Dodge City will host its first-ever preliminary round for the Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5 p.m. the Carnegie Center for the Arts, 701 N. Second Avenue. The public is invited to attend.
Winners will win prizes and have the opportunity to advance to the state finals of the cowboy poetry contest, to be held on Friday, June 14 in Alma in conjunction with the Symphony in the Flint Hills.
For information or to enter, go to cowboypoetrycontest.com or contact chair Ron Wilson, Poet Lariat at [email protected] or Abby Amick, Wabaunsee County Economic Development, 785-765-4655, [email protected].
"We are pleased to hold this event in Dodge City, the Queen of the historic cowtowns and a place where western heritage lives on," said Ron Wilson, chair of the contest. "This is the first year we have had qualifying events, and Dodge City seems the perfect place to have an event like this in western Kansas. We encourage cowboy poets to enter, and we invite folks in the area to come out and enjoy the performance."
"We are very excited to be working with the Kansas Poetry Contest and to have been chosen as this year's venue," said Summer Bates, Executive Director of the Carnegie."The contest will take place during our Final Friday celebration and will provide unique entertainment for our audience. We hope to bring new people into the Carnegie as well as introduce our regulars to this outstanding platform for self expression."
The 2103 contest is being held with support from the Kansas Arts Foundation and in partnership with the Kansas Chapter of the Western Music Association. As previously announced, two other qualifying events are being held: Chisholm Trail Wild West Days at Wellington, Kansas on April 26 and Echoes of the Trail in Fort Scott on June 7. Winners advance to the final round on June 14 in Alma at the St. John's Lutheran Memorial Hall at 218 Kansas at 7 p.m.
There will be two divisions: serious and humorous poetry. First place winners in each division will receive the coveted Governor's Buckle, two tickets to the Symphony in the Flint Hills, and the opportunity to recite their work again in the Patron's Tent at the Symphony. The Symphony in the Flint Hills will be held Saturday, June 15th at historic Fort Riley.
Committee Members include: Jeff Davidson, President, Kansas Chapter of Western Music Association from Greenwood County; Brad Hamilton, Western Entertainer from Hoyt; Geff Dawson, accomplished cowboy poet and entertainer from the Alma area, and Trey Allen, Winner of the 2011 Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest.