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Join us at the Shockey & Landes Building in Abilene, Kansas, for the 22nd Anniversary, NCPR Competition August 2-3 from 8:30 until approximately 2:00 each day.  Free Admission.

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National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo? 

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2019 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo 22nd Annual Event August 2-3, 2019 (parade is August 1) Shockey & Landes Building, Abilene, Kansas
Admission is Free to Watch the Competition! 8:30 am until done on August 2-3, 2019
Cowboy and Cowgirl Poets will “ride” against each other on-stage performing their best cowboy poetry which will be judged by a panel of five (5) judges, throwing out the high and low scores for a total score in each category.  There will be two go-rounds with an average as in rodeo and their average scores will determine the Champions.  The Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is an event, fashioned after a stock rodeo, designed to pit the skills of one cowboy poet against the others, all having paid an entry fee to compete for prize money, trophy buckles and awards, with an ultimate goal to help further develop the talents for both stage presence and writing styles, all at the same time to provide an entertainment value to the audience. Click Here for More Information



Chisholm Trail Western Music Show “Around the Campfire” August 3, 2019 4:30-6:00 p.m. Great Plains Theatre 215 N. Campbell St., Abilene, Kansas THEN HEAD TO THE WILD BILL HICKOK RODEO WHICH BEGINS AT 7:30 P.M.
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Excellence through Competition Rittel’s Western Wear Abilene, Kansas
Featuring Geff Dawson & Dawn, Gary S. Pratt and Del Shields along with the 2019 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo Champions