Events: April


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Find links to all months here.


NOTE: Due to COVID-19, events are subject to cancellation. We attempt to update our calendar, but check with a venue for the latest information.


• through May 10, 2020
15th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Wickenburg, Arizona

• April 1-5, 2020  CANCELLED/POSTPONED
Shooting the West Winnemucca, Nevada

• April 4, 2020  CANCELLED
Cowboys and Cobbler Throwdown at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center   Duncan, Oklahoma

• April 4, 2020  CANCELLED
10th Annual Poetry & BBQ  Vero Beach, Florida

•   April 4-5, 2020  POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 17-18, 2020
Folkfest New Braunfels, Texas

• April 9, 2020 CANCELLED
104th Annual Meeting, Texas Folklore Society  San Antonio, Texas

• April 9,  2020  CANCELLED
24th Annual Will Rogers Cowboy Awards Ft. Worth, Texas

• April 9-13, 2020  CANCELLED
53rd National Folk Festival  Canberra, Australia

•   April 16-May 17, 2020  CANCELLED
34th Annual Trappings of Texas Custom Cowboy Gear and Western Art Exhibit Alpine, Texas

• April 17-18, 2020  POSTPONED TO October 2-3, 2020
Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• April 17-19, 2020  POSTPONED, DATE TBA
99th Annual Red Bluff Roundup Red Bluff, California

•   April 17-19, 2020   POSTPONED TO JUNE 26-27, 2020 
33rd Annual St. Anthony Cowboy Poetry Gathering St. Anthony, Idaho

•   April 18-19, 2020  CANCELLED
27th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Santa Clarita, California



• April 19-25, 2020:  19th annual Cowboy Poetry Week

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• April 18, 2020 – Saturday,  1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Cowboy Poetry at the Wilsonville Public Library, Wilsonville, Oregon
with Tom Swearingen

• April 20, 2020, Monday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm  CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music and the Holladay Library, Holladay, Utah
with Stampede!, Dan Korth, and others TBA

• April 20, 2020, Monday 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Main Library Ogden, Utah
with Robin Arnold and Thatch Elmer

• April 21, 2020, Tuesday 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Pleasant Valley Branch Library  Ogden, Utah
with Saddle Strings and Gordon Champneys

• April 22, 2020, Wednesday, 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the North Branch Library Ogden, Utah
with the Sawtooth Mountain Boys and Sam DeLeeuw

• April 23, 2020 – Thursday,  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm  CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry at the Dayton Memorial Library  Dayton, Washington
with Joe Sartin, Lynn Kopelke, Marty Hall, Kraig Horlacher, Kavin Kuykendall, Jimmye Turner Heather Stearns, Tanya Patton, and Howard Beuhler

• April 23, 2020, Thursday 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Southwest Branch Library  Ogden, Utah
with David Anderson and Bob Urry

• April 24-25, 2020 – Friday and Saturday  CANCELLED
Crossroads Cowboy Poetry Gatherin’, with Cowboy Trade Days and Ranch Rodeo  near Yale, Oklahoma

• April 25, 2020, Satuday 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Ogden Valley Branch Library,  Huntsville, Utah
special YOUTH SESSION with Thatch Elmer as Emcee and featuring Tib and Rainey Champneys, Venessa Carpenter, Colt Blankman, and the Anderson Family


Other Cowboy Poetry Week events have been scheduled and cancelled. Please check with any venue before going to an event. 


•   April 23-25, 2020
49th Annual Bob Wills Day Festival Turkey, Texas

•   April 24-25, 2020  CANCELLED
Genoa Western Heritage Days Genoa, Nevada

• April 24-26, 2020 POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 23-25, 2020
Stagecoach Indio, California

•   April 25, 2020  CANCELLED
50th annual Ranch Day at the National Ranching Heritage Center Lubbock, Texas



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Events: March

Find links to all months here.

• March 13-22, 2020  CANCELLED
34th Annual SXSW Austin, Texas

• March 19-22, 2020  CANCELLED
24th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival Kamloops, British Columbia

•  March 20-21, 2020  CANCELLED
Malad Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Malad, Idaho

•  March 20-21, 2020  POSTPONED
35th Annual Sierra Valley Grange Cowboy Show Vinton, California

• March 24-28, 2020  POSTPONED
27th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Nashville, Tennessee

• March 27-29, 2020 CANCELLED  (exhibit and sale open through May 10, 2020)
14th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Wickenburg, Arizona

• March 28, 2020  CANCELLED
17th Annual Southeastern Chuck Wagon Gathering Cartersville, Georgia

• March 28, 2020  CANCELLED
24th Annual Cowboy Poetry Night Gateway, Colorado


• Dates not yet received for 2021
7th annual Miles City Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Miles City, Montana

• Dates not yet received for 2021
Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival Glendale, Arizona

• March 3-22, 2020
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Houston, Texas

• Dates not yet received for 2021
Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous  Hyrum, Utah

• Dates not yet received for 2021
25th Annual Redrock Writing Seminar St. George, Utah

• Dates not yet received for 2021
A Night with the Cowboys Brownsville, Oregon

• Dates not yet received for 2021
Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Cowboy Days Las Cruces, New Mexico

• Dates not yet received for 2021
12th Annual Best Little Cowboy Gathering in Texas La Grange, Texas

• Dates not yet received for 2021
Moapa Valley Days  Maopa Valley, Nevada

Events: January

Find links to all months here.

•   Dates not yet received for 2021
32nd Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Golden, Colorado

•   Dates not yet received for 2021
Cowboy Poets of Utah Symposium Payson, Utah

•   Dates not yet received for 2021
76th annual Montana Winter Fair Lewiston, Montana

•   Dates not yet received for 2021
Cowboys of Color Rodeo Fort Worth, Texas

•   Dates not yet received for 2021
International Folk Alliance Conference New Orleans, Louisiana

•   Dates not yet received for 2021
Youth Showcase and 8th Annual “A Night of Western Music & Cowboy Poetry” Tooele, Utah

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• January 25-30, 2021
The 37th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Elko, Nevada


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by Bruce Kiskaddon (1878-1950)

Though you’re not exactly blue,
Yet you don’t feel like you do
In the winter, or the long hot summer days.
For your feelin’s and the weather
Seem to sort of go together,
And you’re quiet in the dreamy autumn haze.
When the last big steer is goaded
Down the chute, and safely loaded;
And the summer crew has ceased to hit the ball;
When a fellow starts to draggin’
To the home ranch with the wagon—
When they’ve finished shipping cattle in the fall.

Only two men left a standin’
On the job for winter brandin’,
And your pardner, he’s a loafing by your side.
With a bran-new saddle creakin’,
But you never hear him speakin’,
And you feel it’s goin’ to be a quiet ride.
But you savvy one another
For you know him like a brother—
He is friendly but he’s quiet, that is all;
For he’s thinkin’ while he’s draggin’
To the home ranch with the wagon—
When they’ve finished shippin’ cattle in the fall.

And the saddle hosses stringin’
At an easy walk a swingin’
In behind the old chuck wagon movin’ slow.
They are weary gaunt and jaded
With the mud and brush they’ve waded,
And they settled down to business long ago.
Not a hoss is feelin’ sporty,
Not a hoss is actin’ snorty;
In the spring the brutes was full of buck and bawl;
But they’re gentle, when they’re draggin’
To the home ranch with the wagon—
When they’ve finished shippin’ cattle in the fall.

And the cook leads the retreat
Perched high upon his wagon seat,
With his hat pulled ‘way down furr’wd on his head.
Used to make that old team hustle,
Now he hardly moves a muscle,
And a feller might imagine he was dead,
‘Cept his old cob pipe is smokin’
As he lets his team go pokin’,
Hittin’ all the humps and hollers in the road.
No, the cook has not been drinkin’—
He’s just settin’ there and thinkin’
‘Bout the places and the people that he knowed
And you watch the dust a trailin’
And two little clouds a sailin’,
And a big mirage like lakes and timber tall.
And you’re lonesome when you’re draggin’
To the home ranch with the wagon—
When they’ve finished shippin’ cattle in the fall.

When you make the camp that night,
Though the fire is burnin’ bright,
Yet nobody seems to have a lot to say,
In the spring you sung and hollered,
Now you git your supper swallered
And you crawl into your blankets right away.
Then you watch the stars a shinin’
Up there in the soft blue linin’
And you sniff the frosty night air clear and cool.
You can hear the night hoss shiftin’
As your memory starts driftin’
To the little village where you went to school.
With its narrow gravel streets
And the kids you used to meet,
And the common where you used to play baseball.
Now you’re far away and draggin’
To the home ranch with the wagon
For they’ve finished shippin’ cattle in the fall.

And your school-boy sweetheart too,
With her eyes of honest blue—
Best performer in the old home talent show.
You were nothin’ but a kid
But you liked her, sure you did—
Lord! And that was over thirty years ago.
Then your memory starts to roam
From Old Mexico to Nome.
From the Rio Grande to the Powder River,
Of the things you seen and done—
Some of them was lots of fun
And a lot of other things they make you shiver.
‘Bout that boy by name of Reid
That was killed in a stampede—
‘Twas away up north, you helped ’em dig his grave,
And your old friend Jim the boss
That got tangled with a hoss,
And the fellers couldn’t reach in time to save.

You was there when Ed got his’n—
Boy that killed him’s still in prison,
And old Lucky George, he’s rich and livin’ high.
Poor old Tom, he come off worst,
Got his leg broke, died of thirst
Lord but that must be an awful way to die.

Then them winters at the ranches,
And the old time country dances—
Everybody there was sociable and gay.
Used to lead ’em down the middle
Jest a prancin’ to the fiddle—
Never thought of goin’ home till the break of day.
No! there ain’t no chance for sleepin’,
For the memories come a creepin’,
And sometimes you think you hear the voices call;
When a feller starts a draggin’
To the home ranch with the wagon—
When they’ve finished shippin’ cattle in the fall.

…from Kiskaddon’s 1924 version in Rhymes of the Ranges


Bruce Kiskaddon’s masterpiece is a well loved classic, in the repertoire of most serious reciters. Kiskaddon drew on his cowboying experiences for his poetry. Find much more about him in features at

One of the most outstanding recitations of the poem is by respected reciter, horseman, braider, and more Randy Rieman. He included the poem on his Old Favorites CD, and that recitation is on The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Ten.”

Randy Rieman appears at the popular Cowpoke Fall Gathering, November 7-10, 2019 in Loomis, California. He will be joined by Dave Stamey, Larry Maurice, Michael Reno-Harrell, Bill Brewster, and The Heifer Belles.

The gathering is the premier event of the Cowpoke Foundation, “where cowboy poetry, music and storytelling reinforce the ‘cowboy way’ at the heart of Western traditions. Educational programs in local schools and youth performances at The Fall Gathering ensure that this heritage continues by exposing young people to these oral folk art forms.”

Find more at, including this year’s poster, “The Gold Seekers,” by Keith Christie (1940-2017).

This 1942 photo by Russell Lee (1903-1986) is titled, “Imperial County, California. Cattleman notes down number of head of cattle shipped.” It’s from The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Russell Lee taught photography at the University of Texas, Austin, from 1965-1973, and is best known for his FSA photos. Find more about him at Texas State University’s Russell Lee Collection.

This poem and photo are in the public domain.

MONEY IN HORSES, by Yvonne Hollenbeck


by Yvonne Hollenbeck

“There’s money in horses,” I once heard someone say
and I can sure attest to that. . .I worked on books today.
I kept the red pen busy and rarely used the black,
and please don’t get me started on the breeding fees and tack.

The shoeing bills and vaccine were enough to make me choke
plus training fees and special feed. It’s no wonder we are broke.
Chiropractor charges and equine dentistry,
DNA and photographs and registration fees.

Then once old Dobbin’s broke and trained and groomed enough to show
or maybe trained for roping, so you can rodeo,
you’ll need a truck and trailer. That’s at least a hundred grand,
and to do the work while you are gone you’ll need a hired hand.

Yes, we’ve spent a lot of money before colts have hit the ground,
and even more to grow them up in hopes they turn out sound.
So, if you want some horses, the best advice I’ll share:
You had better win a lottery or just be a millionaire!

© 2019, Yvonne Hollenbeck
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

Popular South Dakota cowboy poet and champion quilter Yvonne Hollenbeck and her champion calf-roper husband Glen Hollenbeck raise cattle and quarter horses.

Yvonne comments on her poem, “Since early childhood, Glen has had a passion for horses. Through the years he established an outstanding reputation for training and the quality of horses he raised. He no longer raises any (well, maybe one or two a year) but still ropes and always has at least one good rope horse in training. We tease one another about our expensive hobbies (quilting and horses) so I wrote the poem just to torment him, although there is a lot of truth to it. I hope he doesn’t start writing poetry.”

This 2017 photo is of Glen Hollenbeck. Read a recent article about Glen, “Glen Hollenbeck: Still riding for the G2 Brand,” by Hannah Johlman in the Tri-State Livestock News.

Find Yvonne Hollenbeck next at the wagon train at the Dakota Western Heritage Festival, September 13-15, 2019 in Fort Pierre, South Dakota.The celebration has a one-day wagon train “followed by a free weekend of cowboy music and poetry, Western vendors and artisans, demonstrations and more.”

She will present her “Patchwork of the Prairie” program at the Willow Tree Festival in Gordon, Nebraska, September 14-15, 2019.

The following month, she’ll be a part of the celebration of Utah’s 25th annual Heber Valley Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering, October 23-27, 2019. The popular five-day event has 33 shows on 8 stages with additional attractions, exhibits, and vendors.

There she will join poets Waddie Mitchell, R.P. Smith, Andy Nelson, Jeff Carson, Jake Riley, and Rolf Flake. Featured musicians are Diamond Rio, Michael Martin Murphey, Bar J Wranglers, Billy Dean, Andy Griggs, Rory Feek, John Wayne Schulz, Brenn Hill, Sourdough Slim, Carin Mari, Erica Hansen, High Country Cowboys, Molly in the Mineshaft, Many Strings, The Cowboy Way, Stacy Despain, Belinda Gail, Hank Cramer, Charley Jenkins Band, Carter Junction, Flyover Town, In Cahoots, and the Heber
Valley Orchestra.

(Please respect copyright. You can share this poem and photograph with this post, but for other uses, request permission.)

Events: August

Find links to all months here.

•  through August 2, 2020
Newport Folk Festival Newport, Rhode Island

•  through August 2, 2020 (rescheduled from May 1-3, 2020)
Salado Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering  Salado, Texas

•  August 1, 2020
8th Annual Glade Park Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival Glade Park, Colorado



•  August 6-8, 2020
33rd Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering  Prescott, Arizona

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•  August 28-29, 2020
Cimarron Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering  Cimarron, New Mexico

•  August 29, 2020
13th Annual “Not JUST Cowboy Poetry” at Emandal near Willits, California


•  Dates not yet received for 2020
23rd National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo Abilene, Kansas

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
Spring City Bluegrass & Folk Festival Spring City, Utah

•  Dates not yet received for 2020 
Edmonton Folk Festival
Edmonton, Alberta

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
87th annual Omak Stampede and World Famous Suicide Race 
Omak, Washington

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
22nd Annual Western Legends Roundup  Kanab, Utah

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
35th Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Lewistown, Montana

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
40th Annual Texas Ranch Roundup Wichita Falls, Texas

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
28th Annual Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering  Stony Plain, Alberta

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
River City Roots Festival  Missoula, Montana

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
14th Annual Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy  Hulett, Wyoming

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
American Folk Festival  Bangor, Maine

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
18th Annual Newell Farm Concert Berthoud, Colorado

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
63rd Annual Wagon Days Sun Valley, Idaho

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
Celebrate Bandera Bandera, Texas

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
Tumbleweed Music Festival Richland, Washington

•  Dates not yet received for 2020
North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Barriere Fall, British Columbia