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2003 Information
Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Celebration of the West  Fort Scott, Kansas

Howdy Pardners,

The 7th annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Celebration of the West is coming right up – June 14 and 15, at Fort Scott Community College, Fort Scott, Kansas. This year, along with the many wonderful poets and musicians, we are adding special concurrent presentations on the cowgirl’s experience in the old west, history of cowboy poetry and how it is written, and trick roping by Will Read of Mound City, KS.

Artists to show and sell their work include Eric Burden of Eureka Kansas, whose V Cattle Company sells cowboy cartoons, calendars, and western prints and David Drake, who carves lifelike decoys and is a member of the Arcadia Gallery in Kansas. David also will display work by potter Jim Reed and weaver Holly Reed.  

Jennie Jansen of Savannah, MO. will display her pottery, and the talented Earl Kuhn of the Medicine Lodge, KS Sagebrush Gallery of Western Art will show his prints. Silversmiths Shirley Willis and LaVern Watts will display their wonderful silver and turquoise jewelry, and Clyde and Joanne Searle will display one-of-a-kind decorative items made of old spurs, barbed wire, etc. Joe and Kathy Lester of Bar Broken Heart Saddlery, Kansas, OK, Elby Magee of Owl Valley Saddlery, and Johnny and Susan Jones of Leon, Kansas, will show hand braided and tooled tack, antiques saddles, silk bandannas, and other western items.  

Rick Trouslot of Walton, Kansas will return with his Bunkhouse Art, as will Kathy and Jim Reed of Westheart, Ottawa, KS, with their laser art and hard-to-find western tapes and CDs. Other purveyors of western décor will be Fort Scott’s Country Cupboard and Home Interiors, as well as Neodesha’s Darlene Zimmerman with her Lil Red Wagon. 

Keith Needham will be at the gathering Saturday with his chain saw carvings, and Rebecca Sutterby will show what magic she can do with wedding and special occasion cake decorating on Sunday. Outdoors, Steve Mason will again sell his wonderful homemade ice cream, while “cookies” Don Collop, Kenny Gordon, and Dennis Williams whip up some delicious grub over their campfires.

Cody Holmes will show us how a “horse whisperer” tames a young colt without restraints at 8 a.m. June 14th in the rodeo arena, and Duff and Laura Sandness will demonstrate their well-trained cow dogs at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Cowboy entertainment will go on indoors from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. As usual, the poets and musicians will hold Cowboy Church on Sunday morning at 10 a.m., followed by a chuck wagon cowboy brunch.

Patrons will have a chance to win the 2003 Echoes of the Trail breast collar made by Dan Cross, of Protection, Kansas, and western prints donated by artist Don Dane of Olathe, KS.

See you all June 13 - 15 in Fort Scott, KS!!  

ADDED!   Eli Barsi (see www.elibarsi.com) will perform for Echoes of the Trail Friday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the FSCC Academic Building Round Room (where all the poets will be performing Sat and Sun) Joining her will be Johnny Kendrick and guests. Eli is doing this special concert for us because she must leave after noon Saturday to fly to Canada for an engagement there. Eli also will perform during Echoes of the Trail Saturday at 11 a.m.

Happy Trails,

Judy Howser
2280 Hackberry Rd.
Fort Scott, KS 66701
620-223-0736
FAX: 620-223-5857
email 

See our feature about the Echoes of the Trail here.
See 2002 information here

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2003 Information
Cavalry Days -- Cowboy Poetry  Sturgis, South Dakota

The Cowboy Poetry portion of Cavalry Days will be on Friday night, June 6, at 8:00 p.m., featuring poets Charlie Hunt, Marty Blocker, singer Sam Hanzlik and poet Yvonne Hollenbeck.

For more info, contact Paul Minor of the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce, 605-347-2556 or e-mail paul@sturgis-sd.org

 

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2003 Information
Gathering at the Red Rock Ranch   near Ogden, Utah

The folks at the Red Rock Ranch invite you to their second annual gathering, June 6-8, 2003.  The ranch is located 19 miles east of Ogden, Utah and 8 miles east of Huntsville, Utah, in the South Fork Canyon.

Last year's headliners were Baxter Black and Brenn Hill and there was a host of other fine entertainment.  They welcome hearin' from prospective performers and sponsors.  

Contact Janice Yoak by phone: 810/745-4305 or by email

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2003 Information
Dalton Days  Meade, KS
Cowboy Poetry Contest, Western Parade, Festivities in the Park, Rodeo, Gospel Concert, Citywide Garage Sales, $5000 Hole-in-One Golf Tournament, etc. Flying W Productions
Box 392 Meade, KS 67864  620-873-2008 victoria@greatersuccess.com  Posted 4/11

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2003  Information
Cowboy Poetry/Music Evening   Lander, Wyoming

Jean Mathisen writes:

A Peforming Arts Studio here in Lander and has booked Lynne Hendrickson, Rick Pitt, Verlin Pitt, Gerry Sowers and I, and possibly some of the Riverton poets and musicians to put on a  cowboy poetry/music evening performance there on June 12th, 2003  from 7-9 p.m.

It's going to be family-oriented entertainment, liquor free and smoke free.

Contact Jean Mathisen at (307) 332-5815 or by email

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2003 Information
Cowboys at Carnegie Hall   New York, New York


Great American Cowboy Hits New York City


If You Haven't Played It, You Haven't Made It...So goes the saying when you
speak of the world class talent that has graced the stage of Carnegie Hall
in New York City. But on May 30th, 2003 a new world of entertainment begins
as Cowboys from across the country gather to perform "The Great American
Cowboy In Concert" at Carnegie Hall. Produced by Prairie Rose Productions of
Wichita, Kansas, The "Great American Cowboy In Concert" at Carnegie Hall
will be without a doubt the largest of all Cowboy gatherings ever to perform
on the world's greatest stage at known as Carnegie Hall. In the past, a
select few Cowboy groups have performed at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. In
1951, the Sons of the Pioneers, known as the originators of Western Music,
performed in Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, as a part of a larger
performance. But on May 30th, 2003, all records will be broken as some of
America's most talented Cowboy and Cowgirl entertainers join the Prairie
Rose Wranglers as together they present "The Great American Cowboy In
Concert" at Carnegie Hall.

Prairie Rose Productions is proud to bring together some of the very finest
talent in Western Music today. Starring at Carnegie Hall will be the Prairie
Rose Wranglers from the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper in Wichita, Kansas.
The Prairie Rose Wranglers are helping to forge a new generation of those
who love the music of the Cowboy as well as preserve the wonderful music of
past generations. Recently nominated for Western Group Of The Year and
Western Album Of The Year, the Prairie Rose Wranglers are about to release
their sixth album. Performing nightly at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper,
one of the Midwest's largest Western attractions located outside of Wichita,
Kansas, the Prairie Rose Wranglers delight literally thousands upon
thousands of guests annually from around the world.

In addition to the Prairie Rose Wranglers, well known Western performers
such as the Sons of the San Joaquin, Roy Rogers, Jr., Waddie Mitchell, Joni
Harms, Johnny Western, Mickey Dawes and Barry Ward will be with the Prairie
Rose Wranglers on May 30th.

The Sons of the San Joaquin were awarded the 2001 National Western Heritage
Award, the 2001 WMA Traditional Western Duo Group of the Year Award, 2001
WMA Song of the Year Award, 2001 WMA Traditional Western Album of the Year
Award and more. The Sons of the San Joaquin are loved around the world.

Roy Rogers Jr., son of Western television and film stars Roy Rogers and Dale
Evans, performs on stages across the country. Preparing to release another
new musical project, on the Prairie Rose Record label, Roy Rogers Jr., known
as "Dusty" to his fans, also directs the world class Roy Rogers and Dale
Evans Museum, soon to be relocated in Branson, Missouri in May 2003.

Waddie Mitchell has become known as one of America's best loved Cowboy poets
and humorists. A working cowboy for twenty-five years, Waddie now performs
on such stages as the Tonight Show and Madison Square Gardens. His common
sense approach to life inspires audiences worldwide.

Joni Harms, America's #1 female Western artist, winner of the prestigious
Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Entertainer of the Year, is loved by audiences
both in America and Europe. Everyone falls in love with the wonderful voice
of Joni Harms.

Johnny Western, a star in Western films, Western television and Western
music is known by many as one of the last of the "Singing Cowboys". Having
written many great Western classics such as "Ballad of Paladin" and
co-writing the theme song for the television hit "Bonanza", Johnny Western
performed for several years with Gene Autry and more than 30 years with
Johnny Cash. Performing on stages around the world, Johnny Western is still
one of the great heroes of Western entertainment today.


Mickey Dawes is not only the President of the Western Music Association
(WMA) but is also known as Western Humorist extraordinaire. Mickey will be
one of the emcees for the Great American Cowboy In Concert. You will always
find Mickey Dawes on stage wherever prestigious Cowboy gatherings take
place.

Barry Ward is a working fourth generation Cowboy from the open plains of
western Kansas. In addition to his cowboying skills, Barry brings alive the
heart of today's Cowboy. Having just released an album under the Prairie
Rose Record label, Barry Ward will pull at the heartstrings of all
Americans.

Classics like "Cool Water", "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Home On The Range" and
"Happy Trails" continue to delight audiences from around the world, but on
May 30th at Carnegie Hall visitors from around the world will enjoy not only
those great Western classics but also a host of new Western songs that are
destined to be tomorrow's classics. This concert is guaranteed to delight
the Cowboy in all of us, young and old!

"The Great American Cowboy In Concert" at Carnegie Hall, May 30th, 2003 at 8
pm, destined to be another Western Classic. For ticket information contact
Prairie Rose Productions in Wichita, Kansas at (316) 778-2121 or
CranegieCharge (212) 247-7800 in New York or purchase tickets direct at the
Carnegie Hall Box Office. Tickets also may be ordered on line at
www.carnegiehall.org.


For More Information Contact:Prairie Rose Productions Wichita, Kansas
Tel: (316) 778-2121
Fax: (316) 778-1906
Web: www.prairierosechuckwagon.com
E-mail: mail@prairierosechuckwagon.com
 

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2003 Information
Trails Plowed Under: An Evening of Western Art, Music and Poetry  
Claremore, Oklahoma

Proceeds Benefit the After Hours Rotary Community Outreach Programs

Jim Dunham as Charlie Russell, along with Doc Stovall will present an Evening of Western Art, Music and Cowboy Poetry with "Trails Plowed Under," May 31, 2003 at the Claremore, Oklahoma Expo Center. Joining Jim and Doc will be Oklahoma's own Debra Coppinger Hill, the Academy of Western Artists' Cowgirl Poet of the Year. 

Jim will appear in character as Charlie Russell and will recreate a Russell painting while telling stories from "Trails Plowed Under," augmented by music and poetry by Doc Stovall. This show has received rave reviews in its U.S. Tour. Revered as a Western artist, Dunham is also know throughout the world as an expert at gun tricks and fast-draw, which has lead to parts in movies such as "Tombstone." 

Stovall is designated by the Georgia Legislature as the Official Balladeer of Georgia, is an Academy of Western Artists multi-nominee and the Southwest Nighthawks Storytellers Association Performer of the Year. 

A native Oklahoman, Debra and her family raise horses in rural Rogers County. In addition to her AWA Cowgirl Poet title, she is multi nominated for three of her Western songs and her poetry album. She writes for various Western Publications and is the host of the Western TV and video series "Love of the West".

One lucky audience member will take home the painting at the end of the show. A drawing will be held for the painting and several other Western prizes. Additional tickets for the drawing available at the show for ticket holders only. Must be present to win.

Master of Ceremonies: Jay Litchfield of Grand American Auction

Tickets are available from After Hours Rotary members and by calling 918-343-2440.

Advance tickets are $12.50; Tickets at the door $15.00

Information: http://www.tulsaafterhoursrotary.org or http://www.oldyellowslicker.com

Concessions are available, so come early and have great burgers and barbecue.

See the additional information at Cowboys ~ Cowgirls.

 

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May 2003 Information
Heritage of the American West  Spearfish, South Dakota 

Tune in (or be in the audience) May 15, 7:00 p.m., at the Western Heritage Center, Bruce Miller Theatre, Spearfish, South Dakota, for Heritage of the American West, hosted by Jim Thompson and featuring Brenn Hill.  The program is broadcast live over 50 radio stations in a 5-State area, as well as live on the web.   

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2003 Information
Kansas Cowboy Symposium  Dodge City, Kansas

Red Steagall, Brenn Hill, Mindy "Rogers" Petersen (granddaughter of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers) Barry Ward, Dale Robertson, Dennis Weaver, etc. Cowboy Poet Contest judged by Red Steagall, Dale Robertson, and the Dodge City's official Marshal Bailey, who is a cowboy poet, singer, and host of "Western Swing and Other Things", a syndicated radio show that covers 3 states. Vendors, equine center, Indian camp, Mountain men, American Federation of Old West Reenactors, and much, much more! Please call Flying W Productions, Box 392, Meade, KS, 68864 620-873-2008 or email Victoria at victoria@greatersuccess.com and www.kansascowboy.com   

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2003 Information
17th Annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering Medora, North Dakota

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2003
For More Information Contact:
Bill Lowman @ 701-872-4746
15280 Westerheim Rd., Sentinel Butte, ND 58654


Come n' Get it! Cowboy Fun in Medora

MEDORA, ND-Get ready to fill your plate with a heaping portion of cowboy fun
in Medora this Memorial Day weekend. Bill Lowman and his crew are rustlin'
up an action-packed 17th annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering. This year's
poetry-music-and-art-fest is making camp Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25,
at the Medora Community Center.

Bill Lowman, Sentinel Butte rancher/artist/entertainer who ramrods the
gathering, announced this year's featured performers: Steve Stark, Fargo,
N.D.; Bill Stearns, Newcastle, Wyo.; John Crabtree, Edgemont, S.D.; Ben
Hereim, White Sulphur Springs, Mont.; Bill and Deb Sustrich, Sheridan, Wyo.;
and Brent Voigt, Rhame, N.D. Also ridin' into town for the big weekend are
the Fiddle Kick Cloggers from Dickinson, who will perform during the day
sessions. Making their first appearances at the roundup, these entertainers
will be joined by approximately 40 returning "old timers" in reciting
original and classic verse, singing cowboy ballads, and swapping tales.

Doors open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, for the day sessions and western
art show, which is sponsored by the Badlands Art Association. Both are free
and open to the public. Informal by design, visitors are encouraged to come
and sit a spell as their schedules allows.

An evening concert with a lineup of top notch talent begins at 7:30 p.m.
Gathering around the campfire are the Holsti Sisters, a vocal group, from
Buffalo, S.D.; poet Andy Nelson, Pinedale, Wyo.; singer Sam Hanzlik,
Sturgis, S.D.; and Patsy Shannon, a poet from Lake Park, Minn. Bill Lowman
emcees the Saturday event. 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 on Sunday with country gospel beginning at 9:00 a.m.
and running till noon. More than a dozen groups and individuals lend their
talents to this open-range-style worship service. 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 chuck,
afternoon sessions begin again at 1:00.

Headlining Sunday's 7:30 p.m. concert are guitar player, singer, and saddle
maker, Lon Davis, Beach, N.D.; cowgirl poet Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield,
S.D.; poet and singer Bob Petermann, Wibaux, Mont.; and poet Jess Howard,
Marmarth, N.D. Glen Vaagen, Taylor, serves as emcee.

Weekend events aren't confined to the community center. The Cowboy Action
Performers of Bismarck will be performing shoot outs on main street. 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.

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2003 Information
Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

May 1, 2003

Cowboy Museum Gearing Up For Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering And Children's Cowboy Festival


One of the nation's greatest opportunities for family friendly entertainment is returning again to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The Museum's annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival is scheduled for May 24 and 25, 2003, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the price of daily Museum admission, the Memorial Day weekend event provides mouth watering food, activities for children, musical entertainment for the entire family and an opportunity to browse the nation's premier Western heritage museum.

The Children's Festival offers numerous outdoor activities including Shetland pony carousel rides, rope making, bandana designing, leather work key rings and paper fan decorating.

Stagecoach and covered wagon rides around the festival oval are a family favorite. Although photo opportunities are abundant, pictures taken with Oreo, a Texas Longhorn steer, rank as a favorite. Giant rocking horses with real Western saddles are popular with children of all ages.

Adults will enjoy chuck wagon cooking demonstrations, the living history camp and musical entertainment on two separate stages. Dr. H. P. Hedgethicket III, Esquire will return to hawk his numerous "remedies and cures" during a hilarious Old West Medicine Show.

New to the event is wheelwright and wagon master Gary Stull, Cape Fair, Missouri, who will share his trade through interactive demonstrations on making wagon wheels. Also new to the event is John Fry, Newalla, Oklahoma, who will demonstrate the steam traction engine which was used for farming on the plains.

When it's time to cool off, families can take the kids up the hill to the 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 camp out and cook at a real chuck wagon. From howling coyotes atop a rock mountain to over-sized puzzles of Museum paintings and interactive computer games, the Children's Cowboy Corral is a fun place to be.

Don Edwards will be on stage Saturday, May 24. His new album, High Lonesome Cowboy, released by Western Jubilee Recording Company in the fall of 2002, received a Grammy nomination. Edwards' career as a balladeer, guitarist and composer has spanned more than three decades, enriching audiences with his authentic Western music and his 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 25, 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 April 12, 2003, Western Heritage Awards ceremonies. He also received a Wrangler Award, his sixth, for Wagon Tracks in the Outstanding Traditional Western Album category. He has been a favorite at the annual Chuck Wagon event since 1991.

Rich O'Brien, well-known throughout the Western music world will perform on Saturday with Red 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 Western Heritage Awards.

The musical duo Call of the West will also be performing on Sunday, singing crowd-pleasing tunes from Gene Autry, Sons of the Pioneers, and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Eight- year-old Emalea Del Hudgens from Grove, Oklahoma, comes to the festival for the first time. The young singer and guitarist has appeared at numerous events including the Gene Autry Festival in Gene Autry, Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Opry. She has won several medals, including a gold, at the Patsy Montana Yodeling Festival in Pineville, Missouri.

Joey and Sherry McKenzie, Mansfield, Texas, will perform with their national champion students, The Quebe Sisters. The lively fiddling act combines a mixture of Western Swing, cowboy songs, vintage country and traditional Texas fiddle tunes.

Chuck Milner, cowboy poet, singer and song writer will entertain as well as introduce other performers. Milner has performed at many Western events across the country.

Maybe the best bargain of all is the chance to see the new Western Performers Gallery which opened April 12. The exhibit explores the various ways the West has been interpreted in literature and film, as well as 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. Many items from the Museum's John Wayne collection are prominently displayed in a special section for the famous movie star. One of the most charming components of the new gallery is a 1930s replica theater where a short film, narrated by Sam Elliott, captures the eventful history of Hollywood Westerns.

Each year thousands of people leisurely stroll from one chuck wagon to another sampling real cowboy cooking. Recipes are prepared hourly at a demonstration wagon where such delicious fare as beef tip stew, biscuits, beans, cobblers and rice pudding are offered up for sampling. Recipe books will also be available for those who wish to try their hand at being a cowboy "cookie."

Activities, excluding tasting bowls and concessions, are included in the price of admission: adults $8.50, seniors 62 and over $7.00, children 6-12 $4.00. Children five and under are admitted free, as are members of the Museum. Tasting bowls are $3.00 each. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call
(405)-478-2250, ext. 264.

The Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival follows Oklahoma Museums Week which is celebrated May 18-24. Considered America's Premier Western Museum, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Title sponsor for the weekend event is Delta Air Lines. Photos are available upon request: (405) 478-2250, ext. 221

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April, 2003 Information

Kerry Grombacher at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Special Music Guest Kerry Grombacher's big Cowboy Band is opening the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Thursday April 24, 2003.  Kerry will be joined on stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by Karen "Rodeo Kate" Howell on fiddle; Allan "Hoot Al" Chapman on bass; Brian "Breeze" Cayolle on clarinet and saxophone; and Bennet "The East Side Flash" Spielvogel on Dobro.

Kerry says "Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers close the festival on Sunday May 4. In between are eight full days of music over two consecutive long weekends - from my western songs, to Cajun and Zydeco, traditional and all sorts of modern jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, alternative country, African and Afro-Caribbean music, flamenco, traditional and contemporary Native American music, bluegrass and folk music. Bob Dylan is playing this year, and so is Tish Hinojosa. The food is better than the festival food anywhere else (it's the full range of Louisiana cuisine), and the average daily attendance is around 90,000 people. It will be a blast."  See the information from last year's event, where Kerry brought Western Music to the festival for the first time.  

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 2003 Information
The Missouri Cowboy Poets Association Annual Gathering  Mountain View, Missouri
Contact Jennie Cummings, 417/934-2213 

From Jennie Cummings:

 These are the Cowboy Poets who will perform at the Mountain View Gathering:

1.      Rex Henderson  ~    Denton, TX

2.      Richard Dunlap        ~        Louisburg, MO

3.      Gail Burton            ~        Benton, AR

4.      Harold Carpenter  ~    Sedan, KS

5.      Ron Rushly             ~        Harrisonville, MO

6.      Peggy Coleman     ~       Pawnee, OK

7.      Jerry White            ~      Springfield, MO

8.      Glydus Gregory       ~       Mountain View, MO

9.      Buzz Keiper               ~       Columbia, MO

10.  Francine Robison       ~       Shawnee, OK

11.  Steve Waddell            ~       Stover, MO

12.  Neal Torrey                ~       Bolivar, MO

13.  Carol Ellis                  ~        Willow Springs, MO

14.  Cody Holmes      ~       Mountain Grove, MO

15.  Dawnnell Holmes  ~        Mountain Grove, MO

16.  Don Collop               ~        Mexico, MO

17.  Jim Smith                  ~        Joplin, MO

18.  Cliff Sexton      ~        Union Town, KS

19.  John Beltz         ~       Willow Springs, MO

20.  D. J. Fry                 ~        Oronogo, MO

21.  Jay Jones          ~        Columbia, MO


22.  Brenn Hill         ~      Nashville, TN

           Saturday 1:00 pm only

23.  Leroy Watts   ~            Verona, MO

            Sunday Cowboy Church Only

24.  Gery Elkins   ~            Warner, OK

25.  Shirley Elkins   ~             Warner, OK

            Saturday Evening & Cowboy Church


See the 2002 Information here.


2003 Information

Working Cowboy Competition  George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond, Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 12, 2003

 A.P. George Commemorative Working Cowboy Gathering

May 3 & 4, 2003

Richmond, Texas—The George Ranch Historical Park will bring history to life in the 1930s working pens and in the Main Arena on May 3 and 4, 2003. Before today’s big rodeos, there were cowboy competitions. In this one-of-a-kind celebration, the cowboys at the George Ranch and cowboys from across the region will remember those who came before with the A.P. George Commemorative Working Cowboy Gathering at the Ranch, 10215 FM 762, Richmond, Texas. The event will run from 9 am to 5 pm both days.

A special, by-ticket-only Cowman’s Banquet in the Main Arena on Saturday night will feature the best of the West—chuck wagon cooking by the George Ranch’s chefs and cowboy poetry and songs presented by an award winning group of western aficionados. The proceeds from the Cowman Banquet will benefit the educational programs of the George Ranch Historical Park. 

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

In the 1930s, Sunday afternoons were something special for the cowboys of the George Ranch. After finishing their six-and-a-half-day work week tending cattle and breaking young horses, cowboys set Sunday afternoons aside for friendly competitions. The cowboys gathered around the pens and set wagers on each other’s abilities to out-wrangle other cowboys. It was a chance for the men to break out of the slow pace of everyday work, have a good time and, in the process, maybe make a little extra money. (It also allowed the cowboys to establish bragging rights) These friendly competitions on the secluded back lots of big ranches evolved into the sport of rodeo.

The cowboys’ bosses would get in on the action as well. Prominent cowmen bet on the cowboys and horses from their crews. The bosses often set up a head table in the middle of a cow pasture and while their crews competed in the ring, the cowmen competed around the table as well--supplying hand-rolled cigars and offering various whiskies and champagnes, all of it served by porters dressed in white coats and bowties. Labor and management competed at their own levels, and in their own ways.

Although most folks outside the inner realm of ranching have seen rodeos, most have never seen the real working cowboy contests that still go on. Guests of the A. P. George Commemorative Working Cowboy Competition will be able to step back in time, and savor the “glory days” of ranching. Guests can get up-close to the action and watch real cowboys doing what they do everyday, except at full speed, and for fun, prizes and bragging rights.

The Cowboy Competition will be May 3 & 4, 2003, at the Main Arena at the George Ranch. The weekend event will include chuck wagon cooking, a “wild” stick-horse race for the kids, western music, cowboy poets, and much more. Admission:  $ 12/Adults; $5/Children (7 - 12 years old); Children 6 and younger FREE.

For additional information, please call the George Ranch at 281-343-0218 or check our website at www.georgeranch.org.

 

Working Cowboy Competition

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4, 2003:

On going events … Cowboy poetry and western music, entertainment, heritage craft booths, mini-seminars, the roller roper, brand-a-board, free tram rides through the George Ranch Historical Park as well as tours of the George Ranch.

 

·        9:00 am                             Working Cowboy Competition begins in the Main Arena

·        10:00 to 11:00 am            Chuckwagon Cooking Program in the Cowboy Camp

·        11:00 am to noon              Leather Craft Program in the Cowboy Camp

·        Noon to 1:00 pm               Wild Stick-Horse Riding Competition at the Main Arena

·        1:00 to 5:00 pm                Working Cowboy Competition continues in the Main Arena

·        3:00 to 4:00 pm                Chuckwagon Cooking Program in the Cowboy Camp

·        5:00 pm                             Day’s end

 

Saturday, May 3, 2003

·        6:00 pm                           1930s Style Cowman's Banquet in the Main Arena

A VIP Dinner at the Cowboy Camp featuring chuckwagon cooking, western music and cowboy poetry show at the Main Arena.  $50.00 per person.

·        Jim "Curly" Musgrave, winner of the Western Music Association's Best Song Writer Award, as well as the Best Performer Award. Curly is not only a great musician and singer, but a cowboy poet to boot.

·        Lloyd Shelby, the Official Cowboy Poet of the George Ranch Historical Park. Author of “Rainman,” which won the Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Medallion Award in 2002.

·        Linda Kirkpatrick, outstanding poet, musician and author wrote, Somewhere In The West, a remarkable perspective on the women of the West.

·        Tickets are $50 per person. Please call 281-343-0218 for more information.

 

*All proceeds benefit the educational programs at the George Ranch Historical Park.

P.O. Box 1248  
10215 FM 762
Richmond, Texas
77406-1248
(281) 343-0218
www.georgeranch.org

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Kamloops Cowboy Festival Kamloops, B.C. Canada

From Honored Guest Mike Puhallo:

Come join us in Canada's Original Cow Town for a weekend of Cowboy Poetry Western Music and Art.

Over the last six years the Kamloops Cowboy Festival has established a solid reputation as one of the best events of it's kind any where. It all takes place under one roof at the Calvary Temple Church 1205 Rogers Way, Kamloops. Advance ticket sales are way ahead of last year, so far we have approximately 120 weekend passes sold with two months to go!

We feature some of the best western folklife songwriters and poets in the world, performing their own material in a very intimate setting. These are the stories and songs of todays West presented by cowboys and cowgirls who have lived the life they write about. That is the magic of Cowboy Poetry, stories and songs that are real.


The Seventh Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival will feature a great line up of
entertainers including;

- Shirley Field, Canada's Cowboy's Sweetheart, formerly from Armstrong now
Living in Gwynne Alberta.

- Debra Hill, the Oklahoma Cowgirl who was named Female Poet of the year by
the Academy of Western Artists in 2002.

- Stephanie Davis, a Montana singer songwriter who has had six of her songs
recorded by Garth Brooks, Stephanie will also be hosting a songwriters
workshop while she's here.

- Frank Gleeson, The fast talking poet and Humorist from Williams Lake, BC.

- Wayne Nelson, A great poet and songwriter from Southern Idaho who has a
brand new album out called "Dad burned my dad burned Guitar"

- Tammy Gislasen, A very pretty and talented young Western Singer
/Songwriter from Innisfail Alberta, Tammy's New album "Sunshine Cowgirl" is
currently ranked 9th on the airplay charts by the "Sunset Radio Network"
charting service.

- Terri Mason, The flamboyant lady Poet from Calgary will be back by popular
demand.

- Fred Millar, a true Rocky Mountain Original, Fred spend his time guiding in
the mountains and writing poetry.

- Hugh McLennan, The voice of the "Spirit Of The West" will MC our Friday
night show and share some of his poetry.

- Ben Crane, Ben is a great Songwriter as well as being one of Canada's very
best Cowboy Cartoonists. Ben is supplying the Artwork for our poster this
year as well as performing.

- Ben Beveridge, fiddle player, picker songwriter and poet, from Maple Creek
Sask.

- Ginny McLaughlin, 16 years old From Fort Worth Texas sings western swing and
! plays the accordion very well.

- Matt Johnston, a great up and coming singer songwriter Clearwater BC

Rob Dinwoodie, Vernon; Danny Mack ,Vancouver; Kraig Jodrey, Kamloops; Al Beeler, Kalona; Dave Longworth, Logan Lake; Dick Threlkeld, Banjo Player from 108 mile; Alberta's Christine and Mark Shauer, Tim Hus, and others TBA.


Our Western Art and Gear show features 30 of Canada's finest Artists and Artisans, exhibiting everything from Cowboy Cartoons to high end Bronze Sculptures, Custom Saddles, Horsehair and rawhide braiding, Silver Bits and Buckles as well as more traditional art works.

In addition to the non-stop entertainment and Western Art we will also feature a number of workshops and seminars over the weekend teaching everything from poetry and songwriting to saddle fitting and trick roping.

The Friday night feature Show includes the BC Cowboy Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony. There will be a Cowboy Church service on Sunday Morning, and a whole lot of fun in between.

Kamloops has been the center of British Columbia's Cattle Industry for nearly 170 years since the cattle arrived here from California in the 1830's. It is a rich heritage we are proud to share, our theme this year is "A salute to the Indian Cowboy."

Discount packages are available on motels, a weekend pass for the entire festival is just $30, for more Information check our website, www.bcchs.com phone (250) 579-5667
email cowboys@bcchs.com or write to:  BCCHS, Box 137, Kamloops BC, Canada, V2C 5K3

updated 1/13

Read reports from Honored Guests Mike Puhallo and Mark McMillan about the 2002 event
See the BCCHS site for full report of the 2002 event
See the 2002 info here.

 

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6th Canyon Country Western Arts Festival  Cedar City, Utah

Surrounded by such pristine treasures as Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Cedar Breaks, the great American West will alive at the 6th annual Canyon Country Western Arts Festival, March 13-16, 2003.  The festival will be held at the Sharwan Smith Center on the campus of Southern Utah University (SUU) in Cedar City, Utah.

Dedicated to the preservation of the western music heritage that was made famous by such artists as the Sons of the Pioneers and late Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, the festival combines ongoing western music with a traditional cowboy poetry gathering.

The Festival will kick off Thursday, first with a fiddle contest at the Sharwan Smith Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The contest is free to the public.  Immediately following the contest will be the Western Heritage Banquet, featuring entertainment by Brenn Hill.  The banquet will be held at the Southern Utah University Great Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The cost is $25 per person and is sponsored by the SUU Block and Bridle Club.

During the day on Friday and Saturday will be the Western Arts Festival, featuring ongoing western music and cowboy poetry, plus quilt displays, western artists, working displays, vendors and a kids corral (Saturday only).  These activities will run from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.  Entrance fee is only $5.00 and includes a commemorative pin that allows admission for both days.

At 7:00  p.m. on Friday evening,  there will be western music variety show in the SUU Auditorium.  The cost is $10.  On Saturday evening, there will be an old fashioned cowboy concert, featuring the musical talents of  The Sons of the San Joaquin and cowboy poets, Walter "Bimbo" Cheney and Colen Sweeten.  The concert will also be held at the SUU Auditorium at 7 p.m. and admission is $15.

Immediately following the concert will be a western music jam session from 10 p.m. to midnight at 161 S. 100 W. (formerly Adriana's Restaurant, now under new ownership).  The jam session is free.   The Western Arts Festival will conclude on Sunday with Cowboy Church, a non-denominational gathering, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Cedar City Livestock Auction.

Tickets for all the events can be obtained at the Iron County Visitors Center, 581 N. Main St in Cedar City or call 1-800-354-4849 (sorry, no credit cards).

For more information concerning the Canyon Country Western Arts Festival, please call the Iron County Tourism and Convention Bureau at 1-800-354-4849 or log onto www.westernartsfestival.org.

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Heritage of the American West   Internet Radio Broadcast 7PM Mountain
On Wednesday evening, March 19 at 7:00 PM Mountain time, you can hear Yvonne Hollenbeck on the Heritage of the American West program with Brenn Hill. Yvonne tells us "It will be hosted by well-known radio personality, Jim Thompson, and will be live over 50 radio stations as well as on the web.  Folks can click on www.livewithjt.com and listen to it on the web if they'd like.  This show is held once a month at the High Plains Heritage Center, Bruce Miller Theatre, at Spearfish, South Dakota, and always features top-notch Western entertainment." Posted 3/2

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Echoes of the Trail fundraiser  Fort Scott, Kansas

Cowboy Poets and Singers Featured at Fort Scott


Every true westerner knows all that's needed for a good time is a belly full of good barbecue and an evening with friends, enjoying cowboy music and poetry.  That's why plans are under way to bring a group of cowboy poets and musicians to Fort Scott for a barbecue fundraiser to benefit a local group promoting western culture and history.

On April 4, at the Liberty Theatre on Main Street, Fort Scott, Kan., folks who like learning about cowboy life can enjoy a fine barbecue meal and exceptional entertainment at a fundraiser for Echoes of the Trail, an arm of the Historic Preservation Association of Bourbon County, Inc.

The Echoes of the Trail annual event, held each June at Fort Scott Community College, is a celebration of the era when men in spurs and chaps were a common sight, and cowboys drove cattle to market in long trail drives across the prairie.  It was a time when trail dust was a regular part of the cowboy 's diet, and gatherings around the campfire generated tall tales, songs, and stories told in verse.

Local organizers said the April fundraiser will feature performances by cowboy poets Harold Carpenter of Sedan, Kan., and Gerry Allen of Parkville, Mo., and singers Cliff Sexton of Redfield, Kan., and Johnny Kendrick of Richards, Mo.  Trick roper Will Read, Pleasanton, Kan., will be on hand as well.

Local historian Arnold Schofield, a co-founder of Echoes of the Trail, said these performers will introduce cowboy culture with songs and verse that make the audience feel as if they, too, were born to ride the range.  "These four are all excellent," Schofield said.  "They've been involved in cowboy poetry for many years and have performed at gatherings and events throughout the Midwest."

The fundraising effort also will involve an auction of western artwork, including limited edition prints by regional artists Don Dane and Mark Parker, as well as original work by Ellen Law Kendrick and metal engraver B. E. Eichorn.  One of the few remaining low-numbered collector's prints of Hawk's "Echoes of the Trail" painting also will be up for bids.  In addition, there will be hay-bale roping, stick horse races, and other cowboy games to amuse the youngsters during the April fundraiser.

Individual tickets will be $12 at the door, to cover the price of the meal and the entertainment.  A $30 family ticket buys admission for two adults and two children.  A coupon will be available at The Country Cupboard in Fort Scott for $2 off the individual ticket price, or $5 off the cost of a family ticket.  For more information, call 223-0736.


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Brazos River Music Festival   Glen Rose, Texas

Pard Kim Dodd tells us: "On Saturday, April 5th, 2003 the Hood County Boys and Girls Club are sponsoring a fundraising concert featuring, "Asleep at the Wheel" as the headlining act. Other performers include Radney Foster, Deryl Dodd, Cooder Graw, Tommy Alverson, Sonny Burgess and Bryan Burns.  The ticket price will be $20 for the all-day event which will start at 2:00 p.m. and end at 11:00 p.m."  The event is being held at the Texas Amphitheatre in Glen Rose, Texas.  Visit the Brazos River Music Festival web site for additional information or call the Hood County Boys and Girls Club, 817-578-8778 for tickets.  Posted 3/5

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The Spirit of the West Festival of Western Arts  Bald Hill, Oklahoma

Arrowhead Ranch Presents
~ The Spirit of the West Festival of Western Arts ~
April 4, 5 & 6, 2003
Bald Hill, Oklahoma
918-733-4225

~ Fine Western Arts, Gear and Entertainment ~
~ Antique Western Memorbilia ~
~ Cowboy Camp, with Chuck Wagon food, Cowboy Poetry and Music ~
~ Trail Ride, Draft Horse & Mule Demonstration ~
~ Native American Dancers ~  Cowboy Colorgaurd ~
~ Buffalo Soldiers ~ The Oklahoma Gunslingers ~
~ Team Roping Event Friday with Trophy Saddle, April 4. Friday Night 8:00 ~
~ Saturday Night Barn Dance w/ John T. Wills and the Sons of Swing ~
~ Kids Events: Stick Horse Races, Dummy Calf Roping ~
Music jam sessions throughout the grounds all day.
Family Entertainment that includes something for everyone!

The Arrowhead Ranch in Bald Hill Oklahoma will present the Spirit of the
West Festival of Western & Native American Art, April 4, 5 & 6. Featuring a
Fine Western Arts show and sale indoors, and various Western style events.
Scheduled are a Cowboy Camp with chuck wagon food, Cowboy Poetry and Music.
Cowboy Entertainers from across the US are coming to present their talents
in a family friendly show. Also to please and entertain the public will be a
draft horse demonstration, roping, trail ride and Cowboy Color Guard.  A
Cowboy Church Service on Sunday will round out the activities.
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Open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
Come early and see the Cowboy Colorguard post the colors.
Admission is $10 a day or a 2-day pass for $15.
Free admission to the Team Roping on Fri. April 4 * 8p.m.
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 There are still vendor spaces left at very reasonable prices.
 For more information call Arrowhead Ranch at 918-733-4225.
For Roping call Rocking S Productions 918-686-3058.
For the Cowboy Camp call Old Yellow Slicker Productions at 918-789-5288.

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Artists include
Jason Stone, Jeanne Rorex, Troy Anderson, Gary Montgomery, Mary Rogers
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Cowboy Entertainment will include performances by
Debra Coppinger Hill - Academy of Western Artists Cowgirl Poet of the Year
Doc Stovall - Georgia State Balladeer, and Poet
Jay Snider - Oklahoma Cowboy Poet
Kent Rollins - Oklahoma Official Chuck Wagon
Tim Graham - Texas Cowboy Singer
Tom Hanshew - Arkansas Cowboy Singer, Poet & Storyteller
Gina DeLaune - Texas Celtic Cowgirl Singer
Fred Hargrove - Kansas Cowboy, Singer, Songwriter
Charles Williams - Texas Storyteller, Poet and Academy of Western Artists
V.Pres.
Hank Elling - Oklahoma Singer and Yodeler
Tom and Donna Hatton - Colorado Storytellers, Poets and Singers
Robert Beene - Oklahoma Poet & Songwriter
LaVern "Straw" Berry - Oklahoma Poet and Singer
Buck "The Big Man" Helton - Texas Cowboy Gospel Singer and Poet
Bob Baker - Oklahoma Swing Steel player of AWA Swing Band of the Year
Cowjazz
G. Casey Allen - Missouri Cowboy Singer and Poet
Wallace Moore as John Horse - Buffalo Soldier of the 9th and 10th Horse
Cavalry

Portions of the Festival will be filmed by Love of the West. A television
and video series dedicated to preserving the
arts, entertainment and literature associated with the American West past &
present.

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Host Hotels are the Best Western Hotels Located on Hwy 75 in Glenpool
(918-322-5201)  and Okmulgee (918-756-9200)
Special rates for Spirit of the West.

Ranch is located at
the intersection of Hwy 16 and Junction 52, Approx. 9 miles east of Hwy 75.

A portion of the proceeds to be donated for school supplies for the school
districts of
Twin Hills, Liberty, Morris and Preston.

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Cowboy Poets of Utah at Babcock Readers Theatre   Salt Lake City, Utah

Three members of the Cowboy Poets of Utah (Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Duane Kerr, and Doug Brewer) will entertain as the program for the (free) Thursday April 10, performance of the Babcock Readers Theatre at the U of U Olpin Union Building Little Theatre, 7:30 pm.

We can't help wantin' to share what the official press release had to say about past Lariat Laureate Jo Lynne Kirkwood:

"Jo Lynne Kirkwood ...is Kanab born, Fredonia raised, and took notes all the way.  Jo Lynne is a great-granddaughter to one of the original settlers in those rural towns of Utah and northern Arizona. Her family raised alfalfa and cattle on land passed down through generations. She now lives in central Utah with her husband, Michael, and their children, raising alfalfa and calves on their own land.

"An English teacher, she loves to write cowboy poetry and is highly respected as a writer and performer among her peers and soon everyone in the audience! 'I wrote my first cowboy poem half a dozen years ago, as a model for an assignment I'd given my students.' Having used a local old wrangler as her central character, word quickly spread and she's since been in high demand at gatherings and events throughout Utah and neighboring states.

"She writes and studies the colorful Cowboy Poetry genre in the classroom as a way of preserving the western heritage she and many of her students claim. 'They recognize and appreciate the stories told in these poems....I like to use people I know and things that either did or might have happened as storylines in my poems.'"  Posted 3/28

 

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April 24, 2003
Kerry Grombacher at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Special Music Guest Kerry Grombacher's big Cowboy Band is opening the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Thursday April 24, 2003.  Kerry will be joined on stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by Karen "Rodeo Kate" Howell on fiddle; Allan "Hoot Al" Chapman on bass; Brian "Breeze" Cayolle on clarinet and saxophone; and Bennet "The East Side Flash" Spielvogel on Dobro.

Kerry says "Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers close the festival on Sunday May 4. In between are eight full days of music over two consecutive long weekends - from my western songs, to Cajun and Zydeco, traditional and all sorts of modern jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, alternative country, African and Afro-Caribbean music, flamenco, traditional and contemporary Native American music, bluegrass and folk music. Bob Dylan is playing this year, and so is Tish Hinojosa. The food is better than the festival food anywhere else (it's the full range of Louisiana cuisine), and the average daily attendance is around 90,000 people. It will be a blast."  See the information from last year's event, where Kerry brought Western Music to the festival for the first time.  

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May 3-4, 2003
Working Cowboy Competition  George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond, Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 12, 2003

 A.P. George Commemorative Working Cowboy Gathering

May 3 & 4, 2003

Richmond, Texas—The George Ranch Historical Park will bring history to life in the 1930s working pens and in the Main Arena on May 3 and 4, 2003. Before today’s big rodeos, there were cowboy competitions. In this one-of-a-kind celebration, the cowboys at the George Ranch and cowboys from across the region will remember those who came before with the A.P. George Commemorative Working Cowboy Gathering at the Ranch, 10215 FM 762, Richmond, Texas. The event will run from 9 am to 5 pm both days.

A special, by-ticket-only Cowman’s Banquet in the Main Arena on Saturday night will feature the best of the West—chuck wagon cooking by the George Ranch’s chefs and cowboy poetry and songs presented by an award winning group of western aficionados. The proceeds from the Cowman Banquet will benefit the educational programs of the George Ranch Historical Park. 

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

In the 1930s, Sunday afternoons were something special for the cowboys of the George Ranch. After finishing their six-and-a-half-day work week tending cattle and breaking young horses, cowboys set Sunday afternoons aside for friendly competitions. The cowboys gathered around the pens and set wagers on each other’s abilities to out-wrangle other cowboys. It was a chance for the men to break out of the slow pace of everyday work, have a good time and, in the process, maybe make a little extra money. (It also allowed the cowboys to establish bragging rights) These friendly competitions on the secluded back lots of big ranches evolved into the sport of rodeo.

The cowboys’ bosses would get in on the action as well. Prominent cowmen bet on the cowboys and horses from their crews. The bosses often set up a head table in the middle of a cow pasture and while their crews competed in the ring, the cowmen competed around the table as well--supplying hand-rolled cigars and offering various whiskies and champagnes, all of it served by porters dressed in white coats and bowties. Labor and management competed at their own levels, and in their own ways.

Although most folks outside the inner realm of ranching have seen rodeos, most have never seen the real working cowboy contests that still go on. Guests of the A. P. George Commemorative Working Cowboy Competition will be able to step back in time, and savor the “glory days” of ranching. Guests can get up-close to the action and watch real cowboys doing what they do everyday, except at full speed, and for fun, prizes and bragging rights.

The Cowboy Competition will be May 3 & 4, 2003, at the Main Arena at the George Ranch. The weekend event will include chuck wagon cooking, a “wild” stick-horse race for the kids, western music, cowboy poets, and much more. Admission:  $ 12/Adults; $5/Children (7 - 12 years old); Children 6 and younger FREE.

For additional information, please call the George Ranch at 281-343-0218 or check our website at www.georgeranch.org.

 

Working Cowboy Competition

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4, 2003:

On going events … Cowboy poetry and western music, entertainment, heritage craft booths, mini-seminars, the roller roper, brand-a-board, free tram rides through the George Ranch Historical Park as well as tours of the George Ranch.

 

·        9:00 am                             Working Cowboy Competition begins in the Main Arena

·        10:00 to 11:00 am            Chuckwagon Cooking Program in the Cowboy Camp

·        11:00 am to noon              Leather Craft Program in the Cowboy Camp

·        Noon to 1:00 pm               Wild Stick-Horse Riding Competition at the Main Arena

·        1:00 to 5:00 pm                Working Cowboy Competition continues in the Main Arena

·        3:00 to 4:00 pm                Chuckwagon Cooking Program in the Cowboy Camp

·        5:00 pm                             Day’s end

 

Saturday, May 3, 2003

·        6:00 pm                           1930s Style Cowman's Banquet in the Main Arena

A VIP Dinner at the Cowboy Camp featuring chuckwagon cooking, western music and cowboy poetry show at the Main Arena.  $50.00 per person.

·        Jim "Curly" Musgrave, winner of the Western Music Association's Best Song Writer Award, as well as the Best Performer Award. Curly is not only a great musician and singer, but a cowboy poet to boot.

·        Lloyd Shelby, the Official Cowboy Poet of the George Ranch Historical Park. Author of “Rainman,” which won the Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Medallion Award in 2002.

·        Linda Kirkpatrick, outstanding poet, musician and author wrote, Somewhere In The West, a remarkable perspective on the women of the West.

·        Tickets are $50 per person. Please call 281-343-0218 for more information.

 

*All proceeds benefit the educational programs at the George Ranch Historical Park.

P.O. Box 1248  
10215 FM 762
Richmond, Texas
77406-1248
(281) 343-0218
www.georgeranch.org

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2003 Information
Miracle Ranch Cowboy Rendezvous Port Orchard, Washington

Miracle Ranch Cowboy Rendezvous http://www.cristacamps.com Port Orchard,
Washington

This year's Cowboy Rendezvous will feature more family oriented, fun cowboy entertainment.

We'll start this year's event with a showcase banquet Friday night. Saturday morning will kick off with morning roping, horse rides, wagon rides and lots of fun at Noah's Landing. Lunch will be served in town center with plenty of venues to choose from with cowboy music and Ranch poetry to boot. Saturday evening will prove to be the highlight as we entertain you with world class musicians and poets on the center stage. The evening program will kick off with a "Chuckwagon dinner experience" including mouth watering Tri-tip bar-b-que and the all the fixin's. 

We'll have the evening stage filled with more music, poetry and western storytellers. Dennis Agajanian, Brother's Keeper, Ben Crane, Bryn Theissen,  Jake Peters, The Tahoma Range Rhymers,  Jim Tracy, Cowboy Corney the clown and more!

This Cowboy Rendezvous is sure to be memorable. The Ranch is located in Port Orchard, WA just 3 miles West of Hwy 16 at Purdy. To see more about this event go to http://www.cristacamps.com/

For reservations call 360 697 1212 or Email
information@cristacamps.com

Friday
7:00 Dinner Showcase Concert
Saturday,
10:00 AM Morning Poetry Gathering
12 noon Dutch oven, cowboy lunch at town center
1:30 PM Afternoon Activities
4:30 PM Afternoon Concert
4:30 PM Chuckwagon BBQ Supper
5:00 PM Supper Entertainment
7:00 PM Evening Show
Sunday
9:00 AM Cowboy Church
10 AM -1 PM Mother's Day Brunch with Poetry and Music

Ticket prices: $5

Hope to see you here!

Phil Peterson <];:-{)
Miracle Ranch Director
253-851-4410


See the 2002 information here.

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PAST EVENT: June, 2003
Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Thermopolis, Wyoming 

Lariat Laureate runner up Jean Mathisen tells us that the "Cowboy Poets of Wind River will help sponsor a brand new Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Thermopolis, Wyoming on Saturday, June 21, 2003 at the Western Wax Museum (in conjunction with the opening of their new display on barbed wire)."  Jean says to stay tuned for further details, and contact her in the meanwhile at:  P.O. Box 167, Lander, WY 82520 or by email. Posted 2/20

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PAST EVENT:  July, 2003
Mt. Lemmon Fire Department and Homeowners' Association Benefit
Tucson, Arizona

Lariat Laureate runner up Janice Mitich sends this information:  The Western Music Association "Home Ranch Hands" (local chapter) is hosting a benefit for the Mt. Lemmon Fire Department and Homeowners' Association on Sunday, July 13, 2003 from 1 PM -10 PM at the Inn Suites at 475 North Granada, (St. Mary's and 1-10).  Admission is free, but guests are being asked for donations.  Over 30 groups have volunteered to play free of charge: Wild Oats,  Due West Trio, Desert Sons, Santa Cruz River Band,  Dean Armstrong and the Arizona Dance Hands, Sue Harris, Lou Stebner, and Jim and Nancy Sober.  Yours truly is the only poet in attendance. We are hoping to have a great turnout to support the restoration of the community of Summerhaven.

Read Janice's poem about the Arizona fires, Tears for Mt Lemmon.

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PAST EVENT June, 2003
CABNR Fundraiser  Reno, Nevada

Larry Maurice, the 2000 Cowboy Poet of the Year, will dazzle the Friends & Alumni of the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources (CABNR) at a summer kickoff barbecue on June 21, 2003 in Reno, Nev.    The lip-smacking barbecue will raise funds for an endowed scholarship in memory of Art Cerfoglio, a longtime friend of Nevada agriculture.  In addition to the noteworthy entertainment of Maurice, the event will host tours of the Historic Damonte Ranch and hold a well-prized raffle.

WHEN:  Saturday June 21, 2003; 4:30 pm
WHERE:  Historic Damonte Ranch:  12945 Old Virginia Road Reno, Nev.
TICKETS:  $20 in advance, $35 at the door

INFORMATION:  Jean Carbon (775) 784-4390 or email.  Also check out
the CABNR New and Events website at www.ag.unr.edu/coa/Newsletters  Posted 4/30

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Farm and Ranch Benefit Jamboree near Spearfish, South Dakota

This VFW-sponsored 5-State Farm and Ranch Benefit Jamboree benefits farmers and ranchers hit by drought.  This 3-day music festival includes a performance by Red Steagall  on Saturday, June 28, 2003.  The festival will be held at the beautiful Seven Down Arena in the Black Hills near Spearfish. Other musical acts contracted so far are the Circle B Cowboys; Stray Horse Band; Jack Jensen; Larson Brothers from North Dakota; Bryant Wendt; the Browns from Iowa; Soni Wilcox; Bob Lantis; Nightlife of Nebraska; the Four L's; Mark & Dayna Bledsoe; Syble Brown; Jim Pankonin of Minnesota; and Maynard Sogge.  Contact Yvonne Hollenbeck by email for more information.

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Fifth Annual Bush Poets Breakfast   Derby, Western Australia

The Fifth Annual Bush Poets Breakfast will be held at the Derby Memorial Swimming Pool on Sunday, June 29, 2003.   Once again, this follows the Saturday running of the West Kimberley Turf Club's "Derby Cup."

Its hoped that all Bush Poets have their pens ready to put their thoughts down on paper in poetry for this annual Derby Event.

There will be a Trivia Quiz to test your knowledge during the morning's activities.

For poetry to be read at the 2003 breakfast, contact Sand7 on Phone (08) 9191 1061 work or After Hours 9193 1346 or mail to box 448 Derby.

Kick off time is approx 7.30 am runs to the end!   Posted 5/11

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AWA Music & Entertainment Trade Show and Will Rogers Cowboy Awards  Ft. Worth, Texas  

The really big show is comin' up: the Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Cowboy Awards held on July 8, 2003 in Fort Worth.  Before the big awards show, on July 7th and 8th, there's a Music & Entertainment Trade Show and a whole lot of useful and fun events from talent showcases to a fashion show.  See the Academy of Western Artists' web site for all the details and latest news.

Some of the great talent this year at the Awards show includes Curtis Potter, Eli Barsi, Tammy Gislason, Joel Nelson, Curly Musgrave, Sisters of he Silver Sage, and Dave Alexander & the Legends of Western Swing. 

Among the folks appearin' at the Talent Showcases durin' the Music & Entertainment Trade Show  on Monday and Tuesday, July 7-8, 2003 are: Patty Clayton, Cowboy Joe Babcock, Dennis Gaines, Rydin' High, Kacey Musgraves, Larry Hannon, Retta & The Smart Fellas, Kip Calahan, Saddlestrings, Royal Wade Kimes, Lloyd Shelby, Mark Holt, Kata Hay, Pistol River, Sisters of the Silver Sage, Ken Raba, Eddy Harrison, T. J. Casey, Jim Jones, Tony Norris, Nolan Bruce Allen, Belinda Gail, Curly Musgrave, Larry Maurice, Scott Bumgardner, Mike Puhallo, Ken Overcast, Brett Watts, Jerry "Jake" WhiteMike Dunn, Les Buffham, Jean Prescott, Donna Hatton, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Biscuits O'Bryan, Harold Hill, Devon Dawson & The Texas Trailhands, Jeff Hildebrandt, Jim Wilson, Dan Roberts, Dave Alexander, and more TBA.

All events are open to the public. The Music & Entertainment Trade Show is $35 ($30 for members) and the Will Rogers Awards Show is $25 ($30 night of show if tickets are available). There are ticket packages, see the Academy of Western Artists' web site for details. See our report on last year's show here.  See information about the 2003 nominees here


2003 Information
Pikes Peak Folk Festival  Divide, Colorado



WESTERN FOLK FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ACTS FOR INAUGURAL 
PIKES PEAK FOLK FESTIVAL

The first-ever Pikes Peak Folk Festival, sponsored by the WESTERN FOLK
FOUNDATION, takes place July 11 - 13, 2003.  The Foundation sees the purpose
of the event as three-fold:

  • Introduce the WESTERN FOLK FOUNDATION to the Pikes Peak region.

  • Raise money for short and long term goals such as scholarships, pioneer awards, and a rodeo/equestrian facility.

  • Remind the public that despite the wildfires of last summer, the area is alive and well and ready for visitors.

"We are so pleased to present this festival for the enjoyment of music lovers from the Pikes Peak region and beyond," states Duke Davis, President of the WESTERN FOLK FOUNDATION board of directors.  "This July, we invite folks to get out of the heat and come up to the beautiful high country for some cool temperatures and hot pickin'."

Musical acts confirmed to play the Festival include:

Hot Club of Cowtown
David Wilkie & Cowboy Celtic
Andy Wilkinson
Duke Davis & Buckshot
Chuck Pyle
Black Rose
Bill Barwick
McLemore Family
High Atmosphere
The Buckarettes
Royce Hodge
Ceol Ceili

Festival goers will also find: Western Vendors, Artisans & Crafters, Children's Park, Native American Village and mouthwatering Chuckwagon Cooking.

This family-friendly music festival offers three days of non-stop music and entertainment as it celebrates the heritage of the American West through bluegrass, folk and western style music.  The event is sponsored by the WESTERN FOLK FOUNDATION, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the multiple historic cultures, lifestyles and heritage of the western frontier.

For more information on the Pikes Peak Folk Festival, including times and ticket prices, call 719-686-8871 or go to their website at www.westernfolk.com


What:                          Pikes Peak Folk Festival
Where:                         Intersection of Highways 24 and 67
                                  Divide, Colorado
When:                          Friday, July 11 - Sunday, July 13, 2003
Times:                          Fri., July 11 10:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
                                  Sat., July 12 10:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
                                  Sun., July 13  9:00 A.M.   -7:00 P.M.
Ticket Prices:                Friday              $20.00
                                  Saturday          $25.00
                                  Sunday            $20.00
                                  Three Day Pass            $55.00
                                  65 and Over                $5.00 off
                                  Kids 13 - 16                 Half
                                  Kids 12 & Under            Free

Additional Activities:

Western Vendors - Artisans & Crafters - Children's Park - Native American
Village - Chuckwagon Cooking

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Willow Creek Gathering  Stavely, B. C.

Cowboy poetry and music, open mike, cowboy style breakfast, roast beef supper, live auction, evening performance.

All proceeds go to charity.
Contact Gordon,  1 403 653 3089
                                                     
E mail texan32@shaw.ca
Box13
Stavely Alberta Canada
TOK OKO

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California Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Salinas, California

Entertainers include Pat RichardsonLarry Maurice, Tom Russell (with Andrew Hardin), Darci Robertson, Montie Montana Jr., Kay Hansen, Chryle Bacon (trick roper) and the kids' contest winners.  The main show is at 7 PM with open mike at 6 PM at Sherwood Hall in Salinas.   

See the 2002 information here.

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Fort Benton Cowboy Poetry and Music Gatherin'   Fort Benton, Montana

The birthplace of Montana, Fort Benton, will welcome cowboy poets and musicians and artists and craftsmen to town July 18th 19th and 20th 2003 for the Fort Benton Cowboy Poetry and Music Gatherin'. The registration packs will be finished soon so anyone interested in attending should contact Geoff Haggard by email or the Fort Benton Chamber of Commerce at  P.O. Box 10, Fort Benton MT. 59442 or on the web here. Posted 4/15

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Vari
ous Dates, Fridays through mid August, 2003
Palo Duro and Guests at The Big Texan  Amarillo, Texas 

Jim Anderson and his Palo Duro group have a fine summer event goin'. Jim tells us: The Big Texan (home of the free 72 oz. steak) in Amarillo, Texas has decided to try a Cowboy Dinner Show through the summer. The show is every Friday night, in the Cowboy Palace, and starts with an all you can eat Chicken fried steak buffet at 7:00 and the show starts at 8:00, ending at 9:45 with one 10 minute intermission. The dinner and show costs $20.00 per head (that is $10.00 for dinner & $10.00 for the show, 'course you have to do both). Palo Duro is doing the show and will have a "special guest" every night until August 15th. The first guest was Andy Hedges, who did a great job. Friday, June 13, 2003 we will have Trey Allen, and June 20, 2003 is Sky Shivers. Others will be Chuck Beggs, Kata Hay, Jeff Gore, and Judy James...we want anyone traveling I-40 this year to stop in and say hi to us, and to keep this project in their prayers, we all want a good family oriented, Cowboy show to build this genre, so please wish us luck. If we make a success out of this summer, we should be able to do more next!!! 

This just in: Jim told us that Palo Duro will be openin' for R. W. Hampton at The Big Texan on July 18, 2003.  

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Second Annual Sevier County Cowboy Gathering  Richfield, Utah

The Second Annual Sevier County Cowboy Gathering, a Cowboy Poets of Utah
sponsored event, will be held August 7-10, 2003 at Richfield, Utah. The daytime shows will be at the fairgrounds, and the night time shows at the new Special Events Center.  There will be a jam session at the Cowboy Corral on Thursday Aug. 7th, and Cowboy Church on Sunday. 

Things are fixin' to be plenty excitin' with headliners Waddie Mitchell and the Sons of the San Joaquin. Hal Cannon will be showin' his Why the Cowboy Sings. Poets include: Don Kennington, Andy Nelson, Doug Keller, Sam Jackson, Al Clark, Jerry Brooks, CR Wood, Perry Payne, Dahl Brown, Todd Nail, Curly Syndergaard, Gordon Thomas, Michael Robinson, Randy Stokes,Doug Brewer, and Jo Lynne Kirkwood.

Other performers include: Brenn Hill (at the rodeo), Latigo (CR Wood, Ken Stevens, Kevin Paul), Red Rock Wranglers, Wyoming Red, Stampede (Terri and Steve Taylor, Dave Anderson), Steve & Rhondalee Paskins, and The Peteetneet Creek Ranch Hands.

Events include daytime and evenin' shows, a kids' Cowboy Poetry contest, jam sessions each night, and Cowboy Church with Howard Norskog.

For more information, contact Jo Lynne Kirkwood  (435)896-1856 or by email.

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Cowboy Poetry/Music Evening   Lander, Wyoming

Lariat Laureate runner up Jean Mathisen tells us that the Global Cafe Performing Arts Studio has invited back a group of the Cowboy Poets of the Wind River, after their successful evenin' in June.  Jean says: Ed and Cheryl Delong are the owners and their phone number is 307/332-7445.  Rick Pitt, Verlin Pitt, Lynne Hendrickson and "Mountain Music" (Ray Bowlsby and Tom Lucas and Lynne), Susan and Gerry Sowers, me, and most likely Garland Kennington and Pete Davis and possibly Cody Bandy (a 13 year old) from Riverton (all members of Cowboy Poets of Wind River) will be performing.  The Cafe is near the corner of 4th and Main in Lander.  

In an update, Jean writes:  Our local Lander cowboy poets/musicians will be performing at the "Global Cafe" here in Lander on Thursday, August 14th from 7-10 p.m.  Lynne Hendrickson, Ed Delong, Marilyn Gray and I will be teaming up to sing a couple songs Ed and I wrote about 4 years ago--"Wyoming Waltz" and "Springtime Lady." ... Rick Pitt, Verlin Pitt, Susan and Gerry Sowers, and some of the rest of the local crowd will be performing also.

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Third Annual Western Music, Poetry and Arts Festival  Paso Robles, California
Mid State Fair Grounds (Frontier Village)

Featuring the work of Western Artists including Ernie Morris, Larry Bees, Phil Tognazzini, Julie Galas and more 
Gates open 5 pm
BBQ
Show starts at 7 pm, featuring Dave Stamey, Virginia Bennett and Sourdough Slim
Tickets: $40  all proceeds to benefit Farm Bureau "Ag in the Classroom"   Posted 8/29

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The Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree   Winthrop, Washington

September 13, 2003, Saturday Night the Winthrop Red Apple Market Presents:

THE DOLLAR WATCH COWBOY JAMBOREE

The second Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree will be presented September 13, 2003 Saturday night 7:00 pm. at the Barn in Winthrop. Ventriloquist Merlin Gene from Nashville, TN and his dummy Arjay will make you smile, along with Mike Puhallo nominee for Cowboy Poet of the Year and his sidekick Matt Johnston.  The all-star Elbow Coulee Cast of Characters will be on hand for a wonderful evening of entertainment.  Sit back and enjoy a 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 by presenting it to those hungry masses starving for wholesome entertainment! Merlin Gene is a hilarious entertainer and his pal Arjay is a wisecracking little guy from Turkey Buzzard, KY.  Mike Puhallo is a British Columbia poet who has gained recognition in the USA for his great writing.  Of course, Lauralee and Emele will be on hand to play some foot stomping music.  The Jingle Queens of the San Joaquin featuring Nadine and Sam are sure to please with their amazing harmonies and wacky products.  Martha Star Route is always a hit with her helpful home hints for those cabins on a shoestring. We hope you will join us with many friends.  Your support and laughter are the wind beneath our wings!  For more information call Lauralee Northcott at 996-2404 or check out her new web site.  The show is sponsored by the Red Apple Market and KVLR radio.  

Contact:  Lauralee Northcott, P.O. Box 276, Winthrop, WA 98862 509 996 2404 email
See her web site for more information. Updated 8/29

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14th Annual Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Maple Creek, Saskatchewan 

From Mike Puhallo:

Cowboy poetry, Western Music, Western Art and Gear Show, Western Fashion
Show Friday Night.

Beef Dinner, Western Art Auction and Dance Saturday Night.

Cyprus Hills Registered Horse Breeders Sale Shuttle service between events
available.

Mail; Ann Landsdell

Box 70 Thompkins Sask.

Canada S0N 2S0

Contact; Sally Douglas Phone (306) 662 - 2434

Or Ann Landsdell (306) 622 - 4297 fax (306) 622 - 2117

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Fire Relief Benefit Concert   Kamloops, British Columbia

From Mike Puhallo:

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society and Kamloops Cattle Drive Society present: A Fire Relief Benefit Concert, Saturday September 20th 2003 8:00 Pm at Calvary Temple Church, 1205 Rogers Way, Kamloops BC

Featuring: Gary Fjellgaard, Tammy Gislasen, Hugh McLennan, Matt Johnston, Butch Falk, Mike Puhallo & Dave Longworth. (others TBA)

All Funds to go to the North Thompson Fire Relief Fund.

Tickets at the door, Admission by Donation

Special Thanks To The Best Western for providing accommodation and of course to Calvary Temple for offering their facility.

For further information Contact:
Mike Puhallo (Twilight Ranch Productions) 579-5667,
BCCHS 1-888-763-2224  www.bcchs.com
Or Brian at the Cattle Drive office 374- 7075   www.cattledrive.bc.ca

Produced by, Kamloops Cowboy Festival, Twilight Ranch Productions, BCCHS and The Kamloops Cattle Drive

Posted 9/9

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4th Annual Western Music Roundup    Los Angeles, California

From WESTERN SKIES PUBLICISTS & PHOTOGRAPHY
westmusc@ix.netcom.com
Jack & Voleta Hummel:

Hope you all have the word by now --

The Southern California Chapter -- Western Music Association is presenting its 4th Annual Western Music Roundup

UNDER CALIFORNIA SKIES

All American Roots Music
Songs of the American West and the Cowboy

Featuring:
BELINDA GAIL
4 time Western Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated this year for Female Vocalist of the Year AND Entertainer of the Year Album of the Year nominee for When Trails Meet (album with Curly Musgrave)

CHRISTINA ORTEGA
LOST CANYON RANGERS
PAUL HENDEL

Hosted by RODGER MAXWELL, President of the Southern California Chapter of the Western Music Association.

SUNDAY, SEPT 21, 1 pm
Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, CA

Info: 818-971-5002

Tickets $10 in advance -- $15 at the door
You can e-mail westmusc@ix.netcom.com to reserve the $10 price (or call the number above) payment due at the door -- with the understanding that if someone is present before you arrive and your seat is the only open one it will be sold. (So arrive early.)

Plan on seeing you there!! It will be a fabulous show

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Eastern Sierra Heritage Festival
  Mammoth Lakes, California

From Larry Maurice

September 27, 2003 I will be back in my old home town of Mammoth Lakes, California, for the first annual Sierra Heritage Festival.  This is a new event sponsored by the Mammoth Lakes Parks and Recreation Dept. and Mammoth VIP Services.  A full day of entertainment for the whole family.  Pony rides, games, music and historical presentations by all the museums and historical societies from the eastern Sierra.  I will be emceeing the main stage and performing throughout the day.  To come back to Mammoth and perform where so much of my poetry was inspired will be a real treat.  Call 760-934-8441 for details or check out www.mammothvipservices.com.

Posted 9/11

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Barn Again!  Gardnerville, Nevada

Hal Swift of Sparks, Nevada will be performing, along with Cedarville, California poet, Linda Hussa, and a trio of men known as "The Too Tall For Our Hair Singers" at a send-off celebration for the Smithsonian Institution's "Barn Again!" exhibit, on Tuesday, September 30.  The party starts with refreshments at 5:00 PM, followed by a three-hour entertainment
program beginning at 6:00 P.M.  The exhibit and program is at the Carson Valley Museum and Historical Society's building in Gardnerville, Nevada, and is funded in part by the Nevada Humanities Committee.

"Barn Again!" moves next to Elko, Nevada.

Gregory Dreicer, of the National Building Museum, designed the exhibit in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibits Services (SITES), because barns are disappearing from the nation's rural scene as farm and ranch land gives way to residential development.

"Barn Again!" is made up of various articles traditionally found in barns, and has been well received by adults and children alike.  The adults get to show the youngsters something of their knowledge of ranch and farm life, and the youngsters get a glimpse of what their aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents experienced when they were growing up.

For further information, contact Director of Museums, Mary Ellen Conaway in Gardnerville.
She may be reached at (775) 782-2555, Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Canadian Farm Writers Federation Convention and Awards  Kelowna, British Columbia

Featuring Entertainment by Mike Puhallo and Matt Johnston, Orchard, Winery and Ranch Tour Packages, Award Ceremony Oct 4. For Information visit their website www.cfwf.ca or call Kate Glover (604) 666 - 7235

mail address: Kate Glover c/o Ag Canada , 204 - 620 Royal Avenue, New Westminster BC. V3M 1J2 Posted 9/9

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Trails End Gathering   Crossfield, Alberta 

From Mike Puhallo:

Presented by the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Assn. Friday Poetry and music 7-10 Pm , Poetry and Pickin' all day Saturday, Lions Club Beef Supper 5-7 Pm Sat. feature Concert &-10 Saturday Night. Cowboy Church 10:30 Sunday. Weekend pass $30 includes supper.

For Info or passes call Iven Bryant (780) 352- 5482 or Miriam Dreher (403) 948 1961   Posted 9/9

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9th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the State Fair   Dallas, Texas

From Charles Williams:

The Ninth Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the Texas State Fair will be on Saturday, October 4th from 12:00 N to 6:00PM.  Once more, the Gathering will be hosted by the Texas Department of Agriculture and will take place in the Food and Fiber Building.

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Coalhurst Community Days Coalhurst, Alberta

From Mike Puhallo:

Parade, Cowboy Poetry, Story Telling & Western Music. Roast beef Dinner Saturday Night, Pancake Breakfast and Cowboy Church Sunday morning. Plenty of room to camp on site.

contact Noel or Teresa Burles, Box 218, Coalhurst, Alberta. T0L 0V0

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Echoes of the Trail Concert   Fort Scott, Kansas

When:  October 4, 2003 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Presbyterian Church Basement, 308 S. Crawford, Fort Scott, KS
Who: Eli Barsi, Johnny Kendrick, and friends
What: Roast beef dinner by Kathy Reed plus cowboy music - yodeling, singin', and pickin'
Cost of Advance Tickets: $15 adults and teens, $8 children 6 - 12, children 5 and under free
At the door:  $18 adults and teens, $9 children 6 - 12, children 5 and under free

Concert Only (at door):  $12 any age

Sponsored by Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Celebration of the West

Tickets available at Country Cupboard and from FSHS Art and FFA Club members


Canadian Recording Artist Eli Barsi was named American Academy of Western Artists' Female Vocalist of 2002. She wowed Fort Scott audiences at the June Echoes of the Trail gathering and looks forward to sharing her music once again with the great people in our community. Growing up a farmer's daughter in Southeastern Saskatchewan, Canada, Eli sang for the Canadian Lt. Governor at the age of 9! She is a multi-talented performer, successfully releasing 9 radio charting singles, 3 CMT videos and 6 CD's.  Eli and her family moved to Branson in March of 2002, where she regularly sang and yodeled on the "Sons of the Pioneers" show and now stars in her own show, Eli Barsi's Western Opry on the 76 strip in Branson.

Johnny Kendrick is Fort Scott's own talented western singer/composer and co-founder of Echoes of the Trail. He also picks a mean banjo, and has cut his first CD of wonderful old, authentic cowboy tunes. Together, Eli, Johnny and friends put on a memorable show you won't want to miss!  Posted 9/9

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13th Annual Lone Pine Film Festival and Cowboy Poetry  Lone Pine, California
760-876-9503

From Larry Maurice

Hey it's October that means we must be in Lone Pine!  Yes Sir it's Lone Pine Film Festival time again. October 10, 11 and 12th "Woman of the Westerns" Peggy Stewart, Ann Rutherford, Terry Moore, Anne Francis, Janet Leigh, Ruth Terry along with Clint Walker, Ty Hardin, Howard Keel and so many others.  This is one of two events that I put on my calendar every year (the other being "End of Trail").  Would not miss this event for all the coffee in the pot.  This year things get busy quick.  Thursday night Cheryl Rogers Barnett (Roy and Dales' daughter) will have premiering her new book, COWGIRL PRINCESS.  This will be an invitation only event at Boulder Creek RV Park. Cheryl has been a terrific supporter of the film festival and what an honor to have her book debut at the festival.  Jacque Hickman has planned a very special evening (as only Jacque can).  Call 800-648-8965 on how to get an invite to this special event.

Friday will have us teeing it up at the Mt. Whitney Golf course for the annual Film Festival Golf tourney. This has become a really fun part of the festival and will probably be sold out once again this year.  I have gotten to play a fair amount of golf this summer and I have to tell you that my game is still quite lousy.  But I get to drive around on grass that someone else takes care of, what a deal.

Very special event also on Friday.  Lorne Janes (stuntman extraordinaire) will conduct a special tour of the set from "Thunder in the Sun" (this years feature film).  Lorne was involved with all the stunt work and he will take folks to the Whitney Portal and the areas that were used in the movie and a great lunch at the "Portal Café."

Friday will also be the ground breaking for the Lone Pine Film History Museum.  Finally a shovel in the ground.  This project is on the move folks. It won't be long before you can stroll through the gates and say "I helped to build this museum."  All of your donations and good thoughts will be soon rewarded. The cocktail party at the "Dow" on Friday night.  Then the big concert with Rex Allen Jr. and Johnny Western.  That should get you in the mood.  I will be doing the "Sun Rise Tour" both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Joining me this year will be a new group "The Lost Canyon Rangers."  They make great music and will also be performing around town throughout the festival.  Saturday will be panel discussions, celebrity sighting, tours and everything else that is the Lone Pine Film Festival.

Saturday evening Dave Stamey and I will once again give a "Concert in the Rocks."  Dave and I have done this for the last few years (along with a few friends) and it is always one of the highlights of my year.  Lone Ranger Canyon by fire and lamplight, in the shadow of the Chuckwagon.  It does not get any better than this.  This concert is always sold out as we can only accommodate about 75 people.  If it gets bigger than that we have to go to a sound system and all that stuff so we purposely keep it small and intimate. Lee and Jennifer Roeser of McGee Creek Pack Station are the folks who put this on and they keep it pretty COWBOY. Even to taking you to your seats with a wagon ride. Call early for reservations 760-935-4324 or 760-878-2207

Sunday is the parade and last but not least the closing campfire.  You never know who will show up at the campfire and over the years (14) it has become the place to be.  Good friends, good memories and good thoughts for the next festival.  See you in Lone Pine.  Don't miss it. E-mail lpfilmfest@shat.net or the web site www.lonepinefilmfestival.org    Posted 9/11

Posted 9/11

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Bill Tilghman Festival  Cromwell, Oklahoma

From Jo Hargrave:

Entertainers will be Lanny Joe Burnett, George Hand, Ken Howry, Peggy Coleman and Gene Cobb.  

The 89'er Wagon Train is going to be there Friday night so we are having a cowboy camp and chuckwagon meal and open entertainment, also.  

~ EVENTS THROUGHOUT DAY ~

- Authentic Civil War Camp Re-enactment

- Gunfights & Safety Demo's by

Guthrie Gunfighters Jail & Bail

- Highway Patrol Helicopter on Display

- Beat the Heat Race Cars on Display

- Chainsaw Art Demonstration

- Mechanical Bucking Bull

9:00 a.m. Bill Tilghman Rope America Team Roping sponsored by Tener's
Western Stores @ Bill Lewis Arena 1 mile east of Town

11:00 a.m. Parade including the 89'er Wagon Train

12:30 p.m. Kids Costume Contest - 12 & Under Win $25

1:00 p.m. Shadoe Horshaw - 7 year old Rodeo Clown Performance

1:00 p.m. Horseshoe Tournament - The Old Rock Store - Adult & Kids
Competition

S.A.S.S. (Single Action Shooters Society) Shooting Competition in true
traditions of Old West

1:15 p.m. Ma Murphy's Apple Pie Winner Announced

1:30 p.m. Bill Tilghman Look Alike Contest

1:45 p.m. Cowboy Poetry Performances & Competition

4:00 p.m. Celebrity Scholarship Auction

5:00 p.m. Gospel Singing

7:30 p.m. "Blaster Bull" Bull Riding Camp (Cross J Indoor Events Center, 1
mi. N of Cromwell, Hwy. 56)

Contact Penny Veitenheimer for info at 405-944-5317.

Updated 10/3

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Clinton Cowboy Poetry Awards Show and Dinner Clinton, B. C.

2003-05-05
News Release
Clinton Cowboy Poetry Contest

 Cowboy Poetry Contest Off to an Early Start

Clinton Cowboy Poetry Contest organizers have launched the annual Clinton contest early this year. “Normally the Contest starts up in mid summer,” explained committee member Clare Warner, “but this year we wanted to get an early start. A spring launch for the Contest gives poets additional time to think about their entries and it allows the committee more time to let the public know about the Contest.”

Deadline for entries is also earlier: all poems must be in by September 1, 2003. “Our judges will have more time to read and evaluate the poems and we’ll be able to advise poets of the outcome of the contest sooner,” adds Ms. Warner.

Organizers also announced that information about the Contest is now available on a new website courtesy of Mark McMillan of Meadows Springs Ranch and the BC Cowboy Heritage Society. You can go to www.bcchs.com/clinton.html to view contest rules as well as the winning poems from the previous Contest.

The Clinton Cowboy Poetry Contest began in 1999. By 2002 cowboy poem entries were received from across Canada as well as from the United States. The annual event is topped off with an evening of poetry and music (as well as a 4-H roast beef dinner) hosted by cowboy poet Mike Puhallo. This year the wrap up dinner and evening will be held at the Clinton Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 18. Two workshops are planned for the morning of October 18.

For further information about the Contest, please contact Clare Warner at 250-459-2611 or 250-459-2312.

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The 5th Annual New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum's "Cowboy Days"
Las Cruces, New Mexico

From Joe BakerThe New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum's Cowboy Days in Las Cruces, NM has been confirmed and with a number of Academy of Western Artists members including a couple of this year's AWA award winners, Kip Calahan and Royal Wade Kimes, setting the stage for this 5th annual event, October 18th and 19th, 2003. "The event just keeps getting better every year," says the museum's Events Director Celina Roberts. With the amphitheater's backdrop of the Organ Mountains, the museum is actually a working farm and ranch operation and the active chuckwagon and blacksmithing works on a daily basis. There will be a ton of activities going on during Cowboy Days, including pony rides and other demonstrations for the kids and and adults as well. The entertainment lineup is really exciting and will be a fun two days of the best. Just take a look for yourself: Ted Scanlon and the Desperados, Royal Wade Kimes, Kip Calahan, T.J. Casey, Cactus Chris Buethe, Ray Owens, Dean Foster, Andy Hedges, Ann Sochat, Bud Strom, Kata Hay, Glenn Moreland & Washtub Jerry, Charlie LeSueur, Tiffany Jo Allen, The Rockin' W Wranglers, The Buckarettes, Rooster Morris and Hank the Dog, A-10 Etchaverry, Roughstring and more. Joe Baker from MTD Broadcasting in Ruidoso, NM and Cowgirl Poet Ann Sochat from Canutillo, Texas will be Masters of Ceremonies. For more information you can contact Joe Baker at: newmexicosbear@zianet.com or Celina Roberts at: croberts@frh.state.nm.us  


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Eighth Annual Caroline Big Country Rhythm and Rhyme  Caroline, Alberta

Take the Cowboy Trail to Caroline.  Step back in time and enjoy a day of cowboys, country church, chow and chuckles at the 2003 Eighth Annual Caroline Big Country Rhythm and Rhyme at the Kurt Browning Arena.  Sunday October 19, 2003 @ 1:00 to 5:00 (Possibly Saturday Oct 18 with enough interest.) Contact Louise Bystrom @ (403)722-2409. 

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Cowboy Festival
   100 Mile House, British Columbia

At the Martin Exeter Hall. Friday night Bar-B-Q and Barn Dance, Western Art Show Saturday and Cowboy Concert Saturday Night.

for info contact BCCHS 1-888-763-2224; email: cowboys@bcchs.com; www.bcchs.com  Posted 9/9

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5th Annual Wyatt Earp Old West Days    Colton, California

The City of Colton cordially invites you to attend!

Municipal leaders, who won an overwhelming O.K. from City Council, have corralled a site for a festival celebrating Wyatt Earp.  The City of Colton was established in 1875 with Nicholas Earp and his sons, Wyatt and Virgil, serving in local law enforcement.  Nicholas Earp was elected Justice of the
Peace while Virgil was Colton's first elected Marshall, Morgan is buried here.  Colton is becoming more aware of their historic significance and the Earp family is an important part of that heritage.

The City of Colton is proud to host the 5th Annual Wyatt Earp, Old West Days.  This is the first time the City has the ability to host this event. Old West Days presents an educational, historical walk though the events of our nation in the 19th Century.  Old West Days gives re-enactors a venue where they can put together a complete staging of their chosen field of historic preference, thus showing the public how each occurrence of the 19th Century evolved into creating this great nation of ours.

The EARP Society is a non-profit corporation who is presenting Wyatt Earp, Old West Days.  The festival will be held:

Friday thru Sunday, October 24-26, 2003.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
Located on a 24-acre ranch
2040 Agua Mansa Road
Colton, Ca 92324
www.earpsociety.com


Friday, October 24th has been specifically designated as Old West School Days, in order to enlighten students attending the event as a class study. Students and adults have the opportunity to meet and speak with President Lincoln; Generals Lee & Grant; witness a Civil War Battle re-enactment;
Mountain Man rendezvous; Indian Era Calvary; stunt show and stage coach rides.  A realistic 1800's western town will house a mercantile; town hall; "chuck wagon" food vendors; old fashioned saloon; authentic clothing vendors and a real jail.

Saturday will showcase a S.A.S.S. Cowboy Shooting Competition and the California Mounted Shooters, with the evening ending with an authentic Civil War Cotillion Ball; the Butterfield Stage Cowboy Ball and on Sunday morning, Cowboy Church.

Other re-enactments will include Tombstone re-created; the gun fight at the O.K. Corral; fast draw competition; charity action shooting; 'sutlers' row; Indian set up and a 'spaghetti western' stunt show.

This event has been created by the EARP Society to educate and preserve our nation's history and to raise money for charitable organizations within the local community.  The last two years monies were raised for the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Happy Trails Foundation for Severely Abused Children. This year donations will go toward Colton Cares Childcare Center and the Historic Carnegie Library Museum.

Wyatt Earp, Old West Days will also feature Museum exhibits from local, county and state Museums as well as showcasing Western artists.

Prices:
$12.00 - Adults; $7.00 - Seniors; $6.00 - Children [4 to 11] ; 3 & under free
Special rates for 20 persons or more. 909.370.5053


October 2003 Info
The Mystery of Jesse James    The History Channel

IS JESSE JAMES ACTUALLY BURIED IN THE GRAVE THAT BEARS HIS NAME?


INVESTIGATING HISTORY: THE MYSTERY OF JESSE JAMES

Hosted by Bill Kurtis

Tuesday, October 28 at 10 pm ET/PT on The History Channel®

History books record that outlaw Jesse James died from a gunshot wound in the back of the head in St. Joseph, Missouri on April 3, 1882. But the controversy surrounding his death began even before the body was cold. Whether or not James was actually killed that spring morning ­ and if not, then where and when was he buried ­ is examined on INVESTIGATING HISTORY: JESSE JAMES. Hosted by Bill Kurtis, the one-hour INVESTIGATING HISTORY: JESSE JAMES makes its world premiere on Tuesday, October 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The History Channel.

Using the same probing techniques as on his award-winning A&E series, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS, Bill Kurtis turns his attention to over a century in the past to attempt to conclusively solve the mystery behind the death of Jesse James. The History Channel viewers go on the scene and get a first-hand look as anthropologists and forensic scientists exhume and conduct DNA tests on the body of Jerry Miah James of Neodesha, Kansas, who died in 1935. While some of Jerry Miah's descendants believe their relative is the real Jesse James, others will make the case that the body buried in the grave marked Jesse James in Kearney, Missouri since 1882 is in fact that of the infamous bank robber.

"What makes INVESTIGATING HISTORY: JESSE JAMES such a fascinating and different program for The History Channel is that we use modern crime solving techniques to investigate the inconsistencies in the accepted story of his death and search for conclusive evidence that puts this controversy to rest," says Dolores Gavin, Executive Producer for The History Channel.

INVESTIGATING HISTORY: JESSE JAMES looks at inconsistencies found in the account of James¹s death, the coroner¹s report and the findings of three recent exhumations of the body in the grave marked Jesse James in Kearney. Among the riddles that are addressed: 

     Why aren't the ballistics on the bullet found in James's skull consistent with the type of damage it would cause?

     If newspaper accounts were accurate, a hole in the wall purported to be caused by the lethal bullet doesn¹t match with the skull exhumed, which has no exit wound.

     The death photo of James compared to known pictures of him shows inconsistencies in skull structure, eyes and ears. His hair is parted on the wrong side.

According to historical accounts, Bob Ford fired a bullet into the base of Jesse James's skull, killing him. Over the decades, controversy has arisen about that account. Rumors immediately surfaced that James had conspired with Ford and his brother to fake the death and collect the reward. All they needed was a body, and some historians claim that body is that of Jesse's cousin.

As INVESTIGATING HISTORY: JESSE JAMES follows the exhumation conducted at the request of the James family of Neodesha, Kansas, a case is made that James escaped and lived and for many years after his purported death. In the 1970s, the family became interested in Jesse James after they noticed the stunning resemblance between a great-great-grandson named Jeremiah James and early pictures of the outlaw. In 1974, when the family's Great Aunt Daisy died, she left behind two trunks of Jesse James artifacts full of James photos, letters and memorabilia. As the forensic scientists conduct their tests, it is not only the James family looking on in anticipation, but also history itself.

INVESTIGATING HISTORY: JESSE JAMES was produced for The History Channel by Kurtis Productions.  Executive Producer is Bill Kurtis.  Producers are Bill Hoch and Scott Richardson.  Dolores Gavin is the Executive Producer of INVESTIGATING HISTORY: JESSE JAMES for The History Channel.

Now reaching 84.6 million Nielsen subscribers, The History Channel® brings history to life in a powerful manner and provides an inviting place where people experience history personally and connect their own lives to the great lives and events of the past.  The History Channel is the only place "Where the Past Comes Alive®."  The History Channel received the prestigious Governor's award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's "Save Our History®" campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education.  The History Channel web site is located at http://www.historychannel.comPosted 10/21

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 2003 Information
2nd Annual Western Oklahoma Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Red Rock Canyon State Park
  Hinton, OK

The 2nd Annual Western Oklahoma Cowboy Poetry Gathering is coming soon!

It will be on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Red Rock Canyon State Park in Hinton, OK. The gates open at 9:30 AM and performances start at 10:00 AM. The chuckwagon lunch will be served around noon.

Admission is $7.50 at the gate or $5.00 for advance tickets. Children under 10 are free. The chuckwagon lunch is $4.00 per person. (To order advance tickets, see the 2nd Annual Western Oklahoma Cowboy Poetry Gathering web site and click "Order Form" in the right window.)

We have teamed up with 3 local libraries to promote literacy and cowboy poetry.  A portion of our proceeds will benefit the Eakly, Hinton, & Hydro Public Libraries.

Performers include: Robert Beene, Buck Helton, Debra Coppinger Hill, Jay Snider, Charles Williams, Francine Roark Robison, Stan Paregien, Lanny Joe Burnett, Lavern "Straw" Berry, Hank Elling, LeRoy Jones, Tom Hanshew, Gina DeLaune, Tim Graham, Peggy Coleman, Kata Hay, Tom Pope, Casey Allen, Trey Allen, Kevin Davis, and R.J. Vandygriff. Gary Heathman will also be performing if he's "not dead or behind bars" (to quote the dirt doctor himself).

The emcees will be Charles Williams, the Vice-President of the Academy of Western Artists, and Jo Hargrave from KJON 850 AM, the 2003 D.J. of the Year.

We will also have an open mic stage, children stuff, and cowboy church on Sunday morning.  Steve Womack, the President of the Central OKC Cowboys for Christ Chapter, will lead us in Cowboy Church.

We are still seeking vendors and sponsors for the event.  If interested, contact: Robert or Angela Beene,  P.O. Box 247,  Eakly, OK 73033   (405) 797-3608 or email lazybproductions@yahoo.com

See 2002 information here.

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 2003 Information
Cowboy Trade Day   Poteau, Oklahoma

Rain or Shine, Hwy 271 South,  Poteau Fairgrounds

6:00 A.M. to 5:00 p.m.

$3.00 per head & young uns under 12 free

We invite you to join us in our first "Cowboy Trade Day"!  Come & buy, trade or sell your Western crafts, antiques, décor & art.  Just make sure it's either Western, Cowboy or Native American.  No yard sale or flea market stuff.  No horses or mules.  Only cow dogs allowed.  Think Cowboy & you'll fit right in there, partner.  Don't forget about the great vittles too. Good eatin!

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!
Sit & enjoy some good ole cowboy & gospel music, cowboy/cowgirl poets & cowboy stories.  Entertainers are free. Sign in when you arrive.  Remember, no honky tonk music or anything with foul language.  This is good wholesome family entertainment.  Keep it clean! Don't forget to sign up for the door prizes!

Vendors, you'll have plenty of space to set up, inside or out, your preference.  Rent is $25.00 & rolling stock (wagons, etc.) is $10.00.  Pay at gate.

For more Information call: Wade 918-658-2287 or Marty 918-647-3328

Sponsored by Riders For Christ, Affiliate of Cowboys For Christ    

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 2003 Information
2nd Annual Tucson Cowboy Music Roundup   Tucson, Arizona

From Joe Baker:

"IT'S ROUNDUP TIME IN TUCSON"

Traditionally in the fall of the year in the old days all the ranches got together and helped each other gather the their herds for market.  After the calves were shipped to market everyone celebrated with a big BBQ and lots of music.  That's exactly what is going to happen in Tucson, Arizona on November
5-9, 2003.

As the cold chill of winter begins to creep down across the heartland over 125 of the best cowboy and western musicians, vocalist, yodelers, storytellers and poets will gather at the Inn Suites Resort and Hotel in the historic arts district of Tucson to celebrate the 2nd Annual Tucson Cowboy Music Roundup.  Located just off I-10 at St. Mary's road, at 475 N. Granada the Inn Suites offers 300 spacious guest suites & two-room suites in a setting of beautiful date palms. A lush courtyard with a heated Olympic size pool/spa is the focal point of this 11acre resort complex. The 16,000 square
feet Tucson Ballroom will serve a main concert venue.

Make plans to be a part of this classic event on the second weekend in November 2003 in sunny Tucson.

Schedule:
November 5           Educational Programs for schools of the   community
                                VIP BBQ and dance 6:00 P.M.  $ 25.00 per person
                                Open jam sessions (after dance)

November 6          Educational Programs
                               Vendors open at 6:00 P.M.
                               Concert 7:00 P.M.  Main stage --$15.00 Door  $12.50 Advance

November 7, 8       Vendors open at 10:00 A.M.
                               Performers on three stages 10:00 am- 4:30pm
                               Concert 7:00 P.M. Main stage -$15.00 Door $12.50 Advance

November 8           Cowboy Chili Cook-off 9:00 am
                               Western Fashion Show/ Luncheon 12:00pm --$12.50

November 9           Cowboy Church 10:00am Gospel Concert 1:00pm

Advance tickets may be purchased online after July 15,2003 at http://homeranchhands.org

Look for a complete list of perfumers in the September issue of Rope Burns. We will post the performers list on our website  http://homeranchhands.org as soon as it is complete.

Our room rate at the Inn Suites is $59.95 plus tax per night.  This includes a buffet breakfast.  This rate is good for attendees from Nov. 3 thru Nov. 11, 2003. You can make your reservations for rooms at 1-800-842-4242 or 1-520-622-3000.  The event code # is 400485.

Join the Home Ranch Hands in Tucson as we continue the tradition of a good place to meet your friends and enjoy some great western music, western swing, and cowboy poetry.  Or get that special gift from one of the vendors for that special person.

This is only a sample of the performers we'll have at the Tucson Cowboy Music Roundup: The Circuit Riders, The Desert Sons, The Rockin' M Wranglers, The Due West Trio, Dean Armstrong and the Arizona Dance Hands, Rick Robledo, Nolan Bruce Allen, Ted Scanlon, Harold Hill, Myra Pearce, Royal Wade Kimes, Mark Remington, Tom & Donna Hatton, Evelyn Roper, The Millennium Cowboys, Scotty and the Silverscreen Ranch Hands, Debra Coppinger-Hill, Peggy Malone, Earl Gleason, Mended Heart, Cactus Cowboy Corral, Sons of the Rio Grande, Jim Easterbrook, Kata Hay, Charlie LeSuer, Tiffany Jo Allen, John Payne, Tommy Wiggins, Joe Baker and many, many more.

John Payne Pres. Home Ranch Hands/WMA
3505 Camino de Vista
Tucson, Arizona 85745
1-520-743-9328
E-Mail: tcmr@cybertrails.com
http://homeranchhands.org

Joe Baker, Pres. AWA Region 2
KNMB 96.7 FM
1-505-257-3955
E-Mail: newmexicosbear@zianet.com

Past Lariat Laureate runner up Janice Mitich tells us the poet line up is: Lon Austin, Wally Bornmann, Ron Brinegar, Rusty Calhoun, Dean Cook, Debra Coppinger Hill, Niles Jones, Mike Dunn, Janice Mitich, Dick Morton, Jane Morton, Don O'Barr, Doc Stovall, Lyle Suttill, Jon Richins and Jerry Warren.  


 

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2003 Event
R. W. Hampton Benefit Concert   Boys Ranch, Texas

From Darci Johnson, Tim Jobe, and Mike Pacino at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch:

"As most of you know, R.W. has been battling his third bout with melanoma cancer. As of now, he is doing well. However, as his insurance was cancelled after the last round, all expenses are out of pocket this time. Several of his friends are hosting a benefit at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch on Saturday, November 8th, 2003 to help with medical expenses.

There are numerous ways you can help, either by attending, donating an auction item or money, or just passing along this information to as many folks as possible."

R. W. Hampton Benefit Concert
Saturday, November 8, 2003
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Fine Arts Center
Boys Ranch, Texas

Cowboy Music & Poetry Entertainment
Bar-B-Q Meal
Auction
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Tour


Join us for an evening of fellowship, friendship and fun as we offer support to a friend! Activities begin at 6:00 p.m. and continue until folks are ready to call it a night! Please RSVP to Bursons or Cates. Come early for a tour of Boys Ranch from 3:30-5:30 p.m.


For more information or to donate auction items, please contact:

Don & Cindi Cates - (806) 343-5352 or
Dale & Becki Burson - (806) 343-5311
Roy & Cheryl Perschbacher - (505) 374-9587


Donations accepted for meal and entertainment. All proceeds go to
R.W. Hampton Cancer Fund - First National Bank, Logan, NM.

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch has RV hookups available.

To reserve a space, call Darci Johnson -
1-800-687-3722 ext. 635.

No Alcohol or Firearms on Boys Ranch Campus!

Folks may send financial donations directly to First National Bank, P.O. Box 97, Logan, New Mexico 88426. The address for auction donations is: Darci Johnson, Cal Farley's, 600 W. 11th, Amarillo, Texas, 79101.

Posted 10/10

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 2003 Information
Cactus Cowboy Corral Fundraiser  Tucson, Arizona

From Debra Coppinger Hill: Cactus Cowboy Corral wants to invite the public to attend their yearly fundraiser in Tucson, Nov. 9th at the Inn Suites, 475 N. Granada. Held in conjunction with the Tucson Cowboy Music Roundup (Nov. 6-9), this year's event is billed as Saguaro Sam's Super Sundae Sunday Social. Attendees will be able to purchase a special edition Saguaro Sam mug for $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 10, in which they can build their own ice-cream sundae or rootbeer float. 

Those in attendance will be treated to performances by Debra Coppinger Hill, Tom & Donna Hatton, Cathy Devine, Whispers of the West and Jeff Streeby as well as many others. A silent auction of Western related items will include two hand-tooled head-stall and breast collar sets by Donaldson Saddlery, a limited edition print from D. Enise and a surprise basket of Cowboy Poetry & Music CDs.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards supporting the Cactus Cowboy Corral, a Will Rogers Style Fancy Roper Group based in Tucson. CCC's members range from 7-17 and travel all over North America performing at private and public events. They act as ambassadors for the arena art of trick roping and the Tucson area.

Advance tickets are available from Cactus Cowboy Corral members or by calling 520-298-2982 or 520-548-3191 or go to http://www.cactuscowboycorral.org.

 

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 2003 Information
Canadian Cowboy Christmas  Brandon, Manitoba

Christmas Cowboy Poetry Festival 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Lorne Watson Recital Centre School of Music at Brandon University Brandon, Manitoba. Featuring: Cowboy Poets Sgt. "Robbie" Robertson, RCMP, Ret'd; "Doc" Dale Hayes; Diamond Doug Keith; and Len Carroll. Musicians James Reader, Mike Burns, and The Fantasy Fiddlers. 

Special room rates at major motel chains for out-of-area travelers. Advance tickets: $12.00 and tickets at the door: $15.00. Hosted and Produced by "Doc" Dale Hayes. For information call (204) 725 0758 or (204) 727 7328 or Email: dochayes@prairie.ca

 

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2003 Information
Jim Thompson's Heritage of the American West Christmas Show  Spearfish, South Dakota
Live on the web, 7PM MT

Tune in December 18, 2003 for Jim Thompson's Heritage of the American West Christmas Show from Spearfish, South Dakota.  It's broadcast live on the web at 7PM MT. Among the featured performers are our Honored Guest Yvonne Hollenbeck, Christy Lee Anderson, Barry Pitt and Kenny Miller. Posted 12/10  

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