The 6th Annual Miles City Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be hosted by the Range Riders Museum on Sunday, March 1. Entertainment will kick off at 11:30 a.m. with local talent Gail Shaw from Miles City, performing old classic country songs. A roast beef dinner will be served at noon. The featured performers Paul Larson, Karen Stockett, and Chuck Larsen are scheduled to perform during the Main Show at 1 p.m. The event will finish out with an Open Mic session about 3 p.m. with a limit of one poem/song per individual and conclude at 4 p.m.
Featured performer Paul Larson acquired many talents before making his home in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota, just a bit outside the small community of Rochford. He’s spent several years on the road competing in and judging rodeos. He qualified and competed in Charlotte SC at the Worlds Finals Rodeo in 1997 in the team roping event. His talent serves him well in South Dakota as many a neighbor call upon him for round ups and brandings. He is also a talented carpenter and takes much pride in custom building. Whether it is a patio or log cabin in the hills or remodeling an 1800 building in Deadwood all are impressed with his artisanship, honesty, and commitment. His history of performing in rodeos and creating with a hammer and nail made following his passion for music a seamless fabric of a cowboy. Known for his baritone voice and cowboy yodel, he was once introduced by an announcer as a man with the voice he’d hire to ride circles around a rangy herd of cows to keep them quiet through the evening.
Growing up on a farm in South Dakota, Chuck Larsen had ample opportunity to…“do it all” when it came to working livestock. Early on Chuck realized that he leaned toward the horse and cow side of this lifestyle. He and his wife Linda now have a little place in the northeast corner of Wyoming near the community of Hulett, where they pasture a few yearlings and keep a string of good horses and mules. Chuck also finds plenty of opportunity to maintain his Cowboy Credentials, while lendin’ a hand on neighboring ranches. Every once in a while you might also catch him announcing a local rodeo, ropin’ steers, fixen’ fence or…wranglin’ a few dudes.
Chuck’s unique style of writing and performing his poetry will allow you to “visualize” his cowboyin’ experiences as he relates them. Chuck’s poetry has the ability to make you roll in the aisle with laughter or bring a sentimental tear to your eye, as you hear, see and become part of his performance.
Karen Stockett was born on a ranch in Southeastern Montana. She moved to Texas and became a college math instructor, where she met her husband, Lee. They moved back to Montana and had a daughter, Jess, who now helps run the ranch. She is thankful for the many opportunities God has given her and for the chance to share her passion for horses, cows and the ranching lifestyle with others. She enjoys doing cowboy poetry and she writes about cows, horses, God’s help, and good people. Her daughter has put together two books of her poems, “Blue Montana Skies” and “Summer Montana Sunsets.
The poetry gathering 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 ticket that can be picked up at the door. You can call/text Sharon Moore at 406-852-0722, Bunny Miller at 406-852-4949 to reserve your tickets or register for Open Mic