Events: April


Find links to all months here.


• April 7, 2019
9th Annual Poetry & BBQ  Vero Beach, Florida

• April 12-13, 2019
32nd Annual St. Anthony Cowboy Poetry Gathering St. Anthony, Idaho

• April 13, 2019
Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• April 13, 2019
26th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Santa Clarita, California

• April 13, 2019
Ranch Day at the National Ranching Heritage Center Lubbock, Texas

• April 13-14, 2019
Folkfest New Braunfels, Texas

• April 18-22, 2019
53rd National Folk Festival  Canberra, Australia

• April 19-21, 2019
98th Annual Red Bluff Roundup Red Bluff, California

• April 20-May 28, 2018
Trappings of Texas Custom Cowboy Gear and Western Art Exhibit Alpine, Texas


April 21-27, 2019:  18th annual Cowboy Poetry Week


Cowboy Poetry Week events:

Monday, April 15, 2019
Ogden Main Library
Cowboy Poetry and Western Music  6:30 pm
Open to all
2464 Jefferson Ave. , Ogden, Utah
with Amanda Hoesel, Jenny Anderson accompanied by David Anderson, and Sam DeLeeuw

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Southwest Branch Library
Cowboy Poetry and Western Music  6:30 pm
Open to all
2039 West 4000 S, Roy, Utah
with Robin Arnold & Sam DeLeeuw

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Museum of the Oregon Territory
“Murdock Talks-Monthly Lecture Series” 7-8 pm
No cost courtesy of Clackamas County Historical Society
211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City, Oregon
with Tom Swearingen

Wednesday,  April 17, 2019
North Branch Library
Cowboy Poetry and Western Music  6:30 pm
475 East 2600 No, Ogden, Utah
with Saddle Strings & Bob Urry

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Pleasant Valley Branch
Cowboy Poetry and Western Music  6:30 pm
5568 Adams Avenue, Ogden, Utah
with Sawtooth Mountain Boys & Gordon Champneys

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Ogden Valley Branch
Cowboy Poetry and Western Music  1:00 pm
131 South 400 East, Huntsville, Utah
with David Anderson & Thatch Elmer

Monday, April 22, 2019
Juanita Pohl Community Center
Cowboy Poetry Week Program 12:30-1:30PM
No cost courtesy of Tualatin Parks and Recreation
8513 SW Tualatin, Rd. Tualatin, Oregon
with Tom Swearingen

April 26, 2019
4th Annual Bristow Cowboy Poetry Gatherin’  Slick, Oklahoma



• April 26-28, 2019
Stagecoach Indio, California

• April 26-18, 2019
103rd Annual Meeting, Texas Folklore Society  McKinney, Texas

• April 27, 2019
48th Annual Bob Wills Day Festival Turkey, Texas



• Dates not yet received for 2019
Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest Qualifying Event (1)  Ellsworth, Kansas

• Dates not yet received for 2019
Genoa Western Heritage Day Genoa, Nevada

• Dates not yet received for 2019
Black Hills Great American Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering  Lead, South Dakota

• Dates not yet received for 2019
Old Florida Folk Festival  Ft. Pierce, Florida



15th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival, April 13 -15, 2018, Kennewick, Washington

From Smoke Wade:

The 15th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival will take place April 13 -15, 2018 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick, WA. The event is organized by Judy Massengale along with the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival Board of Directors.

News on featured performers, open mic sign up and special events are forthcoming. Visit

Scheduled daytime performances will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 13– 14, 2018, along with open mic sessions. Headliner shows will take place at 6:00 p.m. each evening. A cowboy church will be held on Sunday morning following the gathering.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the 10th Annual Cowboy Idol competition for both poets and musicians hosted by Smoke Wade. There will be trophies along with $500.00 for first place and $200.00 for second place in both the poet and musician competition. In addition, all open mic performers will be judged throughout the weekend for the People’s Choice Award with prize money and a trophy to the winner. Cowboy Idol contest applicants may contact Smoke Wade: email (435) 215-9675.

For information regarding advance ticket sales, RV parking, special Motel rates, or vendor & performer applications,  visit or contact Judy Massengale: email (509) 851-4287.