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The National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is gearing up for this year's event, scheduled August 4-6, 2016.

The event's focus is on "excellence through competition." Headed by Dawn and Geff Dawson, the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo takes place in conjunction with the during the biggest free fair and rodeo in the Midwest (Central Kansas Free Fair and Wild Bill Hickok PRCA Rodeo).

Find information about past events, entry forms, and rules on the web site. Visit their Facebook page, and see our feature here.

Posted 2/20



   Cowboys & Indians magazine has announced its 2017 photo contest. There are six categories: Landscapes, Portraits, Action, Wildlife, Equine, Instagram. Photos shot after January 1, 2014 are eligible. The deadline for submissions is October 28, 2016. Find complete information here.

Posted 2/8


  From Dakota Livesay:

Chronicle of the Old West ( is providing an opportunity for your event to get additional exposure.

Chronicle of the Old West has two pages entitled “The Old West Today.” The section is about ways to enjoy the Old West today. One of the features is articles about cowboy music and poetry events.

If you would like to have your event in this section, provide them with a 500 to 600 word article about your event. It will be considered for inclusion in this section. Chronicle of the Old West would need the article three months before the event and would also like one or two pictures.

Send the information to 

Posted 11/25



  The British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society (BCCHS) has established cowboy poetry scholarships in memory of Mike Puhallo (1953-2011), popular poet, cowboy, artist, and Kamloops Cowboy Festival organizer.

The scholarships are available to both US and Canadian students "about to enter, or continue, a program of study at a post-secondary educational institution.." Find complete information and an application form here at the BCCHS site. The deadline is December 31, annually.

Since 1996, the BC Cowboy Heritage Society has had as its objectives, " promote, encourage, establish, conduct and operate events and activities relating to the preservation of cowboy heritage in BC while fostering and developing community interest. This is being accomplished through the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, and the BC Cowboy Heritage Society Student Scholarships, and the Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC." Find more at their site,

Several years before his death, Mike Puhallo sold his part of a ranch shared with his brother so that he could do what he said he always wanted to do: "Just cowboy." And, he enjoyed doing just that.

He was the author of a number of poetry collections, had a solo CD recording and was included in other audio collaborations. He performed at many events and gatherings, and was invited to the Western Folklife Center's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 2010.

Mike was one of the first poets with work at, and shared many of his syndicated weekly "Meadow Muffins." He left behind many friends. See many poems by Mike Puhallo and more about him in our feature here.

The recipients of the 2013 awards are Taryn Yoneda of Victoria, B.C. (for her poem, "Across the Valley") and Nicholas Guerreiro of Victoria, B.C. (for his poem "Ode to a Half-Remembered Past").

The scholarship application deadline is December 31 of each year. Find submission information here.

Updated 1/11

Dee is seeking any relatives of  rodeo stars/trick riders Gil Traveller and Frank Burns. If you have information, please email us.


Find a list of many radio shows who welcome submissions
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