Youth participation breaking records at 2016 Cowboy Poetry

Montana Cowboy Poetry has always put the welcome mat out for young performers and participants. This Aug. 11-14, more youth than ever before have been recruited to participate at the gathering.

Thursday night, Aug. 11, “Welcome Chuck Wagon and Talent Showcase” at Jack’s Hangar will be followed by an official American flag Retirement Ceremony conducted by local Scout Troop 360. This patriotic event will feature “Taps” played by Scout Kendal Barta, as well as harmonica solos by octogenarian Tom Wilson. Everyone is invited to the ceremony in front of Jack’s Hangar at the airport at 9:30 p.m.

At the Day headquarters at Fergus High School, Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13, St. Leo’s Catholic Youth Organization and Knights of Columbus members will man the inside snack bar with a wide variety of edibles and beverages.

The Silver Spurs 4-H group will be set up both Friday and Saturday also, from 8 a.m. until mid-morning, with coffee and donuts.

A first-time cowboy poet this year is Gavin Charter, the grandson of Joseph Warren Charter, a beloved gathering poet from early years. Gavin is 13 years old from Shepherd, Mont. He will be reading some of his grandfather’s wonderful poetry. Montana Cowboy Poetry’s day sessions will be held at Fergus High School on Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13. A free music stage and free Western Art and Accessory Show, plus food vendors will all be on-site to entertain and accommodate attendees. 

Tickets for “Riders in the Sky” on Saturday night at the Performing Arts; pin passes and Thursday evening Welcome Chuck Dinner tickets are available at Don’s Store. For details, visit www.MontanaCowboyPoetryGathering.com or call 538-4575.

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