From the NCPR:
We are very proud to announce that the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo was selected as a Top Ten Cowboy Event in the American West by American Cowboy for 2017!
It’s not too late to put the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo on your calendar. Join us August 4-6, 2017, for the 20th Annual event in Abilene, Kansas.
Entry Forms, Rules, and scheduling information are available for the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo on our web site at ncpr.us.
This cowboy/cowgirl poetry competition is the only one of its kind with ADDED MONEY and big payouts. It is held during the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo and Central Kansas Free Fair in Abilene, Kansas each year.
Competition is open to the World if you meet the qualifications: You don’t have to compete at any other event to qualify.
We begin the festivities the evening of August 4th after the parade at the Shockey & Landes Building with open mic and appetizers.
Then Friday and Saturday mornings we start in with the cowboy poetry rodeo competition with free admission until we are done each day.
Following the Saturday competition—be sure to get your tickets for the Saturday afternoon 4:00 p.m. Matinee show where the winners will be crowned and perform their winning poetry followed by the Chisholm Trail Western Music Show with Geff Dawson & Dawn and Cowboy Friends. For more information, visit our web site at ncpr.us. Tickets will be available online.
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.
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 as well as the 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.