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YAHOO!
It's time for the 2024
Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest

Sponsored by:

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The Flint Hills Discovery Center and the Hays Public Library
 
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LAZY T RANCH      
VANDERBILTS

ROBERTS COWBOY OUTFITTERS
OUTPOST WESTERN STORE
RITTEL’S WESTERN WEAR
KANEQUIP   PRAIRIELAND PARTNERS


 
Books

 Contestants must present their original poems live and in person. 2 regional contests determine the top qualifiers for the State Final, which is June 7th at 
Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan

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REGIONAL CONTESTS

Friday May 3rd @ 7 pm - Fredonia, KS

Rollin ‘Red’ Vandever Memorial Park, home of the

“Wilson County Old Iron Club,” 10392 Jade Rd

Come at 5:30 or after to enjoy a sloppy joe supper!  $10 per person

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Friday May 17th @ 6 pm - Hays, KS

Hays Public Library, 1205 Main Street 

 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER CONTEST

 

A SPECIAL WELCOME TO PARTICIPANTS FROM THE AMERICAN ROYAL YOUTH RODEO!

WE ARE SO PLEASED TO HAVE YOU JOIN US.  CHECK THE BOX ON THE ENTRY FORM

AND YOUR FEE WILL BE UNDERWRITTEN BY THE SPONSORS.

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STATE FINALS

Friday June 7th @ 7 pm - Manhattan, KS

Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 South 3rd Street

ADMISSION IS FREE TO ALL EVENTS AND THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND

 

State champions at the finals will receive the Saddlejack Bradrick Award, the coveted Governor’s Buckle, discounts and gift certificates from leading western wear stores, free membership in the International Western Music Association-Kansas Chapter, and two tickets to the Symphony in the Flint Hills, plus an opportunity to present their poems in the story circle after the symphony. 

Congratulations to our 2023 winners:
Mary Powell, Humorous Division
Kye Rieff, Serious Division

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Contest Committee Members:

Jeff Davidson, Eureka | Martha Farrell, Andover | Orin Friesen, Benton | Brad Hamilton, Hoyt

 Contest Chairman:  Ron Wilson, Manhattan

CONTACT

Do you have questions about the contest?

Email contest chair Ron Wilson or our general contest email for more information!

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