Glade Park Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival rounds up residents |

Glade Park Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival rounds up residents

Brittany Markert
Terry Nash performs during last year's Glade Park Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival. This year's event is set for Saturday, June 7, starting at 5 p.m.
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WHAT: Glade Park Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, from 5-9 p.m.

WHERE: Glade Park Community Center

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

INFO: 970-263-4803 or email

Flashback to the Old West era, sitting around a campfire after a long day herding cattle and enjoying a hearty meal while fellow cowboys tell tales of their day. Those stories were made into poetry and music shared through generations.

Glade Park’s Cowboy Poetry Festival celebrates the cowboy heritage on Saturday, June 7, starting at 5 p.m. It’s set for The Community Center in Glade Park (0.2 miles north of the General Store). Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Glade Park Community Service, Inc. — a building home to Glade Park’s post office and social events.

“It’s a really nice time,” performer Terry Nash said. “We got a lot of people to come out and enjoy themselves.”

The festival plans for seven performers including Deb Bukala, Peggy Malone, Donnie Wynkoop, Terry Nash, Floyd Beard, Nona Kelley Carver, and Dale Page.

Food will be catered by Kissin’ Kate’s Roadhouse for an additional cost.

Attendance was around 250 people last year, and event organizers expect just as many, if not more this year. Bring a jacket, chairs, and an umbrella as this event is outdoors and will occur rain or shine.


It’s called cowboy poetry because it’s story telling from a cowboy’s perspective. It tells of the working days on the ranch over the last century or so.

Some of the themes include ranch work, the western lifestyle, the landscape of the West, cowboy values and practices; sometimes humorous anecdotes are added.

Nash, a Loma resident, is an active poet in his off time.

“It paints a picture and tells stories about the life,” he said. “You can’t fake it; it’s in your heart.”

Nash grew up in the small town of Idalia, Colo., on a farm and ranch. Later in Nash’s life, he heard Garry McMahan and it changed his life.

He moved to Mesa County in late 1980s where he met his wife. Since then, he’s done dozens of shows throughout western Colorado performing his poetry and reciting others.

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