Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering
and Western Music Rendezvous

Thursday, August 8 - Sunday, August 11, 2024


Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest

The Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous is a 3-day cultural festival, held annually in mid-August in Lewistown, Montana, and dedicated to celebrating and preserving the history, heritage, and values of the cowboy lifestyle of the Upper Rocky Mountain West.  About 100 cowboy poets, western musicians, and artists, from all over the United States and Canada, convene to share their talents and perpetuate the traditions of the American West. 

For our 2024 gathering, we are encouraging the involvement of youth by sponsoring a YOUTH Cowboy Poetry Contest. Young poets, ages 12-18 are encouraged to write some “cowboy” poetry. First place prize is $100, second place prize is $75, and the winners will recite their poems on the Grand Stage Saturday evening. The theme for the 2024 Gathering is “A Cowboy and His Dog”, but any “cowboy” subject will be acceptable.

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Please call Charlotte Carroll at 406-781-1422 if you have any questions.