The 5th Annual Miles City Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be hosted by the Range Riders Museum on Sunday, Feb. 24. Entertainment will kick off at 11:30 a.m. with local talent Angie Dauben and Bob Petermann from Wibaux. They will be performing western and gospel music. A roast beef dinner will be served at noon. The featured performers Margaret Wilhelm, Jarle Kvale and Jack Owen are scheduled to perform during the Main Show at 1 p.m. The event will finish out with an Open Mic session at 3 p.m. with a limit of one poem/song per individual and conclude at 4 p.m.
Margaret Wilhelm is returning to the stage at the Miles City Cowboy Poetry Gathering after numerous requests to have her share more of her poetry. Margaret Wilhelm lives in White Sulphur Springs where she and her husband raise Black Angus cattle. Her poetry is not traditional cowboy poetry, although she gets her inspiration from happenings on the ranch, neighbors’ ranches and human observation. She believes people should laugh more, particularly at themselves.
A well-known poet, Jarle Kvale of Dunseith, N.D. will be making his first appearance at this event.
Jarle turns his experiences with horses, rodeo and North Dakota rural living into humorous verse. He’s been writing cowboy poetry for over 20 years, sharing his stories with friends and family members over trail ride campfires, at various community events, and at cowboy poetry gatherings in Medora, N.D., Ft. Pierre, S.D., Durango, Colo., Valentine, Neb. and Elko, Nev. He is program director at KEYA Public Radio, located on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation in north central North Dakota. He helps promote western music and cowboy poetry on his weekly half-hour radio show, “Back at the Ranch”.
Jack Owen will round out the program performing classic and original country and cowboy music. He is a lifelong resident of Carter County and grew up in a musical family. Jack used to perform with dance bands and he now enjoys sharing guitar and vocal solo work. He makes a living by raising Red Angus cattle north of Alzada.
The event is a fund raiser for the Range Riders Museum and the cost is $25 for the meal, entertainment and open mic. The event is held in the Pioneer Hall of the museum. Tickets are available at the door but seating is limited. It is recommended that you reserve tickets that can be picked up at the door. You can call/text Sharon Moore at 406-852-0722, Bunny Miller at 406-852-4949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your ticket or register for Open Mic.