Kansans take back the titles in Cowboy Poetry Contest

Flint Hills Discovery Center News Release

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

Kansans reclaim state cowboy poetry title

Manhattan, KS –After out-of-staters claimed the trophy buckle during the last two years of the Kansas cowboy poetry contest, it was a clean sweep for Kansas in 2016 as Jerry Jones of Salina and Carl Stueve of Olpe claimed the top prizes. Jones won first place in the serious poem category and Stueve won in the humorous poem category.

Final results were as follows: Serious – 1st, Jerry Jones, Salina; 2nd, Dana Moodie, Neodesha; and 3rd, Betty Burlingham, Manhattan. Humorous - 1st, Carl Stueve, Olpe; 2nd, Danny McCurry, Springfield, Missouri; and 3rd, Dwight Burgess, Wamego.
Only those who finished in the top three at one of three regional qualifying contests could compete at the state finals, held at the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan. Others who qualified for the state finals included Marci Broyhill, Dakota City, Nebraska; John Cannon, Fredonia; C.W. Harris, Hepler; Robert Lakey, Wichita; and Don Welborn, Meriden.

“Thanks again to our major donor, the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation, and our other sponsors: The Symphony in the Flint Hills, the Kansas Chapter of the Western Music Association; Drovers National Hall of Fame, Putnam Quarter Horses; and Vanderbilts, Boot Barn, Roberts Cowboy Outfitters and R Bar B Saddle Tack and Trailer who are donating prizes for the winners,” said state poetry contest chair Ron Wilson of Manhattan.

“We appreciate our excellent celebrity judges: Chief Justice Lawton Nuss of the Kansas Supreme Court, Representative Sydney Carlin, Representative Tom Phillips, Marie Martin from the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation, and Donna Sullivan , editor of the Grass & Grain,” said Wilson.

As Kansas state champions, Jones and Stueve received the coveted Governor’s Buckle, the Saddlejack Bradrick Award, discounts and gift certificates from leading western wear stores, two tickets to the Symphony in the Flint Hills, and the opportunity to present their poems at the story circle following the symphony. Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer presented the buckles to the winners during story circle time. The state winners will also have their entry fees paid to compete in the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in Abilene. A photo of the winners is attached showing (left to right) Jerry Jones and Carl Stueve.

State contest committee members include: Abby Amick, Alma, Volland Store Marketing Director; Tracy Henry, Wabaunsee County Economic Development Director; Jeff Davidson, President, Kansas Chapter of Western Music Association, Greenwood County; Brad Hamilton, western entertainer from Hoyt; Geff Dawson, Alma, two time national poetry rodeo champion; and Trey Allen, Junction City, past Kansas champion. For more information, go to www.cowboypoetrycontest.com.

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