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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, 
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 every second Tuesday of the month at 7PM MTN... 
Cowboy Opry  Lemmon, South Dakota

See our feature about the Cowboy Opry here.

From Bob Penfield:

Yvonne Hollenbeck writes: Cowboy Poetry and Western Music are quite popular in the Dakotas, and due to that fact, there are getting to be more and more events where one can enjoy it.  One such place is the Cowboy Opry held the second Tuesday of each month at the Boss Cowman Conference Center in Lemmon, South Dakota.  

When Bob Penfield bought a vacant church building in Lemmon, he named it the Boss Cowman Center and started holding the monthly Cowboy Opry.  The 14th Session is coming up and everyone has been well received, with crowds enthusiastic and getting larger each month.  Of course, everyone enjoys the lunch and fellowship in the basement following each event!  In April, 2003, former AWA Cowboy Poet of the Year, Elizabeth Ebert, was featured."  

Recent shows have featured Honored Guests Jess Howard, D. W. Groethe, and Yvonne Hollenbeck; Special Western Music Guest T. J. Casey;  and  Ken Overcast, Ann Secrest, and Arlie Hulm.  On October 14, 2003 the show featured an evening of humorous cowboy poetry with Rodney Nelson, Jess Howard, Elizabeth Ebert and Yvonne HollenbeckJim Thompson was the emcee, and the program was recorded and is now a hilarious CD, Where the Buffalo Rhyme.

You can listen to some past shows and see a video of a 2002 show from the Cowboy Opry here on their web site (links are at the bottom of their page).  

Yvonne also writes:  "Incidentally, *Lemmon got its name from one of the most famous early day cattlemen, Ed Lemmon, who, at the age of 13 left his home near Cheyenne, WY, and hired out as a cowboy.   Six years later he was following the long, dusty lines of bawling Texas longhorns to the Northern ranches and Indian agencies.  Ed Lemmon owns the world's record, according to the National Livestock Association, for saddle handling during his lifetime more cattle than any man, and he holds the record for the largest number of cattle cut out and brought to the branding fire during a roundup in a single day with a total of 900.

In 1902 he leased 865,000 acres of land on the Standing Rock Reservation, enclosed it with a three-wire fence, the largest fenced pasture in the world, and built up a herd of 53,000 head of cattle. (* this was all taken from the book, "ROUNDUP YEARS")

Ed Lemmon is known as one of the greatest cattlemen in America and was termed "Boss Cowman" years ago.  He was foreman of a number of Texas Cattle drives." 

See our feature about the Cowboy Opry here.

  Updated 2/11

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Columbia River Cowboy Gathering  Kennewick, Washington

Old pard Clark Crouch writes:  The Columbia River Cowboy Gathering is scheduled to be held in Kennewick, Washington on Saturday, April 17th, from 10:00AM to 10:00PM. It will feature a Cowboy Exhibit Hall, a Cowboy concert and dance, and more than twenty Cowboy singer's poets and entertainers. Guests include: Johnny Western (cowboy movie/tv star and writer/singer of the theme for "Paladin - Have Gun Will Travel" series); Joni Harms (Cowgirl singer); Mended Heart (a six-piece band with a salute to the Sons of the Pioneers); and Cowboy poets such as Leon Flick and A.K. Moss. More information will be posted at http://www.cowboygettogether.com or is available by calling Ed Dailey at 509-585-2606.  Posted 2/11

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Prince George BC Ranch and Country Show   Prince George, B. C.

Prince George BC Ranch and Country Show, April 23, 24 & 25 Log home show and equine fair featuring a trade show , horse training clinics, cowboy poetry and western music. Entertainment Co-ordinated by Mike Puhallo, Twilight Ranch Productions Phone (250)579-5667 www.twilightranch.com mikepuhallo@direct.ca

For tradeshow and ticket information Contact T&H Holdings (250) 554 -0068   Posted 1/27

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Milk River Musicians and Poets  Harlem, Montana 

Fred Liese tells us:  The Milk River Musicians and Poets are having their third annual foot stompin', ear jammin' get together at the Harlem High School Little Gym, Harlem, Montana on Saturday, April 24th, 2004.  Show time is slated for 3p.m.; however the management is usually running five minutes late. Everyone is welcome to some real "down home" family entertaiment.  For further information contact Steven Hughes at 406/353-2655.

Posted 4/10

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"Night On the Prairie"
Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering Fundraiser  Ellensburg, Washington

See the description of the February, 2005 event below.

Posted 3/31

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Western Legends Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Special  Panguitch, Utah

A Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Special featuring Curly Musgrave & Belinda Gail, backed up by the most hilarious Cowboy Poets in captivity--Don and Phil Kennington!  

Curly and Belinda have both won top honors from the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists, and have recently been "wowing" audiences at Nashville.  They are well known throughout Southern Utah from performances at Western Legends Round-up in Kanab and entertaining  on Houston's Red Rock Trail rides.

The Kenningtons need little introduction in Southern Utah, as they have been "Shoeing Ol' Rivet" and telling other "absolutely non-fictional" tales of their cowboy days to fans in this area for the last ten years. Bring your friends and enjoy Cowboy poetry at its absolute best !

All at the Triple C Arena in Panguitch, Utah on May 15th, 2004 at 7PM.  General admission $12 Students $8.

Tickets on sale May 1st at Denny's Wigwam, Houston's Trails End Restaurant, Panguitch Supply, and Lelands Chevron and at show time at the Triple C Arena ticket office.

Sponsored by Western Legends Round-up. For additional information call Sam Jackson (435) 644-5459 e-mail; lastcamp@kanab.net  Posted 4/8

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Jim Thompson's Heritage of the American West  Spearfish, South Dakota
Live on the web, 7PM MT

Monthly, every third Thursday:

 

See our feature about Heritage of the American West here.

 

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Wells Gray Round Up Camp  Clearwater, B. C.

Celebrating our Western Heritage in poetry and song. Hosted by Wells Gray Guest Ranch in the beautiful Clearwater Valley. This first time event will feature some of the best Cowboy Poets and Western Songwriters in Canada. Plenty of room to camp, on the doorstep of British Columbia's most spectacular wilderness park. Hiking and horseback riding, great food, poetry and music to fill your day, and you can, spend your nights picking and singing around the campfire or whoop it up at the famous Black Horse Saloon!

For accommodation and tickets contact Well Gray Guest Ranch, Box 1764 RR#1, Clearwater BC V0E 1N0 Canada, Phone toll free 1-866-Go Ridin' or (250)674-2792 fax 674-0215 email
mike@wellsgrayranch.com www.wellsgrayranch.com

Entertainment co-ordinated by Mike Puhallo, Twilight Ranch productions www.twilightranch.com (250)579-5667  Posted 1/27

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Dave Stamey with Larry Maurice   Lone Pine, California

Dave Stamey, award-winning troubadour appears in concert with Larry Maurice for a benefit for the Lone Pine Film Festival.  Lone Pine High School Auditorium, 7:30 PM, $25. Please phone 760-876-4121, Dorothy Bonnefin for concert tickets.   Posted 5/23

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18th Annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering Medora, North Dakota


Medora Cowboy Gathering: Entertainers, Art, Big Hats

MEDORA - Long known for bringing cowboy poets and singers to Medora, this year's Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering is also hosting the Big Hat Society from Tucson, Ariz. The 18th annual poetry-music-and-art-fest is Saturday and Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend, May 29 and 30, at the Medora Community Center.

Doors open at 1 p.m. on Saturday for the daytime poetry and music sessions and western art show. The art show is sponsored by the Badlands Art Association. Both are free and open to the public. Solen artist, Scott Nelson, will be doing pen and ink sketches in the lobby. And, the Big Hat Society from Tucson, will be displaying their Tom Mix-style 10 gallon hats. Informal and casual, visitors are encouraged to come and listen as their schedules allows.

Sentinel Butte rancher Bill Lowman, who ramrods this--the nation's oldest regional gathering-- announced the 2004 featured performers: Howard Hall, Baker, Mont.; Steve Stark, Fargo, N.D.; Christi Kracht, Valley City, N.D.; Bud Comly and Joan Comly, Shepherd, Mont.; and Marty Blocker, Merriman, Neb. They will be joined by approximately 40 returning "old timers" in reciting original and classic verse, singing cowboy ballads, and swapping tales.

Headlining Saturday's 7:30 p.m. concert are The Vintage Cowboys - Ken Swick and Ted Jones - Laramie, Wyo., who sing traditional cowboy songs; Jan Wood, cowgirl poet, Newell, S.D; TJ Casey, western swing artist, Lockwood, Mont.; and Jim Hamilton, poet, Decker, Mont. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults, $8 for high school students, and $4 for students 12-years-old and under. Children who can be held on an adult's lap are admitted free of charge.

Festivities continue Sunday, May 30, with country gospel from 9:00 a.m. till noon. Groups and individuals lend their talents to this worship service with a western flair. Charlie Hunt, poet and ordained pastor, heads up the standing-room-only session. The coffee pot will be on. Come early for a good seat. Following a break for lunch, afternoon sessions begin again at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday's 7:30 p.m. concert features The Wagoneers from Rhame, N.D., Brent Voight, who performs with the Wagoneers; Dick Kuske, New England, N.D.; and Jess Goodwin, poet from Hartline, Wash.

Weekend festivities aren't confined to the community center. The Cowboy Action Performers of Bismarck will be in town on Saturday, performing shoot outs on Main Street. Fargo's Rolling Plains Art Gallery, housed in a 48-ft semi-trailer, will be on location with its "Art of Today" exhibition. Nearly all of Medora's motels, businesses and restaurants are open and ready for the gathering. Lodging is available through the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation at 1-800-633-6721, and Custer's Condo at 1-800-783-6366. Rooms are also available in Beach, Belfield, and Dickinson.

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

The Library of Congress recognized the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 2000 as one of 1,300 Local Legacies nationwide. Legacies were selected for preserving traditions and local history of American communities. One of North Dakota's signature events, the gathering and its participants are
included as a permanent part of the Library's collection held within the American Folklife Center.

Posted 4/22

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Fourth Annual Rockin H Ranch Cowboy Gathering and Trail Ride  Norwood, Missouri

Load up the kids & horses & join us for a fun-filled week at the Rockin H Ranch!  Join our organized trail rides or venture out on your own to enjoy the beautiful scenery the Ozarks has to offer each spring.  Thousands of rolling acres for camping & riding along beautiful springs and creeks in a working ranch environment.

What is a Cowboy Gathering?  It is a time when old friends and new get together each year to celebrate and remember our American West Heritage. The main goal of our Cowboy Gathering is to provide clean, family oriented fun on a real working cattle ranch.

Authentic CHUCK WAGONS show their individual expertise in a taste-tempting CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF, and provide great tasting grub all week long.

THEATRICAL PRODUCTION AND SHOW featuring members of the MISSOURI COWBOY POETS ASSOCIATION and friends will entertain with original works of poetry, verse & song, as well as old favorites.  Join us to see the on-going feud between Texas  Cowboys who are bringing their supposedly tick fever infested cattle through the Missouri Cowboys' territory on their way to the rail. Cookie Don usually ends up getting shot or hung!

Spectacular PRO-RODEO ACTION on the weekend!  Our IPRA/ACRA Rodeo contracted by Wooten Rodeo Company of Hillsboro, MO is a great addition to our Memorial Weekend activities!  Over 300 cowboys and cowgirls compete for points and cash prizes in all seven major rodeo events:  bare back bronc, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc, barrel racing and bull riding. WILD COW RACES and great funny man entertainment during the rodeo!

Our Non-equine FUN EVENTS always bring the best of competitors out of our campers!  Games for all ages including CHICKEN RACES, STICK HORSE RACE, BOOT TOSS, SKILLET THROW, EGG & SPOON RACES, DE-CALF-ALON COMPETITION, and much, much more!

Exhibitors & vendors from cowboy clothiers to saddle makers to western decor will be available to help you find a new pair of boots, fit a new custom saddle, or design that perfect horse trailer!

We'll be having 19TH CENTURY COWBOY ENCAMPMENTS complete with legendary outlaws and real life characters from the Wild, Wild West!  Living historians that bring Old West individuals to life.  Men, watch your backs and ladies, watch your men!  Keep on the look out for gun slingers and wild
women!

Visit our website at www.rockinh.net to learn more about us and our gathering.  We hope to see you in May!  Posted 1/26

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Brenn Hill at the Sevier Valley Events Center  Richfield, Utah
For more information, contact Jo Lynne Kirkwood  (435)896-1856 or by email

Brenn Hill will appear at the Sevier Valley Events Center May 28th in a concert sponsored by the county and hosted by Jo Lynne Kirkwood and Gordon Thomas. Concert begins at 7:00. Tickets are only $8.00  Posted 5/20

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Ian Tyson with Waddie Mitchell   West Point, Mississippi

Ian Tyson Concert with special guest Cowboy Poet Waddie Mitchell sponsored by Old Waverly Golf Club on Friday, May 28, 2004 at Center Stage, West Point, Mississippi, 6:30pm; tickets $20 662/494- 6463   Posted 4/12

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Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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 14th annual Chuck Wagon Festival is scheduled for May 29 and 30, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Memorial Day weekend event is recognized by the American Bus Association as a 2004 Top 100 Event in North America. The festival with its mouthwatering food, activities for children, musical entertainment for the entire family and an opportunity to browse the nation's premier Western heritage museum attracted the attention of the Food Network which will feature last year's festival on its Top Five: Summer Sensations program.

New to the event is trick horse Ice, owned by Johnny and Cheryl Blasier, Coyle, Oklahoma. The talented equine appeared on the Jay Leno show. Also new this year is Oklahoma City Blazers hockey Coach Doug Sauter's Express Clyde and Pony Show +1 featuring the 7-year-old Clydesdale Blazer; donkey Redhawk; and miniature horse Taxi.

Children can participate in numerous outdoor activities including stick horse racing, pony rides, rope making, weaving, bandana designing and paper fan decorating. 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.

Dr. H.P. Hedgethicket III, Esquire will return to 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. John Fry, Newalla, Oklahoma, will demonstrate the steam traction engine which was used for farming on the plains. Gary Robinson, Edmond, Oklahoma will demonstrate blacksmithing techniques.

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

Western music and musical entertainment are scheduled on two separate stages. Don Edwards will be on stage Saturday, May 29. During his performance, he will sing his 2003 National Cowboy Museum Wrangler Award-winning original song Chant of the Night Songs from his new album, Last of the Troubadours--Saddle Songs II, released by Western Jubilee Recording Company in the fall of 2003. Edwards' career as a balladeer, guitarist and composer has spanned more than three decades, enriching audiences with his authentic Western music and his extensive knowledge of cowboy lore. He played the role of Smokey, Robert Redford's best friend, in the motion picture Horse Whisperer.

Red Steagall, who will perform on Sunday, May 30, has performed at the Chuck Wagon event since 1991. The official Cowboy Poet of Texas is a master songwriter, recording artist, author, actor, radio personality and rancher. His career spans more than 25 years of performances at rodeos, major fairs, poetry gatherings and worldwide tours.

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

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

Back again for a Saturday-only performance are the delightful and captivating young Texas fiddlers The Quebe Sisters. Accompanied by their instructors, Joey and Sherry McKenzie, Mansfield, Texas, the national champion musicians are playing to standing ovations wherever they perform. The lively fiddling act combines a mixture of Western swing, cowboy songs, vintage country and traditional Texas fiddle tunes. The sisters, Grace, 17; Sophia, 16; and Hulda, 13, have played with Ricky Skaggs and performed at the Grand Ole Opry.

Chuck Milner, cowboy singer, poet and song writer will entertain as well as introduce other performers on the platform stage at the south end of the festival grounds. Milner, who has performed at many Western events across the country, has entertained at the Museum's gathering since its inception 14 years ago. Back again on the platform stage is 9-year-old Emalea Del Hudgens from Grove, Oklahoma. The popular singer has won several medals, including a gold at the Patsy Montana Yodeling Festival in Pineville, Missouri. New to the festival is The Burson Family from Channing, Texas. Dale Burson with his son Ross and daughter Brittany will serve up family-style music.

Cheryl Rogers Barnett, daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, will be on site both days to talk with visitors and sign her new book, Cowboy Princess.

One of the best bargains of the day is the chance to see the Museum's fascinating galleries that tell the story of the West. One of the most popular galleries is the Western Performers Gallery which opened this time last year. The exhibit explores the various ways the West has been interpreted in literature and film and honors Western performers who have contributed to the preservation of the West. The colorful gallery evokes fond memories of movie stars from the silent era to the present--Broncho Billy Anderson to Tom Selleck. And in between, there was The Duke, John Wayne. 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 the food is fantastic! Nine chuck wagon crews cook such delicious fare as stew, brisket, sourdough biscuits, beans, cobblers and rice pudding for visitors to sample. Recipes are prepared hourly at a demonstration wagon and the recipes are available. Texas cowboy cook Tom Perini, spokesman for Pace Picante, will conduct a morning and afternoon cooking demonstration both days. Perini has catered for many notables including the President of
the United States George W. Bush.

Chuck wagon activities and Museum admission, excluding tasting bowls and concessions, are included in the price of admission: adults $10, seniors 62 and over $8.50, children 6-12 $5. Children five and under are admitted free, as are members of the Museum. Two-day passes are available for adults, $15; seniors, $12.75; children 6-12 $7.50. Tasting bowls are $3 each. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum remains open until 5:00 p.m.

The festival is presented by Delta Air Lines. The Chuck Wagon Gathering in partnership with Pace Picante. Cosponsors include Merrick Foundation, The Oklahoman, Great Plains Coca-Cola and OG&E. Additional support provided by KKNG 93.3 FM, Bar-S Foods, Sara Lee Bakery Group, Shawnee Milling Co., Oklahoma Ford Dealers, Collins Creek Ranch, Cabot Cheese and Marianne's Rentals. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located in the heart of central Oklahoma's Frontier Country and is one of seven attractions in Oklahoma's Adventure District at the junction of I-44 and I-35.

Membership to America's Premier Western Heritage Museum includes year-round admission for six people and a subscription to Persimmon Hill magazine. For more information call (405) 478-2250.

Posted 5/3

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The Great American Cowboy in Concert (at Carnegie Hall)   New York, New York

CARNEGIE HALL HOSTS COWBOYS IN 2004


June 11th, 2004 will bring to Carnegie Hall one of the largest gathering of Cowboys in its 113-year history, The GREAT AMERICAN COWBOY II in concert at CARNEGIE HALL.

Once again the Prairie Rose Wranglers will be riding north out of Kansas, bound for Carnegie Hall. Along with the Prairie Rose Wranglers will be two-time Grammy winners, Riders In The Sky; the world famous Flying W Wranglers; Roy Rogers Jr.; Johnny Western; Jeff Hildebrandt; Mindy
Petersen; Joe "Hopalong Cassidy" Sullivan; and special guests, the children of the Independent School of Wichita.  Prairie Rose Productions, Wichita, Kansas, hosted the first such "All Cowboy Concert" in 2003, performing to a sold out house. Excerpts of that concert have been aired on national television. As the Prairie Rose Wranglers and guests return to Carnegie Hall, 2004 is shaping up to be an even greater history making western event. The American Cowboy remains America's greatest icon.

The Prairie Rose Wranglers bunk at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, outside of Wichita, Kansas. Known as one of the fastest growing tourist attractions in the State, the Prairie Rose serves thousands of guests with great year round western family entertainment and dining. The Prairie Rose
is also home to the national Hopalong Cassidy Cowboy Museum.

Riders In The Sky, now celebrating 26 years of western music history have appeared around the world and are celebrated as one of the greatest musical groups in the history of western music. Two-time Grammy winners, Riders In The Sky are without a doubt the very best in western music today.

The Flying W Wranglers ride the range at the Flying W Chuckwagon Supper in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Having celebrated over 50 years of operation, the Flying W Wranglers and the Flying W Chuckwagon Supper are heroes to both young and old alike.

Roy Rogers Jr., son of the famous Roy Rogers and Dale Evans performs daily at the all new Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum and Theater in Branson Missouri. Roy Rogers Jr. is still a hero to all.

Johnny Western, western recording artist and film star is in demand around the world. Writer of the television theme song, "Paladin" and co-writer of the theme song for "Bonanza", Johnny Western is a true western legend.

Jeff Hildebrandt is not only a television producer for the Starz Western Encore Channel, but he is also an American Western poet. His latest poem, "Cowboy-Up" is a hit across the nation.

Mindy "Rogers" Petersen, granddaughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans will be joining Roy Rogers Jr. on stage at Carnegie Hall as together they perform a tribute to Roy and Dale.

Joe "Hopalong Cassidy" Sullivan will be joining the Prairie Rose Wranglers on stage concert night as he reenacts one of the greatest movie and television cowboys of all times, Hopalong Cassidy.

As very special guests stars, the Prairie Rose Wranglers have invited the Independent School of Wichita Kansas to join us. You will be mesmerized with the voices of these 150 children as they join the Wranglers in some of the finest cowboy music this side of heaven.

Tickets for THE GREAT AMERICAN COWBOY II in concert at Carnegie Hall are currently on sale at Prairie Rose Productions in Wichita Kansas at (316) 778-2121 and at CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800. Ticket prices range from $55.00 to $25.00. Concert date is June 11th, 2004, 8 pm. For more information look at either www.prairierosechuckwagon.com or www.carnegiehall.org.

Posted 4/15

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Pincher Creek Gathering  Pincher Creek, Alberta

From Mike Puhallo:

Pincher Creek Alberta, Canada's Original Cowboy Gathering.  Presented by the Pincher Creek Agricultural Society.

In 2003 Canada's original Cowboy Gathering was a standout success. The gathering was dedicated to the memory of Bud McKague who passed away within hours of recieving a standing ovation for his final performance in the Evening Feature at the 2002 gathering.

The whole weekend was a fitting tribute to a poet who lived his life to the fullest and though his exit may have seemed untimely, it was done with the kind of timing and style that legends are made of! From the first sessions on Friday afternoon to the end of the Ranch Rodeo Sunday, Pincher Creek gathering is a good time for audience and entertainer alike. It is the one gathering in Canada I have not missed in a decade and I will be going back again next year!

Contact Lorraine Brudder, Box 454, Twin Butte Alberta

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

www.pincher-creek.com/agsociety/poetry.html

 

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The Third Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree   Winthrop, Washington

Lauralee Northcott sends the news:

Winthrop Red Apple Market
& Radio Station KVLR
Present

 The Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree will be presented June 19, 2004,Saturday
night 7:00 pm. in the Winthrop Auditorium.  Pat Richardson, Academy of
Western Artist's Cowboy Poet of the Year will headline the show.   The
spirited cowgirl band "Horse Crazy," will perform along with the exciting
barbershop group, "The Earth Tones."  Dave McClure, cowboy poet and
announcer will host the show along with Emcee Lauralee Northcott. Buck Pribb
will surprise you with his unique appearance.  The all-star Elbow Coulee
Cast of Characters, including Martha Star Route and the Girl of the Golden
West bring laughter and song to the evening.  If you have never seen this
delightful western variety show, everyone is talking about, don't let
another one pass you by.
      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.  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 18, Featuring Brenn Hill,
former Academy of Western Artists Rising Star of the Year, and winner of
2001 Album of the Year!  Brenn will charm you with his style and story
telling ability.  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
www.methownet.com/lauralee.html or email to clnorthcott@methow.com  Also,
you can check out www.winthropwashington.com to keep up on all the Winthrop
news.

(See the poster on Lauralee Northcott's page here)

See information about the September 18, 2004 show featuring Brenn Hill below.

Updated 3/20

See information about the 2003 event here.

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Writing the West  Gunnison, Colorado

WritingtheWest 2004 - A Colorado Literary Workshop, July 8th -12th

Published and aspiring writers gather this summer for the 4th annual
WritingtheWest workshop in Gunnison, Colorado. Sponsored by Western State
College and Western Writers of America, this unique literary gathering
provides writers of every age and skill level an opportunity to learn about
craft, the western literary genre, how to preserve our western heritage, and
how to get into the publishing world.

Accredited classes, taught by published writers, include a wide variety of
accredited subjects including:  Champagne Research on A Beer Budget (for
fiction and nonfiction writers)  - Larry Brown; Writing Western Fiction -
Max McCoy and John Nesbitt; Finding Your Muse/ Poetry in Prose - Laurie
Wagner Buyer; Writing for Western Media -  MJ Van Deventer; Nature Writing -
John Murray,  and Author/Editor Relations - WC Jameson. Noted musician,
author and songwriter Jon Chandler will teach western songwriting. Workshop
enrollment is limited to forty persons.

Keynote speaker on July 9th is noted nature writer, Dan Flores, University
of Montana history professor. Additional speakers include author Page
Lambert, Persimmon Hill Magazine editor, MJ Van Deventer, and
musician/author WC Jameson. Guest publisher is Michela Angelini from El Paso
City Books. All classes are held on the campus of Western State College.

Faculty members and professional musicians, Jon Chandler, Mike Blakely and
WC Jameson will star in SingingtheWest, an annual western music concert to
be held on Saturday, July 10th  in co-operation with Cattleman's Day's 104th
Rodeo.

For registration information, concert tickets, and more details, please go
to www.writingthewest.com  or email lmeredith@western.edu or
Corinnejb@aol.com. Full brochure available by request.   With thanks to KCUV
Radio, Wells Fargo, Wrangler, Resistol Rodeo Gear and Colorado Center for
the Book.

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Willow Creek Gathering  Stavely, Alberta

Willow Creek Gathering
    Cowboy Poetry and Music
Stavely Alberta Canada July 9--11  2004
Stavely Arena
pancake breakfasts, poetry and singing, cowboy church.

Headliners:
Diamond Doug Keith, Manitoba poet of the year
Miriam Dreher (Rocky Mountain Yodeler) Canadian Silver Star Yodeler Award
Tammy Gislason Rising Star Award, 2003 AWA Will Rogers Awards
    .... and many others

Tex (Gordon) Florence
Contacts: Alan Alsgard (403)  549-2212    Art Scott  (403)  549-2122

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Kamloops Cattle Drive  Kamloops, B. C.

Kamloops Cattle Drive July 9-15 2004, Historic Hat Creek Creek Ranch to Kamloops. Saddle up for a week on the trail, good friends good food, lots of entertainment and some of the most spectacular western scenery on the planet. You can bring your own horse or we can arrange for a rental.

call 1-800-288-5850 or (250)372-7075 www.cattledrive.bc.ca info@cattledrive.bc.ca  Posted 1/27

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Red River Western Festival  Shreveport, Louisiana

"Where The Wild West Comes Alive In Shreveport" the days of the ole west are taking place at the 1st Annual National Red River Western Festival in Shreveport, La. July 15-18,2004 at the Louisiana. State Fairgrounds. Lots of Western things to do from, Western & Film Market Exhibits, Western Music Jamboree, Cowboy Poetry and Songs, Chuck Wagon Cook Out, Rodeo, Parade, Trail Ride, Film & TV Celebrities and Awards, Costume and Dance Contest and many other Western activities all take place at the RED RIVER WESTERN FESTIVAL. Information website; www.redriverwesternfestival.com or phone 318-868-0898, we hope to see you. Happy Western Trails.

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FFA - Fun and Cowboy Poetry with Chris Isaacs  Fillmore, Utah

The Future Farmers of America of Millard High School present an Evening of Fun and Cowboy Poetry with Chris Isaacs.  Friday the 23rd of July from 8 to 10 in the evening at the Millard High School  auditorium in Fillmore, Utah. Proceeds to benefit the Millard FFA.  For more information call Dean Perkins at 435-759-2642.  Posted 6/2

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Pemberton Valley Cowboy Jamboree  Pemberton, B. C.

Pemberton Cowboy Jamboree July 23, 24, & 25 Join us the Majestic Coast Mountains of British Columbia for three days of Cowboy Poetry, Western Music, Trail rides, Cowboy Polo, and the Biggest Barn Dance in BC. Phone Jan at (604) 894-6789 or Mike Puhallo (250) 579 - 5667  Posted 1/27

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Running of the Bull Festival  Eldorado, Texas

"RUNNING OF THE BULL" FESTIVAL
BULL SHOOTING COMPETITION, CAR SHOW, ARTS, CRAFTS, FOOD AND GAMES
ELDORADO, TEXAS                                 

Tentative Categories of Bull Shooting Competition...contact Jim Runge ASAP
if you plan on entering.  Only those categories with interest will be
contested.  (Trophies awarded in each): Entries judged by entertainment
value... distinguished panel will judge audience reaction.  Rules, entry
form, map and further details available upon request from
shootthebull@hotmail.com after June 1, 2004

COCK & BULL
Biggest Lie

COMEDY
Musical Ditties
Routines

DOG & PONY SHOWS
Animal acts
Costuming
Impersonations
Skits & Stunts

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING on given subject

FLIM FLAM
Legal Mumbo Jumbo
Longest Talker w/o stopping
Salesmanship-medicine show, used cars, etc.

FREESTYLE...Your own category of bull_ _ _ _

TONGUE TWISTING
Backwards Talk
Fastest Talker
Pig Latin
Tongue Twisters

PAINFUL POETRY
Burma Shave
Cowboy poetry
Rhyming prose

PLAY ON WORDS
Double talk/Mangled English
Parodies
Punning

SHAGGY DOG STORIES-long story with twisted punch line

Contact: Jim Runge, P. O. Box 291, Christoval, Texas 76935  325-853-2434 or shootthebull@hotmail.com  Updated 6/7


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Riverbend Live  Roseburg, Oregon 

Laughter will reign supreme in Roseburg, Oregon on the 30th of July as Pat Richardson, Dave Stamey and Chris Isaacs present an evening of great Cowboy entertainment at the annual Riverbend Live show.  For more information contact Dan Faught at 541-673-2000 or 451-430-2544. Posted 6/2

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Ivan Daines Country Music Picnic Innisfail, Alberta

Ivan Daines Country Music Picnic July 30 to August 1 2004 Innisfail Ab. Nonstop Rodeo Action, Cowboy Poetry, Western and Country Music.

Box 603 Innisfail, Ab T4G 1S7 Phone (403) 486-5172   Posted 1/27

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Reel Black Cowboy Film Festival and Fundraiser  Autry National Center, Los Angeles, California

Featuring Living Film Legend Herb Jeffries

Saturday, July 31, 2004, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Western States Black Research and Education Center (WSBREC) presents a festival in honor of the Black cowboys of the big screen at the Autry National Center.

The festival kicks off with a film marathon that includes such classics as Bronze Buckaroo (1938) and Harlem Rides the Range (1939), starring the world famous cowboy Herb Jeffries. The films are followed by a documentary about Dr. Mayme A. Clayton (see her biography below). The afternoon is graced by a live performance of Ladies of the West-real cowgirls, poets, singers, and former rodeo riders-in "A Celebration of Cowgirls" in the Autry National Center's Wells Fargo Theatre. In the evening, bring your appetite and cowboy boots for dining and dancing under the stars at the VIP reception where actor and musician Herb Jeffries will receive the Dr. Mayme Clayton Lifetime Achievement Award.

All proceeds go toward establishing the Dr. Mayme A. Clayton Library, a permanent home for one of the country's most prolific collection of African American history.

SCHEDULE
11:30 am-3:30 pm, Film Marathon
Free admission

4 pm "A Celebration of Cowgirls"
Autry National Center members $10, nonmembers $15


6-11 pm, VIP Reception and Gala
Autry National Center members $20, nonmembers $25


For more information, please call 323.252.3967 or 323.737.3292. Visit us online at www.autrynationalcenter.org and www.wsbrec.org.

About Herb Jeffries
Born and raised in Detroit in 1911, Herb Jeffries became America's first African American singing cowboy. In 1936, Jeffries trained at a ranch learning to round up, brand, and rope cattle. He is best known for starring in such films as Harlem on the Prairie, Two-Gun Man From Harlem, and The Bronze Buckaroo, which established Jeffries as an authentic cowboy hero. Discovered for his rich baritone voice by Louis Armstrong, his remarkable career in show business also included a stint as the front-man for the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra in the 1940s. Jeffries then went on to serve in World War II. After the war, he released several albums including Say It Isn't So, Four Winds and Seven Seas, I've Got the World on a String, and most recently, Jamaica and The Bronze Buckaroo (Rides Again). In addition to his artistic pursuits, Jeffries studied psychology at the University of Michigan. By the mid-1950s, Jeffries had lived in France for twelve years, opened a nightclub, learned to ski, and taken up race car driving and mountain climbing. In 1996, Jeffries was honored with the Golden Boot award, which recognizes people in the Western movie and television
industries. Jeffries currently lives in Palm Desert and is approaching his 93rd birthday this September.


About Dr. Mayme A. Clayton
Dr. Clayton founded the nonprofit Western States Black Research and Educational Center organization in 1972. Dr. Clayton received her BA from UC Berkeley, a master's in library science from Goddard College, and a PhD in humanities from Sierra University. During her career as a librarian, Dr. Clayton realized that materials regarding African American history were scattered and neglected. She began to collect rare and out-of-print materials and dedicated her life to saving Black history. Over the past four decades, Dr. Clayton has amassed the largest and most diverse collection of African American culture on the West Coast. Her work in the community has earned her many awards and recognitions.


About the Western States Black Research and Education Center (WSBREC)
WSBREC was founded to preserve the unique history and cultural heritage of Americans of African descent. WSBREC celebrates the art forms that were created by those from the African Diaspora. Its remarkable collection comprises more than 20,000 rare volumes and papers, 600 African American films, an array of sheet music, numerous classic photographs, and a plethora of black memorabilia.


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

Posted 6/30

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A Gathering Under the Aspens-Cowboy Poetry Event  Colbran, Colorado

On August 7, 2004 Vega State Park (Collbran, CO)will host "A Gathering Under the Aspens" cowboy poetry reading at the Meadows Group Picnic Area. Both amateur and professional poets and singers will be performing with family oriented poetry, songs, or stories. . Last year's gathering was a huge success and you won't want to miss this year's! Local sponsors have provided some fun prizes for participants in several categories, and a good time is sure to be had by all. The event will run from 7-9:30 PM. A state park's pass is required for all vehicles. For more information or to sign up as a participant, please contact Heather at Vega State Park at (970) 487-3407. Spend the weekend with us! Make reservations for campsites or cabins by calling 1-800-678-2267 or online at www.parks.state.co.us. Come on out for a Gathering under the Aspens and get your best yarns, rhymes or songs out there for the herd to hear!   

Posted 7/28

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An Evening of Cowboy Music and Poetry  Truckee, California

THE TRUCKEE REGULATORS
PROUDLY PRESENT
AN EVENING OF COWBOY MUSIC AND POETRY

Monday August 9, 2004
6:30 p.m.
Mcgiver Arena
Hwy 267
Truckee, California

Featuring Academy of Western Artists "Will Rogers award" winner Larry Maurice
 
World re-renowned yodeler Sourdough Slim

Master of the cowboy fiddle Fiddlin' Jenni

Tickets available at the door

$15.00 adults 
$10.00 children
info call 530-582-0600


Posted 8/6

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Annual Sevier County Cowboy Gathering  Richfield, Utah
For more information, contact Jo Lynne Kirkwood  (435)896-1856 or by email

Past Lariat Laureate Jo Lynne Kirkwood tells us plans are already far along for the third Annual Sevier County Cowboy Gathering.  She tells us Baxter Black, Curly Musgrave, Belinda Gail, and Dave Stamey are headliners. There's an extra stage added downtown, a dutch oven dinner cook-off, an Indian village, native crafts...stay tuned for more. 

See 2003 information here.

Posted 2/26

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Stony Plain Gathering  Stony Plain, Alberta

Plenty of Cowboy Entertainment at Northern Alberta's premiere cowboy gathering.

Contact; John and Carmine Lindsay Phone (780) 963-5998 email clindsay@superiway.net  Posted 1/27

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Cowboy Poetry  Grass Valley, California

Poetry Series & Center for the Arts at the Center for the Arts presents
Cowboy Poetry featuring Larry Maurice, Nancy Kauk, and Doc Barsaleau

August 20, at 7:30 PM
At the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St. Grass Valley, California
$7.00 general--$5.00 seniors and students--$1.00 for those under 18
Refreshments included

Open-mic follows featured presenters.

Supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant from the James Irvine
Foundation

Posted 8/15

 

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Cowboy Roundup  Belmont, Nevada

We are hosting a Cowboy Roundup for poets, musicians, and storytellers, on August 21, 2004 in Belmont, Nevada.  Belmont is an old silver mining ghost town located in Central Nevada.  Special guests so far are John Tyson and Richard Elloyan and we would like to invite anyone interested in participating or just wanting to visit.  Accommodations are very limited unless you have your own.  We do not have power or phone but you can contact the Belmont Inn for reservations at the Bed & breakfast and for more information.  www.belmontinn.com or call (775) 482-2000 or www.belmontsaloon.com (775) 265-4222.  We will have a old fashioned chuck wagon dinner and breakfast and look forward to an exciting event.

Starla Doughty and Mary Hicks
The Book Den
1328 Highway 395, 305
Gardnerville, NV 89410
(775) 783-1100

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Fourth Annual Old West Fest: A Gathering of Cowgirl Culture, Music and Poetry    Los Angeles, California

Devon Dawson sent the following information:

Fourth Annual Old West Fest: A Gathering of Cowgirl Culture, Music and Poetry
Saturday, AUGUST 28, 2004
at the Museum of The American West in Los Angeles, California
Autry National Center (formerly the Autry Museum of Western Heritage)

A Gathering of Cowgirl Culture, Music and Poetry

Participate in a gathering of cowboy musicians, poets and performers from across the nation!  Admission for each show is $10.00 for members, $15.00 for nonmembers.  Full Gathering Passes are $40.00 for members, $60.00 for non-members.  For information visit www.autrynationalcenter.org.  Call Ticket Web for reservations at 866.666.8932 or visit www.ticketweb.com.

SHOW 1:  Women of the West  12 to 1:30 p.m.

Molly Flanagan - Local cowgirl poet that has performed all over the West at Festivals and Gatherings will present cowgirl poetry for your listening pleasure.

Joni Harms - Joni most recently won Song of the Year for 2003 through the Western Music Association for 'Cowboy Up."

Liz Masterson  - Liz is known as "The Songbird of the Sage" has performed throughout the US and Canada, specializing in yodeling and Western music.  
 

SHOW 2: Hometown Heroines  2 to 3:45 p.m.

Katy Moffatt  - Debuting in 1976 with Katy on Columbia Records, Moffatt has continued to grow and expand her own artistry, so effectively that November 2002 saw the reissue of her first two Columbia albums, Katy and Kissin' In The California Sun, on compact disc. Hers is a career marked by consistent critical acclaim, industry appreciation (a 1985 Academy of Country Music nomination as Best New Female Vocalist).

Belinda Gail - Belinda has won the Western Music Association's "Female Performer of the Year" award four consecutive years (1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002).

SHOW 3: Three Generations: A Tribute to Carolina Cotton, Patsy Montana, and Dale Evans  4:30 to 6 p.m.

Janet McBride pays tribute to Carolina Cotton and Cotton's daughter will introduce the show.  Over the years Janet McBride has received numerous Achievement Awards from the Country Music Awards (now the Academy of Country Music). 

Judy Coder performs the music of Patsy Montana.  During the 1930s Patsy Montana drew crowds of over 100,000 before the term "Superstar" had been coined. The fans adored her, yet her personal safety was never in question. Her self-penned "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" hit the Top Ten on Billboard's Pop Chart.  The song sold over a million records.

Ginny Mac sings the songs of Dale Evans, "Queen of the West."  (Rob Johnson) grandson of Roy and Dale will tell the story of his beloved grandmother from a point of view that is uniquely his.



SHOW 4: The New Stars of Western Music  6:45 to 8 p.m. 

Border Radio - Border Radio is a fantastic act. Their music is extremely well written and the song arrangements are done tastefully. Watch for this group to rise quickly to prominence in the Western Music scene.

Kip Calahan - In 2003, Kip received the Academy of Western Artists' Female Vocalist of the Year and Western Music Association Crescendo (Rising Star) Award.



SHOW 5:  Christina Ortega & Don Edwards  8:30 to 10 p.m.

Christina Ortega - Christina and her band were recently selected by the North American Folk Alliance (out of 600 worldwide applicants) to be alternate main stage showcase artists, as well as performers on the Latin Music showcase at their recent international trade show in San Diego.

Don Edwards  - Don Edwards continues to build a recorded legacy enriching our vision of the American West.  The quality of this
balladeer's music stems from the fact that he is so much more than a singer.

Late Night Campfire Jam  10 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
South Lawn - Join us as we wrap the day up with a good old jam session by campfire!

 
FREE Activities, Music, Poetry, and Performances
Old West Fest 2004
 
Performances and Activities on the Lawn
  
11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Cowboys, Ropers, Gun Spinners, and Chuck wagon Demonstrations

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Children's roping fun


11:25 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
Pistols & Petticoats Skit

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Women Artists of the West Painting Demonstrations

1:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Pistols & Petticoats Skit


1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Children's barrel racing activity


2:20 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Pistols & Petticoats Skit


3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Pistols & Petticoats Skit


3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Children's roping fun



Performances and Activities on the Main Stage

11:00 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
Music Performance  Rydin' High


11:40 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
Poetry Performance Steve Dirksen


12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Music Performance by The Kahuna Cowboys                 


12:35 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.
Music Performance  Dave Stamey  


1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Children/Family Show: Fun With Jessie The Yodeling Cowgirl (Devon Dawson)


2:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Music Performance  Buckaroo Balladeers


2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Children/Family Activity: Learn to Yodel With Janet McBride


3:50 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.
Poetry Performance by Rhiene River           


4:10 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Music Performance by Paul Hendel



Activities and Performances in the Museum Plaza

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Western-Themed Craft Activities

          
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Western Music Association Southern California Chapter Stage


          
Performances on the Second Stage

12:00 pm. to 12:20 p.m.
Music Performance  Buckaroo Balladeers


12:25 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Music Performance by Paul Hendel


12:50 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.
Poetry Performance Steve Dirksen          

 
1:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Poetry Performance by Rhiene River           


1:40 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.   
Music Performance by The Kahuna Cowboys     


2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Music Performance  Dave Stamey  


3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Author Talk: Healing Power of Horses: Lessons from the Lakota Indians
Wendy Beth Baker
Meet the author at the book signing immediately following at the Museum Mercantile Booth


3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Author Talk: Nudie the Rodeo Tailor
Jamie Lee Nudie and Mary Lynn Cabrall
Meet the authors at the book signing immediately following at the Museum
Mercantile Booth



Activities at the Museum Mercantile Booth

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Author Book signings
Meet these authors and have them personalize your book.
William Reynolds, author of the Cowboy Hat Book
Wendy Beth Baker, author of Healing Power of Horses: Lessons from the Lakota Indians
Jamie Lee Nudie and Mary Lynn Cabrall, authors of Nudie the Rodeo Tailor

For information visit www.autrynationalcenter.org.  Call Ticket Web for reservations at 866.666.8932 or visit www.ticketweb.com.

Posted 8/18

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Cowboy Poetry Round-up & BBQ   Templeton, California

Cowboy Poetry Round-up & BBQ
(At  our outdoor entertainment & stage area under the oaks)
690 Peterson Ranch Road (Behind CHP Office)
Templeton, California

September 4, 2004 (Labor Day week-end)

4 p.m. to 8:30 P.M (Show starts at 6p.m.)
$20 per person, $35 per couple, $10 per child under 10 years.

Tickets can be purchased at The Boot Barn, Paso Robles California, California Classics, Templeton, California,  Atascadero Hay & Feed, Atascadero California, or at the event. For more information call 805-434-2284 or 805-239-5774

This is our fourth annual event put on by the Templeton Baptist Church as a fundraiser for a new chapel. This year, as every year, we have scheduled some of the best poets around. This year featured are Gary Robertson, Clem Albertoni, Mick Vernon, Scott Collins, and Virginia Bennett, and a great local western band, Prairie Serenade. A Tri-tip, bean, salad, drink and bread BBQ,
will be served prior to the show. A  silent auction is conducted with many western items and various type  paintings. We also have an "Open Mic" from 5:30 'till 6 p.m.

Posted 8/12

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Hells Canyon Mule Days
  Enterprise, Oregon
 

Sondra Lozier, President of Hells Canyon Mule Days, Inc. tells us that the dates for the  2004 Hells Canyon Mule Days event are September 10, 11, & 12.  Stay tuned for their new site design.

She told us about the 2003 event: "We had a great weekend with the most contestants, spectators, and exhibitors in 23 years. We are already working on next year's show and plan to continue to expand every year with adding more events and exhibits.  The quilt show was a great addition to this years show.... the weather was great!!"  

Visit the Hells Canyon Mule Days site and contact the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce phone number, 1-800-585-4121.

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Fourth Annual Western Music, Poetry & Arts Festival   Paso Robles, California

It's the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau's Fourth Annual Western Music, Poetry & Arts Festival, held on Saturday, September 11, 2004 at the California Mid-State Fairgrounds in Paso Robles, CA. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Our special guest is cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell, plus nationally acclaimed cowboy singer Dave Stamey. Admission is $40 per person, which includes western-style barbecue and wines from select local wineries. For tickets and information, call (805) 543-3654. The festival website is located at:
http://www.slofarmbureau.org/04westfest/04wfindex.html

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Roundup   Seguin, Texas

ROUNDUP - SEGUIN, TEXAS (Where the West Still Lives)

A Western Heritage Gathering & Celebration of the American Cowboy

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Contact:  Sharon Bettis (830) 401-7375

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Vinton Cowboy Poetry Show   Vinton, California

Sept. 17 and 18, 2004 - VINTON COWBOY POETRY SHOW, Vinton, Calif. Featuring:  Liz Masterson, Sean Blackburn, Pat Richardson, Larry Maurice and Kay Hansen. Cowboy Poetry and Olde Time Western Music at the Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton.  Also, outdoor Bar-b-que rib dinner both evenings. For info contact:  Betty Ramelli, 530-993-4692 or e mail bramelli@ulink.net  Posted 6/2

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Fifteenth Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Art & Gear Show  Maple Creek, Saskatchewan

The Friendly Little Cowtown in the Cypress Hills is home to one of the best cowboy poetry gatherings in the West. There is also a select horse horse sale, Western Art and Gear Show & Fashion Show, along with some great cowboy poetry and western music. Contact: Sally Douglas - Phone (306) 662-2434 or Ann Landsdell (306) 622-4297  Posted 1/27

 

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The Fourth Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree   Winthrop, Washington

Updated 3/20

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Top Hand Competition  Hat Creek, B. C.

Hat Creek Historical Ranch, Ranch Rodeo, Stage Shows, and Dance and soak up the history at the ranch and road house Donald McLean built in the late 1850's. PO Box 878 Cache Creek BC V0K 1H0 Phone 1-800-782-0922 email hhcr@goldtrail.com  Posted 1/27

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Elkhorn Western Arts Gathering  Baker City, Oregon

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

Poets such as Sam DeLeeuw, Don Kennington, Leon Flick, Smoke Wade, Alice Hancock, A. Kathy Moss, Lee Earl and many more, along with singers such as award winning yodeler Terry Taylor with the group Stampede!, Rod Erickson, Jim Assen, Steve Blanchard, Dallas McCord, Billy Rose, Dennis Weaver, Wayne Nelson, Bodie Dominguez, Don Rice and more all gather together to bring words and music alive of history, humor, wit and charm.

During the gathering performers will performing throughout Historic Baker City Oregon. There will be a Chuck Wagon, Dutch Oven Cookoff BBQ. There will Boot Makers including, Matt Newberry, Saddle Makers, Jerry Wilson, Bit and Spur Maker, Don Malory, JW Custom Hats, Doug and Kathy Jory, Authors and many more.  

The evening shows will be held at the Baker High School Friday night and Saturday night two hours each show. So come west and enjoy the taste of history, the feel of open spaces and listen to the music of the west, Historic Baker City Oregon.

Info email takm@oregontrail.net or the Chamber at 1-800-523-1235  Updated 6/9

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Ft. Benton Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Ft. Benton, Montana

Organizer Geoff Haggard writes:

Howdy from the edge of the newest national monument

     Where a person can tour and view
     a land preserved for me and you
     By blood and sweat and family ties
     the cowboy way is saved for all our eyes


The Fort Benton Cowboy Poetry Gathering is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2004.  It promises to a great three day event in the town that that is the birthplace of Montana, at the head of the riverboat routes on the Missouri River. The original fort has been renovated and will be open with performances going on all day Saturday and a great night  show in the auditorium featuring Ringling 5 and Paul Zarzyski.  More details will become available.

Contact: Geoff Haggard by email.
                                                   

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2nd Annual Southeastern Cowboy Symposium 
Cartersville, Georgia

Among the confirmed entertainers are Cowboy Envy, Doc Stovall, Jerry Warren, Sisters of the Silver Sage, Ray Barker and Bill McCallie.  Additional talent will be announced later.  Other events that weekend will include a re-enactment of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, a fashion show, vendor market place, artists presentations, children's activities, chuck wagon cooking, and cowboy church.

     Read our feature on the Georgia Cowboy Poetry Gathering that includes more information

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Texian Market Days  George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond, Texas


Texian Market Days 
Time: Saturday, 10 to 6 and Sunday 10 to 5
Location: George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762, Richmond, TX 77469

Admission: Admission the day of the festival is $10 adult; $5 child (5 to 15); children 4 and younger are free. Group Tickets: $4 per person; minimum of 15 people. Advance tickets available online: $4 per person (5 and older). (If inclement weather develops that weekend, advance tickets can be redeemed for admission to the George Ranch between October 24 and December 30, 2004.)

Description: For 21 years, Texian Market Days has celebrated our history and heritage. Spanning more than a century of Texas history (1820s to 1940s), Texian Market Days includes folk life demonstrations, historical reenactments, historic home tours, an antique tractor show and pull, cowboy poets and country crooners, a children's carnival and the Texian Market Days Arts & Crafts Marketplace featuring the works of more than 100 artisans, gourmets and craftsmen. A new festival feature is the "Texian Time Machine," a hands-on role-playing program that invites participants, to reenact life as it was for the Ranch's founding family, circa 1830-when this was Mexico and Stephen F. Austin was establishing his colony here. It's the best kind of fun-something that teaches while keeping those hands and imaginations fully engaged!

Texian Market Days raises money for the Fort Bend Museum Association's educational programs which serve more than 25,000 school children each year.

DIRECTIONS: From downtown Houston: South on US 59 22 miles or so (depending on your starting point) to the Grand Parkway/Crabb River Road exits. Travel south on Crabb River Road until it becomes FM 762, then continue south on FM
762. Travel 5 miles from US 59 to the George Ranch Historical Park. The George Ranch is on the right.

From Katy: East on I-10 to the Grand Parkway Exit (#743). Travel south on Grand Parkway until it becomes Crabb River Road, then FM 762 (nearly 24 miles total). The George Ranch is on the right.

From Conroe/The Woodlands & Tomball Areas: South on I-45 to US 59. South on US 59 22 miles to the Grand Parkway/Crabb River Road exits. Travel south on Crabb River Road until it becomes FM 762, then continue south on FM 762. Travel 5 miles from US 59 to the George Ranch Historical Park. The George Ranch is on the right.

From NASA/League City/Clear Lake/Galveston: North on I-45 to the westbound Sam Houston Tollway (exit #32), exit at US 59 South. South on US 59 nearly 8 miles to the Grand Parkway/Crabb River Road exits. Travel south on Crabb River Road until it becomes FM 762, then continue south on FM 762. Travel 5 miles from US 59 to the George Ranch Historical Park. The George Ranch is on
the right.

For information, visit www.georgeranch.org or email kstevenson@georgeranch.org
Phone: 281-343-0218


George Ranch Historical Park
10215 FM 762
Richmond, TX 77469
281-343-0218 x 258
www.georgeranch.org


The George Ranch Historical Park. Since 1824 ... pioneers, cowboys, cattle and more than 23,000 acres. Out here, more than a century of Texas history comes to life every day.

Posted 7/23

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Cowboy Music    San Juan Bautista, California

Fund raiser for the Mission San Juan Bautista with Belinda Gail and Curly Musgrave. Tickets are $30 each which includes refreshments.
 
Call 408-683-0898 or 831-623-4791

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2004 Information
Grapevine 160 Year Jubilee with Don Edwards  Grapevine, Texas

Grapevine 160 Year Jubilee featuring Don Edwards November 5, 2004 at the Grapevine Palace Theatre.

See an additional description of the event here: http://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/

Posted 10/19

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2004 Information
Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo  Abilene, Texas

 

The Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo will be held Friday, November 5, 2004 and Saturday November 6, 2004 in Abilene, at the Taylor County Expo Center. The event will kick off with the Ghost Riders in the Sky Gala on Thursday night November 4th. It promises to be a fun filled weekend to raise money for cancer research and awareness. Proceeds will benefit the John Wayne Cancer Institute. (To purchase Rodeo tickets, call the Expo Center at 325-677-4376; for Gala tickets, call 325 672-0040.)

There will be dances Friday and Saturday night after the rodeo with music by the Texas Playboys. The Gala will feature the Dave Alexander Band.  See the Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo web site and read more about the activities and information about their guests, who include Don Edwards, Red Steagall, R. W. Hampton, Larry Maurice, Dan Roberts, Jeff Hildebrandt, Rex Allen Jr., Alex Cord, Wilford Brimley, James Drury, Darrel Arnold, Lynn Anderson, Montie Montana Jr. and many others. Posted 10/13

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2004 Information
6th Annual Cowboy Comedy Hour at the Historic Fort  Taft, California

6th Annual Cowboy Comedy Hour
at the Historic Fort
Saturday, NOV 6, 2004
Happy Hour and BBQ- 5 pm
Entertainment and Dancin'- 7 pm

Join us for an evening under the stars 'round the campfire. Enjoy cowboy
poets, Jail House Saloon, Silent Auction, Raffle, Western BBQ, and Dancin'
on the streets of the Historic Fort.

Cowboy Poets: Virginia Bennett, Gary Robertson, Molly Flanagan, Bud Karrer
Country music: Jerry Hall and Trick Shot, George Dickey

915 N. 10th St
Taft California
661-765-7371
RSVP by Nov. 1
Tickets $20, limited seating, advance tix recommended

All proceeds benefit The Preservation of The Historic Fort

 

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2004 Information
Cowboys Trader Day   Poteau, Oklahoma

We'll be holding our 2nd annual Cowboys Trader Day on November 6, 2004 in Poteau, Oklahoma. Lots of live entertainers from poets to singers to story tellers. For more info, contact Marty at: mdavis@clnk.com or call 918-647-3328

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November 12-13, 2004
The Tenth Annual Cowpoke Fall Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering   Loomis, California

Blue Goose Fruit Packing Shed 3550 Taylor Road - Loomis, California.

Friday night: 8:00 pm to 10:00 PM Poetry & Music featuring Baxter Black/Pat Richardson

Saturday: 1:00 to 3:00  matinee featuring Pat Richardson & music

7:00 to 9:00 pm  Poetry & Music featuring Baxter Black & Pat Richardson

 9:00 to midnight South Placer Heritage Foundation Western Dance.

Phone (916) 652- 6290

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November 17, 2004
Legends and Legends in the Making with TJ Casey  web radio
10PM (Mountain)

Starting November 17, 2004 at 10PM (Mountain) Special Western Music Guest TJ Casey will be the guest host every other month on Legends and Legends in the Making at www.talkone.com radio.  TJ's first interview will be with popular Western musician Dan Roberts. Co-hosts are Doug Dugger, Executive Producer and Host of "The Chaplain of Country Music," Doug Dugger and Roger Fredinburg, host of "The New Roger Fredinburg Show." They invite you to log on to www.talkone.com and "While listening, you can call 800-850-5043 to talk to TJ, Dan, Doug or Roger.  Please do, we'd love to hear from you." Visit TJ's web site for more. Posted 11/9

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November 19, 2004
11th Annual Gilbert Days Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering   Gilbert, Arizona

Mike Dunn writes: The 11th Annual Gilbert Days Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering is set for Friday November 19th, 2004 in celebration of Gilbert Days Rodeo.  This is sponsored by the town of Gilbert and Friends of the Southeast Regional Library. Hosted again this year by Cowboy Poet Rolf Flake (Gilbert, Az) the man behind the entire event.  It's usually about a two hour show, free to the public and always a packed house. 

 

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November 19- 20, 2004   
Western Music Association Event  Albuquerque, New Mexico 


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NOVEMBER 19, 2004


Friday Night Concert Featuring
REX ALLEN, JR
KIP CALAHAN
SYD MASTERS AND THE SWING RIDERS

Produced by Special Events Marketing, Inc.
A portion of the proceeds to benefit the WMA
7:00 PM Tickets $20.00


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NOVEMBER 20, 2004
SATURDAY AGENDA

Membership Meeting  - 9:00AM until 10:30AM
Board Meeting  - 10:30AM until 11:30AM

Awards Banquet  - 12:00PM until 2:00PM
 Tickets $20.00

Chapter Meeting  - 2:30PM until 3:30PM
Sound Check  - 3:00PM until 4:30PM
Members Social  - 5:00PM until 7:00PM

Barn Dance  - 7:30PM until 10:00PM
Produced by the Western Music Association
All proceeds benefit the WMA
Tickets $10.00

HOST HOTEL


DoubleTree Hotel, Albuquerque
201  Marquette Ave., NW
Albuquerque, NM  87102

505-247-3344
888-223-4113 (toll free)

The cost of the rooms are
$69.00 for single occupancy
$79.00 for double occupancy

Ask for WMA room block we have 50 reserved at the above rates.


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November 20, 2004
Michael Martin Murphey Christmas Concert  Richfield, Utah

Past Lariat Laureate Jo Lynne Kirkwood, co-organizer of the Sevier Valley Roundup, sends news that the Roundup is sponsoring a Michael Martin Murphey Christmas Concert on November 20, 2004 at 7:30 PM at the Sevier Valley Center at Richfield, Utah. The concert is a fundraiser for the local sheriff's search and rescue posse. For tickets, contact the Sevier Valley Center or Jo Lynne Kirkwood at (435)896-1856 or by email.  

To many who follow the genre it's no longer a secret that Michael Martin Murphey is scheduled to be awarded perhaps the highest honor paid by the Western Music Association to members of the industry: induction into Western Music's Hall of Fame.  Inclusion in the Hall of Fame will place Murphey proudly alongside heros of western music such as  Rex Allen, Gene Autry, Roy Rodgers, Patsy Montana, and Tex Ritter; fitting company for Murphey who is a self-proclaimed "missionary for the western lifestyle."  

The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on November 20th -- the same day Michael Martin Murphey will be bringing his Cowboy Christmas Concert Tour to the Sevier Valley Center, in Richfield, Utah.  Since it would be impossible for Michael to be in both places at the same time, the award will be presented during the Richfield concert by the Sevier Valley Roundup, and friends of Michael Martin Murphey. David Anderson, who performs with WMA President Steve Taylor in the group, STAMPEDE! will hand deliver the award to the Sevier Valley Center on behalf of Steve and other members of the WMA awards committee.

Updated 11/7

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December 9, 2004
Christmas with Joni Harms
Lewiston, Idaho

Christmas with Joni Harms & the Harms Way Band with special guests Olivia & Luke along with Bodie Dominguez and Jim Aasen 

Contact Toe Tappin' Tommy Tucker tommy@idavend.com for more information.

Posted 11/17

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December 10, 2004
Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas Ball
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas Ball is Friday, December 10, 2004, in the Museum's Special Events Center. A yuletide dance follows a buffet dinner and a visit from Santa Claus.

For more information, prices and reservations, contact Edwina Johnston, (405) 478-2250, Ext. 219.

Visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum web site for more information about their Holiday Events.

Posted 11/7

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