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The Cowboy Times
2017 Vol #2 - May

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From the Editors
From the President
2017 Cowboy Festival review
Williams Lake Hall of Fame Inductions
Festival Art Show Results
The 2018 Festival sneak preview

2018 Thursday Dinner Dance
The Joe Marten Award
Wendell Monical, deceased
Sons of the Pioneers
Spirit of the West Cruise


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From the Editors

Kathy and Mark McMillan

Kathy and Mark McMillan

In this issue we're just sharing some of the results from the Kamloops Cowboy Festival ... all in all the bottom line looks great, at least the bank isn't complaining. Really we're not in it to make money anyway, all we want to do, is not lose money, and make enough to help the scholarship fund, the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame, and keep the running expenses paid. Read more.

The fact that the one venue worked out so well is great, not only in my eyes, but the entertainers, the volunteers, and the general public all seemed happy with the change. The Art of the West Show and Sale and the Festival Trade Show both seemed to have gone well in their new smaller locations, and even though we missed the Rising Star Show Case the Open Mic seemed to have been a great draw.

Below you'll find an article on the Joe Marten Award, the latest on the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony that took place in Williams Lake in April, a book review (the first in a while), and some exciting news that we'll share ... read more --> the Sons of the Pioneers will do a BC Tour!

We were saddened to hear of the passing of another BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee, Wendell Monical, who passed away on April 12th see article.

Kathy & Mark McMillan, Editors,   msprings@bcinternet.net


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From the President

Mark McMillan

May 2017, Pres report by Mark McMillan

The Festival went well and even though we were skeptical before hand about the one venue, being under one roof worked out well. I think the entertainment was super this year, the art show and trade show both great, and the food in the dinner theatre super!

We're moving on now into the rest of 2017 and planning for 2018. The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame had four very deserving inductees this year and the Joe Marten Award went to a very deserving individual as well. The deadline for nominations in both of these is November 1st ... and anyone can make a nomination. See the applicable pages on our web site.

As the BC Cowboy Heritage Society President I'm really thrilled to know that the Sons of the Pioneers are making their first ever visit to BC in June. They are a big part of preserving cowboy heritage and keeping the old western / cowboy music alive and well. It all started with Roy Rogers in 1934 and 83 years later the band is still going strong ... the longest still performing band in American history! I am so looking forward to their show in Kamloops on June 28th!

Mark McMillan, President, BCCHS,   cowboys@bcchs.com


The BC Cowboy Heritage Society
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Phone:1-888-763-2221
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Tentatively we will hold our AGM and next general meeting in Kamloops on Sunday, May 28th. 11:00 am for the AGM, a lunch break, then the general meeting to follow.

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society would like to thank you for your support over the past year. We hope you will continue supporting the society by renewing your membership annually. Membership information, and a membership form, can be found on our web site at: www.bcchs.com/membership.html

BCCHS Memberships
If you're not a member but are interested in what we do to preserve cowboy heritage in BC, then you should think about joining. There are no commitments whatsoever and your $20 membership ($30 for a family and $100 for corporate) would be greatly appreciated. Membership dollars go towards the society's administrative costs.


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The Horse Barn

The Horse Barn's web site is: www.horsebarncanada.com.


The Horse Barn!

We are so glad to have the Horse Barn as a major sponsor of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

The Horse Barn is now open on Sunday, too!

Festival Tickets will be avaiable at the Horse Barn!


The Horse Barn - Rafter HB!

The Horse Barn
517 Mt Paul Way
Kamloops, BC, V2H 1A9


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A Sneak Peak at a Couple of Things For the 2018 Festival

Good News For Albertans!! We got an email from Laura and Kieth at Frontier Bus Lines right after the Festival saying that everyone had enjoyed it and quote ... "We will definitely be planning another tour for 2018". This is great to hear - we really appreciate that bus load of Albertans!

More good news for you ... we got an email from the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre not long after the Fetsival, too. They had reviewed things with regard to the Festival and told us that "all room rental will remain the same for 2018 as they were in 2017" - that is awesome news and it means that we can keep our ticket prices the same for 2018! Then there's the dinner price ... and they said "With respect to meals ... we are not going to increase your cost for 2018 either :-). We are planning to leave the menus as is, with a few minor tweaks." Wow! more good news!

Entertainment for 2018 ... ?? Well I can tell you a couple of tentative names. We are really happy to announce that Gary Prescott will return. Also returning will be Tom Cole, Brian Salmond, Hugh McLennan, Bryn Theissen, Frank Gleeson, Doris Daley, and Gordie West. A couple of new faces that we're happy to see on the list are cowboy poet Chris Isaacs, poet/musician Doc Mehl, and a new band named Notable Exceptions (Jennifer and Judy from Horse Crazy). A couple of other names we're hoping for might be Gary Fjellgaard, Alan Moberg, Butch Falk, and a couple of others yet to be decided on. Stay tuned!!

Alberta Bus Tour to the 2018 Kamloops Cowboy Festival
Please check their website for details at: www.frontierbuslines.com or contact them toll free at: 1-888-LET-S-BUS (538-7287).


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Exciting plans for the Thursday Night
"Welcome to Cowboy Festival" Dinner Dance!

It's far too early to confirm much in the way of next year's Thursday night dinner dance but there are plans ... Ron Johnson (used to manage the Plaza then the Ramada and now has Ronny's Ribs and BBQ), long time sponsor Doug Haughton (John Deer Doug is known for throwing some pretty good bashes over the years), and myself (Mark) threw around some thoughts / ideas on the last day of the Festival ...

We first off figured it would be really nice to get back to a good old fashioned type barn dance. Maybe in Knutsford or some other old time community hall. Our first idea didn't work out because they're not open till May, but Doug and Ron are on the hunt - and open to suggestions.

A live band of course would be necessary ... how about Tom Cole and his band - everyone loves that great cowboy / country singing voice! Well that worked out and Tom's given us a tentative OK which was great news!

The meal ... well with Ron Johnson on board how could we go wrong. Some of the best Thursday dinner dance meals were at the Plaza and the Ramada when Ron was heading them up. Now, with Ronny's Ribs and BBQ on the go things are looking pretty yummy!

Ronny's Ribs and BBQ
Ronny's Ribs and BBQ

Stay tuned as we'll have updates on the web site as plans evolve ... anyway you look at it though, Thursday, March 15th, 2018, should be a great kick off to the 22nd Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival.


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The 21st Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival

I might be a little prejudiced but I thought the 21st Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival was good on all accounts. Now, my prejudice aside ... I talked to so many folks that were in the audience and/or just walking through the Festival venue, including the comments from the 55 people on the Frontier Bus, and I had very positive feedback - everyone loved it. We were a little apprehensive going into the Festival wondering what it would be like because we dropped to one venue this year. Would there be too much congestion in the hall ways? Would the tradeshow be too crowded? Would there be enough room for the art in the Art show? Would people miss the

photo by Donna Smith
The evening jam sessions were some of the best ever!
The evening jam sessions
were some of the best ever!

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church? Would there be complaints about the extra time between sets? Well now, after the fact, we can answer all of these questions. Here's what we saw and heard:

Congestion ... it was busy, yes, but I really didn't see any significant increase in the number of folks gathering in the hall way. One reason might be because with the last year's short breaks between sets people only had time to grab a quick drink or bite to eat where as this year they had time to do that and walk through the art and trade show.

Comments on the trade show were that people loved it. They could wander through without missing anything and had time to really check out who and what was being exhibited - and there was some great product offered. One booth said they were down on business this year but another said they were up 30% ... guess everyone has their good years.

The art show ... my opinion, and I'm anything but an artist, was that it looked better with the art displayed closer together - less spread out looking and I could compare the entries easier. Artists might disagree but all in all we had no complaints and I though it looked great.

Did anyone miss being at the church? Not from the feedback that I received. The new to us "Ballroom" got rave reviews ... some saying the best sound they've ever experienced at the Festival ... people loved it. One person even said they listened to Frank Gleeson and heard every word:. The best part about not using the church ... no one, including the audience, us, and the volunteers had to leave the building! In my eyes this was awesome! The only thing we missed was Linda's Girl Guide Concession.

The bottom line ... most of the pretty hefty bills have now gone through and the bank account looks great. It'll still take a while to get actual numbers but from what I see to date, we can carry on saying that the Kamloops Cowboy Festival is in the black again after 21 consecutive years!

Thanks again to volunteers, sponsors and above all, you, the audience!

Really nice to see young blood at the Festival - photos by Jerry Stainer

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
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The Hanson Family
The Hanson Family
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Naomi Bristow
Naomi Bristow
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Below left - The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia once again opened the Festival Friday evening main feature show.

Below right - Kathy Moss won the Horse Barn's Keeper of the West Prize Buckle for her poem "Katie". Photos by Jerry Stainer.

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
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Kathy Moss won the Horse Barn's Keeper of the West Prize Buckle
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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.

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The Art of the West Show and Sale 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 21st Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival once again had some spectacular entries. There were 34 pieces that included; 4 sculptures, 18 flat work and 12 photos. The winning artists in 2017 were:

Flat work
Best in Show: Charlene Parenteau - Puppy Training
Runner Up: Stefanie Travers - In the Air
Honourable Mention: Marlene Pegg - Branding Time

Best in Show: Charlene Parenteau - Puppy Training
Best in Show

Runner Up: Stefanie Travers - In the Air
Runner Up

Sculpture
Best in Show: Joan Bartlett - Showing off for the Ladies
Runner Up: Nancy McMinn - Outlaw
Honourable Mention: Joan Bartlett - Country Bumpkin

Best in Show: Joan Bartlett - Showing off for the Ladies
Best in Show

Runner Up: Nancy McMinn - Outlaw
Runner Up

Photography
Best in Show: Connie Ellis - Ron & Oscar
Runner Up: Mike Anfield - Lakeside
Honourable Mention: Natalie Anfield - Reflections

Best in Show: Connie Ellis - Ron & Oscar
Best in Show

Runner Up: Mike Anfield - Lakeside
Runner Up

People's Choice Award
Charlene Parenteau - Puppy Training

Peoples Choice Award: Charlene Parenteau - Puppy Training
People's Choice Award

 


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Diana French received the Joe Marten Memorial Award

which was presented during the Kamloops Cowboy Festival
main evening feature show on Saturday, March 18th.

photo by Jerry Stainer Diana French
Diana French with
Mark & Traudl Marten

Diana French received the "Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC" during the main feature show, Saturday evening, March 18th, at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. The award honours one recipient annually and is presented by the BC Cowboy Heritage Society.

This year the recipient fits in a few of the criteria guidelines; Diana French was the curator of the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake for close to 30 years, she has written three ranch related books, and she was the push behind the Museum partnering the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and making the Museum the home to its memorabilia as well as swinging the Museum's focus to

cowboys, ranching and rodeo. She was a reporter, and later the editor, of the Williams Lake Tribune, and still writes a weekly column for the paper.

The three books that Diana has published are: Ranchland, partnered with photographer Rick Blacklaws, is all about the history of ranching and cowboys in BC; Road Runs West and Women of Fine Mettle, both include stories of well known, and not so well known, women involved in ranching. These alone make Diana French a very deserving recipient and the BC Cowboy Heritage Society was extremely happy to add her to the list of recipients for the Annual Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC.

photo by Jerry Stainer Diana French
Diana French with
her family and Mark


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The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Inducted at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

photo by Liz Twan
Bronc Twan  - Working Cowboy/Horseman Bronc Twan

Bronc Twan - Working Cowboy/Horseman
Bronc was born October 14, 1951, in Williams Lake to Bill and Margaret Twan and was raised on the Alkali Lake Ranch. His father (inducted in 2000) was cowboss for the von Riedemann family. Bronc started competing at an early age and was one of the first members of the Interior Amateur Rodeo Association. He rodeo'd competitively for five decades. Bronc hired on full-time at Alkali Lake Ranch, mainly as a cowboy, becoming a true 'stockman' in later years. He has the ability to read a cow and know what she is going to do. Always well-mounted, he raised and trained his own horses from a very early age. Bronc met Elizabeth (Liz) Skipp at a WL Stampede Barn Dance in 1976 and they were married October 14, 1978. Sons, Willee (1981) and Jesse (1985) grew up working with their father on the ranch much as Bronc had

done with his father. Bronc could often be found honing his roping skills and/or teaching some of the younger crew the fine art of rodeo. In 2005 he received the BC Rodeo Association Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2008 a Lifetime Pass to the Williams Lake Stampede and in 2016 the Living Rodeo Legend recognized at the 40th Annual Elders Gathering. In 1977 the Mervyn family kept Bronc on as cowboss, and he became ranch manager in the mid-eighties. Bronc was employed at Alkali Lake Ranch from 1969 until his retirement in 2016 ... 47 consecutive years! Those who worked for Bronc at Alkali Lake Ranch know he was one of those rare bosses who led by example and made all tasks enjoyable. Upon retirement, Bronc and Liz moved to their retirement acreage mid-way between Alkali Lake and Williams Lake. Bronc keeps busy clearing land and looking after a small cow herd of their own and is often called on to help out sons and neighbours. He also enjoys spending time with his granddaughters who all live close by. Perhaps one of Bronc's most important accomplishments is to have raised, along with Liz, a family that carries on the ranching traditions and values instilled in Bronc.

Antoine and Gilbert Harry - Working Cowboys
Antoine Harry was born in Alkali Lake on January 16, 1927, and he later moved to Dog Creek Reserve where he spent the rest of life. Antoine came from a large family - three brothers and seven sisters. Antoine married Julia Alphonse 1951 and together they raised twelve children of their own. Antoine was trained at an early age to respect the animals and the land, and he was known for his horsemanship ... he rode and broke all his horses, and drove team and wagon for various outfits. He was known for riding rough stock, he could ride any horse. Antoine was always involved in ranching, and he owned his own livestock operation. The horses that Antoine trained were such that they were suitable for a toddler or a working cowboy. Antoine worked for the Circle S Ranch, Gang Ranch, Pigeon Ranch, Little Dog Creek Ranch, Mountain Ranch and Alkali Lake Ranch. He worked with his brother Gilbert Harry and many other well known cowboys in the area. Antoine was Chief for Dog Creek community from 1974 to 1976, served as Councillor from 1960 - 1962, and again from 1968 - 1970 and a third term from 1978 - 1980. The friendships that Antoine made were lifelong relationships. He could always ask a friend for help when in need, and he would return the favor. Antoine loved to ride, he loved music, and he loved his family and friends.

Antoine and Gilbert Harry  - Working Cowboys Antoine (right) and Gilbert Harry

Gilbert Harry was born Gilbert Charles Chelsea August 5th, 1922. During his school years he went by Gilbert Nels (his father was Nels Chelsea) and later, after his mother remarried to Willie Harry, he changed his name to Gilbert Harry. Gilbert spent all his life in the Dog Creek area ranching. He rode in the Mountain Race at the Williams Lake Stampede 3 times, placing each time. In 1950 he rode using his brother Antoine's name and won. In 1951 and 1952 Gilbert placed second. An RCMP officer measured the jump and said his horse Blue Jay jumped 65 feet. Gilbert's father, Nels Chelsea also won the Mountain Race, in 1930. Gilbert worked at a number of the local ranches as a cowboy. He rode with the best of the old time cowboys including his brother Antoine at the then Diamond S Ranch (Circle S Ranch) at Dog Creek. Gilbert ran the Joe Place ranch where he worked for the Symes as an all around hand. He broke many horses and trailed a lot of cattle in his lifetime. When he got up in years Gilbert worked at the Gang Ranch as a farm hand. Gilbert married Ellen Clemine Kelalest in 1943 and they celebrated 68 years together. They had 8 children and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren & great-great-grandchildren, many of whom are also excellent horsemen. Gilbert loved hockey and was an avid player - a good one too! He was a true Cariboo Cowboy and went to his final rest December 16th, 2009, at 87. Many who knew him often comment on his wonderful sense of humour.

Sunday, April 23rd

The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake put on another great welcoming lunch for families and friends of the inductees. Photos were taken and a lot of food was consumed. They had a cake made with the inductees names and pictures iced on it and the recipients cut the cake in front of a fairly large crowd of family and friends.

Roy Mulvahill showed up with his wagon and team of Suffolk Punch draft horses and took the inductees and dignitaries for a

photo by Chevonn Haselhan
a cake made with the inductees names and pictures
(L to R) Louise Harry (Antoine's daughter), Bronc Twan, James Harry (Gilbert's son)

photo by Chevonn Haselhan
the 2017 Williams Lake BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony

wagon ride that ended up at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. Right at 1:00, to start the rodeo off, Mark read the bios and did the presentation of the plaques as the cowboys were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

In the photo to the left, (L to R) are, Cheyenne Shoults (WL Stampede Queen), Mark McMillan (BCCHS President), George Atamanko (Museum President), Kelly Walls (WL Indoor Rodeo President), Bronc, Liz, Piper, and Willie Twan as Bronc is inducted.

Right after the ceremony the inductees went outside to have a few more photos taken. Left to right in the photo to the right are: Bronc and Liz Twan, James and Rose Harry (son and daughter of Gilbert), Mark, Louise and Billy Harry ( daughter and son of Antoine).

The rodeo itself was once again a well orchestrated event. Congratulations to the organizers at the Museum for the pre-rodeo luncheon and to everyone that helped make the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo another super show!

photo by Chevonn Haselhan
a photo after 2017 Williams Lake BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony


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The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

presents the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame

Museum Logo

The Museum is located in Williams Lake, BC. For information on the Museum, and what it displays inside, check out their web site at: www.cowboy-museum.com


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Wendell Monical May 11th, 1932 to April 12th, 2017

Another great cowboy rides off ...

Wendell Monical
Wendell Monical

It was close to 20 years ago that I met Wendell Monical. We had leased some grass for our cows at 105 Mile, right next to the 105 Mile Ranch. The property was fenced but had no corrals or loading chutes ... but look what's next door! When I asked Wendell if we could use his corrals there was no hesitation ... "of course you can" he said in true cowboy fashion, and he and/or someone from his family were often there on horseback to help.

Wendell Monical was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2005 after a lifelong career as a working cowboy, a great stockman, and a very respected horseman.

Wendell was born in Eastern Oregon in 1932 and raised on a cattle ranch. In 1962 the family left the high and dry sage brush country and moved to the lush grass area of BC's Cariboo. He ended up as co-owner and manager of 700 cows on 30,000 acres at 105 Mile Ranch.

The capacity of the ranch was up around 1,200 pairs so, after much consultation with Forestry who said it wasn't possible, Wendell talked them into opening up some summer range where he successfully established a crown cow range.

He tried making hay and silage for winter feed but decided that because it couldn't be done from the back of a horse he'd leave that to the farmers and started purchasing his feed which left more time for him to spend with the cattle. This led to his helping develop some of the cross breeds starting with Charolais and Herefords, then Angus, and eventually Simmentals.

Wendell had two sons and one daughter who are all still in the ranching industry today. One was quoted as saying "anything dad doesn't know about a cow isn't worth remembering." He had an amazing ability to read cattle and remember them and their calves, and was also a remarkable trainer, of both of horses and cow dogs.

Wendell filled the President's chair and sat as a Director of the local cattlemen's association over the years. He was active in the community in other ways, too, and in 1995 he rescued three children that had been lost and had spent the night out. He did this horseback and it didn't take long ... the years of tracking cattle made it easy.

In 1970 the ranch was sold, but after moving to several other BC locations Wendell ended up back on the original ranch. He stayed here, even after he finally retired a few years ago when the ranch

Wendell Monical moving cows
Wendell moving cows

sold again. He moved to Fisher Place Care Home in 2015 but because of the many tough rides over the years he ended up in a wheel chair and this was definitely not the ride he wanted ... although he did tell me that the chair tried to buck him off occasionally but never succeeded.

I will always remember Wendell giving me heck one day. We had loaded the last of the cow calf pairs and headed home, leaving the horses to stand in the corral. We would dump at home and return for them, about an hour round trip. Well there was a nice big old barn right close but it wasn't ours and I wasn't about to go in it. As fate would have it we got a huge rain storm and when we got back Wendell chewed me out for not putting our horses in his barn. This shows the kind of man he was ... always caring for, and thinking of, the animals first. Rest in Peace Wendell.


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The Sons of the Pioneers

About to Tour BC and Alberta

The Sons of the Pioneers 1934
The Sons of the Pioneers 1934

83 years ago a band was formed and Roy Rogers was the leader. They appeared on TV, movies, record contracts, and live performances all over the world.

They have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Western Music Hall of Fame, the Texas Swing Hall of Fame and have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As well, their renditions of Tumbling Tumbleweed and Cool Water are in the Grammy Hall of Fame and in recognition of their contributions to the western music art form, the Smithsonian Institute designated them a "National Treasure".

They've never been to BC before and we're looking forward to welcoming them and showing them some BC cowboy hospitality. They will make six stops on their BC Tour this coming June ... June 20th in Abbotsford / Chilliwack, the 21st in Kelowna, the 24th in Oliver, the 25th in Nelson, the 26th in Vernon, and the 28th in Kamloops!

Albertans, not to worry your on the agenda this year, too. The Sons will do a fall tour in November! November 20th and 21st they will be in Festival Place in Sherwood Park and November 22nd they'll be in Red Deer at the Memorial Theatre!

Western Music is a unique and truly original North American art form which honours the cowboy, the timeless West, and its culture. The North American Cowboy and the American and Canadian West are images embraced by a large demographic - for as the song says, "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys".

The Sons of the Pioneers 2017
The Sons of the Pioneers 2017

"The Sons of the Pioneers are known the world over for their own special arrangements of the western song classics" - Western Music Association. Their iconic harmonies and arrangements are considered the gold standard of the genre.

The show is a two hour crowd pleaser with classic Sons of the Pioneers' harmonies, and showcases instrumentals of their top notch musicians. There is always a relaxed and off-the-cuff comedic flare to every show. Encores and standing ovations are the norm. They also have a popular "meet and greet" autograph session after the show. Their goal is for everyone to go home with a treasured memory ... and I'm sure we will!

Find more information including times, locations, ticket prices and where to get them.


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Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association - ACPA

Check it out at: www.albertacowboypoetry.com. If you're looking for a performer for an event, or if you are a performer looking to get booked for an event, then you'll find how on their web site. If it's a CD or book you need you'll find tons of them there, too! That's www.albertacowboypoetry.com.


Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association - ACPA

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The 16th Annual Spirit of the West Cruise!

By the time you read this we'll be about a month away from the Alaska Cruise ... along with Billie and Hugh and close to 200 other folks! We'll be gone for 11 days and we'll be back in Kamloops (hopefully) right around the time the Sons of the Pioneers get ready to start their concert at the Calvary Church on June 28th!

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The 2017 Spirit of the West Cruise is off to Alaska

The 2017 Spirit of the West
Cruise is off to Alaska

See www.Hugh-McLennan.com or call Cruise Vacations
1-800-530-0131
Download the Cruise Brochure

That's right - North To Alaska is the 2017 destination. The Holland America's ship "ms Noordam" will depart Vancouver on June 18th, 2017, with Billie and Hugh McLennan and the Spirit of the West group! The cruise will sail over a seven day period taking in; The Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, and Steward (Anchorage).

Following the cruise the Spirit of the West group will enjoy some of Alaska's most spectacular scenery en route to Denali National Park with its unforgettable Tundra Wilderness, and the very best chance of seeing both Mount McKinley itself and Denali's iconic wildlife. Transportation to Denali National Park will be on deluxe motor coach and the return trip to Anchorage will be on the luxurious domed cars of the McKinley Explorer.

There's an option available, too, if you're coming from Alberta ... you could take the Rocky Mountaineer Rail Package.

Here is a photo of the 2016 Spirit of the West group

The 2017 Spirit of the West Cruise is off to Alaska

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Home of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame!

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BC Cowboy, Ranching, and Rodeo Museum The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is located in Williams Lake, BC and is the Home of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. Its located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Borland Street. Phone 250-392-7404 Email: mccwl@uniserve.com

We highly recommend a visit to the
Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake!
Check out their web site - BC Cowboy, Ranching, and Rodeo Museum


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