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2017 Vol #3 - September

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From the Editors
From the President
The 2018 Festival sneak preview
Cowboy Book to Benefit Fire Victims

Entertainers have Jam at MSR
Canada Day at the 108
Gary Fjellgaard Hall of Fame
Spirit of the West Cruise

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From the Editors

Kathy and Mark McMillan

Kathy and Mark McMillan

This issue is a little harder to put together as we're just coming out of summer and don't really have a lot to say ... especially after a summer when we couldn't do much because of all the fires.

Speaking of fires, Rob Langford has published a book called "The Cowboy in Me" and is donating all the proceeds to the Wildfire Fund that has been set up at the Williams Lake and District Credit Union. The funds will go to those in the Cariboo Chilcotin that have been affected by the BC Forest Fires. see article

Kathy & Mark McMillan, Editors,

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From the President

Mark McMillan

September 2017, Pres report by Mark McMillan

Well this past summer has been a trying one, but I'm happy to say that we made it through all the fires, and actually weren't even really threatened where we live ... unfortunately many, many others, cannot say the same. The fires were close and the evacuation alerts and evacuation orders were all around us, but we actually ended up with a few evacuated friends staying here.

So now onto fall and back to planning for 2018 ... for the Festival, the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert, The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Joe Marten Award, and all the Student Scholarships. I think everything is looking pretty good though, at this point in time anyway. The deadline for nominations for both the Hall of Fame and The Joe Martin Award is November 1st ... and remember, anyone can make a nomination. See the applicable pages on this web site.

Mark McMillan, President, BCCHS,

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society
Box 137, Kamloops, BC, Canada, V2C 5K3

We haven't set a date yet but we're talking about October for our next general meeting in Kamloops. We'll let you know, at least if you're a member we'll let you know.

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:

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:

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 available 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 Peek at a Couple of Things For the 2018 Festival

So right off the bat I'll say, not to worry, Cowboy Church next year will be in the Convention Centre the same as the rest of the Festival. It'll be in the Ball Room, Bryn Theissen will officiate, and your favourite performers from the weekend will be there! We still have to figure out a few details ... like what do we do at the door where we normally charge admission and where do we direct the proceeds from the offering plate ... if we have one.

Good News For Albertans!! We got an email from Laura and Keith 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! Give them a call toll free at: 1-888-LET-S-BUS (538-7287).

More good news for you ... for everyone!! The Coast Hotel and Convention Centre told us that "all room rental will remain the same for 2018" so that means that ticket prices will be the same for 2018! The Dinner Theatre price will also stay the same and there will only be a few minor tweaks to the menu. Tickets, as usual, will go on sale November 1st.

Gary Prescott will return to the Festival in 2018 as will Tom Cole, Brian Salmond, Hugh McLennan, Bryn Theissen, Frank Gleeson, Doris Daley, and Gordie West. New to the Kamloops Cowboy Festival in 2018 will be 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, Ed Peekekoot, Ryan Fritz and a couple of others yet to be decided on. Stay tuned!!

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Thursday Night
"Welcome to Cowboy Festival" Dinner Dance!

We mentioned quite a bit about this in the last newsletter but it is definitely worth mentioning again as it should be an awesome time!

Tom Cole with that great cowboy / country singing voice will once again put together a band and you can bet the dance floor will be packed! It's still too early to confirm much but there are plans ... Ron Johnson (Ronny's Ribs and BBQ) and long time sponsor Doug Haughton (John Deer Doug) are working on things ... mainly we just have to decide on a venue now.

Either way, with Ron doing the food, Tom Cole providing music, and Dougie looking after the party side of things, we know that Thursday evening, March 15th, 2018, will be a super kickoff to the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

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Awesome Jam at Meadow Springs Ranch

Seems that this is an annual event now as the entertainers lay over for a week between performing at the Barriere Fall Fair on Labour Day Weekend and the Cowboy and Drover Jubilee the following weekend in Barkerville. And it's Annually fun too!

Ed and Diane Walh always ask if they can leave their travel trailer here for the weekend while they are in Barkerville. Ed always follows up with, "Seeing as how we're there anyway can we have a jam there Thursday night?" Well of course!!

The evening jam session at Meadow Springs Ranch!
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The evening jam session at Meadow Springs Ranch!
Bud and Bernadette

Bud and Betty Webb were here as always, in fact it was Bud that started this gig I think, and brought along Rob with his harmonicas and Ryan with his cajon (a wooden box like drum that he sits on to play). Ryan is only 14 and doing a super job! We had the pleasure of a bass guitar this year, too, as Mike Dygert and Gwen were here for a few days. I think Bernadette lives closer to Barkerville than here but she always makes the trip down for the jam and shares her new songs with us (and her old ones too). She is getting quite the collection of Mag Mawhinney songs ... awesome stuff!

Everyone brought along their own steak, or in our case burger, I lit the BBQ, Kathy did the cooking with Ed supervising, Gwen raided our garden and made a salad, Ed and Diane brought corn, and it was a great feast ... and a super visit. Then the entertainment started and kept going for quite some time ... although we did get to bed at a decent time for a change.

Anyway we heard from numerous people that the Fall Fair in Barriere was a great weekend and very successful and then to top

The evening jam session at Meadow Springs Ranch!
There were even folks dancing!

things off we heard the Barkerville was also super. As well as entertaining us these guys got in a good practice for Kamloops!!

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The Cowboy in ME ... by Rob Langford

Proceeds from sale of this new book in BC will be donated to the Wildfire Fund at the Williams Lake and District Credit Unions

The book looks impressive, the story sounds great, and best of all the proceeds go to those in need after the Cariboo Chilcotin Wildfires of 2017!!

Some of you will know some of the cowboys Rob talks about in this new book including some that have been inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame over the years. Names like Antoine Harry, Tom Desmond, Pan Phillips, Gilbert (Gil) Bowe, Mike Isnardy, Billy (Gordon) Woods, Bruce Watt, Red Allison, Johnny Dodd and Norman Granberg. Eric and Diane Reay are a couple of the many other familiar names in the book and of course there's all the ranch names that we know.

Rob was born in Maple Creek Saskatchewan but the brunt of the stories once he left home take place in the Cariboo and Chilcotin ... Williams Lake, Dog Creek, Gang Ranch, Prince George, Big Creek and Pan Philips country. Stories of cowboying from 1947 to 2016.

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The Cowboy in Me ... by Rob Langford

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The Cowboy in Me ... by Rob Langford

I really like to see some of these guys putting their stories on paper ... after all they are all part of our BC Cowboy Heritage! "The Cowboy in ME" has 272 pages that make up 55 chapters and is an autobiography. All money raised through the BC stores mentioned below will be donated to the Wildfire Fund at the Williams Lake and District Credit Unions and is earmarked to go to those who need it because of the devastating fires in BC this year.

At this point in time the book is available at Chapters in Kamloops, 100 Mile Feed and the Nuthatch in 100 Mile House, Open Book in Williams Lake, Books and Company in Prince George and Quesnel, and Spruce Capital Feeds in Prince George. If you can't get to one of these locations you can email Rob at: ... he would prefer that books are purchased at a store though, as it costs almost as much to send out one book as it does to send out a case of them.

I have only just started Rob's book and have enjoyed what I have read so far and look forward to the rest. It would be a great gift, too, especially for such a great cause!! Good job Rob - and thank you!!

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Gary Fjellgaard Induction to BC Entertainment Hall of Fame

A red carpet ceremony and the unveiling of a bronze star in the sidewalk will take place Saturday, September 30th at 3:30 pm downtown Vancouver on Granville St. across from the Orpheum Theatre. The public are invited and encouraged to attend.


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Gary Fjellgaard
Gary Fjellgaard

A few names from the list of over three hundred that Gary will join are:

  • Michael Buble
  • Randy Bachman
  • Bryan Adams
  • Wayne Cox
  • Michael J Fox
  • Chief Dan George
  • Susan Jacks
  • Terry Jacks
  • Diana Krall
  • Valdy

The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame was created in 1992 to honour those British Columbians who have made an outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry. The Hall's current membership honours over three hundred remarkable talents. Starwalk members are featured on the Granvillle Street sidewalk in downtown Vancouver and in the Starwalk photo gallery in the Orpheum lobby.

Congratulations Gary, and we look forward to congratulating you in person at the 22nd Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival !!

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Gary Fjellgaard

Gary Fjellgaard

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The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame

Time to get your nominations for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame sent in ... the deadline is basically only a month away ... November 1st. On our web site,, go to the link for the Hall of Fame. Then from that page click on the link that says "Nomination Information" ... here you'll find all the criteria and a nomination form.

Any two people can nominate a cowboy for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. Just fill out the nomination form, print it, and send it in with a biography of the nominee (birth place, family, work history); list of accomplishments; reasons why the nominee merits induction into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame; and a photo(s) (copies are accepted with an application, but originals will need to be available if the nominee is accepted). Remember: The deadline for nominations, for the year, is November 1st.

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The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

presents the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame

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

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Canada Day Celebration for 100 Mile House and Area

Every year the 108 Mile Heritage Site is host to a Canada Day Celebration ... this year, for Canada's 150th, the District of 100 Mile House joined the 108 Heritage Association and the 108 Mile Ranch Community Association and jointly put together an awesome event. Things kicked off June 30th in Centennial Park with local bands providing entertainment from about 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm.

The RCMP Colour Guard and the Eclectica Choir
The RCMP Colour Guard
and the Eclectica Choir

The next day, July 1st and Canada Day, the 108 Heritage Site had their all day celebration which started at 11:00 with the RCMP Colour Guard and the Eclectica Choir. As always there was awesome entertainment, a wide variety of vendors and fantastic food.

The stage saw a number of repeat performers, back by popular demand ... Ed Wahl, Leslie Ross, Mack Station, The Ballan Sisters, Jason Ruscheinsky, the Canim Lake Drummers and Dancers, and Front Porch Blue Grass Band. Joining them this year was local

recording artist Ingrid Mapson, and all the way from Germany, Rumpelstolz, a German Folk band. Awesome entertainment all day.

After this everyone headed back to Centenial Park in 100 Mile House where more local music took place from 7:00 till 9:00. Canada's birthday party then wrapped up with fireworks over the marsh (by the Visitor Information Centre on Highway 97) as the skies started to darken.

As always, it was a great day! Everyone went home full of good food, including birthday cake, and thoroughly happy! Good job 100 Mile House and the 108 Heritage Society!!

Canim Lake Drunners and Dancers
Canim Lake Drummers and Dancers

Mark McMillan, MC for the day
Mark McMillan, MC for the day

Mack Station closed out the day
Mack Station closed out the day

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Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association - ACPA

Check it out at: 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

Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association - ACPA

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The 17th Annual Spirit of the West Cruise!

will be in September, 2018 ... and definitely a bucket list trip!

Canada - New England ... Quebec City to New York!!

An 11 day adventure (with an optional 2 night New York post package) with Billie and Hugh and other passengers that have said that this cruise is on the top of their bucket list. This time on Royal Caribbean's "Adventure of the Sea"! An all new cruise for them where they'll see all new ports of call.

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Quebec City to New York

Quebec City to New York

See or call Cruise Vacations
Download the Cruise Brochure

    Here's the places you'll see:

  • Quebec City
  • Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
  • Charlottetown, PEI
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Saint John, NB (Bay of Fundy)
  • Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Portland, Maine
  • Cape Liberty, New Jersey

This cruise is on a lot of folks' bucket list and a lot of folks are already booked (over 100) for the cruise. There is an early bird deadline thats been extended to October 1st ... so you can still make it. Hopefully the Fall colours will be plentiful but either way we know this will be an awesone cruise! It's with the Spirit of the West ... they're always awesome!

Here is a photo of the 2017 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. It is located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Borland Street. Phone 250-392-7404 Email:

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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