Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest finals to come to the Flint Hills Discovery Center

Flint Hills Discovery Center News Release

Contact: Ron Wilson, Poet Lariat – (785) 532-8092 - ron@ronscowboypoetry.com

Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest to have new venues for regional contests and state finals

Manhattan, KS –The final round of the Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest is moving to Manhattan. For the first time in the six year history of the contest, the contest finals will be hosted at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

“We are delighted to partner with the Flint Hills Discovery Center to host this event,” said poetry contest chair Ron Wilson of the Lazy T Ranch near Manhattan. “The Kansas Flint Hills are a wonderful center of working ranch culture and cowboy life.”

The finals will be Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. on the night before the Symphony in the Flint Hills. Those who finish in the top tier at one of three regional qualifying contests will compete at the state finals. The dates, times and locations of the qualifying contests are as follows: Friday, April 29, 7 p.m., J. H. Robbins Memorial Library, 219 N. Lincoln Street, Ellsworth; Saturday, May 7, 4 p.m., Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel Street, Benton; and Friday, May 20, 7 p.m., Rollin ‘Red’ Vandever Memorial Park, home of the “Wilson County Old Iron Club,” 10392 Jade Road, Fredonia.

“We encourage current and aspiring cowboy poets to enter one of the regional contests,” said Wilson. “Everyone who loves Kansas and good entertainment is invited to come out and listen as well.” Contestants can enter to present a serious poem, humorous poem or both. Awards will be presented in all categories.

There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend all of these events. 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, and two tickets to the Symphony in the Flint Hills. In addition, the state winners will have their entry fees paid to compete in the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo.

For more information or to enter the regional contest, go to www.cowboypoetrycontest.com.

State contest committee members include: Abby Amick, Alma; Tracy Henry, Wabaunsee County Economic Development Director; Jeff Davidson, President, Kansas Chapter of Western Music Association, Greenwood County; Brad Hamilton, Hoyt; Geff Dawson, Alma and Trey Allen, Junction City. For more information, visit www.cowboypoetrycontest.com.

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