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2007 Reports

October - December

This is page 2. Below:

Emmett (Idaho) October

Visalia (California) October

Merriman (Nebraska) October

Loomis (California) November

Chadron (Nebraska) November


On page 1:

Valentine (Nebraska) October
Ruidoso Downs (New Mexico) October


On page 3:

Heber City (Utah) November
Clearfied (South Dakota) December


See January-February 2007 reports here
See March-April 2007 reports here
See May-July 2007 reports here
See August-September reports here

See reports from 2006 here
See reports from 2005 here
See reports from 2004 here
See reports from 2003 here
See reports for 2002 here
Reports from 2000- 2001 are here


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October, 2007
10th Annual Southwestern Idaho Cowboy Poetry Gathering, "Spirit of the West"  Emmett, Idaho

  report by Bobbie Hunter with photos by Smoke Wade


Dawn broke on Friday morning, October 19th, amid ominous clouds and pelting rain. Cowboy poets and musicians were traveling from throughout the state of Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, and as far away as Canada to participate in the tenth annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Show known as "Spirit of the West." It would take more than inclement weather to keep them away.

Fay Briscoe (Idaho), organizer of the night show, worked closely with American Legion Post 49 to bring about the event. Our hats are tipped to Fay as well as to the American Legion for their hospitality and effort toward making the weekend a memorable occasion.

Friday and Saturday sessions were well-attended. When the audience could no longer be seated on the main floor, it became necessary to create a second stage area to accommodate the over-flow. The full chairs and smiling faces were very gratifying to the performers.

The rain dwindled to a sprinkle as the day sessions drew to a close. Evening shows were held at the Jr. High School. On stage the glow of a "camp fire" invited one and all to gather 'round. The pre-show was handled by Sam Mattise (Idaho), recent winner of the CPI Golden Note award. Sharing the microphone were Corean and Allan Romriell (Idaho). Each of these acts regaled the audience with their unique and highly individualized musical styles.

photo by Smoke Wade
Sam Matisse

Dallas McCord (Oregon) acted as emcee, and the night show proceeded under his capable direction. Dallas recently received the Will Rogers award from the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) for Secondary Market DJ of the Year 2007. His picture can be found in the November/December issue of American Cowboy magazine. Dallas and PJ will soon release a new CD--you'll want to watch for it.

Other performers for the Friday night show included Smoke Wade (Nevada), freelance journalist and winner of the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo's Silver Buckle, Reciter/Humorous Advanced division; Terry Raff (Idaho), noted Western music historian;
Bobbie Hunter (Idaho), organizer of the event's day sessions; Sam Deleeuw, (Utah), a 2006 winner of Cowboy Poetry Rodeo's Silver Buckle, recipient of CPI's Silver Quill, and's current Lariat Laureate. Also from Utah was Don Kennington, past winner of the coveted Silver Buckle award and "National Treasure" extraordinaire.

photo by Smoke Wade
Don Kennington

A local favorite, the "Sweetheart of Treasure Valley", Mallory (Shiflet) DiBartolo (Idaho), performed a selection of favorites, much to the delight of her fans. The High Strung Band (Oregon) closed the show. Their series of high energy numbers roused the audience to a toe-tapping frenzy. Landen, Hunter, and Morgan are phenomenally talented; indeed, the entire Reddington family is a hit everywhere they perform.

photo by Smoke Wade
The High Strung Band: Hunter, Shawn, Morgan, Jennifer and Landen Reddington

Fay Briscoe (Idaho) has earned a reputation for patriotic poetry. Representing true-blue, honest-to-goodness cowboys, Fay presented "Cowboy Up America", one of her original works. Good job!

Saturday morning brought gusts of wind that added energy and excitement to the day program. Performers were in top form and again performed to a full house. Other than the Reddington bunch, Necia Hunter (Idaho) was the youngest performer--fourteen years old. Having performed at Emmett since she was eleven, this year she expanded her performance by accompanying herself on guitar while singing the Johnny Cash song I Hung My Head. New-comers Dan Watson (Canada), and Dana and Lori Woods (Idaho), shared their talents, admitting that they are nearly "hooked" as a result of the heady experience. A grand mix of poetry and music filled the hall throughout the morning hours.

photo by Smoke Wade
Northfolk: Sharon Silver Glenn and George Thompson

As at every gathering, the green room buzzed with activity. Any guesses on how many songs Sharon (Silver) Glenn and George Thompson a.k.a. Northfork (Idaho) know? And just how long is Marion Baird's harmonica? And how much music can Bruce "Loose lip" Pinson get out of his miniature harmonica? Can Lonnie Shurtleff's fingers really fly that fast over his guitar, or was it done with smoke and mirrors? They're all amazing!

The Saturday night pre-show was a treat, indeed. Northfork, Lonnie Shurtleff, Dana Woods, Terry Raff (all Idaho), and Dallas and PJ McCord (Oregon), joined forces to present an inspiring thirty minute segment. The audience was spell-bound under their influence, and the music far exceeded expectations.

photo by Smoke Wade
Saturday Night Grande Finale

The main show consisted of a Grand Finale--a rapid-fire "shoot out" of every entertainer who participated in the day sessions. Due to the large number of artists, each person's time on stage was very limited. There was no time to become bored when every two and a half minutes a new performer took center stage, trying his best to create a world of Western fantasy before the next poet or musician took the reins. The stage was hopping, the entertainment was a whirlwind of activity, and in an explosion of talent the show came to an end.

In keeping with tradition, Fay and Mel Briscoe opened their home to performers following the Saturday night show. They generously and graciously provided a late super for the group and offered one more "go 'round" to allow the performers an opportunity to wind down, to relive the evening's performances, and to create a memory that would last throughout the coming year.

Sunday morning brought sunshine to the valley as Cowboy Church convened at the American Legion hall. Barney Hill (Idaho) conducted the service. Poems and songs were shared for the ensuing hour and a quarter. Ralph Smith (Arizona), Peggy Dunow, Larry Shiflet, Eunice Wellard (all Idaho), Ken Wellard (Utah), and Glen Baird (Washington), were among those sharing their talents. A total of fifteen people presented their work.

Other performers present at the gathering were: Colleen Kohler, Sherry Jones, Nita Arnold, Elden Thompson, Ben and Betty Clark, Don Shelman, Lisa Jensen, Bill Carr, Shannon Commers, Lois Mecham, Terry Fuhriman, Vern Woodbury, and Star Wentworth (all from Idaho). There was certainly no shortage of talent! Plans are already under way for 2008—remember the date and plan to join the fun next year.


October, 2007
17th Annual Visalia Fall Roundup  Visalia, California

report and photos by Jack Hummel
additional report below by Lee Cody

When October comes around, we always look forward to our trip to Visalia, California, for the annual Visalia Roundup. This year marked the 17th
edition and I have to say it was pretty darn good. The talent, the food, the location, and the chance to be around some of very good friends make this  one of my favorite events. The Cowboy Cultural Committee, also known as the Cowboy Chuck wagon Cooks, and hereafter referred to as the CCC in this report, have practiced putting on  this little get together for long time. I think we started going either the second or third year, and haven't missed  more than one or two since then. Every year they bring in outstanding cowboy  poets and singers to perform for two nights at the historic Ritchie Barn on the outskirts of Visalia. Clarence Ritchie and his lovely wife, Shirley, are gracious hosts and make everyone feel right at home. Clarence still runs his ranch, still flies his plane, still sings and plays guitar, and still fronts a western swing band (they played for the dance after the Friday night concert). The historic Ritchie Barn is an ideal location for this event. It is about one hundred years old, has  lots of pictures on the walls, a few old farm implements tacked up behind the stage, and for good measure, an American flag hanging from the ceiling.

photo by Jack Hummel
Shirley and Clarence Ritchie

Here is the way the weekend went. Friday night Showtime at 7:00 pm. Threatening weather didn't keep very many folks away. It was almost full.
Having a lineup  that included Nancy Lee, Les Buffham, Pat Richardson, Jim and Karen Ross, and Sourdough Slim, may have helped. For good measure, Dave Stamey, the Saturday night headliner also appeared for a couple of songs just to tease us and whet our appetite. Randy Hamill acted as MC again this year and kept things moving briskly.

photo by Jack Hummel
Pat Richardson

At intermission, guests were served the CCC's Dutch oven peach cobbler with  ice cream and coffee.  Getting that thrown in with the price of admission made it a great value. The music and poetry continued and if that wasn't enough, Clarence Ritchie and his band played for a dance following the festivities.

photo by Jack Hummel
Jim Cardwell

This year we had most of the day off on Saturday. At 4:00 pm Jim Cardwell hosted an open mike session outside the barn, and several of the main acts plus Jim and CCC president Rick Clark, gave us an entertaining session before dinner. As in the past the CCC boys and girls catered a tri-tip
dinner with all the trimmings, topped of again with their "simply-not-to-be-believed peach cobbler with ice cream."

photo by Jack Hummel
Les Buffham

Then the Saturday night show commenced. It proved to be about as good as anyone could hope for. Les Buffham brought out the famous "Bull story" in his act and...I apologize for inside reporting, but it is funny stuff. Pat Richardson was irreverent and witty as always. Nancy Lee sounded like an angel but did perform rocking rendition of Patsy Montana's yodeling classic, "Cowboy Sweetheart." Jim and  Karen Ross were impeccable as always, and Karen  closed with Archie Campbell's famous Hee Haw piece, "Rindercella." I have never heard it done better.  

photos by Jack Hummel
Karen and Jim Ross

A nice little touch during the evening was the honoring of members of the CCC, Kenny and Lois Sheffield, who were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.  Dave was Stamey. No more need be said. The consummate entertainer, he was there with humor, education, and whimsy. It is not without good reason that he has been nominated and honored every year by the AWA and WMA for excellence in singing and writing western
music .Following the show, a jam session kept many of us around for awhile longer. All-in all, a terrific night.

photos by Jack Hummel
Eddie Villalobos  and Dennis Mack

Sunday morning, I was able to roust myself out of bed and go back to the barn for Cowboy Church. On a crisp fall morning, it was held outside in
beautiful sunshine with the mountains providing a magnificent backdrop. Inspirational music was provided by Nancy Lee; Rick Clark; Eddie Villalobos who we usually see with Mike Clark as part of the Buckaroo Balladeers; and old friend Dennis Mack, the versatile musician who played with the Sons of the San Joaquin for several years and still fills in with them occasionally. Harry Woods gave a short and poignant sermon.  We broke up after that and made our way back to the motel to check out. It was the end of another great Visalia Roundup.

photos by Jack Hummel
Dennis Mack, Nancy Lee, and Rick Clark,  President of Cowboy Cultural Committee

It is difficult to appreciate the efforts that go in to producing the Visalia Roundup.  We don't really know just what it takes to do it. I see
these guys and gals several times a year at various events cooking and raising money so they can put on their own event.  I always look forward to
it and attend it whenever I can. Special thanks to Rick Clark, Donnie McDonald and Randy Hamill for inviting us again this year. Kudos to all the
committee members for doing a great job as always. Next year's event is scheduled for October 10-12. Look for information about the event in Rope
or go to the internet and check out Visalia Roundup. If you need an event catered with cowboy grub cooked in Dutch ovens and over open-pit fires, give them a call at 559-732-4249 or 1-800-583-9648.

report by Lee Cody with photos by Jack Hummel
additional report and photos by Jack Hummel above

The Cowboy Cultural Committee of Visalia put on the best show I have seen in years at Clarence and Nancy Ritchie's barn. Clarence and Nancy are the most gracious hosts a person could ever hope to meet, and Clarence performed after the show with his wonderful dance band and that Clarence can sing!

photo by Jack Hummel
Randy Hamill

They had actually more talent they needed to send folks home happy. On Friday night's show the popular Randy Hamill did a fine job as the emcee and kept the show jumping. They had Jim and Karen Ross, the reciting husband and wife team and they both did their unusually great job on the old classics including a couple of Sunny Hancock's best poems.

photo by Jack Hummel
Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee thrilled the crowd with some songs she'd written herself plus a Patsy Montana song or two, Les Buffham came on and was a real hoot, he surprised everyone with his singing—WOW—the crowd loved it. Then the popular (and for a good reason) Pat Richardson murdered the crowd with his one liners and highly entertaining original poems and took a rousing first half to the intermission.

photo by Jack Hummel
Pat Richardson, Les Buffham, and Sourdough Slim

Right after the intermission Dave Stamey came on for a short set (a teaser for Saturday nights show) and like he always does, he bowled the crowd over with not only his great singing, but his incredible showmanship. Then Sourdough Slim, what can you say about him? he defies description. He came on and had everyone alternately laughing, tapping their feet and being amazed by Slim's yodeling and his all around enjoyable demeanor. The crowd got a lot more than their money's worth.

Saturday night emcee Randy Hamill along with Jim and Karen Ross, Nancy Lee and Les Buffham did a great first half of the show and most folks felt they'd gotten their money's worth in the first half but lucky for them they stuck around for the second half. Pat Richardson came back strong and was hilarious. His friend, the great Joe Hannah of the Sons of the San Jauquin was in the audience and Pat told the funniest joke about Joe when he was a major league baseball catcher, the crowd laughed for nearly five minutes.

Dave Stamey was as good as I've ever seen him and got a standing ovation and did an encore. It was one of those shows where everyone was "right on" and if you missed the show, shame on you.


October, 2007
Western Writers Group  Merriman, Nebraska

  report by Slim McNaught, photos by Slim McNaught and Darlene McNaught

[photo of Slim McNaught by Jen Dobrowski]

The Western Writers Group met October 20, 2007, at the Senior Center in Merriman, Nebraska, at 12:30 MST and what a good time we had. With fifteen folks enjoying a delicious lunch, lots of laughter, and good poetry and prose, the meeting was a great success. Poets and writers attending were: John and Ruth Burton, Merriman, Nebraska, hosts; Jo Nickel, Ainsworth, Nebraska; Don Hilmer, New Underwood, South Dakota; Troy McNaught Westby, New Underwood, South Dakota; Slim McNaught, New Underwood, South Dakota; Willard Hollopeter, Wood Lake, Nebraska; Ken Cook, Martin, South Dakota; Marty Blocker, Merriman, South Dakota; and Bob Moreland, Merriman, Nebraska. Guests attending were: Carol Phillips, New Underwood, South Dakota; Darlene McNaught, New Underwood, SD; Arliss Moreland, Merriman, Nebraska; Leo Nickel, Ainsworth, Nebraska; and Nancy Cook, Martin, South Dakota.

Congratulations were in order for Bob and Arliss Moreland, just recently married, with Arliss joining our group for the first time. I won’t give away our ages, but I knew Arliss when I was so small I was pulling myself into the saddle by the saddle strings hanging down.

Marty Blocker presided at the meeting, and because our secretary/treasurer, Yvonne Hollenbeck, was unable to attend, Marty volunteered to keep notes. Several subjects were discussed. One being, “double rhyme”. After several opinions were aired, it appeared that most felt if a poem started with double rhyme, it should continue throughout the poem. The subject of length of a piece came up and it was proven that length of a poem is not relevant when Jo Nickel read a moving and personal poem she had written. Her poem was rather long but with the interesting plot and emotional balance, no one noticed the length. Some were too busy drying their eyes. It was discussed that most poetry should be held to three or four minutes to hold the audiences’ attention. As Ruth Burton pointed out, “Say what needs said and quit, don’t try to add on when you’re done just to make the piece longer.”

We also discussed how location makes a difference in the length and content of poetry, as in the west coast area versus our area or the eastern part of our country. Since my wife, Darlene, is from eastern South Dakota across the Missouri river (I tell people it took her seven years to get her citizenship papers after crossing the water) and I am from western South Dakota, we can tell first hand about the difference in just that short distance.

It is always interesting how every writer has a different interpretation of the theme. The host of each meeting picks the theme for the meeting, and each member writes his version of that topic. Being the hosts, the Burtons had picked “Brands” as the theme. This is always one of the most motivating parts of the meetings, listening to all the writers recite their works. Like Marty said, “You may go through a dry spell or get writer’s block, then you attend a gathering or one of these group meetings, and you come away inspired and write lots of pieces.” After listening to everyone’s good poetry and prose, we spent a very enjoyable time of just plain "visitin’," cow country style.

The next meeting is scheduled to be at Clearfield, SD where we will meet at the Clearfield Hall at 1:30 CST and perform a Christmas item at the annual Community Christmas program. The theme will be, “A Cowboy’s Christmas Gift.” Meeting and supper to follow at the Hollenbeck ranch.

Saying goodbyes at these meetings get lengthy, it’s like a family gathering where everyone kind of hates to leave. But we shook the feller’s hands and hugged the ladies and were on the road by 5:00 pm and headed home, with much reminiscing about the meeting and eagerly looking forward to the next one. See you all there.

November, 2007
Annual Cowpoke Fall Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering   Loomis, California

story by Lee Cody

The Loomis Cowpoke Fall Gathering was the weekend of November 9th & 10th and what a great show they had. Bert and Carol Braun along with a great bunch of volunteers manage to each year outdo themselves putting on another outstanding show, with Bert doing a great job as Emcee.

Jeralynn Strong opened Friday night with some of her really clever and original poems and set the pace for the whole evening delighting the crowd. She was followed by Juni Fisher a Sacramento native and avid horsewoman who bowled the crowd over with her beautiful voice and her very entertaining anecdotes, which added to her wonderful performance. She was followed by California's favorite cowboy poet Pat Richardson, who practically wrecked the place. He has been to Loomis every year for eight or nine years, and Friday night he did all new jokes and poems they hadn't heard, and more than one person nearly choked from laughter, and Pat took them to the intermission. After the intermission, Red Steagall, the 2006 Poet Laureate of Texas entertained the crowd with great old cowboy songs and poems as only Red can do. I think the whole Friday night program was one of the best I've seen.

The Saturday Matinee had Bill Brewster, a great storyteller and poet from Greeley, Colorado sharing some of his wisdom, and poems. Hewas followed by John Kintz, who came out and sang several songs and was quite a hit. Juni Fisher and Pat Richardson both did outstanding jobs keeping the show hopping. The grand finale of the matinee was Ernie Sites presenting the winners of the 4th ands 7th grade students from H. Clarke Powers Elementary School and the Loomis Grammar School who participated in the poetry workshops. The student winners recited their winning poems and it was a great show. The Loomis Cowpoke Fall Gathering deserves a great credit for putting this contest on each year.

Saturday Night was opened by the talented Bill Brewster, followed by Juni Fisher, Pat Richardson and Red Steagall. When the show ended there wasn't a dry seat in the house.

I think it is a wonderful thing Bert and the Blue Goose Packing Shed Crew do every year to encourage the youngsters to not only read, but try their hand at writing poetry, be it Cowboy Poetry or any type of poetry. They sure go all out to put on one of California's Best Poetry Gatherings.

November, 2007
Third Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Chadron State College   Chadron, Nebraska

  report by Slim McNaught, photos by Slim McNaught and Darlene McNaught

[photo of Slim McNaught by Jen Dobrowski]

See an additional story below by Diana Jo Miller, with photos by Harold Miller and Tony Argento

“Chadron State College presents A Gathering – Cowboy Poets & Invitational Western Art Show & Sale November 2nd & 3rd, 2007.” So reads the front cover of an attractive little program published by the college. This is the third gathering promoted by the college and I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to all three. What an honor and  privilege! The head roundup boss for this event is Loree MacNeill, Director of College Relations. She has a talent for producing these events to the pleasure of all who attend.

The action started at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2007, with the Invitational Western Art Show and Sale reception in the Main Gallery at Memorial Hall. Sixteen artists from four states, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, and Oregon, made up a unique display of art work for the publics enjoyment. Snacks were served until 6:00 p.m.

photo by Slim McNaught
Yvonne Hollenbeck and Ken Cook displaying their goods

At 7:00 p.m. Jon Chandler of Westminster, Colorado kicked off the evening performance in the theatre with a great performance, followed by “The Cowboy Experience from the Gender View,” featuring Yvonne Hollenbeck  of Clearfield, South Dakota, Lynn Messersmith of Alliance, Nebraska, Ken Cook of Martin, South Dakota, and Tim Nolting of Bushnell, Nebraska. These five performers gave us an evening’s entertainment that we will long remember. Each of these folks are solid entertainers in their own right, and when you put them together, hang on, you never know where it’s all going. What a great show. After the performance we had a small jam session with about a dozen performers practicing their material on each other. Lots of fun.

photo by Slim McNaught
Marty Blocker, Yvonn Hollenbeck, Al "Doc" Mehl

Saturday morning saw us back at Memorial Hall with the day’s roster of cowboy poetry and music entertainers off to a great start with Marty Blocker of Merriman, Nebraska sharing some of his great material with us. With each entertainer allotted twenty five minutes on stage,  Al "Doc" Mehl of Boulder, Colorado, Willard Hollopeter of Wood Lake, Nebraska, and Edgar Clemens of Hickman, Nebraska took us to the break. After the break Curt Cooper of Columbus, Nebraska, and Bette Wolf Duncan of Runnels, Iowa, performed until the noon lunch. With an all we could eat “pizza and trimmin’s” meal and bunches of good conversation, we were back in the theatre at 12:50 with Tony Argento of Reno, Nevada. Following Tony to the stage were  Jerry Schleicher of Parkville, Arizona, Eldon Housley of Tucson, Arizona, Harold Roy Miller of Stagecoach, Nevada, Teresa Orr of Woodbine, Iowa, and Kane Wellnitz of Chadron, Nebraska. Kan Wellnitz, ten-year-old son of Ken and Tammy Wellnitz took us into the afternoon break. We were all glad for the break because anyone who had to follow Kane would have had a hard trail to ride. That young fellow is a pro and kept the audience ‘right up there with him’.

We came back from the break with Diane Tribitt of Hillman, Minnesota, Robert "Jinglebob" Dennis of Red Owl, South Dakota, Slim McNaught of New Underwood, South Dakota, Bonnie Krogman of Wood, South Dakota, Dave P. Fisher of Sparks, Nevada, and Otto Rosfeld of Valentine, Nebraska. Space and time in this article do not allow the complete biographies of these performers, but on this stage today was some of the greatest talent in our industry.

After more than ten hours and twenty three performers, supper was a superb treat, both visually and meal wise. Creative Dining Services put on a cowboy supper complete with canvass covered chuck wagon and awning, cowboy stew, corn bread, biscuits, apple struddle, and other deserts and drinks. Each year this cowboy supper is a much anticipated event.

photo by Slim McNaught
Michael Martin Murphey and Loree MacNeill

After supper we were back in the theatre where Michael Martin Murphey, the “singing cowboy poet”, entertained us as only Michael can.  He is one of the world’s most respected singer/songwriter by audiences in the Pop and Country-Western field. His song, “Wildfire,” was number one on the Radio and Records charts in 1975. Hits like, “Carolina in the Pines,” “What’s Forever For?,” “Still Taking Chances,” “A Long Line of Love,” and “Cowboy Logic” brought him back for an encore. What great entertainment.

When Michael’s show was over, we gathered at the Old Hotel downtown where Loree had some snacks waiting for us and we had a great evening of visiting and mingling. Paul Larson also entertained us with his guitar and songs. Michael showed up and we all got to visit with him before we called it a night and hit the trail home. This gathering has become one of the “looked forward to” events of the season. 

Story by Diana Jo Miller, with photos by Harold Miller and Tony Argento

The third annual Chadron Poetry Gathering took place November 2-3, 2007 at Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska. Loree MacNeil and her assistant Cindi Walgren managed the event, making everyone feel welcome and treating the performers like royalty.

Tony Argento, Cindi Walgren, and Dave P. Fisher

The gathering was held in the college memorial hall. Coinciding with Friday’s events was a western art show and sale.

Friday night’s performances began with a talented singer named Jon Chandler, the same Jon Chandler who won the Yellowstone Song Contest put on by the Western Folklife Center in Elko in August this year. Jon has a great voice and sang some good cowboy songs. Next came Lynn Messersmith, then Tim Nolting, then
Yvonne Hollenbeck and Ken Cook.

Ken Cook

It was a night of great entertainment.

On Saturday morning, poets from all over the Midwest and Nevada gathered to recite, sing and play instruments. Marty Blocker,
Al "Doc" Mehl, Willard Hollopeter, Edward Clemons, Curt Cooper, and Bette Wolf Duncan, who recently won the Will Rogers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Publishing Poetry, entertained us until lunch.

Bette Wolf Duncan

The afternoon line-up included Tony Argento, Jerry Schleicher,
Eldon Housley, Harold Roy Miller, and singer Teresa Orr, who got a standing ovation for her patriotic song for the second year in a row. The youngest poet was ten-year old Kane Welletz. He amused us all, he is quite talented.

Curt Cooper, Willard Hollopeter and Eldon Housley

Next up were Diane Tribitt, Robert Dennis, Slim McNaught, Bonnie Krogman, Dave P. Fisher, and Otto Rosfield, last but not least.

After a full day of cowboy poetry and songs, some sad some funny and some in between we were treated to a delicious cowboy supper. That night we were entertained by western singer Michael Martin Murphey, who was the icing on the cake.

Dave P. Fisher, Michael Martin Murphey, and Harold Roy Miller

After the show many of the poets had a private party with Michael Martin Murphey. As before, Lorree MacNeill put on a great gathering for all.




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