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Father and son cowboy poets Harold and Bill Lowman, May 1997
Father and son cowboy poets Harold and Bill Lowman, May 1997. Harold died in 1998. Photo: Sheldon Green

Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Medora

Founded by cowboy poet and North Dakotan Bill Lowman and Everett Albers, North Dakota Humanities Executive Director, the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering marked its 13th consecutive run in 1999, making it the oldest ongoing regional cowboy gathering in the nation. It consistently draws an average of 50 participants from a dozen states. A fresh set of performers is featured each spring -- over Memorial Day weekend -- something that sets the Medora event apart from other cowboy poetry gatherings. The veterans are always welcome to return and frequently precede the big-name performers booked on the night shows.

Originally submitted by: Byron Dorgan, Senator.

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