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Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest

Cowboys Ride Rhyme to Victory

Left to right: Frank Schweighart, Brashear, Texas; Tim Keane, rural Manhattan, Kansas
June 17, 2014
Tim Keane of rural Manhattan, Kansas and Frank Schweighart of Brashear, Texas are the champions of the 2014 Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest. They won the Governor's Buckle in the humorous and serious poem categories, respectively.

Final results are as follows: Serious category – 1st, Frank Schweighart, Brashear, Texas; 2nd, Kathryn Gardner, Topeka; and 3rd, Eric Borden, Drexel, Missouri. Humorous category – 1st, Tim Keane, Manhattan; 2nd, Frank Schweighart, Brashear, Texas; and 3rd, Eric Borden, Drexel, Missouri. Other contestants who qualified by scoring in the top three of the qualifying contests in Wichita, Dodge City or Strong City, included Betty Burlingham of Manhattan, Russell Graves of Arkansas City, Leonard Hitz of Garden City, Jim John of Wichita, and Don Welborn of Meriden.

"Congratulations to these outstanding cowboy poets and many thanks to our sponsors and judges," said Ron Wilson, contest committee chair.

The lead sponsor of the 2014 event was the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation. In addition to a financial contribution, the Foundation donated pen and notebook sets for the judges to use plus a Phil Epp print given to each contestant in the finals. The print is titled "The American Prairie – Storm on the Plains." The Symphony in the Flint Hills donated two free Symphony tickets to each winner. Wabaunsee County Economic Development was the host. Winners also received gift certificates or discounts for purchases at Roberts Cowboy Outfitters of Salina, Vanderbilts of Wamego, and Sheplers of Wichita.

The finals were held in Alma on Friday, June 13. Governor Sam Brownback recognized the winners at the Symphony in the Flint Hills in Butler County on June 14. Judges for 2014 included: Chief Justice Lawton Nuss of the Kansas Supreme Court, Kyle Bauer of KFRM Radio, Frank Buchman of WIBW FM, and Marie Martin of the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation.

For more information, go to cowboypoetrycontest.com or contact chair Ron Wilson at ron@ronscowboypoetry.com or Abby Amick, Wabaunsee County Economic Development, 785-765-4655, abby@wabaunsee.com.

Other committee members include: Jeff Davidson, President, Kansas Chapter of Western Music Association from Greenwood County; Brad Hamilton, Western Entertainer from Hoyt; Geff Dawson, accomplished cowboy poet and entertainer from the Alma area, and Trey Allen, Winner of the 2011 Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest.


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