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Cowboy Poetry Under the Stars

Date: May 09, 2024
Time: 8:00 PM

In the spirit of our western heritage, we invite you to an intimate evening of Cowboy poetry.
A sometimes forgotten art form that has been carried on, mostly in the oral tradition, for over a century, cowboy poetry has stood the test of time as a vital part of our western, ranching and cowboy heritage.

Three of the countries best and most awarded contemporary cowboy poets will entertain and enlighten us with poems both classic and contemporary, some serious and some funny, it will be an event you will not soon forget.

Refreshments will be served.

Jeff Gore

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Jeff Gore has been performing since he was 4 years old. He has spent the last 30 years traveling and singing Cowboy and Gospel music all over the US and abroad. He is the recipient of the Male Vocalist of the Year award in Cowboy Music from the Academy of Western Artists (1997), and a lifetime achievement award winner for Western Music by the American Cowboy Culture Association (2005, the youngest ever to receive this award). Gore has also produced and acted on television, appeared in film, and is currently producing, directing, and starring in a film based on his 2010 novel, Jingle In The Horses. Jeff also serves on the Executive Committee for the Western Heritage Classic. Along with these and other accomplishments, he is proudest when asked to ride out with a crew of cowboys on the wagon to ranches from Texas to Idaho. He and his wife Donna (of over 30 years), have two married daughters who live in Abilene, Texas with their husbands. They also have four grandsons.

Valerie Beard

Valerie is a rancher's wife, teacher, writer, crew cook, quilter, reader and Nana. She and her husband, Cowboy Poet Floyd Beard, live in Southeast Colorado and run cattle with their daughter and son-in-law. They keep a few Border Collies around to stay humble. Valerie released a CD this year, "No Better Life" that debuted with the International Western Music Association in the #1 spot. She also was a top five finalist for IWMA Female Poet of the Year in 2019, 2021, and 2022.

Floyd Beard

Floyd Beard lives twelve cattle guards from the pavement near Kim, Colorado. He and his wife, Valerie, run cattle with their daughter and son-in-law. A good day involves getting up before the sun is "pinking up the east", riding, working cattle, and settling down on the porch to watch the sunset. Floyd is an award -winning poet and has been writing and rhyming for over 30 years. Floyd is the 2016, 2017, and 2021 International Music Association's Male Poet of the Year. His most recent CD, "Horse Tales and Cow Trails" also won the IWMA's 2021 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year. Most of his original poetry is written about his observations while working on the ranch. For more information go to: or email him at
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Cowboy Poetry Under the Stars
May 09, 2024 | 8:00 PM
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