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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Gathering of Montana Cowboy Poets, Musicians and Artists

Every August for 28 years, over 100 cowboy poets, western musicians and artist/vendors gather in Lewistown, Montana to celebrate and preserve the history and lifestyle of the American Cowboy of the Upper Rocky Mountain west. 

The 29th Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous is August 14-17, 2014. The Gathering includes over 50 hours of listening sessions, a welcome BBQ & mini show, a prime-rib dinner train with entertainment, a Jam ‘n Dance, a Starlight Street Dance, special presentations, a FREE Western Art & Gear Show, and Sunday morning Cowboy Church. 

The Saturday night Grand Stage Show stars Sons of the San Joaquin with Mary Kaye/Utah, Ol’ Ugly/Alberta, Bob Petermann/Wibaux, MT, and Owen Badgett/Ingomar, MT.

The 4-day schedule, ticket information and housing availability can be found at www.montanacowboypoetrygathering.com or by calling 406-538-4575.  

The Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the 2nd oldest gathering in the country, just one year younger than the National Gathering in Elko, Nevada.  Montana Cowboy Poetry is featured in Patricia Schultz’ travel book, “1,000 Places to See in the US and Canada Before You Die,” and was nominated as Tourism Event of the Year at the 2013 Governor’s Conference on Tourism.  

Lewistown is a little cow town in the geographic center of Montana.  C.M. Russell frequented this area and included local landmarks, Flat Butte, Utica and the DHS Ranch in many of his world-famous paintings.  Cattle, sheep and horse ranching along with wheat and hay production are the main economic pursuits in Central Montana.  

Lewistown is “western without even trying”,  surrounded by mountains and punctuated by blue-ribbon trout stream, Big Spring Creek. Click on www.enjoylewistown.com.

For more information about top events in Montana take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Montana.