Cowboy Weekend 2012 features two Celebrity Concerts
Friday September 21: The Charlie Daniels Band Tickets $45
Charlie Daniels, known for his fiddle playing, is a music icon that has been performing for over 50 years. His style is an exhilarating mixture of rock, country, bluegrass, blues, and gospel
Saturday September 22: Don Edwards Tickets $20Don Edwards is a Grammy nominated cowboy singer and guitarist with a smooth voice and engaging style.
His covers of Marty Robbins tunes are memorable.
Cowboys were drawn to the Ozarks in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s by cheap land, low taxes, abundant water and good grass. When they came, they found their neighbors had a rich tradition of songs, “ballets” similar to the cowboy songs and poetry from the West. Famous cowboy balladeers such as Glenn Ohrlin, Jim McElroy and Hubb Willis have called the Stone County Arkansas area home.
In honor of this tradition, and to discover the new cowboy poets of the Ozarks today, the Ozark Folk Center is hosting a Cowboy Poetry Contest on Saturday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the White Oak Auditorium. This contest is low-key and fun.
So pick up a rhyme, jingle your spurs and try your hand at wrangling a bit of history. Cowboy poetry is an oral tradition, so you must perform your own original poems, or bribe your friends to perform your poetry for you. Only original works are eligible to be judged. Judging will be done by a team of mule skinners, horse traders and trail riders.
Winners will receive lots of applause.