STATE WINNERS IN BOTH THE SERIOUS AND HUMOROUS CATEGORIES RECEIVE:
THE COVETED GOVERNOR’S TROPHY BUCKLE
THE SADDLEJACK BRADRICK AWARD
PRIZES AND DISCOUNTS TO LEADING WESTERN WEAR STORES
MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO PERFORM
ONE YEAR FREE MEMBERSHIP TO THE KANSAS CHAPTER OF THE WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION
TWO TICKETS TO “SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS”
COME ENJOY THE KANSAS COWBOY POETRY CONTEST!
Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan Friday June 14th - 7:00 pm
The public is invited to come enjoy the finals of the Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest. Admission is free!
The top contestants who qualified at regional contests in Ellsworth and Fredonia will compete for the championship buckle and other prizes. All-original serious and humorous poems will be presented.
2019 Contestants (towns in Kansas unless listed otherwise):
Terry Arnwine, Cherryvale; Betty Burlingham, Manhattan; Danny McCurry, Ash Grove, Missouri; Mary Powell, Longton; Colby Richard, Ellsworth; Colin Schoonover, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Don Wagner, Bennington; and Scott Wiswell, Valley Center.
2019 Celebrity Judges:
Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, honorary chief judge
Manhattan Mayor Mike Dodson
USDA Rural Development State Director Lynne Hinrichsen
KSNT anchorwoman Brooke Lennington
Manhattan Mercury executive editor Megan Moser
Chief Justice Lawton Nuss of the Kansas Supreme Court
War hero Mark Nutsch who serves as honorary chair of the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation’s Next Vistas national fundraising campaign
K-State retired football coach Bill Snyder
Thanks to these sponsors of our contest in 2019:
Lead sponsor - the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation, and our other sponsors: The Symphony in the Flint Hills, the Kansas Chapter of the Western Music Association; Flint Hills Discovery Center, Drovers National Hall of Fame, and Vanderbilts, Roberts Cowboy Outfitters and R Bar B Saddle Tack and Trailer and Outpost Western Wear who are donating prizes for the winners. We also appreciate the support of the Manhattan Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Manhattan Broadcasting, and the Ranchland Trust of Kansas.
Objectives of the contest:
1) to encourage and develop the art and practice of cowboy poetry,
2) to expand outreach in support of this unique form of art and folklore, and
3) to support local, grassroots events which can promote cowboy poetry and benefit the local economy.
A performer can enter a poem in either the Serious or Humorous category or both. Only original work is accepted for the contest. Contestants must be present to perform their own work in person.
CRITERIA FOR JUDGING
At each contest, several judges are asked to individually rank performers based on the following factors with a maximum of 10 points apiece:
1. Quality - the technical quality of the poem itself. i.e., the rhyme and meter of the poem - does it rhyme well, does it flow/meter well?
2. Theme - is it truly cowboy/western? Or just general in topic?
3. Presentation – delivery of the poem - effective stage presence, polish of the performer, etc. A perfect score would be a total of 30 points. Ties are broken based on the scores in the Quality category.
There is no time limit on the poems. One does not need to be a Kansan to enter and participate. Immediately before each contest, a contestants meeting will be held where the contestants will draw cards to determine the sequence of performance.