Native American Grass Dancer at Old West Pow Wow, 1992. Photo courtesy Old West Days
Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Old West Days)
This four-day event is held the first weekend in
October in Valentine, Nebraska. Daytime poetry reading sessions are
free and open to anyone with a poem to read or a song to sing.
Participants need not have cowboy backgrounds, but there is always
a contingent of authentic cowboy poets eager to share their
experiences through poetry. Featured professional poets and
musicians are heard in two evening performances, and there is a
music and yodeling performance Saturday afternoon. A special
children's poetry reading is held, along with a workshop in western
culture for children. Other featured events include an
old-fashioned melodrama performance, a Native American powwow, a
western art and trade show, a display of bit and spur collections,
a mountain man rendezvous, an all-horse parade, and a trail ride.
Held since 1992, the celebration is documented in text,
photographs, an audio tape, promotional materials, and souvenir
Originally submitted by: J. Robert Kerrey, Senator.
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