The 2018 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Review!

Well it's all said and done for another year and the feedback was amazing! Probably the first time in 22 years that we can say we virtually had no complaints. Ya we did have the odd comment but all in all ... even with the meals at the dinner theatre - really how can you serve over 800 meals and not have a single complaint? Well done to the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre for that.

Last year we moved to the one venue and it worked out well. This year we really noticed the difference now that we were settled in to the fact. The venue works really well ... for entertainers, audience, volunteers, and especially the organizers!

The trade show went over well. Some of the booths said it was slow and others said they did very well. This happens every year with no rhyme or reason. The public had the time to browse in between sets in the two different venues which was nice for both them and the vendors. A few vendors didn't make it out from Alberta when winter decided to hang around and hold things up. Luckily this was just vendors that had to be in the day before to set up. Travel for the general public was really good.

The art show was once again a super show. The talent was, as usual, amazing. The winners of the art show are as follows: Flat work, Best in Show: Marlene Pegg - Tracking Powder; Runner Up: Stefanie Travers - The Lightness of Being; Honourable Mention: Stefanie Travers - Intention. Sculpture, Best in Show: Nancy McMinn - Cowboy. Photography, Best in Show: Mike Anfield - Lac Du Bois 2017; Runner Up: Mike Anfield - Lupens; Honourable Mention: Mike Anfield - Stump Lake Sunrise. The People's Choice Award went to Marlene Pegg for Tracking Powder.

Cowboy Church in the Ballroom went well ... this was another first for us. The feedback was great - we even heard that the pre-church entertainment was the best we've ever had.

The first of the annual BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took place Friday night, March 16th where Lois Tucker Daling, "Working Cowboy" and Ken Fawcett, "Ranching Pioneer" were inducted.

So after the fact, we can once again say that the Kamloops Cowboy Festival was indeed another great weekend ... thanks to all that took part: sponsors, entertainers, exhibitors, artists, audience, and the amazing volunteers!

See you next year at the 23rd Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival, March 14th to 17th, 2019. Don't forget tickets go on sale November 1st, 2018.

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The Art of the West Show and Sale

Every year the Kamloops Cowboy Festival is host to the Canadian Cowboy Country magazine sponsored Art of the West Show and Sale, a juried western art show. Artists from all over North America can submit a sample of their work to a committee where it is reviewed and either rejected or accepted for display and judging at the art show during the Festival.

The Art of the West Show and Sale has three categories in which artists can enter that include; Flat work which can be a drawing or painting in oil, water colour, acrylic, pastel, graphite, or mixed media; Sculpture of a resilient medium (not wax, putty, etc) which usually includes bronzes, wood, clay and/or ceramic figures, but could be any three dimensional object; and original photography.

The Art of the West Show and Sale

Entries in each category in the art show are judged and prize money and rosettes are presented to the winning artists ... a rosette and $450 for best of show, a rosette and $350 for runner up, and a rosette for honourable mention for the third place piece. There is also a "People's Choice Award" rosette which is given to the entry with the most votes from the public at the show.

The 22nd Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival once again had some spectacular entries - there were 23 pieces. The winning artists in 2018 were:

Flat work
Best in Show:
Marlene Pegg - Tracking Powder
Runner Up:
Stefanie Travers - The Lightness of Being
Honourable Mention:
Stefanie Travers - Intention

Best in Show: Marlene Pegg - Tracking Powder
Best in Show

Runner Up: Stefanie Travers - The Lightness of Being
Runner Up

Sculpture
Best in Show: Nancy McMinn - Cowboy

Best in Show - Nancy McMinn - Cowboy
Best in Show

 

Photography
Best in Show:(right)
Mike Anfield - Lac Du Bois 2017
Runner Up: (center)
Mike Anfield - Lupens
Honourable Mention: (left)
Mike Anfield - Stump Lake Sunrise

Best in Show: Mike Anfield - Lac Du Bois 2017
Best in Show

People's Choice Award
Marlene Pegg - Tracking Powder

People's Choice Award - Marlene Pegg - Tracking Powder
People's Choice Award

 


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