The 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival

Twenty-three consecutive years and again virtually no complaints ... and a ton of amazing compliments! Everything went along all weekend without any hiccups and in the eyes of the organizers everything was great. People always say "the best one yet" but this year I actually thought that the entertainment could be there.

The trade show is down in size a bit but the exhibitors that were there did well and went home happy. The art show received some great compliments including this one from a couple that are regular attendees, "The Art Show was tremendous! The artists are truly amazing and really portray the western way of life very well. Keeping our heritage alive!". The daytime entertainment time slots in the two venues were staggered this year which made it easy for the audience to find the time to browse through both the art show and trade show without any huge crowds. This also worked out better for both the concession and bar, too.

The weekend was one of the nicest, weather wise, we've seen for a few years, too, making travel easy from all directions. The majority of the audience comes from Alberta but quite a few made the trip from Vancouver Island, the Peace, the Cariboo and Chilcotin, and the Lower Mainland.

The winners of the art show are as follows: Flat work, Best in Show: Wayne Larsen - "High Bar"; Runner Up: Stefanie Travers - "Ever Learning Forward"; Honourable Mention: Debbie Lund - "Through the Ya Ha Tinda". Sculpture, Best in Show: Reg Parson - "Honey We're Rich"; Runner Up: Nathan Scott - "The Ten Second Tornado". Photography, Best in Show: Bree Patterson - "Hereford Morning"; Runner Up: Bree Patterson - "Longhorn"; Honourable Mention: Bree Patterson - "Waterer". The People's Choice Award went to Debbie Lund for "Through the Ya Ha Tinda". See photos below ...

The first of the annual BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took place Friday night, March 15th where the inductees were; the Moon Family - Family, the Gun Granberg Ranch - Century Ranch, Hilbert DeLeeuw - Ranching Pioneer and the DeLeeuw Ranch - Century Ranch.

On Saturday, March 16th, during the main feature evening show the Joe Marten Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC was presented to Cowboy Poet and Song Writer Mag Mawhinney - a very deserving regular at the Festival.

The committee says they cannot express enough thanks to all that took part in making the 23rd Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival another great success: sponsors, entertainers, exhibitors, artists, audience, and the amazing volunteers!

So next year will be the 24th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival, March 19th to 22nd, 2020. Don't forget tickets go on sale November 1st, 2019. What will we see as the Festival moves forward towards its 25th anniversary in 2021?

Kamloops Cowboy Festival photos from Donna Smith and Jerry Stainer are now posted on Face Book: See Donna's here     See Jerry's here.


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 23rd Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival once again had some spectacular entries and the winning artists in 2019 were as follows. Thanks to Jay Armitage for the following photos that will all enlarge if you click on them.

Flat work
Best in Show:
Wayne Larsen - "High Bar"
Runner Up:
Stefanie Travers - "Ever Learning Forward"
Honourable Mention:
Debbie Lund - "Through the Ya Ha Tinda"

Best in Show: Wayne Larsen - High Bar
Best in Show

Runner Up: Stefanie Travers - Ever Learning Forward
Runner Up

Sculpture
Best in Show: Reg Parson - "Honey We're Rich"
Runner Up:
Nathan Scott - "The Ten Second Tornado"

Best in Show - Reg Parson - Honey We're Rich
Best in Show

Runner Up - Nathan Scott - The Ten Second Tornado
Runner Up:

Photography
Best in Show:
Bree Patterson - "Hereford Morning"
Runner Up:
Bree Patterson - "Longhorn"
Honourable Mention:
Bree Patterson - "Waterer"

Best in Show: Bree Patterson - Hereford Morning
Best in Show

Runner Up - Bree Patterson - Longhorn
Runner Up

People's Choice Award
Debbie Lund for "Through the Ya Ha Tinda"

People's Choice Award - Debbie Lund for Through the Ya Ha Tinda
People's Choice Award

 


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