Events: June

Find links to all months here.

• June 1, 2019
Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest Finals
  Manhattan, Kansas

•  June 7-8, 2019
Prix de West Invitational Exhibition Opening Weekend Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

•  June 7-9, 2019
Central Texas Cowboy Gathering Early, Texas

•  June 13-23,  2019
38th Annual End of Trail Founders Ranch, New Mexico

•  June 14-15, 2019
Wild Bill Hickock Days Deadwood, South Dakota

•  June 14-16, 2019
Willow Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering Stavely, Alberta

•  June 15-20, 2019
Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive Reno, Nevada

•  June 16-26, 2019
7th Annual Clear Out West (C.O.W.) Cruise  (Alaska)

•  June 19-22, 2019
66th annual Western Writers of America (WWA) Convention Tucscon, Arizona

•  June 20-23, 2019
Utah Arts Festival Salt Lake City, Utah

•  June 20-29, 2019
Reno Rodeo Week Reno, Nevada

•  June 23, 2019
Old Settlers’ Picnic Devils Tower, Wyoming

•  June 27-29 2019
Crooked River Roundup Rodeo Prineville, Oregon

•  June 28-30, 2019
Eagle Nest Cowboy Fest  Eagle Nest, New Mexico

•  June 29-30, 2019
51st annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival Washington, D.C.

• June 29, 2019
Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival Ontario, Oregon

• June 30, 2019
Newell Farm Opry Berthoud, Colorado




Events: May

Find links to all months here.

• through May 12, 2019
14th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Wickenburg, Arizona

• through May 19, 2019
Trappings of Texas Custom Cowboy Gear and Western Art Exhibit Alpine, Texas

• May 1-4, 2019
Third annual Bryce Canyon Mule Days Tropic, Utah

• May 2-4,  2019
Cattle Barons Weekend Pendleton, Oregon

• May 2-5, 2019
Cowboy Way Jubilee Ardmore, Oklahoma

• May 3, 2019
Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest Regional Qualifying Contest #2
  Fredonia, Kansas

• May 3-4, 2019
South Texas Cowboy Gathering Seguin, Texas

• May 3-4, 2019
21st Annual Cowtown Society Of Western Music Swingfest  Mineral Wells, Texas

• May 9, 2019
Cowboy Poetry Under the Stars at the Western Heritage Classic Abilene, Texas

• May 9-12, 2019
The Western Heritage Classic Abilene, Texas

• May 11, 2019 (and May 25, 2019)
Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories Mineral Wells, Texas

• May 18-27, 2019
39th Annual Old West Days Jackson Hole, Wyoming

• May 19, 2019
58th Annual Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival Agoura Hills, California

• May 21-26, 2019
49th Bishop Mule Days Bishop, California

• May 24-27, 2019
14th Annual Cowboy Legends Memorial Day Celebration Antelope Island, Utah

• May 25, 2019
Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories Mineral Wells, Texas

• May 25, 2019
Hell’s A-Roarin’ Horse Drive Gardiner, Montana

• May 25-26, 2019
33rd Annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering Medora, North Dakota

• May 25-26, 2019
29th Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival Oklahoma City, Oklahoma



Events: April


Find links to all months here.

• through May 12, 2019
14th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Wickenburg, Arizona

• April 6, 2019
A Night with the Cowboys Brownsville, oregon

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

• April 9-14
Shooting the West Winnemucca, Nevada

• April 12, 2019
Trail’s End Spring Show  Calgary, Alberta

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

• April 13-14, 2019
26th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Santa Clarita, California

• 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 8, 2019
Evergreen Library – Jefferson County Public Library
Cowboy poetry and music with Rex Rideout
Open to all 6:00 PM
5000 Co Rd 73  Evergreen, Colorado 80439

Friday, April 12, 2019
North Sevier High School Library
Cowboy poetry and music with Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Greg Harwood, and Kenny Hall  Open to all   7:00 pm
350 W 400 N.  Salina, Utah

Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14, 2019
26th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
Cowboy poetry with Chuck Learn on the Outwest Stage 1:55-2:20 pm
William S. Hart Park Event Area
22400 13th Street  Santa Clarita, California

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; Gordon Champneys and his two grandchildren Rainy Champneys (age 8) and Tib Champneys
(age 11); and Sam DeLeeuw as emcee

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Hurricane Branch Library
Cowboy poetry and music by the Cowboy Poetry Group of Mesquite 4:00 pm
36 S. 300 W. Hurricane, Utah

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Colorado Capitol Building
Cowboy poetry by Floyd Beard for the Colorado State Legislature
200 E Colfax Ave. Denver, Colorado

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Washington Branch Library
Cowboy poetry and music by the Cowboy Poetry Group of Mesquite 6:00 pm
220 N. 300 E. Washington, Utah

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
The Campfire Cafe on Equestrian Legacy Radio with Bobbi Jean Bell and Gary Holt
Cowboy poetry with poets Kathy Moss and Tom Swearingen, noon CST
Later available at

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

Thursday, April 18, 2019
St George Branch Library
Cowboy poetry and music by the Cowboy Poetry Group of Mesquite 6:00 pm
88 W. 100 S. St. George, Utah

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

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Cowboy Poetry Week Program
Back at the Ranch Radio
available on demand

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Enterprise Branch Library
Cowboy poetry and music by the Cowboy Poetry Group of Mesquite 2:00-3:00 pm
Marleen Bussma, Mark Kerr, Mike Prince, and Jim Parsons
Enterprise Branch Library
393 S. 200 E.  Enterprise, Utah

Sunday, April 21, 2019
Mariposa Library’s Write to Read Program
KRYZ Radio at 4:00 PM
with Wendy Brown

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

week starting Monday, April 22, 2019
Annual Cowboy Poetry Week Program
Clear Out West (C.O.W.) Radio
available on demand

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Draper Library
Cowboy Poetry and Western Music  6:30 to 8:00
1136 E Pioneer Rd, Draper, Utah
with Don Korth, STAMPEDE! (Terri and Steve Taylor), and Laurie Tye

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Mariposa Library’s Write to Read Program
KRYZ Radio at 4:00 PM
with Wendy Brown

Thursday, April 25, 2019
A Literary Western Versification  5:00- 7:00 PM
Donnelly Library
New Mexico Highlands University
Las Vegas, New Mexico
with Deanna Dickinson McCall, Randy Huston, and poems by Stewart Williamson and Duke Sundt

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Cowboy Poetry Week at Senior Lunch & Explore  noon
Library District #2 of Linn County
209 N. Broadway
La Cygne, Kansas
With Judy Johnston and others

Friday, April 26, 2019
A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art
Cowboy poetry by Valerie and Floyd Beard
150 E. Main St. Trinidad, Colorado

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

Saturday, April 27, 2019
7th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering 2:00-4:00 PM
Shoshoni Public Library
216 Idaho St.
Shoshoni, Wyoming




• April 26, 2019
Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest Regional Qualifying Contest #1
  Ellsworth, Kansas

• April 26-28, 2019
Stagecoach Indio, California

• April 26-28, 2019
Genoa Western Heritage Days Genoa, Nevada

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

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




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VANISHING BREED?, by Baxter Black


by Baxter Black

They call ‘em a vanishing breed.
They write books and take pictures
and talk like they’re all dyin’ out.
Like dinosaurs goin’ to seed
But that’s my friends yer talkin’ about.

Like Tex from Juniper Mountain.
He carved out a way of life
where only the toughest prevail.
He’s fifty-seven an’ countin’.
His sons now follow his trail.

And Mike who still ain’t got married.
At home in the seat of a saddle,
a sagebrush aristocrat.
I reckon that’s how he’ll be buried;
A’horseback, still wearin’ his hat.

There’s Bryan, Albert and Floyd.
Cowmen as good as the legends
to whom their livelihood’s linked,
Who’d be just a little annoyed
To know they’re considered extinct.

Some say they’re endangered species
Destined to fade into footnotes
like ropes that never get throwed.
To that I reply, “Bull Feces!”
They’re just hard to see from the road.

© Baxter Black, used with permission

Baxter Black, top cowboy poet and occasional philosopher, hardly needs an introduction. From Elko to NPR, he put cowboy poetry on the map.

Great friend of the BAR-D Chuck Learn looks forward to reciting this poem at the 26th annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, April 11-14, 2019 in Historic Old Town Newhall, California.

Jim and Bobbi Jean Bell of the OutWest Shop host the popular Buckaroo Book Shop and the OutWest Stage at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Chuck Learn will be at the OutWest Stage.

Featured performers at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival include Kristyn Harris, Carolyn Sills Combo, Sourdough Slim, Almeda Bradshaw, Jerry Hall and Trick Shot, Joyce Woodson, John Bergstrom, The Cowboy Way, Joe Herrington, The Hanson Family, and many others.

The event offers much entertainment and many activities. Find all of the featured performers and much more at

Recently, Baxter Black asked us to relay this message, a policy announcement: “Since Baxter Black is no longer doing live performances, there are inquiries about others using his material in their performances. His policy is that anyone is welcome use his material in appropriate occasions, including non-profit or paid-for performances. He requests that the poems or stories be performed the way they are written, allowing for editing of length if needed. Please give the author credit.”

His office adds that no one, for any reason, has permission to include his work “on cds, books, or dvds…or to try to sell it in any manner, including online.”

This version of “Vanishing Breed?” comes from Poems Worth Saving, Baxter Black’s 2013 collection of 164 poems and stories.

Find more about Baxter Black at and find much more, including a weekly column, at

This photograph of cowboy Sam Hedges is by poet, cowboy, and entrepreneur Jessica Hedges, who is proudly married to Sam. Her Branded in Ink company “serves the ag community through the art of storytelling on social media and beyond.” Her photography is available as prints, cards, and more. Find more at

(Please respect copyright. You can share this poem and photo with this post, but please request permission for any other use—except recitation of the poem.)

100 YEARS FROM NOW by Doris Daley



by Doris Daley

100 years from now, if the world’s still in the game,
May the earth recall our footprints, may the wind sing out our names.
May someone turn a page and hearken back upon this time,
May someone sing a cowboy tune and someone spin a rhyme.

History buffs will study us and time will tell its tales
Our lives will be a brittle pile of cold and quaint details.
A scrap of faded photograph, a news headline or two…
But life was so much more, my friend, when the century was new.

100 years from now, don’t look back and think me quaint,
Don’t judge and call me sinner, don’t judge and call me saint.
We lived beneath the arch with a mix of grit and grace,
Just ordinary folk in an extraordinary place.

So 100 years from now hear our ancient voices call,
Know that life was good and the cowboy still rode tall.
Wild flowers filled our valleys and the coyotes were our choir
We knew some wild places that had never known the wire.

We raised stouthearted horses; we’d ride and let ‘er rip
We burned beneath the summer sun and railed at winter’s grip.
We took a little courage when the crocus bloomed each spring
We loved beneath the stars and we heard the night wind sing.

We buried and we married, we danced and laughed and cried
And there were times we failed, but let the records show we tried.
And sure, I have regrets; I made more than one mistake
If I had it to do over there are trails I wouldn’t take.

But the sun rose up each day, we’d make it through another year
We’d watch the skies and count our calves and hoist a cup of cheer.
We knew drought and fire and heartache, we knew fat and we knew bone
But we were silver lining people and we never rode alone.

So, Friend, if you are reading this 100 years from now
Understand that we were pilgrims who just made it through somehow.
We’ve crossed the river home and we left but one request:
100 years from now, think back kindly on the west.

And ordinary folk, no special fate, no special claims
But 100 years from now, may the wind sing out our names.
Know the times were good and we rode the best we know.
We loved the west; we kept the faith, 100 years ago.

© 2004, Doris Daley
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

Popular poet Doris Daley’s ode to the West complements the work of Arizona artist, poet, and 4th-generation rancher Shawn Cameron‘s painting, “Making Plans,” which was selected for the 2019 Cowboy Poetry Week poster image.

Ranch-raised Albertan Doris Daley is known for her outstanding writing and impressive stage presence. Top cowboy poetry Waddie Mitchell has commented, “If cowboy poetry was fresh milk and the cream that rises to the top was the very best, then Doris Daley would be very rich and very fattening.”

Doris Daley is headed for the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering this weekend.

From there, she’ll head to the 9th annual Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous, March 1-3, 2019 in Hyrum, Utah. Other performers at the event include Ned LeDoux, Kristyn Harris, Doc Mehl, Stephanie Davis, High Country Cowboys, Clive Romney, Ed Peekeekoot, Gary Allegretto, Thatch Elmer, Colt Blankman, Sam DeLeeuw, Jeff Carson, Jo Kirkwood, Marleen Bussma, Brian Arnold, David and Jenny Lynn Anderson, In Cahoots, Many Strings, Saddle Serenade (Chris Mortensen, Mary Jo Hansen, and Lindsey Olivia) and others.

The event has three stages with Western Music & Cowboy Poetry and an open mic stage, Western vendors, Dutch Oven Cooking, a Kids Corral, Poetry Contest, Cowboy Church, and more.

Find more about Doris Daley at

(Please respect copyright. You can share this poem with this post, but for other uses, request permission. Please do share the Cowboy Poetry Week poster on your page, in your groups, on your site.)

34th annual Vinton Cowboy Poetry & Music Show, Vinton, California March 15 and 16, 2019

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34th annual Vinton Cowboy Poetry & Music Show
“Oldest and Best Cowboy Poetry Show in California”  
March 15 and 16, 2019



The Sierra Valley Grange presents

Dave Stamey

Chris Isaacs

Richard Elloyan & Steve Wade

March 15,16 -2019

Sierra Valley Grange Hall

92202 Hwy 70, Vinton, California

Friday Evening Show at 7:30 PM

      Saturday — Matinee Show at 2:00 PM – Evening Show at 7:30 PM

Dinner Fri 5 to 7 PM /Dinner Sat 4:30 to 7:00 PM 

Reserved seating. Show tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Children 12 and under 

Dinners:  $12 for Adults and $8 for Children 12  and under

For tickets call Pam Olivieri (831-345-9840)

Always on the 3rd weekend in March.