 2006
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, California, 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 and midweek rides to view the wild horses during the months of May, June, July, September and October.  To learn more about mustang sponsorship and adoption opportunities, or about goals of the
sanctuary, go to

This year's annual open house benefit at the sanctuary is being held on Saturday, August 19, 2006 from 1 pm - 6 pm.

Bring your family and friends to the Wild Horse Sanctuary and enjoy, with us:

    - 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:  music, cowboy poetry, and more

  Stay tuned for updates.

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

Newest: There will be demonstrations on:

            Mule and Horse Packing
            Sheep Shearing

And there will be question-and-answer-time with a local veterinarian.

Cowboy Poetry will be performed by:  Randy Rainwater, Larry Brockmeyer, and Bill Hooten from Red Bluff; Thomas Wiedal from Corning; Keith Trent from Redding; Patricia Wellingham-Jones from Tehama; Jim Cardwell from Oroville; and Susan Parker  from Benicia.  Some good ole' cowboy music will be provided by Bruce Barron who plays the guitar and harmonica.

The Sanctuary welcomes any items for the silent auction.  Suggestions would be:  cowboy poetry CD's and books; pictures or paintings; craft items; anything that is related to horses or nature. or anything that you would like to donate would be more than welcome.  Last year enough funds were raised to feed hay to the wild horses when the pickings were slim.  Contact
Susan Parker at 707-745-3768 or email  Or send items to Susan Parker, PO Box 865 Benicia, Ca  94510

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August 19, 2006
Nevada County Poetry Series  Grass Valley, California

Cowboy Poetry:

Featuring:  Tony Argento, Dave P. Fisher and Daryl Knight

On Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. the Nevada County Poetry Series will present Cowboy Poets Tony Argento, Dave P Fisher and Daryl Knight. 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.  

Tony Argento is following in his granddad's footsteps. Tony says, "When I recite the Cowboy poems that granddad did it brings back childhood memories; sometimes giving me goose bumps. I still see the characters, places and events exactly as they were in my mind 40 years ago, when I was 5 years old". His first experience reciting Cowboy poetry was in grade school and his unique interpretation of the Cowboy way continues to be heard today. Among the more notable poems he recited are; "The Shootin' of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee," by Robert Service and "Tyin' the Knots in the Devil's Tail," by Gail Gardner. Tony refers to his way of reciting Cowboy Poetry as, "Tuned up and twisted!" He likes to acknowledge the writers of the poems he recites out of respect and admiration. He says he likes the idea of continuing the poet's stories so others can enjoy them too.

Dave P. Fisher was raised in Oregon , where he rodeoed for a while. He has trailed cows and worked as a packer, wrangler, horse breaker, farrier and hunting guide in Oregon, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado. Dave writes non-fiction western and outdoor articles, western fiction, short stories and Cowboy Poetry.  His poems and stories are told as if you are sitting across from him, listening first-hand to the action and adventure of a by-gone era – there are no Hollywood spins or typical western formulas here –  Dave is the real thing; a cowboy who knows the high desert, tall timbers, rolling hills and the western life.  He is widely published and can currently be read at 

Daryl Knight grew up in the cow country of Southeastern Colorado near the Comanche National Grasslands. He has been around cattle and horses all his life. Daryl makes his living as a peace officer. In addition he was a rodeo bullfighter and clown for 22 years. His poetry and stories reflect the lifestyle and people he’s known and the things he has experienced. He says he’s the luckiest guy alive. He always looked up to cowboys and got to be one in the rodeo. He loves Cowboy Poetry because it is the only real way to keep alive the stories of the cowboys who trailed cattle to the long-gone cow towns of yesterday and the cowboys who continue work the ranches today.  Heroes, Daryl has them, listen to his poems and you will too.

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August 23, 2006
Paria Days  Kanab, Utah

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners to host "Paria Days" 8/23 in Kanab during the 2006 Western Legends Roundup

Sponsored by Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in cooperation with Kane County Office of Tourism and in conjunction Western Legends.

August 23, 2006

Start Time: 4:30 p.m.

Frontier Town Dinner
Dutch-oven Dinner & Movie Memory Tour with Dennis Judd
Ticket Price             $35.00 per person
Number of people   25 people

Depart on Guided Journey to the Paria Movie Set:
6:00 p.m. (approximately 45 minutes)

Paria Movie Set activities will include:
Cowboy Poetry
Walks & Talks with Dennis Judd & Thayne Smith
Cowgirl Campfire Sing-a-Long

Depart for Frontier Town:
9:00 p.m. (approximately 45 minutes)

End Time: 9:45 p.m.

For more information or to make reservations: or call Cindy at (435) 644-4688.

Posted 8/15

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August 24-27, 2006
Annual Western Legends Roundup  Kanab, Utah

August 25-26, 2006
Cowboy Poetry Rodeo  Kanab, Utah

Kanab, Utah's Cowboy Poetry Rodeo will welcome poets from twelve states, August 25-26, 2006. Participants include Diane Tribitt (Minnesota), Smoke Wade (Idaho), Clint Nielson (Utah), Harold Roy Miller (Nevada), Diana Miller (Nevada), Alyssa Allan (Utah), Geff Dawson (Kansas), Laurali Noteman (Utah),  Myrna Cox (Utah), Bobbie Hunter (Idaho), C.R. Wood (Utah), Delores Tozer (Colorado), Ken Whitecotton (Arizona), Keith Christensen (Utah), Dave Watson (Texas), Van Criddle (Oregon), J. K. (Casey) Woods (Utah), Slim McNaught (South Dakota), Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns (Wyoming), Charles Williams (Texas), Jane Morton (Colorado) Dick Morton  (Colorado), Doug Keller (Utah), Lanny Joe Burnett (Texas), Linda Kirkpatrick (Texas), Sam DeLeeuw (Utah), Tom Hatton (Colorado),  Donna Hatton (Colorado), Diane Thompson (Texas), and Allen Thompson (Texas).  Interestingly, the poets and reciters include four married couples as rodeo participants.

The Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is produced by poet Sam Jackson, who conceived the event, which has a theme of "excellence through competition."  Previous years' winners have included Jerry "Brooksie" Brooks, Jay Snider, Pat Richardson, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Linda Kirkpatrick, Lanny Joe Burnett, Dick Morton, Jane Morton, and others. Read more about the Cowboy Poetry Rodeo and about past years' rodeos and winners in our feature here.

The Cowboy Poetry Rodeo takes place in conjunction with the Western Legends Roundup, held August 24-27, 2006.This year's featured entertainers on the event's various stages include Rex Allen Jr., Curly Musgrave and Belinda Gail, DW Groethe, Brenn Hill, Don Kennington, Phil Kennington, and Latigo. Other Western Legends Roundup events include a Wagon Train, workshops, Dutch oven cooking, photography, painting, dancing, silversmithing, Western film festival, old-fashioned tent revival, a parade, and more. 

Kanab was a thriving center for Western movies, called "Little Hollywood," the place where the first talkie, In Old Arizona, was produced.  The entire town became involved in the early movie making, and most extras were chosen from large albums that pictured most of the inhabitants, who were "the real deal." Old movie sets in the area remain as tourist attractions. This year's Little Hollywood Walk of Fame Honorees recognize living actors and those who have passed on, including Jack Elam, Dennis Weaver, Don Knotts, Maureen O'Hara, Andrew Prine, Dick Jones, Joel McCrea, and Dean Smith.

Visit the Western Legends Roundup web site for more information.

Posted 6/13

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August 31, 2006
1st Annual Cowboy Poets Gathering   Alpine, Arizona

AALF Alpine Area Library Friends
1st Annual
Cowboy Poets Gathering, BBQ & Music

Thursday August 31, 2006
4:30 p.m. - 7:30p.m.
at the Alpine Community Center

Famous Cowboy Poets Chris Isaacs and Ken Whitecotton will be performing!

$20.00 per adult

Children up to age 12 $10.00

We are raising money for a new library building~

Thank you for your support!

Posted 6/21

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September 1-4, 2006
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, 2006.

Poetry organizer Gary Hoffman writes:

Our poetry group will be performing in the Forest Service Park in Ketchum, Idaho just after the HUGE Wagon Days parade on September 2, 2006, approximately 3 to 4:30PM. There will be traditional live cowboy music before middle and after the readings and we are officially listed in the calendar of events for the weekend...since we follow the parade with its 15,000 or so spectators we expect a good turnout. A P.A. system will be set up in the park so that audibility and acoustics should be excellent.  If you are interested in performing, contact me: 

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...

Posted 8/8

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September 2, 2006 
Cowboy Poetry Round-up & BBQ   Templeton, California

Featuring Virginia Bennett, Janice Gilbertson, Scott Collins, and music by Pine Ridge Bluegrass Gospel Band.

Free admission, donations accepted.  

Templeton Baptist Church, outdoor stage
690 Petersen Ranch Road

Updated 8/31

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September 3, 2006
Cowboy Poetry and Music    Devils Tower National Park, Wyoming

From Robert Dennis:

Robert Dennis, host and performer
Leslie Keltner  of Cody
Rod McQueary  of Gillette
Sue Wallis of Gillette
Doug Mikkelsen of Gillette
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns of Newcastle

Several of the local people who belong to a writing group will round out the performance.

All performers (excluding the host) are from Wyoming, in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Devils Tower national Monument.

We will go from 1 pm until 5 pm with a short break or two during. They performers will all be up front and take turns "round robin" style.

Hope to see a bunch of you there. Bring your cooler and lawn chairs and enjoy a wonderful after noon.

Previously posted:

There will be an afternoon of Cowboy poetry and music, at the Devils Tower National Park, on Sunday September  3, 2006.

We set under the shade of the pine trees and perform from 1pm until 5 pm. Stay tuned for the lineup of performers. There will be a small charge at the main entrance gate.

This is an informal and "kicked back" type of gathering, much like setting around a campfire, with poets and singers, taking turns and sharing their talents. People usually bring a picnic lunch and lawn chairs, to set in and watch the show.

This is on the Sunday before Labor Day, and there are many more activities going on in the general area. Camping is available at the park. Motels are available in nearby Hulett, Sundance, and Moorecroft in Wyoming, and also in Belle Fourche and Spearfish in South Dakota. If you've never been there, come and visit. And if you've been to Devils Tower some years back, come back and help us celebrate the 100 anniversary of the Devils Tower National Monument.

Devils Tower is located in the Northeastern corner of Wyoming, on the western side of the Black Hills.

Some of the past performers have been Elizabeth Ebert, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Marty Blocker, Rod McQueary, Sue Wallis, Chuck Larsen, Willard Hollopeter, DW Groethe, Bob Peterman, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, Bill Stearns, Bill and Jan Wood and many others.

Better plan on attending this one!

Contact: Robert Dennis, 605-985-5419

Updated 6/12

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September 15-17, 2006
Annual Gila Valley Cowboy Poets Fall Gathering  Thatcher and Safford, Arizona

September 15th, 16th & 17th are the dates for The Gila Valley Cowboy Poets/Graham County Historical Society's 2006 Fall Gathering. An exciting new sponsor will add an additional venue to the gathering this year, as well as convenient accommodations, including RV parking, for those attending, The Manor House Convention Center, Rocking Horse Saloon, Quality Inn and Suites and the Days Inn are a welcome new addition the this years gathering. They join Phelps Dodge, Modern Woodmen of America, and Graham County Electric
Co-op as major sponsors. Many of the three days events will continue to be held in the Graham County Historical Society Museum in Thatcher, with the Saturday night concert finding it's new home at the Manor House Convention Center in Safford.

Headliners for the Gathering will be Jean Prescott and Chris Isaacs. Buckshot Dot (Dee Strickland Johnson), Bud Strom, Jan Choate-Richins, Larry Harmer and Don Kennington will be featured artists and special guests will include Eldon Housley, Ken Moore, Jess Barry, Suzi Killman and Sally Bates. As always, the Gathering will be showcasing the rising stars, Gila Valley Student Poets. Local performers Sabrina Doshier, Martha Jennings, Frank Fox, Darrell James, Ralph Smith, Bunny Dryden and Skelly Boyd will be adding their music, stories and poems to the celebration as well.

More information, including advance ticket sales will be coming soon.

Updated 9/7

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September 15-17, 2006
Fifth Annual Spirit of the West  Sioux Falls, South Dakota  

Sioux Falls, SD - The Cowboy Chuck Wagon is as closely associated to the American West as the Cowboy and Cows are themselves...and the 2006 Spirit of the West Festival is bringing that history to life September 15-17. Competing for thousands of dollars in prizes by cooking up a trail-styled meal, no less than six of these rolling vestiges of the western era and their crusty curmudgeon cowboy cooks will roll into town eager to share their knowledge of the history of their particular wagon and their outdoor
cooking skills with you.

The Chuck wagon was a creation from necessity... Charlie Goodnight of the Goodnight-Loving Cattle trail fame, surely had no idea the impact his creation would have on the American west and the luxury it would create for the cowboy.

After the American Civil War, there were thousands of wild cattle roaming the Texas Plains and surrounding area.  And there were thousands of hungry folks in the towns back east...the problem was, no rail lines connected these two entities.  It took a shrewd but brave business man who knew something about cows to realize that the four dollar Texas beeves could literally walk themselves to the forty dollar  Northern settlements, Army posts, Reservations and railway markets for transportation back east...thus was born the American Cattle Drives.

Moving 500 to 15,000 head of cattle at once required nearly a dozen cowboys. These adventurous souls required sustenance for body and mind, doctoring supplies for people and animals, bedding, animal feed, and various other equipment to survive out on the trail for months on end.  Goodnight solved this problem by converting one of his wagons into a rolling kitchen and supply depot.  He built a wooden box with drawers and cubbies.  He added water barrels, "cowhide boots" to carry utensils, wood or coals, hooks, baskets and various catch alls to meet the needs of the cowboy and cattle. The cast iron Dutch Ovens were an irreplaceable requirement as well.

The chuck wagon rolled out of the ranch stocked.  It "refueled" every time the cattle drive neared a frontier town - purchasing goods on "bank notes" that the cattle bosses would come back along and pay after the cattle were sold.  The wealthy cattle owners seldom traveled the entire drive with the cowboys and cattle, but often rode out to meet their crews somewhere along the drive to visit with his trusty cow boss and ensure the safety and health of both his cattle and crew.

Cattle on the trail were big business in the 1860's to 1890' is said that nearly ten million cattle walked to the Kansas/Missouri Railheads, New Mexico/Colorado mining towns, various forts and ranches across Wyoming, Montana and into Canada...Cowboys were King and became heroes, idols and legends... but the settling of the West and the invention of barbed wire brought the drives to a sad end...many who had lived their lives on the trail had difficulty letting go of their nomadic cowboy lifestyle...and there are those who live today who were simply born a hundred years too late.

Thankfully, history can re-create itself.  Rolling in from the dusty pages of cowboy's past, join our "cookies," "cosineros" and "coosies" as they bring to life the last round up on the South Dakota Plains:  New to the Spirit of the West, Todd and Lisa Bender will be bringing up their custom chuck wagon.  Todd and Lisa use their wagon for catering and history lessons down in Humphrey, Nebraska, and enjoy competition events to fine tune their culinary skills.

Stirring up dust on the trail from Watertown, SD, Mr. Jim Patrick brings his Peter-Schuttler "California Style" wagon - Mr. Patrick purchased this wagon in the '90's and has been slowly restoring it to it's hey-day glory...right down to hand-forging the chain links.  Asked why he does it, and Mr. Patrick responded that being fond of the cattle drive era, owning and showing the wagon allows him to relive history and share it with others.  As new competitors in the Dutch Oven events, Jim and his wife have been winning cook offs with their tasty dishes around the area in the last year.

Hailing from Iola, Wisconsin, Wes Stigen shows off his beautiful wagon that he built from 1908 Sears and Roebuck blueprints.  Although the running gear is of unknown origin, Wes restored it and painstakingly recreated the S&R wagon to period era.  As a blacksmith, he was able to create all the detailed iron work on this wagon himself.  A friend built his chuck box, and Wes and his wife Sandy enjoy sharing and cooking from the wagon for events in their local area.

Old West Society Members, JT and Belle Anne Hallsom purchased their restored Mandt Chuck wagon as an addition to their western re-enactments.  Life long history buffs from Longview, Minnesota, JT and Belle Anne travel the region to various western shows re-creating the drama and excitement of an era long gone.  They enjoy Dutch Oven cooking and are looking forward to competing at
the Spirit of the West.

Bob Heavirland of North Branch, Minnesota owns actual trail wagons that have not been modern day restored.  Owning both the 'Ole 73 Ranch Wagon from Wasta, SD and a 1900 John Deere chuck wagon, Bob travels the Midwest showing off his wagons at Roundups, city celebrations and competitions. He also does many custom catering events for private venues.  Although both wagons were
present at the 2005 Spirit of the West, Bob will only be bringing the John Deere for this year's competition, as it is the most original and accurate of his two wagons.

Jim Johnsen of Wessington, SD, is Bob Heavirland's cousin.  Jim cooked on one Bob's wagons last year, and caught the wagon bug.  He spent the last year restoring and stocking a period chuck wagon for himself and will be showing up at this year's event to claim some of the fame for himself!

Although the Ole' 73 wagon will not be at the Festival, the owner of the '73 ranch, Mel Anderson, will be, along with his wife Dorothy, sharing REAL South Dakota cowboy and ranch history and signing copies of his two books. The 73 Ranch in Wasta, SD was one of the final frontiers to give up the 'old ways' and continued using their Bed and chuck wagons into the 1990's...the stories of these hard core cowboys getting those wagons down the Strongholds in the South Dakota Badlands is gripping to say the least.  Stop by and visit with Mel about this fascinating history, and ask him about the chuck wagon he still owns and shows in parades out West - his ranch cowboys found the wagon in a creek on his Wasta ranch many years ago.  They spent days digging it out of the sand and discovered it was an actual Government issued Reservation wagon in relatively good shape.  It must have bogged in the creek many years prior, and was left behind.

Several other authors and poets will be joining Mel down at the Chuck Wagon area - Yvonne Hollenbeck from Clearfield, SD will be sharing her Cowgirl Poetry throughout the weekend.  Yvonne lives and works on their family ranch with her husband and enjoys traveling the country to various Western Shows opening poetry events for Red Steagall, Baxter Black and many other famous cowboy poets...she will have her books for sale and be available for signing and visiting as well as sharing her unique style of poetry on the Main Stage through out the weekend.

Peggy Sanders will be joining Yvonne.  She is part of a sixth-generation family living in Fall River County, South Dakota, the Hot Springs area. She is a farm and ranch wife who writes fulltime, except when she is going for parts, taking snacks to the field, warming up baby calves and other duties of a ranch wife, and now, grandmother.  She has 4 vintage South Dakota photo books in publication, "Fall River County and Hot Springs 1881-1955," "Wind Cave National Park-The First 100 Years," "The Civilian Conservation Corps Inand Around the Black Hills," and "Custer County". Peggy is particularly interested in finding names of CCC men, whether living or deceased, for a searchable data base she wishes to create. Stop by and talk with her in the Chuck Wagon area.  Other western period authors will be joining us throughout the weekend and will be available to the public, and many unique books will be on sale.

Bringing in the Chuck Wagons and Authors would not be possible without our fine sponsors - Rutten Construction of Canton, Farm Bureau Insurance, Hansen Wheel and Wagon, Sunshine Grocers,  the South Dakota Pork Council...and many others, including countless hours from volunteer workers.

Join us this year September 15-17.  Visit with the chuck wagons as they show and interpret their authentic pieces of rolling western history. Belly up to the wagon and enjoy a tasty chuck wagon meal...Take advantage of personable time with some of the area's greatest western authors and poets.  Come to the Spirit of the West and find your own western spirit...if only for the day.   605-334-9202




Sioux Falls, SD - The Spirit of the West Festival is gearing up for its 5th Anniversary.  In addition to the great re-enactments, cowboy poetry, music, mounted shooting and other entertainment, the 2nd Annual Public Dutch Oven
Cook  Off to be held on Sunday, September 17, 2006  is shaping up to be one 'hot' time!

"I couldn't ask for more with the surprising success of last years event," cook off coordinator, Cassandra Swanson says, "38 contestants, including 5 chuck wagons, cooked 54 mouth watering Dutch Oven dishes despite wind, rain and cold!"  It was amazing!

The panel of judges including many TV, radio, political and sports celebrities from the city of Sioux Falls worked overtime enjoying the tantalizing dishes.  The public joined the fun by purchasing sampler plates and voting for a "People's Choice" winner.  Everyone had a great time.

The 2006 cook off will offer even more prizes for contestants from our great sponsors: Cabela's of Mitchell, Sportsmans Warehouse, Lodge and Camp Chef. Cabela's has stepped up to the plate literally, by sponsoring a beautiful commemorative plate for the public to purchase for sampling this year.  This will be a beautiful memento of a great western festival as well as a chance to taste first hand how great food is when prepared in a Dutch oven.

"It wouldn't be fun if we could not involve the general public both in competing and tasting the Dutch oven fare.  How else will they ever learn how easy it is to us a Dutch oven and how fantastic the food turns out - from delectable desserts to tasty tender roasts?"  Swanson asks.

The event again will offer a Free Buffalo Roast Competition thanks to Lazy RR'se Buffalo Ranch and Sunshine Grocers. Applications can be picked up at any of our sponsors, printed off of or obtained by calling 605-743-5270.

Not only is the cook off fun and exciting, it is located in the midst of the largest outdoor western festival in the upper Midwest.  Chosen by AMERICAN COWBOY Magazine as one of its 101 Great Western Events for 2006, this show is garnering national attention.  In addition to the public Dutch Oven Cook off, Spirit of the West will be hosting the FIRST Sanctioned ACWA Chuck Wagon Cook off in South Dakota on Saturday, September 17, 2006.  Chuck Wagons from across the Midwest will be vying for $5,000 in cash and prizes! Sponsorships of this event are still available - not only do you get some great advertising at a Festival that attracted nearly 10,000 visitors last year and lots of great media; you get to enjoy a REAL chuck wagon meal!  It is truly a tasty and unique experience.

So, come 'cook-up' a great time with us this year...and you, too, will understand Grandma's love of her heavy black cast iron cook ware and why Lewis and Clark and all those cowboy Chuck wagons cooks hauled Dutch Ovens across this great country.  Spirit of the West Festival ;  September 15-17,2006;

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September 16, 2006
Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree   Winthrop, Washington

The Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree Rides again

The Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree will be presented Sept. 16,  2006, Saturday night 7:00pm in the Winthrop "barn" Auditorium. This  wonderful western variety show is filled with music, poetry, and  laughter.  Our show will remind you what it means to be entertained!

Headliners, Back Porch Swing play a blend of swing, traditional, and original songs.  Voices in tight harmony are complimented by  the double fiddling of Nancy Hanna and Deb Hunemuller, the sweet sounds of Dee Christensen's mandolin, the versatile guitar of Greg Starling and the bass and whistles of Riley McLaughlin. The band  has performed around the Northwest since 1991. They make friends  and fans wherever they go!      

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:  Martha Star Route, Girl of the Golden West, and Jingle Queens of the San Joaquin.      

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:  Winthrop Red Apple Market and Radio stations: KOZI  and KVLR in conjunction with the Witnhrop Chamber of Commerce event: Antique Auto Rally.     

Tickets are $10.00 available at the Daily Business, Red Apple and at the door.  For more information: Call (509 ) 996-2404 or check out or  email  Also, you can check out and to keep up on all  the news.

Thanks to Bodie Domingquez for the first notice 

Posted 7/28

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September 22- 23, 2006
Vinton Cowboy Poetry Show   Vinton, California

VINTON COWBOY POETRY SHOW featuring poets:  Andy Nelson from Wyoming and Jim Cardwell from Oroville, Ca.  Also featuring musicians: George Dickey from Calif. Hot Springs, CA and Carol Schley with Steve Mize both from Reno, NV

Shows:  Friday 7:30 PM      Saturday matinee at 1 PM and
Saturday evening at 7:30 PM
Show tickets $18 for adults and $6 for 12 & under

Bar-b-que rib dinner  4 - 7 PM both days
Dinner tickets $12 for adults and $6 for 12 & under

CORNER OF HWY 70 & 49  (30 miles from Reno, Nv)

For more info contact:  Betty Ramelli, Event Organizer
e mail:
Phone:   530-993-4692
Cell Ph: 530-514-1022

Next shows: March 16 & 17, 2007  AND  September 21 & 22, 2007

Posted 5/31

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September 23, 2006
15th Annual Tribute to Marty Robbins  Glendale, Arizona

When:          Saturday September 23, 2006
Where:         5850 W. Glendale Ave.
                   Glendale Arizona

Time:           7:00pm - 11:00pm
Fee:            Free to Public
Food:          Can be purchased
Live Band:    3-Wheel Drive Band will back up 23 singers, singing Marty Robbins songs.

Outside amphitheater, bring a blanket, lawn chai,r and enjoy an evening of fun. You are sure to hear your favorite Marty Robbins song. The Friends Of Marty Robbins

Posted 9/19   


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September 28-30, 2006
Badger Clark Memorial Society Western Prose and Poetry Writers' Workshop  Custer, South Dakota

From the Badger Clark Memorial Society:


In conjunction with the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup, members of the Badger Clark Memorial Society finalized plans for a western prose and poetry writers' workshop. It will be held September 28, 29 and 30 at the Custer County Courthouse annex on Crook and Fifth Street in Custer. Noted professional author and workshop conductor Linda M. Hasselstrom of Hermosa will conduct the event.

Linda M. Hasselstrom is the author of eleven published books and editor of numerous others. She writes, ranches, and conducts writing retreats for women on her South Dakota ranch. She previously owned the Lame Johnny Press from 1971 to 1985 when she received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts that allowed her to pursue writing about the land on which she grew to womanhood. Her books include Feels Like Far, Bison, Monarch of the Plains, Roadside History of South Dakota, Land Circle, and Going over East. She has appeared on the programs of many writing workshops and on
other programs as the main speaker. The retreats she holds for women writers take place at Windbreak House near Hermosa. She spends the winters in Wyoming but her South Dakota experiences remain the core of her writings.

Participants in the Badger Clark workshop in Custer can immerse themselves in western lore during the weekend. The Custer State Park Fall Festival on September 29 and October 1, the Badger Clark Hometown Poetry Gathering in
Hot Springs on September 29 and 30, the artists' reception and auction of the Custer Stampede painted bison on September 28 and 29, and the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup on October 2 are some events the writers'
workshop participants may wish to attend.

Registered workshop participants who tour the Badger Hole in Custer State Park Thursday afternoon, September 28, at 1:00 p.m. will receive a free Badger Clark T-shirt and a pamphlet about his home. The tour will start from the parking lot behind the courthouse annex.

Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, the workshops begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be conducted each day until 4:30 p.m. Friday evening the participants will attend a meal and open microphone at the Songbird Café at 5:30 p.m. in Custer. Dr. George Russell of Boulder, Colorado will recite cowboy poetry. It is also an opportunity for workshop attendants to recite their poetry if they wish.

Participants will receive group and individual instruction, an analysis of their writings, the opportunity to share their efforts with others, comments on Badger Clark's poetry, and a certificate of participation. Attendees should bring their own writing materials and may bring examples of their work if they wish. They do not need to be a member of the Badger Clark
Memorial Society to participate.

The registration fee for two days of instruction, lunches and coffer breaks at the Courthouse annex is $100 per person. Attendance will be limited; registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The non-refundable registration fee must be received by September 7. For an application or further information, write The Badger Clark Memorial Society,
Box 351, Custer, SD 57730, or phone 605-673-4377 or contact The Society is a non-profit South Dakota corporation organized to promote the works of Badger Clark and western literature.

It is recommended that those planning to stay overnight in Custer make their reservations immediately.

For more information contact Jessie Y. Sundstrom at
Box 351
Custer, SD 57730-0351
Phone 605-673-4377

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September 20, 2006
October 18, 2006
November 15, 2006
Western Music Night  Casa Grande, Arizona

From Nancy Ruybal of Katy Creek Band:

This is to inform you all that we are establishing a Western music night in Casa Grande, AZ. We will begin on September 20 and continue on the 3rd Wed of each month.

The program will begin with at 6pm with one hour of open mic, followed at 7pm by one hour of featured performer. All participants are invited to bring their CD's, books or other merchandise for sale. There will be a pass the hat for the featured performer with a recommended $10.00 donation. It will be held at Bandana's Grill and Deli 913 East 8th Street in Casa Grande, AZ.

All Western performers who are local or are passing through and would like to be the featured performer in a given month, please contact us well in advance in order for us to be able to secure that date and to promote you and this event properly.

Please contact;

Nancy Ruybal
Katy Creek Band
50134 W Gail Lane
Maricopa, AZ 85239

520-568-3814 phone



September 20, 2006 show

Red Horse Productions Presents;

A Western Music Showcase

Hosted by Bandana's Grill & Deli in Casa Grande, AZ  the 3rd Wed. each Month beginning Sept. 20th, 2006

Music from the Western Classics, Traditional Cowhand Tunes, Stories & Poems of the Modern Day Working Cowboy in an Acoustic Setting that's Entertaining, Educational, and Totally Memorable.

6PM  Starts an Hour of Round Robin Open Mic

7PM   Begins the Featured Performer Show of Authentic Western Entertainment from Across the Country. Some of the Great Names You Can Expect Are;  Catherine Lilbit Devine, Ken Whitecotton, Katy Creek Band, Santa Cruz River Band, Jim Jones & Jim Wilson, Tom and Donna Hatton, Broken Chair Band, Dennis Jay, Rolf Flake, Harold Roy Miller and Many More. Check 'em all  Out at

Bandana's Grill & Deli is located at 913 E  8 St. Casa Grande, AZ NW corner of 8th st and Florence Blvd adjc to Pep Boys.

To be a Participant in the Open Mic or as a Featured Performer or to Sponsor/Host an Western Music Event, please call  Nancy at 520-568-3814. Or, E mail . Our Featured Performers are all Independent Artists and there Will be a Pass the Hat for With a Suggested Donation of $10.00.   Please, come Hungry & Support Bandana's Grill who has so Graciously Agreed to Host this Event.

Updated 9/13/06

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September 30-October 1, 2006
11th Annual Palouse Country Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Festival  Pullman, Washington

From Smoke Wade:

The Palouse Country Cowboy Poetry Association announces their 11th annual gathering to be held September, 30 - October 1, 2006 at the Gladish Community Center, 115 NW Street, Pullman, Washington.

The schedule will include registration and open mic sessions from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Following the no-host dinner break, there will be an evening show with featured performers from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A Cowboy Church will be presented on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. followed by an open mic session. Coffee and rolls will be served during the Sunday open mic session.

There is no need to register in advance for the open mic sessions - just show up and sign up. For further information, contact Smoke Wade:

Posted 8/14

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October 1, 2006
18th Annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Art & Music Show   Alzada, Montana

Featured in 2006:

    Poetry:  Slim McNaught of New Underwood, SD
    Poetry:  Pam Nisley of Broadus, MT
    Music:  Shana Jahnig of Hulett, WY
    Music:  Jim Niner of Sheriden, WY
    Art:  Kathy Thompson of Whitewood, SD
    Art:  Darrel Martin of Rapid City, SD

Free admission.  Sandwiches, salad bar, chili, and lots of pie are available.

The hall is open at 10:AM for viewing the art and the show starts at 1:PM.

See Slim McNaught's report on the 2005 event here.

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October 6-7, 2006
The Third Annual Cowboy Symposium  Camp Wood, Texas

The Third Annual Cowboy Symposium will be October 6 & 7 2006 at Lindbergh Park in Camp Wood, Texas.

The event features booths, silent auction, Bar B Q Cook-off, Apple Pie Contest and an Art contest.

There will be a dance Friday and Saturday night.

A cowboy show featuring Humorist "Doc" Blakley, The Cowboy Sunset Serenade (Linda Kirkpatrick, Joe Wells, and Frank Roberts), Monty Teel, Buffalo Soldier Clifton Fifer and Story Teller Scott Killen.

Many other contest and games will round out this two day event.

For information call: 830-234-3322

Friday night dance $5.00
Saturday night dance $5.00
Cowboy Show $5.00

Tickets may be purchased at the door.

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October 6-8, 2006
6th Annual Gene Autry Festival & Gala   South Fork Ranch, Parker Texas

From Joe Baker:


**********PRESS RELEASE*************

October 6, 7, 8 2006 at the Southfork Ranch in Plano, Texas. You are invited

Gene Autry, America's favorite singing Cowboy, was voted the most popular entertainer in the country at the height of his career and received over 25,000 letters a week from his fans. His horse, Champion, received over 1,000 fan letters per week. Autry was the only entertainer to receive 5 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was an officer in the Army Air-Corps during World War II and the only officer permitted to wear cowboy boots with his uniform.

Autry was born on a small ranch in Tioga, Texas in 1907. Now, 99 years later, his home town (population 725) will be celebrating his birthday at the Southfork Ranch where the TV series "Dallas" was filmed in near-by Plano. Autry's longtime friend, Char Brown, explained, "We held his birthday celebration in Tioga for the last 5 years but this year, the party has
gotten too big for Tioga. We are expecting 30,000 to attend." "To tell the truth, I don't know where we could put 30,000 people in Tioga", confided local rancher, Rusty Cox. "Besides, I've wanted to visit the Southfork since JR was shot. I think they arrested the wrong person."

"The point is," continued Judy Hollomon, the local banker, "there are so many things going on at this year's festival we had to move it." She may be right. This year's festivities include 3 days of the National PoloCrosse Finals with over 80 teams from all over the USA. PoloCrosse, a blending of Polo and LaCrosse is a game played on horseback using LaCrosse sticks and a ball. It is a very fast game of skill and daring, fun to watch and has a rapidly growing following in Texas.

Richard Reese, from Colorado Springs, is bringing several hand painted tipis to serve as a background for 4 different tribes of Native-American singers and dancers and the 1870's Horse Cavalry from Fort Hood will be performing military drills from that era. The San Antonio Charro team will present highlights from a Mexican rodeo, featuring Sergio Avila, a champion fancy roper from Mexico City, along with young girls wearing traditional "Adelita" costumes from the 1917 Mexican Revolution, riding side-saddle while performing military maneuvers designed to divert the gunfire from the soldiers during skirmishes.

David Harwick and his wonder dog, "Skidboot," who have appeared on Oprah and the David Letterman Show, will delight and amaze. Horse whisperer, Jody Cunningham will work his "magic" with horses and answer related questions. Emil Luedecke and his prize winning sheep dog, "Ben," will demonstrate sheep herding followed by Reining Cow Horses, Cutting Horses and team ropers, showing how cattle were worked on the open range. Ten local ranches will be represented at a Chuck Wagon cook-off giving visitors a true taste of Texas cooking.

Cowboys of Color, the largest multicultural rodeo tour in the country, will present highlights from western rodeos featuring the Buffalo Soldiers and Timmy Brooks, a bulldogger in the Bill Picket tradition. It is a skill that really has to be seen to be believed.

Rattlesnake wrangler, John Hollister, will be handling the crawly critters and give "their side of the story."

TWU and North Texas University will present colorful folkloric dancers in traditional costumes.

Comanche artist, Bob Moline, whose works are found in many important Western collections, will be showing his paintings along with his hand-made saddles. Michael Malone, a designer who has made hats for many movies including; "Lonesome Dove," "the Good Ole Boys," and "Quigley, Down Under" will have hats. Michael Hutton, the Texas jeweler who was awarded the prestigious "Diamonds International Designer of the Year" in Paris, France, will have the Texas state stone, the Texas Topaz, star cut pendants. Dennis Eagle Horse, a Lakota Sioux spiritual leader, has his art painted on Grizzly and Bear skin robes. His 3 sons are traditional Lakota dancers.  Kay Howard, a hill country artist, will bring some of the most beautiful wearable art necklaces in the state. There will be many other remarkable and unique creations which have been gathered and offered for the first time.

What is a party without music and what a line up. The opening night, $100 per person Gala Dinner Concert Dance Auction, with lovely auctioneer, Sara Jerome and emceed by Will Roberts, a Will Rogers tribute artist & Joe Baker. Headlining the Gala is Country Music Hall of Fame member, Ray Price and Texas Music Hall of Fame member, Gary P. Nunn.

Saturday there will be a flag raising ceremony at noon with the American Legion honor guard and the Tioga Bulldog Band playing "the Star Spangled Banner".  True, living legends of Western and Country music hosted by Academy of Western Artists 2004 Disc Jockey of the Year, Joe Baker from Ruidoso, NM and Academy of Western Artists 2005 Disc Jockey of the Year, Enola Gay from Sulphur Springs, Texas, will include; Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hank Thompson and the Brazos Valley Boys, Darrel McCall, Johnny Bush, the Quebe Sisters, Jerry Webb, CW Jameson, Paul Belanger, Pake McEntire, Yancy Stevens, Mariachi Aguilar, Justin Trevino, Curtis Potter, James Hand, 1100Springs, Pauline Reese, the Texas Trail Hands, Tonya Tarver, Sherry Thweatt and KR Woods Chuck Wagon Review. The legion of fans of the Sons of the San Joaquin and Don Edwards will be delighted to know that these internationally famous and award winning artists will perform both Saturday and Sunday. Will Roberts, a remarkable impersonator, will give a Tribute to Will Rogers that will astonish and delight. We expect many other unannounced, surprise guest performers.

Sunday morning will feature a genuine Cowboy Church service with a little preaching and a whole lot of old time Gospel music and continued festivities.

The children's area will have educational exhibits, a petting zoo with a miniature Brahma bull, pony rides and a real birthday party with party hats and cakes by Mrs. Baird to be decorated and eaten with a glass of cold milk from Schepp's Dairy and of course, the singing of "Happy Birthday, Gene Autry."

There will be livestock exhibits of horses, sheep and cattle, chicken flying contests, washer tossing, rides in a 100 year old stage-coach and gun fighters. The precision and trick riding of the Cowgirl Chicks will thrill and astound the audience. There will be photo ops a plenty with a Shetland pony for old fashioned cowboy and cowgirl pictures and even a gentle
longhorn steer named "Buckwheat" that you can sit on and have your picture taken. "It is shaping up to be one of the classic festivals about real Texas," observed Rancher, Rusty Cox, "now I see why it took 99 years to put it together. I hope you will be able to join us."

Tickets are $10 for adults. Children 12 and under Free.            
Parking $5

Contact the Tioga Museum and Heritage Association 940-437-1110;; or visit the 6th Annual Gene Autry Festival & Gala web site.

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October 7, 2006
Second 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 second annual Cowboy  Poetry Gathering at the Willits Community Center on Saturday, October 7, 2006. 

Three wonderful poets will be featured, Jerry "Brooksie" Brooks, Jim Cardwell, and our own Potter Valley veterinarian, Dr. Lauren LaRue. Rounding out the program will be a couple of cowboyesque barbershop  quartets, mens and womens, and a Willits-based choir. A chuck-wagon dinner (many varieties of beans, freshly baked bread, locally grown  greens, and dutch-oven desserts) will be served at 6pm, with the  program at 7:30pm.  Tickets ($30) available at Willits Chamber of  Commerce, Goods Stamp Shoppe, or emailing

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October 7, 2006
10th Annual Cowboy Comedy  Stevinson, California


In the outdoor Pavilion at the beautiful Stevinson Ranch Golf Club Saturday October 7, 2006

Put on your cowboy duds and mosey down to Stevinson Ranch Golf Club in Stevinson, just 15 minutes south of Turlock.

Enjoy an evening of hilarious tall tales and stories (adult content comedy), along with our famous hearty Western BBQ, and FREE BEER.

Come early as the party starts at 6:30. Cowboy poet Pat Richardson and friends will perform after dinner.

Dance under the stars to our kicking dance band in our outdoor pavilion. All this for only $40 per person.

Reservations and information call 209-664-6454.

Overnight accommodations are available.

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October 13-15, 2006
Visalia Fall Roundup  Visalia, California

Again this year, our event will be held at Clarence Ritchie's barn on Avenue 308 in Visalia. Entertainers include: Juni Fisher, Christina Ortega, Glen Ohrlin, Gary Robertson, George Dickey, Jim Cardwell, Nancy Lee, and The Buckaroo Balladeers.

Saturday evening will include a tri-tip dinner and the "Cowboy Cooks" famous Dutch Oven Cobbler!

Our website is under construction, look for us soon at or contact us at 1-800-583-9648 for ticket information.

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October 14, 2006
Pinedale Cowboy Roundup
   Pinedale, Wyoming

pinedalelogo.gif (1032 bytes)  Join our hosts, Jesse and Sandy Smith, for the very first  Pinedale Cowboy Roundup in beautiful Pinedale Wyoming October 14, 2006. There's going to be some great cowboy poetry and music performed by Yvonne Hollenbeck, Lorraine Rawls, Trick Shot, Jesse Smith and Andy Nelson.

In this first year of the Pinedale Cowboy Roundup, there will be a featured night show of top quality cowboy poets and musicians on Saturday October, 14 beginning at 7:00 pm. The performance will be held in the Pinedale High School Auditorium at 101 East Hennick, with a jam session sure to be held following the performance at a place yet to be announced.

The only mission we have is to provide some good family entertainment and have a great time! All the proceeds of the Pinedale Cowboy Roundup will be given directly to two very worthy outfits, "Kickin' Cancer in Sublette County" and "Small Miracles Foundation."

"Kickin' Cancer" helps provide resources for families in Sublette County Wyoming to help with the cost of travel, food and lodging
while receiving cancer treatment.

"Small Miracles Foundation" strives to provide assistance for the brave little folks with childhood cancer and their families.

         Pinedale Cowboy Roundup
         PO Box 325, Cora WY 82925
         (307) 367-6710

[Pat Richardson's logo is pictured]

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October 26-29, 2006
4th Annual Southeast Cowboy Festival and Symposium  Cartersville, Georgia

From the media release:

The West will come alive during an October event hosted by the Booth Western Art Museum.  Entertainment and education
will be the themes for the 4th Annual Cowboy Festival and Symposium, October 26-29, 2006 in downtown Cartersville, GA.  Scheduled events include evening concerts on Friday and Saturday night, re-enactments of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, children's activities, chuck wagon cooking, Native American dancing, numerous demonstrations and living history encampments, and an artist's workshop with featured artist Robert Pummill.  Other special guests include Michael Martin Murphey, Kip Calahan, the LeGarde Twins and many more.  The event will take place at the Booth Western Art Museum and the Grand Theatre, both located in historic downtown Cartersville.

The Festival and Symposium begins on Thursday, October 26 with an evening of Western music in the Museum Atrium. Doc Stovall and the Tumbleweed Cowboy Band will perform from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the Museum Café will be open for dinner.  At 7:00 p.m., Robert Pummill, featured artist of the Symposium, will present a lecture on his artistic style and career highlights.  Thursday evening events are free for Booth Museum members and included with regular admission for not-yet-members.

On Friday, October 27, the symposium portion of the event takes place with lectures on a variety of historical and artistic topics taking place from 10:00 a.m. until

4:00 p.m. in the Booth Theatre.  Also during this time, there will be an artist's workshop with Robert Pummill.  The class is $100 for members, and $150 for not-yet-members.  Friday evening, plan to visit the Grand Theatre for a special concert featuring Kip Calahan, the LeGarde Twins, Jerry Warren and
Doc Stovall at 7:00 p.m.  Concert tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Booth Museum members and $10 for students.

On Saturday, October 28 a variety of events for the entire family will be offered in the Cowboy Festival and Western Marketplace on the grounds of the Booth Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Entertainment includes Western music, poetry, and old-fashioned medicine shows throughout the day on two stages, plus fast draw competitions, chuck wagon cooking, Native American dancing and re-enactments of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.  At 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Michael Martin Murphey, the number one, best-selling singer/songwriter of American Cowboy Music, will perform at the Grand Theatre.  Tickets for the 2:00 pm matinee are $5 for children 16 and younger, $20 for Booth Museum members and $25 for not-yet-members.  Evening tickets are $20 for Booth Museum members and $25 for not-yet-members.

The weekend wraps up Sunday, October 29, beginning with Cowboy Church at 11:00 a.m.  This non-denominational church service features cowboy prayers and Western spiritual music and is free for everyone.  After the service, visit the Cowboy Festival and Western Marketplace between Noon and 5:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Museum, with the same activities as listed for
Saturday taking place.

The Cowboy Festival and Symposium is designed to celebrate America's rich Western heritage, in keeping with the mission of the Booth Western Art Museum.  More details on the schedule of events can be obtained by consulting the Museum website at or calling 770-387-1300.

About the Booth Western Art Museum:

The Booth Western Museum is an 80,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia, where guests are invited to explore the American West through contemporary Western artwork.  The Museum also features a Presidential Gallery, a Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch ­- a children's interactive gallery -- featuring hands-on art activities and area for role-playing, storytelling and reading, all presented with a Western flair.  Visitors to Booth Museum also enjoy the intimate downtown setting with unique specialty and antique shops, boutiques, and nationally featured restaurants, all within walking distance of the Museum.  Open since August
2003, the Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and is the second largest museum in the state of Georgia.  For more information about the Booth Western Art Museum call

770-387-1300 or visit

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October 28, 2006
Texas Book Festival--Buck Ramsey Tribute  Austin, Texas

Buck Ramsey’s Grass: with Essays on His Life and Work (Texas Tech University Press) will be featured at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, October 28-29, 2006, represented by co-editor Bette Ramsey. Proceeds from the Texas Book Festival are awarded as grants to public libraries across Texas

There will be a tribute to Buck Ramsey on the capitol steps during the festival, on Saturday, October 28, 2006, 3:00 - 4:00. Andy Wilkinson will emcee and talk about Buck Ramsey. Andy Hedges will do his recitation of "Anthem" and some of Buck Ramsey's other poetry. Jill Jones and the Gillette Brothers will do some of the old traditional songs that Buck Ramsey sang as well as some his original songs and arrangements. All of Buck Ramsey's living siblings will be there, as well as family and friends. Bette Ramsey will do a book signing after the tribute. The event is free and open to the public.  

See our feature about the book and accompanying CD here, and our features about Buck Ramsey here.  The first recording of Buck Ramsey's "Anthem" is included on The BAR-D Roundup.

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October 28, 2006
High Plains Western Heritage Center Halloween Fundraiser  Spearfish, South Dakota

From Francie Ganje of Heritage of the American West:

The High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, SD will host a hauntingly good time at its annual fundraiser, set for Saturday, October 28, 2006.  A Silent and Live Auction, folks in costume, dinner and entertainment.  Proceeds benefit the Center.

Auction items include a custom breast collar by Robert Dennis and works from artist Mick Harrison.

For more, see Live! With Jim Thompson  (a PDF poster here) and the High Plains Western Heritage Center.

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November 2-5, 2006
Tombstone Western Music Festival
  Tombstone, Arizona


We are proud to begin the 2006 festival with a concert just for the grammar school kids at Walter J. Meyer School on Friday morning. There will be two evening concerts at Schieffelin Hall, one on Friday and one on Saturday beginning at 7:00pm. A variety of top performers will entertain on the stage on Allen Street from 11:00am to 4:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the Allen Street stage we have performances at different business locations throughout the town from about noon to 4:00pm. Times and locations of the business stages will be announced at a later time. Sunday's Cowboy Church will again take place on Allen Street beginning at 9:00am. Also, you don't want to miss the season opening show of the Tombstone
Wildbunch and Helle's Belles at the OK Corral at 2:00pm.

Our lineup of performers promises a weekend of great entertainment for all who attend and we have added a couple of things that should give our event more depth. At the Friday evening concert we will be dedicating this year's event to Les Buffham for his contribution to Western Music. Les is an accomplished poet and song writer that deserves this recognition. A number of our performers have recorded his songs and some have even co-written with him. 

Saturday evening we are pleased to have Classic Heartland Internet Radio presenting their awards for their Top Ten Songs of 2005. This will be fun as three of our performances have songs that are being honored by Classic Heartland and all of the performers being presented with an award are invited to attend and perform their song!

The 2006 Tombstone Western Music Festival headliners are more impressive than ever. Belinda Gail and Curly Musgrave will be performing for us. They received the Western Music Association's award for group/duo of the year and Belinda received the Female Vocalist of the year (for the 5th time!). Also joining the line up are Liz Masterson, Doc Stovall, George Dickey, Rodger Maxwell, Trails & Rails, Jim Wilson, Paul Hendel, Joe Bethancourt, Jon Messenger and a bunch more. These performers are the cream of the crop in their field and are sure to make you tap your toes and smile.

Between the great talent, and the wonderful location of the "Town Too Tough To Die," this has become one of the best western music festivals around. Part of the allure of this event is walking the legendary streets of
Tombstone while listening to cowboy songs performed by some of the greatest entertainers around. It really adds to the fun if you enjoy dressing in authentic 1880 dress or western attire. You'll fit right in! It is the goal of Tombstone Western Musical Festival, Inc to promote and preserve western/cowboy music and the heritage it represents. COME HEAR HOW THE WEST IS SUNG!










(performances by 13 different artists)







SUNDAY MORNING: COWBOY CHURCH - 10:00 am @ Allen St. Main Stage

Officiated by Rev. Marvin O'Dell of Classic Heartland's "
Around the Campfire "



(performances by 13 different artists)


See the entire schedule at the Tombstone Western Music Festival web site.


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November 3-5, 2006
Hole in the Ground Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering   Tusayan and Grand Canyon, Arizona

Buck Schrader Memorial Foundation in collaboration with the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce presents:
The Hole in the Ground Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering
November 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2006

Events and programs to be held in Grand Canyon National Park and gateway community Tusayan Arizona.

Featuring the talents, wit and wisdom of over 26 Poets and Musicians, this year's events are suitable for the whole family.

For more information please visit our website at or call 928-638-2901

Come and enjoy a full weekend of fun in the beautiful setting of the high desert and deep valleys of Canyon Country.

Make a weekend of it!

[More details to come]

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November 4, 2006
Lawton-Fort Sill Cowboy Poetry Hour  Lawton, Oklahoma

From Debra Coppinger Hill:

Hey there Cowboys, Cowgirls and All You Fans
of the American West!

Barking Water Productions presents
the Lawton-Fort Sill Cowboy Poetry Hour
benefiting the Giddy Up 'N Go program.

Join us Saturday Nov. 4, 2006 at the McMahon Memorial Auditorium in Lawton,
Show starts at 7:00 pm

Featuring Award Winning Oklahoma Cowboy Poets,
Native American Storytellers and Balladeers
Jay Snider ~ Debra Coppinger Hill ~ David Moore
Wallace Moore ~ Kevin Davis

Doors open at 6:00 pm.
Call Marcia at 580-351-8862 for advance tickets.

Let's all turn out to support this program.
Keeping the Culture of the West Alive
is Our Duty and Sacred Trust!

Tell our sponsors you appreciate their support of this show
and other family friendly entertainment.


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November 10-12, 2006
2nd Annual Gatherin' at the Grouse--Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Art Show   
                                                                                                        Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana
Grouse Mountain Lodge, 2 Fairway Drive, Whitefish, MT  59937

Wylie & The Wild West will be returning for the Saturday evening performance!

More details to follow. However if more info is requested, please feel free to contact Katie Heyer at 406-863-4729 or

Still accepting applications for artists, poets, musicians, etc.

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November 12, 2006
Old Cowtown Benefit  Park City, Kansas

Cowtown Benefit Needs Your Help

Now is the time to help Old Cowtown if you ever wanted to do so. Many people talk about the treasure of Old Cowtown and helping to save this treasure, but the time is NOW! Cowtown needs you and your family to join in by attending the GREAT benefit concert being planned by Cowboys and Cowgirls across Kansas.

On Sunday November 12, 2006, Cowboys and Cowgirls across Kansas will gather to put on a great benefit concert for Old Cowtown. The concert will be at Wild West World's new JOHNNY WESTERN THEATER at I-135 and 77th Street in Park City, with gates opening at 6 pm Sunday night and the show starting at 7 pm. Each and every dollar from the ticket proceeds for this benefit concert goes to Old Cowtown to help save this great Wichita treasure.

Performing at the Old Cowtown benefit concert and donating their talents and time are the Prairie Rose Wranglers, Johnny Western, Dugg Collins, Miss Kansas, Mike Leonard, Medicine River Boys, Ron Wilson, Delbert Shields, Kansas Jim John and Charlie MacCoy, the Home Rangers, Geff Dawson and Judy Coder and the Pride of the Plains band.

Ticket prices are $25.00 plus tax. No meal will be served but concessions are available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper at (316) 778-2121 or Wild West World at (316) 425-7000.

Fore more information call:
Wild West World
(316) 425-7000
Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper
(316) 778-2121
Old Cowtown
(316) 660-1865

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November 17-18, 2006
Spirit of Western Entertainment  Emmett, Idaho

Friday, November 17, 2006:

The American Legion will sponsor "Spirit of Western Entertainment" at the Junior High School at 301 E. 4th Street, Emmett, Idaho.  Pre-show begins at 6:30 with the main show starting at 7:00 p.m. Various performers will share their talents to create an outstanding evening of Western entertainment. Participants include Sam Matisse, Don Kennington, Dallas McCord, Mallory Shiflet, the Zimmerman Family, and more.  A benefit show, the proceeds will go toward various American Legion projects.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7 each.

Open mic day, Saturday, November 18, 2006

Tie your horse at the hitchin' post and join in the "Spirit of Western Entertainment" open mic day on Saturday, November 18, 2006, at the Emmett High School located at 721 W. 12th Street, Emmett, Idaho.  Renew old friendships and forge new ones while practicing, polishing, and sharing your talent.  The fun will start at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. A donation of one dollar ($1) is suggested.

Contact: Bobbie Hunter at

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December 2, 2006  
Oroville Frontier Christmas   Oroville, California

December 2, 2006  12:00 to 4:00 PM
Lake Oroville Visitors Center
917 Kelly Ridge Road, Oroville, California


The Oroville Old Time Fiddlers
Cowboy Poetry by Jim Cardwell
Christmas music by Dave Houser
The Bidwell Bar Players

Plus games and crafts for children

For further information contact Bob Hendrick (530) 589-4844

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December 8, 2006
Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas Ball
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas Ball, presented by Express Ranches, is December 8, 7:00 p.m. As evidenced by a sold-out performance in 2005, this Yuletide dance continues to delight crowds year-after-year. A buffet dinner, great music, lots of dancing as well as some historic dances led by Michael and a visit from Santa create a warm and fun-loving experience for all ages. Reservations required, (405) 478-2250, Ext. 219. Ticket cost is $45 for Museum members, $55 for nonmembers and $25 for children 11-and-under.

Read more about the Museum's holiday events in a Museum media release here.

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December 8-10, 2006
Eighth Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival Monterey, California


And Western Art & Gear Show

MONTEREY, CA - Tickets go on sale July 3, 2006 for the 8th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and Western Art & Gear Show, coming December 8th, 9th and 10th to the Monterey Conference Center in downtown Monterey, CA. 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: Red Steagall, the 2006 Texas State Poet Laureate; The Sons of the San Joaquin, America's premier western vocal harmony trio; Cowboy Celtic, offering wonderful renditions of cowboy music's Celtic roots; Dave Stamey, 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 Governor's Arts Award for literature; Juni Fisher,
Curly Musgrave, Belinda Gail, Sourdough Slim, Mike Beck, and many more!

The festival has 9 shows scheduled over the three days, plus a Members Only show, Jam Session, Silent Auction, Western Dance featuring Lost Weekend, and Sunday morning Cowboy Church, which benefits The Salvation Army and features many of the top performers of the weekend.  There will also be a Friday afternoon poetry workshop led by Doris Daley.

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 3, 2006, with prices ranging from $15.00 to $35.00, or $190.00 for an all-event pass.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit our website at or call 1-800-722-9652.

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December 13, 2006
Giving Back Concert  Billings, Montana

Giving Back Foundation created to help ranchers, farmers affected by fires.

This summer when devastating fires roared across the west, from California to Nebraska, Montana to Texas, Alberta, Canada to Kansas, many farmers and ranchers lost livestock, hay, pasture, fence and winter feed. Many of these producers will have a hard time putting their ranches back together. Now there's a way to give back to those producers who feed the world, but lost so much during the destructive fires or other natural disasters. It's called the Giving Back Foundation.

The Giving Back Foundation is offering two wonderful ways to enjoy great music-a two-set compact disc and a live concert-and at the same time make a contribution to help those who suffered losses get back on their feet, onto their horses and into their tractors.

An appreciation Giving Back Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 during the Montana Stock Growers Association Annual Convention in Billings. The concert starts at 7 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana and features Ringling 5, Ken Overcast, Kail Mantle, Rusty Feathers, Open Range and
T. J. Casey. In addition, there will be a huge silent auction with many donated western items.

Twenty-four western singer/songwriters and cowboy poets have donated their talent for the Giving Back Foundation by creating a two-compact disc set of western music and cowboy poetry. It will be for sale nation wide around mid-December, with all proceeds going to help those producers suffering serious losses from Mother Nature. Participating artists include
R. W. Hampton, R.J. Vandygriff, Ken Overcast, Eli Barsi, Kail Mantle, Ringling 5, Dan Miller, Palo Duro, Jim Reader, Open Range, Sisters of the Silver Sage, Doris Daley, Barry Ward, Jeff Gore, and Donnie Blanz along with cowboy poets Delbert Shields, Rusty Feathers, Jay Snider, Terry Henderson, Geff Dawson, T.J. Casey, Bill Clark, Sam Noble, Margaret Wilhelm, and Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns.

Cowboy, horse trainer and performer TJ Casey started the concept of the Giving Back Foundation when he talked to producers across the west and realized a strong need to show appreciation for their hard work and what they provide.

"Every man, woman, and child in this country depends greatly on the farmer or rancher for their food and clothes," notes Casey. "Without the rancher and farmer, this country would fold up and suffer great losses. The rancher and farmer have been giving to this great nation for years and it's time that we gave back to them. Money raised by the non-profit Giving Back Foundation will be distributed to farmers and ranchers in need all over the west."

Tickets for the Giving Back Concert are $10 and the event is open to the public. Once the CD is available, it will sell for $24.95 and be available from Montana Stockgrowers Association.

"Join the fun," urges Casey. "Attend this concert, buy a CD and let the farmers and ranchers know that we are here for them as they have been for us."

To date, supporters include Montana Stock Growers Association, Northern Ag Network, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Cow Camp Communications, APEX, Martin Guitar and Billings Education Academy.

Donations are being accepted by the Giving Back Foundation c/o Montana Stock Growers Assn., 420 N. California St., Helena, MT  59601. For more information call 406-442-3420.

Visit the Giving Back Foundation web site.

December 5, 2007 media release:

Billings, MT --  "Response for the Appreciation Auction has been overwhelming," T.J. Casey, founder and president of the nonprofit Giving Back Foundation, announced today.  "We have a beautiful double-bred Sun Frost two-year-old gelding, breeding fees to two fantastic Quarter Horse stallions and an equally outstanding Paint stallion, lots of world class original artwork of varied mediums, Western apparel, cowboy equipment, books, CD's, prime grade beef, certificates for horseshoeing or massage therapy—well, you name it, I think we've got it."

The Giving Back Foundation, based on the unchanging, unwritten cowboy code of neighbor helping neighbor, is dedicated to America's ag producers who insure our very survival through supplying everything we eat and wear, plus a lot of essential pharmaceuticals and other by-products.  Many of these staff-of-life producers are facing the loss of their homes, lifestyle and livelihood as a result of blizzards, droughts, wildfires and other natural disasters during 2006.

The Appreciation Auction, originally planned as a simple Silent Auction, has mushroomed wildly to include a live auction for some items.  It all happens at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings on December 13th, in conjunction with the 122nd Annual Convention of the Montana Stockgrowers Association.  Festivities begin at 7 pm, and an awesome Giving Back Concert, featuring a half dozen of the West's finest cowboy performers and entertainers, will top off the evening.

Internationally known professional horse trainer, clinician and author Curt Pate of Helena, Montana, will hold the gavel for the live auction.  You may have heard Pate's name mentioned as technical advisor for the Robert Redford movie "The Horse Whisperer", but he's far more than that. He's been teaching practical horsemanship through clinics and books for a decade, and is a true advocate of cowboy tradition.

Pate is so enthusiastic about the mission of the Giving Back Foundation that he's donated a three-day stay at his own ranch for a training clinic of the purchaser's choice.

In Curt's words, "Come and visit, and I'll teach you to train horses, dogs, kids, just whatever you want."

Another auction item certain to get the bidder's adrenaline up is a square foot tile on the Montana ProRodeo Hall & Wall of Fame ( at Metra Park Arena.  The tile will permanently display the winning bidder's brand, name and address in a prestigious area where spaces are limited and coveted.

The website will display a listing of all sale items prior to the auction date.

Tickets for the event will be available at the door for $10 each.  Due to limited seating and the growing popularity of this event, it might be wise to call the Montana Stockgrowers Association at (406) 442-3420 to have them reserve your tickets. For tickets by mail, write Giving Back Foundation c/o Montana Stockgrowers Association, 420 North California Street, Helena, Montana 59601.

"I hope you'll be there to help send a message of hope to these stalwart ranchers and farmers," T.J. Casey urges.  "Let's step up and support them like they've always supported us."

Updated 12/7

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December 20, 2006
Heritage of the American West Cowboy Christmas Show  Spearfish, South Dakota
Live on the web, 7PM MT

"A Cowboy Christmas," the December 20, 2007 show on the Heritage of the American West stage, brings three rodeo legends together for a one-of-a-kind performance of the music, poetry and song of the Great American Cowboy. Multiple world bareback title holders and ProRodeo Hall of Famer's Bruce Ford and Marvin Garrett are joined by retired NFR pickup man Bill Larsen, also well known in cowboy poetry circles. 

The pre-show exhibit and reception features "The History of  Rodeo in the Black Hills" including the Russ Madison Collection.  Madison started each of the three major PRCA rodeos in the Black Hills that are still in existence today. The show is also promoting raising scholarship money for the Black Hills Rodeo Scholarship Fund that benefits students attending Black Hills State University in Spearfish and who are members of the Yellow Jackets Rodeo Club.  

See "A Cowboy Christmas" (pdf) for more information. And tune in on show night at Heritage of the American West!

Produced and hosted by Francie Ganje, the show brings top talent from across the West to an appreciative audience. The show takes place before a live audience at the High Plains Heritage Center in Spearfish, South Dakota and is broadcast simultaneously on the web (archived web broadcasts are available).  

See our feature about the Heritage of the American West here.

Posted 12/16

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