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We welcome your event information about cowboy poetry and Western music events. Information details get posted in our news and in links from our Events calendar.

We regret that we can't list individual performers' or groups' shows or "shows" that have just one or two performers or groups, including house concerts; those are too numerous for us to maintain. (We do welcome information for established venues with a roster of regularly-scheduled programs, even if those programs feature just one or two performers. The season's schedule is welcome, at least several weeks before the season begins.)

We sometimes include other events of interest, such as rodeos and art shows.

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Help spread the word!

Email us us for a supply of handout postcards about for your event.

Two information postcards are available for 2010 (and some previous cards remain available).

One is the image selected as the cover for the 2011 CD, The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Six.  It depicts legendary fiddler and cowboy Frankie McWhorter (1931-2008) and his dog, Hank. Frankie McWhorter was the father of cowboy and poet Larry McWhorter (1957-2003) and grandfather of reciter Abi McWhorter. The photograph was taken in about 1986 by Kris Erickson (

Another features Duward Campbell's painting, "Pilgrim," chosen as the image for the 2011 Cowboy Poetry Week poster. "Pilgrim" is a painting of cowboy and poet J.B. Allen (1938-2005) and his horse, Pilgrim. The painting is also the cover of J.B. Allen's book, the circle:

The reverse sides of the postcards have information about the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry and

Find larger views, the reverse-side text, and previous years' cards here.

Thanks to the following gatherings, organizations, and individuals for helping to spread the word by making information cards available to date and for providing space for them:

The Heritage of the American West show; the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Saddle Up! in Pigeon Forge, Sierra Vista's Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, Wyoming Wintercamp Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Chadron State College Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Red Rock Writers, Montana Cowboy and Ranchwomen Dinner Show, Montana Country Poets and Pickers Annual Gathering, Festival of the West, Alpine Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering, National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Kamloops Cowboy Gathering, Estes Park Cowboy Poetry and Music Round-Up, Wyoming's Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering, Lee Earl Memorial Scholarship Gathering, Oklahoma Cowboy Poetry and Songs, Kane County Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Dollarwatch Cowboy Show, Gila Valley Poets Spring Gathering, Idaho City Gathering, Booth Western Art Museum, Los Rios Rancho and Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Cowboy Culture Corner, Truckee Western Week and ProRodeo Cowboy Poetry and Music, Conifer Trails and Tales, Triple Creek Ranch, Eldorado Running of the Bull, Oklahoma Centennial Covered Wagon Rendezvous, Annual Reno Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, Friends of Marty Robbins, Southwestern Idaho Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Visalia Fall Roundup, Annual Grand Union Gathering, Badger Clark Hometown Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, Old West Days, Pinedale Roundup, Grand Junction Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Grass Valley Elks' Cowboy Poetry, Annual Gila River Heritage Round-Up, Cowboy Poetry Hootenanny, Spirit of the West, Annual Bosque County Chuckwagon Cookoff & John A. Lomax Music Festival, Annual Stony Plain Cowboy Poetry, Music & Art Gathering, and First Annual Utah, Arizona, Nevada (& Neighbors) Cowboy Poetry Gathering & "Old Timers" Get Together, First Annual Golden Spike Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, Annual Missouri Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Boys Town Nevada, Songs, Stories, and Cowboy Poetry—Celebrating the American West, Chama Cowboy Days, South Dakota Spirit of the West, Steppin' Back Guest Ranch, Cowboy Culture Extravaganza, Them Cowboys is Headin' Downtown, Riding 4 the Brand Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Rhymers Rodeer, Missouri Cowboy Poets Association An Evening in the West, Texas Independence Day Celebration and Cowboy Gathering, Annual Tyrone Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, Southern Oregon Farm Festival, The Very First Ojai Valley Cowboy Show, Benicia Cowboy Poetry and Music Relay for Life Benefit, and Benefit Concert for the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, Third Annual Historic Ritzville Days Western Art Show, Rileys at Los Rios Rancho, White Mountains Roundup of Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art, San Juan Western Heritage Festival, East Texas Wild West Fest, Open Range Magazine Cowboy Dinner Show, Them Cowboys is Trailin' North, Permian Basin Poetry Society, Cowboy Boot Camp, Wild West Days at Rough Cut, Annual Columbia Gorge Cowboy Gathering, Campfire Tales at the Ft. Worth Stock Show, Texas Crossroads Cowboy Poetry Gathering, KBHB radio, Vinton Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Scofield's Cowboy Campfire at Red Mule Ranch, Pincher Creek Cowboy Gathering, Durango Cowboy Gathering, Annual Bear Lake Cowboy Gathering, "This One's for the Cowboys," and A Montana Christmas, Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous, Cowboy Concert Series, Rapid City Public Library, Echoes of the Trail, Lost 'n Lava Cowboy Poetry Gathering, High Country Summer, and CSU Equine Teaching & Research Center; and Tom Morgan, Jeri Dobrowski, Smoke Wade, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Susan Parker, Ken Cook, Linda Kirkpatrick, DW Groethe, Gwen Petersen, Janice Coggin, Sandi and Jay Snider, Nika Nordbrock, Karen Neurohr, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Lauralee Northcott, Kathy and Van Criddle, Doris Daley, Tex Tumbleweed, Laurali Noteman, Alfred Janssen, Hal Swift, Diane Tribitt, Ann Blackford, Doc Stovall, Bobbie Hunter, Jim Hawkins, Al Mehl, Don Hilmer, Geff Dawson, Mick Vernon, PJ and Dallas McCord, Carla Bell, Jim Runge, Tom Cole, Linda Record, Cheryl Park, Lowell Moore, Jon Chandler, Jerry Brooks, Juanita Buckley, Almeda Terry, Ronna Lee Sharpe, Laura and Tony Argento, Sr., Ralph Smith, Steve Conroy, Donnette Engebrecht, Fred Liese, Harlo Birkholz, Mark McMillan, Beth Bender, Kay Duke, Jackson Mackenzie, Francie Ganje, Pat Richardson, Sam Jackson, Stan Tixier, Tom Weatherby, Jennie Cummings, Maryanne Patterson, Mike Moutoux, Cimarron Sue and Nevada Slim, Ted Flaum, Rick Nagle, Christopher Martinez, Janice Gilbertson, Cass Swanson, Jan Billups, Thayne Beard, Larry Krause, Kathryn Trigg, Bill Henderson, Don Collop, Mark Miller, Sally Smith, Laurel Paulson-Pierce, Terri Taylor (STAMPEDE!), Woody Woodruff, Pete Kennedy, Mikki Dennis, Joe Baker, Kathy Barlow, Diane Tribitt, Paul R. Hirdler, Denise Keary, Gari Merendino, Stephen McFadden, Rose Sanders, Jo Baeza, Doc Davis, Clark Crouch, Larry Krause, Kat Copeland, Jim Moore, Shawn Gannon, Duane Nelson, Jim Cardwell, Cindy Quiqley, Buck Helton, Bob Kinford, Betty Ramelli, Steven Spalding, Thomas Scofield, Martyn Hill, Linda Mannix, Arden Gailey, Laura O'Connor, T.J. Casey, Rod Miller, Dale Major, Rod Miller, John Pappas, Jerry Schleicher, Judy Howser, Payson Reese, Vi Tara, and Chuck Peterson.

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Venues with Monthly and Multiple Dates


Heritage of the American West Performance Series   Spearfish, South Dakota

Reception at 6PM
Showtime at 7PM

Thursday, January 19, 2012 "CABIN FEVER PARTY"
Jami Lynn ... folk/acoustic/bluegrass, Rapid City, SD
6:00PM Cowboy Song Tradition Exhibit & Reception
7:00PM Show Time!

Thursday, February 16, 2012 "A PATYSY CLINE EXPERIENCE"
Patsy InCLINEd, Rapid City, SD
6:00PM Love Letters from the Cattle Trail Exhibit & Reception
7:00PM Show Time! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012 "COWBOY IRISH"
Cornbeef Cowboys, Denver, CO
6:00PM Cowboy Life: The Letters of George Phillips Book Signing
7:00PM Show Time!

Thursday, April 19, 2012 "RHYTHM & RHYME"
6:00PM Cowboy Poetry Week Exhibit & Reception
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, South Dakota
Presentation of "The Badger: Excellence in Cowboy Poetry"
7:00PM Show Time!

An evening with the most awarded cowboy poet in the country is the centerpiece for the Heritage of the American West Performance Series celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week, April 15 - 21, 2012. An officially
designated recognition by Congress and many states and communities (including South Dakota and Spearfish) the event marks the legacy of the oral tradition of the cowboy; storytellers in rhyme of generations of western history and contemporary country living.

Yvonne Hollenbeck, a two-time Will Rogers Medallion Award winner and the best among cowboy poets from the Western Music Association, Academy of Western Artists and multiple invitations to the National Cowboy Poetry
Gathering, will perform on the Heritage Stage, Thursday, April 19th at the High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, SD. "From laughter to tears, you will find yourself connecting your own experiences with Yvonne's story telling—whether you were/are ranch raised or not," says Francie Ganje with the Heritage Series. "An authentic voice is capable of reaching across age and lifestyle boundaries to connect with all people. That bests describes an evening with Yvonne Hollenbeck."

The event opens at 6:00pm with the exhibit "Cowboy Song Tradition", an exhibit from the George B. German Music Archives in Mitchell, SD. It portrays the rich tradition of the cowboy song in a series of panels which include photographs, sheet music, and historical accounts of the lives and music of Charles Badger Clark, Tex Fletcher, George B. German, Rusty Holman, Lloyd Prichard, and Ben Stoller. The exhibit includes the recently restored video-documentary,
Ride Around Cowboy, created by the Music Archives in 1980.

Also on display will be official proclamations noting Cowboy Poetry Week from Governor's in five states, the official U.S. Congressional Resolution autographed by its sponsors, the proclamation from the City of Spearfish, and historical cowboy poetry books on loan from private collectors.

Show time is at 7pm with the talent of Emily Jerde on the 1913 M. Schulz Upright Grand Piano in the Theatre. A country girl from Reva, SD., she is a classically trained pianist and violinist currently studying songwriting and music production at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. She will open the performance with vintage Western music.

Also joining the show are two award winning orators from Elm Springs Elementary Country School, in Meade County. Jacob Linn and Carter Elshere, both 7th graders, will present cowboy poetry by world famous
cowboy poet Badger Clark, who lived in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Their performance introduces "The Badger: Excellence In Cowboy Poetry," presented each year by the Heritage Series to the cowboy poet who best represents the art form in published works, audio and video programming and recording, public appearances and mentoring. This year's recipient is Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, SD.

Doors open at 6pm with $12 admission that includes the "The Cowboy Song Tradition" exhibit, the live stage performance, free admission to the Heritage Museum, and complimentary pie at Perkins Family Restaurant,
Spearfish, SD. Contact the High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, SD at 605-642-9378 for tickets.

Find details on the Heritage of the American West Facebook page.

Thursday, May 17, 2012 “WOMEN OF THE WEST”
Laurie & Cora Wood  Saratoga, Wyoming
6:00pm Displays ~ 7:00pm Show Time

Thursday, June 21, 2012 “HOMEWARD BOUND”
Barry Ward
- Elbert, CO
6:00pm Displays ~ 7:00pm Show

Thursday, July 26, 2012 "RIDIN' FOR THE BRAND"
R.J. Vandygriff
, Dallas, TX
6:00PM National Day of the Cowboy Exhibit & Reception
7:00PM Show Time!

July 26-2012
National Day of the Cowboy programs at the High Plains Western Heritage Center

Three Big Events. Three Days Of Cowboyin'!
Thursday, July 26th: "Ridin' for the Brand"

6:00PM: Historic Brand Preservation Exhibit/Program
7:00PM: R.J. Vandygriff - WMA nominee for Best Traditional Album & Best Western Male Performance

Friday, July 27th: "The Cowboy Ain't Dead Yet!"
R.J. Vandyfriff
- Grammy nominated one act play
5:30PM: Cowboy Saloon & Chuckwagon Supper
7:00PM: "The Cowboy Ain't Dead Yet!"

Saturday, July 28th: "Read'em Cowboy!"
Featuring Joe Texas, stock dog demonstrations, kids book authors, tours, re-enactments and more.
10:00AM - 2:00PM; educate more children about the pioneer’s contribution to cowboy culture, and to enlist young people in carrying the flame of the cowboy’s campfire into generations to come.

Saturday, July 28th
High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, SD
In cooperation with Dr. Mary Jones, School of Education, Black Hills State University
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Admission: Free to children ages 5-12 and one parent/guardian ($5 each for additional)

Activities include:

*Historical re-enactments by historic stage coach driver Harvey Fellows, the original stage (Spearfish to Deadwood Stage) is housed in the Center; by the first teacher in Spearfish, Rebecca Evans, in the one room school house on the Center grounds ....and one more...

*Learning Kits/Stations: Created by pre-service teachers at Black Hills State University, these kits allow for a 20-30 minute experiences having to do with early day pioneering/settling the west, i.e. drovers, mining, quilting, stage coaching, braiding, cooking, trains, beading, lumbering, etc.
*Buffalo and Longhorn Viewings

*Tour of the Prairie Garden

*Children's Book Authors will hold reading sessions; books all deal with the West, ranch/country life, history, animals, Native American, etc.

*Cowboy A, B, Cs (the Cowboy Code) with Joe Texas played by R.J. Vandygriff

College students from the Black Hills State University Rodeo Team will be assisting with the kids, getting them from one place to the other.

"Madison Campfire Series"
Story of Russ Madison, Nemo, SD (deceased) induction into the Rodeo Hall of Fame, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
3:00PM - 5:00PM

For more information, call 605-642-9378

Thursday, August 23, 2012 "ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE"
Juni Fisher
, Franklin, TN
6:00PM Exhibit & Reception
7:00PM Show Time! 

Thursday, September 20, 2012 "COWBOY STATE OF MIND"
Chris Isaacs & Kerry Grombacher
6:00PM Exhibit & Reception
7:00PM Show Time! 
Find more below

Thursday, October 18, 2012 "Roundup!"
Daron Little & Trinity Seely
6:00pm Displays ~ 7:00pm Show Time

New Artists, Old Friends Bring A Continued Voice To The West

Spearfish, SD – Bringing two young voices of the West together for a live stage performance of the Heritage of the American West Performance Series is part of the annual fall performance of “Roundup!,” set for Thursday, October 18 at the High Plains Western Heritage Center.

Daron Little and Trinity Seely, both of Wyoming, are among a new generation of performers making their way into the western entertainment industry.

The country boy turned cowboy grew up on the roots of Old Country, Bluegrass, Rockabilly and Blues. He melded it into a style of guitar playing and music that gives a distinct flavoring to his interpretation of present-day cowboy music. It’s earned him consistent Top 10 radio airplay in the western music market along with a Top Male Vocalist nod from the Academy of Western Artists. “There are so many talented artists that can play the traditional songs and the songs of the Saturday matinee cowboys that I don’t even dare to go there. But I believe that I can give today’s working for a living ranch cowboy a voice," says Daron.

Sharing a cowboy perspective through a cowgirl point of view shapes Seely’s first, self-titled album release. Produced by nationally acclaimed artists Brenn Hill and Ryan Tilby, her original works in lyrics and melody have earned her a Western Music Association nomination for the Crescendo Award that recognizes the top new artist in the industry.

The show also includes an exhibit that traces the beginnings of the High Plains Western Heritage Center and the role that media played in creating the support necessary to open the doors in 1989. Among those is ranch radio KBHB 810AM, celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Raising thousands of dollars for the Center in its formative years and its continuing support of the regional cultural center and museum is represented through documents, photographs and a commemorative documentary.

Tickets are available for $12 at the High Plains Western Heritage Center, or by calling 605-642-9378.

Included is free admission to the Heritage Center Museum, pre-show refreshments, the stage performance, and complimentary pie at Perkins Family Restaurant in Spearfish.

Museum doors open at 6:00pm, theatre doors at 6:45pm and show time is at 7:00pm.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 "CHRISTIMAS ON THE HIGH PLAINS" ....a fundraising performance
Sweethearts In Carhartts
Jean Prescott
, Ovalo, TX
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Winner, South Dakota
6:00PM Social & Shopping Heritage Gift Store
7:00PM Show Time!
8:00PM Calcutta for the Western Arts 

Thursday, December 20, 2012 "YOUNG GUNS VOLUME III: The Next Generation of Music & Storytellers of the West!
Musicians and orators ages 5-20 perform music and poetry of the West.
6:00PM Exhibit & Reception
7:00PM Show Time!



Tickets are available at the High Plains Western Heritage Center, Advance tickets $9; Day of show $12

The 90-minute live stage show also airs later on KBHB 810AM Five State Ranch Radio, Sturgis, South Dakota and KBFS 1450 AM & KYDT 103.1 FM The Country Twins, Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

Also find all of the monthly shows' schedule here at the High Plains Western Heritage Center web site.

For more information about the Heritage of the American West, contact Francie Ganje at and visit the Heritage of the American West on Facebook.

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

Updated 11/2

February and March, 2012
National Council for the Traditional Arts Don't Fence Me In   Washington, Oregon, California

The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA)—America's oldest folk arts organizationpresents Don't Fence Me In; Songs, Music, and Poetry of the American West in performances in February and March, 2012 in California, Washington, and Oregon. Performers include Wylie & the Wild West, North Bear, Los Texmaniacs, The Quebe Sisters Band, and Paul Zarzyski.

From the NCTA announcement:

Few places in the world capture the imagination like the American West. From the range, ranch, reservation and roadhouse, from the valley of the Rio Grande to the Bitteroot Mountains, Don't Fence Me In: Songs, Music and Poetry of the American West explores the region's celebrated musical and oral culture. Cowboy songs and poetry, high plains yodeling, western swing fiddle and vocal harmonies, lively Tex-Mex polkas and rancheras, and Northern Plains pow-wow drum and song are performed by an assemblage of exceptional artists...

Find more information  here on the NCTA site.

Sat, Feb 18
Washington Center for the Performing Arts - Olympia, WA

Mon, Feb 20
Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre - Medford, OR

Tues, Feb 21
Kate Buchanan Hall, Humboldt State Univ., CenterArts - Arcata, CA

Wed, Feb 22
Napa Valley Opera House - Napa, CA

Thurs, Feb 23
Bankhead Theatre, Livermore Perf. Arts Center - Livermore, CA

Fri, Feb 24
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts - Santa Rosa, CA

Sat, Feb 25
Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts - Modesto, CA

Mon, Feb 27
Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego - San Diego, CA

Wed, Feb 29
University Ballroom, Cal State Univ., Monterey Bay - Seaside, CA

Thurs, Mar 1
Clark Center - Arroyo Grande, CA

Fri, Mar 2
Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA

Posted 11/7


June-September, 2012
Scofield's Cowboy Campfire at 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 cowboy music, poetry, and story telling in an 1880s setting. In addition to Ron's traditional brand of old cowboy standards, special guest performers contribute their unique style of western wit, wisdom, satire, and song.

June 30 - Dave Bourne and Jim King

July 7 - Juni Fisher and Pat Richardson

July 14 - Sourdough Slim

July 21 - Old West Trio & (poet to be added and announced)

August 4 - The Gillette Brothers

August 18 -
Dave Stamey

August 25 - Old West Trio and Jim & Karen Ross

Sept 8 - Old West Trio and Mark Twain

Find information for all performers at

Dinner is served at 6:30pm. Entertainment begins at 7:30pm with a break for intermission and dessert. After lots of music and poetry, it's "Happy Trails" around 10pm.

Total event cost per person is $45

Scofield's Cowboy Campfire, P.O. Box 12, Fiddletown CA 95629;; (209)-296-4519

Posted 1/23

April-October, 2012
Fifth Annual Big Hat Promotions House Concerts   Altadena, California

From Bob and Marie Mann:

Our events will be held in our backyard here in Altadena, California.

As always, complimentary food and beverages will be served to our guests who attend the shows.

Your generous donations for our performers are greatly appreciated.

Please make your reservations early by emailing

Find complete information for all events at

Doors Open at 5:30 pm. Show at 7:00 pm except where noted

Bob and Marie Mann founded Big Hat Promotions as a way to promote Cowboy poetry and Western music to a new audience through a series of intimate backyard house concerts. They knew that in order to accomplish this goal, they must present the very best artists the genre had to offer. Big Hat Promotions’ 4th Annual Summer Series is no exception.

For more information and to make reservations, please visit or email

April 15, 2012  

Juni Fisher returns as we partner with Altadena Stables in a matinee performance on Sunday, April 15. 

June 3, 2012
           Whistle Stop Ranch Summer Serenade 
Acton, Calfornia
         Featuring Sourdough Slim and Michael Tcherkassy.
         Find more below.

June 23, 2012  

Juni Fisher

July 7, 2012  

Dave Stamey

July 21, 2012

RW Hampton

October 27, 2012
4th Annual Whistle Stop Ranch Fall Cowboy Roundup  Acton, California
Dave Stamey, Gary Robertson, Eddie Villalobos, and Michael Tcherkassky.
       Find more below.


Reservations are required for all of our 2012 events. Email to make reservations or to request to be added to our mailing list. 

Posted 3/22

July-August, 2012
American Roots Concert Series  Deception Pass State Park, Washington

From Jens Lund:

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the American Roots concert series at Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island.

The series performances begin 7 p.m. Saturdays starting July 7 through Aug. 4 at Deception Pass State Park, 41020 State Route 20 in Oak Harbor. Local artists perform a variety of American music styles in celebration of traditional folk music from the Pacific Northwest. Admission is free to all performances. The Discover Pass is required to attend the concerts.

Performances are scheduled as follows:

July 7 – DW Groethe, original cowboy songs and poems from a real Montana ranch hand

July 14 – Phil and Vivian Williams, traditional fiddle tunes and string music from the Northwest and Oregon Trail

July 21 – La Famille Léger, Acadien and Quebecois house music from eastern Canada

July 28 – A Moment in Time, Seattle African American
a cappella gospel quartet

Aug. 4 – Hank Nelson and Bob and Mike Antone, music and stories from the Northwest timber communities

All performances are in the West Beach amphitheater on the Whidbey Island side of the park, unless raining. If raining, performances will move to the East Cranberry Lake picnic shelter, also on the Whidbey Island side of the park.

The series is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are required in order to attend the event, please call (360) 675-3767 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.

The American Roots music series is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures and presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program. The program is a partnership between the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Arts Commission and Northwest Heritage Resources with funding provided by National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Arts Commission program grants. For a full schedule of Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program events, visit

Deception Pass State Park is a 4,134-acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater of shoreline, and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. The park is best known for views of Deception Pass and Bowman Bay, old-growth forests, abundant wildlife and the historic Deception Pass Bridge.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at, and

The Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 99-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit

Updated 6/14


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January 7, 2012
When the Work's All Done This Fall  between Belle Fourche and Spearfish, South Dakota

From Robert Dennis:

After being on stage together at the 21st Annual Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Old West Days, four of us—Marty Blocker, Ken Cook, Robert Dennis and Paul Larsen—decided to try doing a show together in the Northern Black Hills area.

It will be held at the time of the year when the work's all done, so we named it after that grand old poem, "When The Works All Done This Fall." We are trying to pay honor to the cowboys and ranchers and ranching traditions of this country.

It will be held Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Beslers Cadillac Ranch, between Spearfish and Belle Fourche, SD. There will be an afternoon show at 2 pm.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 605 985 5419

$5 for adults, kids in free, for the afternoon performance

$8 per person for the evening performance

(This event was originally scheduled for November 18, 2011, but was postponed because of weather.)

Updated 11/23

January 20-21
Cowboy Up at Winter Camp  Miles City, Montana

Preliminary information from Jane Bower:

~  Cowboy Up at Winter Camp ~

Miles City's 1st Cowboy Poetry & Pickers Gathering
Friday, January 20th and Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Hosted by The Historical Olive Hotel


Friday 12:00  Performance at the Community College cafeteria for the rodeo team and guest.

Friday evening   Performance at the Country Club for the Chambers Award Dinner

Saturday:  Hosted at The Historic Olive Hotel

Registration with name tags for performers.
Tickets sold for gathering events.
Hand out welcome gift bags

8:00 a.m. A full chuck wagon country breakfast with music, served up at The Olive, will kick off the festivities.

10:00 - 12:00 Take pleasure in historical and artful exhibits. Poetry, storytelling & music throughout the lobby of the Historic Olive Hotel.

1:00 - 5:00  Breakout rooms with storytelling, poetry, a "how to write cowboy poetry workshop" and musicians performing. Visit with a cowboy poet and learn about the roots of cowboy poetry.

   Enjoy exhibits set up throughout the Olive.

   Poet and storyteller 
Gwen Peterson

   Poet, storyteller and musician 
Leslie Keltner

   World renowned bull rider 
Lloyd Ketchum will exhibit awards and speak of his adventures

   Bill's Leather will exhibit leather wares including leather-bound journals.
   Ronnie Reed will exhibit hand made spurs, bits, and more
   "How to Write Cowboy Poetry Workshop" hosted by Gwen Peterson

   Local poets gather for recitations and entertainment.

5:00  Dinner

7:00 - 9:00  The Night Show - location yet to be decided (Fairgrounds)

   Opening the show will be Gwen Peterson, poet and storyteller and Leslie Keltner, poet and singer.

   Performance by
Ken Overcast, distinguished cowboy poet and musician

9:00  After Show Burner Party and Jam Session at the Olive Hotel Bar, where poets, storytellers & musicians let loose their talent and go free style.

The Historic Olive Hotel
501 Main St.
Miles City,   Montana  59301
406-234-2450  x 209

Posted 11/14

January 26, 2012
16th Annual Will Rogers Cowboy Awards  Fort Worth, Texas

From Academy of Western Artists Director Bobby Newton:

The 16th Annual Academy of Western Artists awards will be held in conjunction with the Fort Worth Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas January 26, 2012. The event will be held at the Casa Manana Theater which is on the northeast corner of the Will Rogers Complex. We are extremely pleased to be associated with such a prestigious and cowboy event as the premier stock show in the country in the Cowboy Capitol of the World, Fort Worth, Texas. We are still working on the details and they will be forthcoming. For more information, please email

Posted 7/14

January 28-February 4, 2012
The 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Elko, Nevada

The Western Folklife Center has announced information for the 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 30 to February 4, 2012, in Elko, Nevada.

Excerpts from their August 3, 2011 newsletter:

The 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will include a focus on the southwestern United States, specifically Arizona and New Mexico. This special programming is in recognition of the centennial of statehood for both states, which were admitted to the Union in 1912. Also integral to the American Southwest is West Texas (People in New Mexico like to call that part of Texas "far eastern" New Mexico, and Texans like to call eastern New Mexico "far west" Texas), so it will also be included in our Southwest programs, which will feature poets, musicians and other artists from the region, and an exhibition of Southwest ranching culture in our Wiegand Gallery.

Poets and musicians performing at the 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering are: Amy Hale Auker; Mike Beck & the Bohemian Saints; Baxter Black; Dave Bourne;Jerry Brooks; Ken Cook; Doris Daley; Stephanie Davis; John Dofflemyer; Ramblin' Jack Elliott; Rolf Flake; Dick Gibford; The Gillette Brothers; Skip Gorman, Connie Dover & the Waddie Pals; DW Groethe; R.W. Hampton; Carol Heuchan; Yvonne Hollenbeck; Hot Club of Cowtown; Jess Howard; Tim Hus & The Rocky Mountain Two; Ross Knox; Marley's Ghost; Michael Martin Murphey & The Rio Grande Band featuring Pat Flynn; Wally McRae; Waddie Mitchell; Andy Nelson; Joel Nelson; Rodney Nelson; Glenn Ohrlin; Vess Quinlan; Henry Real Bird; Pat Richardson; Randy Rieman; Ronstadt Generations; Martha Scanlan; Georgie Sicking; Sourdough Slim; R.P. Smith; Jay Snider; Dave Stamey; Gail Steiger; Rod Taylor; Ian Tyson; Dick Warwick; Andy Wilkinson & Andy Hedges; Wylie & The Wild West; and Paul Zarzyski.

Find more about each of the performers
here at National Cowboy Poetry Gathering web site.

Also from the newsletter:

Early in the week of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, we offer hands-on workshops where people can learn a skill or craft such as rawhide braiding, leather carving, writing poetry or cooking a traditional dish. People who participate in workshops at the Gathering have a unique experience that connects them personally to the artistic traditions of the West. They meet new people and make lasting friendships and return home with a new skill and usually a piece of art that they can enjoy for years to come.

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