Events: April

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• through April 1, 2017
25th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Nashville, Tennessee

•  April 1, 2017
21st Annual Cowboy Poetry Night Gateway, Colorado

• April 8-9, 2017
Folkfest New Braunfels, Texas

• April 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2017
14th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival Kennewick, Washington

• April 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2017
9th Annual Cowboy Idol Competition at the 14th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival Kennewick, Washington

• April 15, 2017
Ranch Day at the National Ranching Heritage Center Lubbock, Texas

• April 20-22, 207
Trappings of Texas Custom Cowboy Gear and Western Art Exhibit Alpine, Texas

• April 21-23, 2017
101st Annual Meeting, Texas Folklore Society Tyler, Texas

• April 21 – 22, 2017
Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• April 21 – 23, 2017
96th Annual Red Bluff Roundup Red Bluff, California

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• April 14-16, 2017
30th Annual St. Anthony Cowboy Poetry Gathering St. Anthony, Idaho

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• April 16-22, 2017
16th annual Cowboy Poetry Week

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Cowboy Poetry Week Events:

• Sunday, April 9, 2017 ( 2:00 PM)
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and The Betty Strong Encounter Center  Sioux City, Iowa.

• Saturday, April 15, 2017
Wilsonville Public Library Wilsonville, Oregon

Sunday, April 16, 2017
CowTrails radio  noon-2:00 MTN

• Monday, April 17
Weber County Southwest Branch  Roy, Utah  (6:30 PM)

• Tuesday, April 18, 2017
 Tigard Public Library  Tigard, Oregon (7:00 PM)

• Tuesday, April 18, 2017
St. George Branch Library St. George, Utah (6:00 PM )

• Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Santa Clara Branch Library St. George, Utah  (4:00 PM)

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Washington Branch Library Washington, Utah (7:00 PM)

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Hurricane Branch Library, Hurricane, Utah (5:00 PM)

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Weber County Pleasant Valley Branch South Ogden, Utah (6:30 PM)

• Thursday, April 20,  2017
Weber County Ogden Valley Branch  Huntsville, Utah (6:30 PM)

• Friday, April 21, 2017
5th annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering Shoshoni, Wyoming 4-6 PM

•  Sunday, April 23, 2017
City Hall  Dakota City, Nebraska  (2:00 PM)

More to come …

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•  April 19-23, 2017
24th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Santa Clarita, California

•  April 28-20, 2017
6th Annual Genoa Cowboy Festival Genoa, Nevada

•  April 28-30, 2017
Stagecoach Indio, California

•  April 9, 2017
Western Music Association Colorado Chapter Showcase Denver, Colorado

•  Dates not yet received for 2017
46th Annual Bob Wills Day Festival Turkey, Texas

•  Dates not yet received for 2017
19th Annual Missouri Cowboy Poetry Festival Mountain View, Missouri

 

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We regret that we can’t list individual performers’ or groups’ shows or “shows” that have just one or two performers or groups, including house concerts; those are too numerous for us to maintain. (We do welcome information for established venues with a roster of regularly-scheduled programs, even if those programs feature just one or two performers. The season’s schedule is welcome, at least several weeks before the season begins.)

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A CHANGE OF SEASON by Smoke Wade

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A CHANGE OF SEASON
by Smoke Wade

We don’t summer at Chesnim’ these days,
Not since the For’ Service shut ‘er down;
They took away our permit to graze,
Now we pasture on the edge of town.

We don’t fall ride at Cold Springs anymore,
In the teeth of an early winter storm;
Or hitch our boots by the cow camp door,
And play cribbage inside where it’s warm.

We no longer winter by the Snake,
On benches carved below the rim;
The land was sold for the public’s sake,
To the For’ Service and to the BLM.

No, we don’t spring calve on Cactus Flat,
Since it sold to the State Fish and Game;
They say the chinook ain’t comin’ back,
And the cowman must carry the blame.

So, we gather now, at Third and Grand,
A beer garden after the parade;
And, here we’ll make one final stand,
Until this season begins to fade.

© 1994, Smoke Wade, used with permission
This poem should not be reprinted or reposted without permission.

Popular emcee and cowboy poet Smoke Wade was raised on a remote Hells Canyon ranch. He’s  written a number of stories about his ranching family for Picture the West and Western Memories at CowboyPoetry.com.

In an introduction to this poem, particularly timely today, he comments on the history of the area and about how the family’s way of life ended in the 1970s:

For ten thousand years, mankind lived along the banks of the Snake River in Hells Canyon, until 1877, when the United States Congress decided it was time to evict the residents of the canyon. They gave the order to the U. S Army, and under the command of General Howard, Chief Joseph and his band of Nez Perce people were forced to leave their homeland forever.

Over time the canyon once again became populated with outlaws,sourdoughs, miners, horse thieves, homesteaders, sheepherders and cattle ranchers, until almost one hundred years had passed. And then, Congress once again decided it was time to evict the residents of Hells Canyon. This time the order went down to the U. S. Forest Service and one by one the ranches fell, condemned, evicted and forced out,
until today there is little sign left of what we once called home. And thus began our change of season.

One day, at a beer garden after the parade, I noticed a bunch of old cowboys hanging out—talking, remembering old times. It dawned on me that with the fall of the Hells Canyon ranches to the U.S. Forest Service, that these cowboys didn’t have a range to go back to. “A Change of Season” was spawned at that moment.

This photo is of Smoke Wade, age 15, leading a pack string.

Find some of Smoke Wade’s poetry and more about him at CowboyPoetry.com.  Don’t miss
his stories and photos in Western Memories.

Smoke hosts and produces the Cowboy Idol Competition at the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival (April 14-16, 2017) at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick, Washington.This is the competition’s 9th year, and the 14th anniversary of the Gathering.

Competitors have been chosen for Cowboy Idol: poets A. K. Moss, OR; Dick Warwick, WA; Linda Nadon, Saskatchewan, Canada; and Terry Raff, ID; and musicians Paul Larson, SD; Pat Threewit, ID; Ed Wahl, BC, Canada; and Last Ride (Duo) featuring Randy Berg and John Lazzarini, ID.

Find a complete media release from Smoke Wade here.

Performers at the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering include Gary Allegretto, Billy Dean, Lacy J. Dalton, and Mike Morgan.

Find more information at columbiarivercowboygathering.com and on Facebook.

Cowboy Idol Competition at the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Music Festival, April 14-16, 2017

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From Smoke Wade:

The Cowboy Idol finalists have been selected for the 9th Annual Cowboy Idol competition to take place in conjunction with the 14th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival, April 14 -16, 2017, held at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick, WA. The festival is organized by Budd & Judy Massengale along with the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival Board of Directors.

The Cowboy Idol Poet contestants are: A. K. Moss, OR; Dick Warwick, WA; Linda Nadon, Saskatchewan, Canada; and Terry Raff, ID. The Cowboy Idol Musician contestants are: Paul Larson, SD; Pat Threewit, ID; Ed Wahl, BC, Canada; and Last Ride (Duo) featuring Randy Berg and John Lazzarini, ID.  Cowboy Idol is hosted and produced by Smoke Wade.

News on Cowboy Idol; featured performers, open mic sign up, tickets, schedule and special events can be found at – www.columbiarivercowboygathering.com

Scheduled daytime performances will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 14 – 15, 2017, 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.

The Cowboy Idol contestants compete for trophies along with a $1400.00 purse divided $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.

 

 

Events: June

• June 3, 2017
6th Annual Glade Park Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival Glade Park, Colorado

• June 9 – 10, 2017
Prix de West Invitational Exhibition Opening Weekend Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• June 10 – June 15, 2017
Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive Reno, Nevada

• June 15-24, 2017
Reno Rodeo Week Reno, Nevada

• June 15-25, 2017
36th Annual End of Trail Founders Ranch, New Mexico

• June 16-18, 2017
Willow Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering Stavely, Alberta

• June 16-17, 2017
Wild Bill Hickock Days Deadwood, South Dakota

• June 21-24, 2017
63rd annual Western Writers of America (WWA) Convention Kansas City, Missouri

• June 28-July 4, 2017
World’s Oldest Rodeo—130th Annual Prescott Frontier Days Prescott, Arizona

• June 29-July 4 and July 6-9, 1017
50th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival Washington, D.C.

• Dates not yet received for 2017
Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire at Red Mule Ranch Fiddletown, California

• Dates not yet received for 2017
Murphy Outpost Days Murphy, Idaho

• Dates not yet received for 2017
Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest Manhattan, Kansas

• Dates not yet received for 2017
Settlers’ Picnic at Devils Tower National Monument near Hulett, Wyoming

• Dates not yet received for 2017
Annual Brother Van’s Cowboy Poetry and Old Time Music Festival Boulder, Montana

• Dates not yet received for 2017
Crooked River Roundup Prineville, Oregon

• Dates not yet received for 2017
21st Annual Grand Ball of 1876 Hardin, Montana

• Dates not yet received for 2017
5th Annual Riata Ranch Rodeo and Cowboy Show Cheyenne, Wyoming

 

 

 

 

Events: May

• May 4-6, 2017
First annual Bryce Canyon Mule Days Tropic, Utah

• May 4-7, 2017
21st Annual Black Cowboy Festival Rembert, South Carolina

• May 5, 2017
19th Annual Cowtown Society Of Western Music Swingfest Mineral Wells, Texas

• May 11-14, 2017
The Western Heritage Classic Abilene, Texas

• May 12-13, 2017
Cattle Barons Weekend Pendleton, Oregon

• May 21, 2017
56th Annual Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival Agoura Hills, California

• May 23-28, 2017
47th Bishop Mule Days Bishop, California

• May 26-29, 2017
37th Annual Old West Days Jackson Hole, Wyoming

• May 26-28, 2017
Art in the Park Ritzville, Washington

• May 26-28, 2017
12th Annual Canadian Rockies Cowboy Festival Nordegg, Alberta

• May 26-29, 2017
12th Annual Cowboy Legends Memorial Day Celebration Antelope Island, Utah

• May 27-28, 2017
27th Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dates not yet received for 2017
Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories Mineral Wells, Texas

Dates not yet received for 2017
30th Annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering Medora, North Dakota

Events: March

• March 4th, 2017
21st Annual Redrock Writing Seminar St. George, Utah

• March 4-5, 2017
Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Cowboy Days Las Cruces, New Mexico

• March 3-5, 2017
7th Annual Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous Hyrum, Utah

• March 7-26, 2017
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Houston, Texas

 

• March 9-11, 2017
14th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering Cartersville, Georgia

• March 9th – March 12th, 2017
9th Annual Best Little Cowboy Gathering in Texas La Grange, Texas

March 10-19, 2017
31st Annual SXSW Austin, Texas

• March 16, 2017
21st Annual Will Rogers Cowboy Awards Irving, Texas

• March 16th – 19th, 2017
21st Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival Kamloops, British Columbia

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• March 17 – 18 2017
11th Annual Cowboy Poets & Musicians Gathering Hagerman, Idaho

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• March 17 – 18, 2017
• March 16 – 17, 2018
31st Annual Sierra Valley Grange Cowboy Show Vinton, California

• March 18-19, 2017
Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival Glendale, Arizona

• March 24-26, 2017
12th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Wickenburg, Arizona

• March 28 – April 1, 2017
25th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Nashville, Tennessee