Cowboy Poetry Week Highlighted in SD by Governor, Dakota Western Heritage Festival Organizers and Others

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed this week as Cowboy Poetry Week in South Dakota.  The state designation is part of National Cowboy Poetry Week.  In the proclamation issued by the Governor’s office, Daugaard cites the preservation of cowboy poetry as an important historical documentation of the heritage of South Dakota.  He also mentions that the state is home to many poets who express the western legacy of yesterday and the vision of tomorrow in the form of cowboy poetry.  After issuing the proclamation, Daugaard met last week with the organizers of this fall’s Dakota Western Heritage Festival coming to Fort Pierre.  The festival’s Carmen Cowan Woodward says having Cowboy Poetry Week in South Dakota is a very fitting tribute to some very talented cowboy poets that call the state home.

Co-organizer Gary Heintz says this week ties in with plans for the September event, which will celebrate everything western and will be centered at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre.

The festival will feature music, cowboy poets, vendors, exhibits and more.  This year’s entertainers will be “Cowboy Culture South Dakota Style”.  Ken Cook Robert Dennis and Paul Larson will provide cowboy music and poetry and Kenny Putnam will be a special guest.  For more information on the festival, visit the event’s Facebook page at

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