Glade Park celebrates heritage with Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival |

Glade Park celebrates heritage with Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival

Brittany Markert
Glade Park will host the fourth annual Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival on Saturday, June 6, from 5-8 p.m.
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WHAT: Glade Park Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival

WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 5-8 p.m.

WHERE: 101 16.5 Road, Glade Park

COST: $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12

INFO: 307-871-6578,,

GLADE PARK, Colo. — Gather ‘round the campfire and listen, folks, to tall tales and song. Don’t miss the fourth annual Glade Park Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival! This all-ages event is planned, rain or shine.

The event is set for Saturday, June 6, from 5-8 p.m. at Glade Park’s Community Center, located at 101 16.5 Road. Deb Bukala, Nona Kelley Carver, “Miz Lizzie” (aka Beth Williams) and Tom Sharpe are scheduled to perform.

“Cowboy poetry is native to the area,” said Diana Barnett, Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival’s spokesperson. “It’s bringing that old western flavor back to life. It revitalizes the old West in the area.”

Admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the community center, a building that’s used for many of Glade Park’s social events. Each year’s event has raised around $2,500-$3,000 from entrance fees and sponsors. Last year’s event hosted about 250 people, and event organizers expect the same in 2015.

The festival will also offer food from Famous Dave’s BBQ.

“It’s important not only for Glade Park, but for the Grand Valley community by recalling the heritage,” said Roger Dingman, Glade Park’s community association president.


Cowboy poetry has a long history in the West, rooted in cattle herding and camaraderie. After the day’s work was done, cowboys would make meals over campfires and talk about their adventures. Eventually, they began turning stories into verse, sometimes with humorous anecdotes.

“It’s not your typical poetry,” Dingman said.

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