Horsewoman, photographer, and Better Horses Radio co-host Dawn Dawson and poet, musician, ranch manager, and Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee Geff Dawson run the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (NCPR) and have great plans for this year’s event, August 4-6, 2016 in Abilene, Kansas.
From their July 22, 2016 announcement:
It’s not too late to put the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo on your calendar. Join us August 4th after the parade at the Shockey and Landes Building, Abilene, Kansas, for our annual get-together and open mic event.
Then Friday and Saturday mornings until we are done, we start in with the cowboy poetry rodeo competition with free admission. On Saturday afternoon, August 6, 2016, at 4:00 p.m., get your tickets to the Matinee show where the winners will be crowned and perform their winning poetry followed by the Chisholm Trail Western Music Show with Geff Dawson and Cowboy Friends. For more information, visit our web site at http://www.ncpr.us. Tickets available online.
Take time to see all the sights in Abilene and the area while you are in Kansas. You can see one of the biggest free fairs and rodeo in the Midwest, the Central Kansas Free Fair and Wild Bill Hickok PRCA Rodeo while you are there, plus many, many more attractions. Some of our contestants and judges will be performing during the rodeo each night so don’t miss it!
Don’t miss eating at the Brookeville Hotel where they serve family-style fried chicken dinners. If you would like to come as a contestant or a spectator, contact Geff Dawson, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-456-4494 and we will get you hooked up. You’re not going to want to miss this event. We have several special guests coming to judge and entertain, and contestants can win thousands of dollars and prizes. Entries are open now.
Many poets who have participated in the NCPR have had high praise for the experience, including Pat Richardson, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Doris Daley, Linda Kirkpatrick, DW Groethe, Andy Nelson, and others. A celebration of “excellence through competition,” many lasting friendships get made.