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The Cowboy Times
2019 Vol #1 - February

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Trade Show

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From the Editors
From the President
BCCHS Membership Info
The 2019 Festival
BC Cowboy Hall of Fame 2019
Horse Barn Entertainment

Festival Accommodation 2019
Alberta Bus to Festival
2019 Joe Marten Award
Miles Kingdon New Book
Harmonica Workshop
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From the Editors

Kathy and Mark McMillan

Kathy and Mark McMillan

Well the 23rd Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival is pretty much here, at least at the time of writing this it's one month away. In this issue we have mostly Festival information, like the dates ... March 14th to 17th, 2019. The paper version and the on-line version of the Cowboy Times are usually basically the same, but for this issue, because the paper version is the program for the Festival, and all the Festival information is already on-line on the Festival page, we change this one up a little bit.

So in this issue you'll find all the highlights of the Festival, and some of the new information, but you'll also find a book review on Mile Kingdon's new book, an accounting article for ranchers and farmers, and the latest information on the next Spirit of the West Cruise the Cowboy Cruise. Enjoy!

Kathy & Mark McMillan, Editors,

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From the President

Mark McMillan

February 2019, Pres report by Mark McMillan

So this Pres report is actually the "Welcome to the Festival" blurb for the program:

Welcome to the 23rd Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival !!
From the President and Festival Chair, Mark McMillan

The past couple of years, under one roof, things have gone super well and we're sure looking forward to this year and the 2019 Festival! Although the tradeshow and art show are a little smaller than three years ago we're happy with the extra stage shows that were added.

To all of you first timers - welcome! We're glad that you heard about us and we hope that you thoroughly enjoy the weekend. To those of you that are repeats, which most of you are, and to those that have been at all 23 Kamloops Cowboy Festivals welcome back and thank you so much for all your years supporting us! To all you repeat entertainers, volunteers, sponsors, artists and trade show exhibitors ... welcome back and thank you, too!

Mark McMillan, President, BCCHS,

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

Members: 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.

Festival Tickets are now available
at the Horse Barn!

See the Horse Barn weekend entertainment schedule a little lower!
or click here

The Horse Barn - Rafter HB!

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

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The 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Poster!

The poster once again looks great. A big thanks to Noran Printing for doing all the art work and layout as well as for printing it. It's there now and we look forward to seeing the final copies!

Another big thanks goes out to photographer Mike Anfield, too, for taking the photograph and for letting us use it.

Mike Anfield is a photographer living in Knutsford BC with his wife Natalie. They operate several photography related businesses and both Mike and Natalie's work have been published in magazines and books, and hang on the walls of private collectors.

Mike's work can be seen on his web site at:
and on Facebook at:

The 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Poster!
The 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Poster!

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Tickets Are Still Available for Most of the Cowboy Festival! but they are going fast. There's not a whole lot of seats left for any night at the dinner theatre and the Thursday Night Dinner Dance is definitely sold out. Call us at 1-888-763-2221. The bus ... well if you're lucky you might still get a seat but it's very close to being sold out too. Call them at 1-888-LET-S-BUS (538-7287).

Don't miss out on the BCCHS Fund Raiser Raffle!
The Commemorative 2019 Festival Belt Buckle!

with an additional second prize!

This has become a favourite annual raffle. Tickets are $10 each and the winner will receive a solid silver, custom handmade, 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival commemorative belt buckle valued at about $750.00. It's a one of a kind buckle too, hand made by Merritt silversmith Richard Tenisch.

click to enlarge Last year's buckle shown

There are only 300 tickets printed for this raffle and they're $10.00 each. Tickets will be sold in the trade show area, at the information desk, and at the General Store - ask any volunteer!

with an additional second prize! Two weekend passes for the 2020 Kamloops Cowboy Festival with accommodation at the Best Western Plus Kamloops Hotel ... a $550 total value!!

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The Mike Dygert Horse Barn Entertainment Schedule!

There will be Entertainment at the Horse Barn again this year ... and a little more organized, too! We'd like to thank the bass player, Mike Dygert, for taking the time to put a schedule together for the Horse Barn entertainment. Thanks Mike!!

The Horse Barn is proud to have been a part of The Kamloops Cowboy Festival for all twenty-three years! They always sponsor a Festival Shuttle too, so that you will have no trouble getting a ride down to see them and the entertainment that they host for you.

This year the entertainment should be really good at the Horse Barn as performers will once again be competing for the Keeper of the West trophy belt buckle. The Horse Barn has sponsored this award that will go to the best "New" song or poem of the weekend. Watch for the ballot box as voting will be by public opinion.

Tom has a message to share: "Every March we look forward to renewing old acquaintances and making new friends when musicians and entertainers drop by during the Festival! Take the shuttle and join us each day to celebrate the 'cowboy way of life' and stick around to browse every department and learn more about horses and the people who love them!

Here's a tentative schedule for the entertainment at the Horse Barn:

Thursday March 14th
11:00 am to 2:00 pm with host the Gordie West Band
and joining them:
12:00 to 1:00 Mag Mawhinney
1:00 to 2:00 Jean Prescott and Tom Swearingen

Friday March 15th
9:00 am to 2:00 pm with host the Gordie West Band
and joining them:
9:00 to 10:00 Ed Wahl and Larry Krause
10:00 to 11:00 Mag Mawhinney and Bernadette Ducharme
11:00 to 12:00 Matt Robertson and Tom Swearingen
12:00 to 1:00 Alan Moberg and Louis "Big Rig" McIvor

Saturday March 16th
11:00 am to 2:00 pm with host the Gordie West Band
and joining them:
11:00 to 12:00 Bernadette Ducharme and Charlie Ewing
12:00 to 1:00 Matt Robertson and Bryn Thiessen

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The dates are March 14th to 17th, 2019 and yes, it's the 23rd Annual

2019 Performers Line-up:

Biographies and photos for the following are available on the Entertainers Bios and Photos.

  • Alan Moberg
  • Ben Crane
  • Bernadette Ducharme
  • Bryn Thiessen
  • Charlie Ewing
  • Dave McLure
  • Ed Wahl
  • Gary Allegretto

  • Gordie West
  • Hugh McLennan
  • Jean Prescott
  • Jim McLennan
  • Jocelyn Winterburn
  • Larry Krause
  • Linda Nadon
  • Louis "Big Rig" McIvor

  • Mag Mawhinney
  • Matt Robertson
  • Mike Dygert
  • Michael Fleming
  • Mikki Daniel
  • Tim Hus
  • Tom Swearingen

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Ticket Information

Ticket prices for 2019

  • Weekend Pass - $80.00 - Includes everything (except the dinner theatre) all weekend!
  • Evening Show - $40.00 - Includes evening performance in the Ball Room & daytime admission!
  • Fri, Sat, or Sun Dinner Theatre - $35.00 upgrade - with a weekend pass - Includes dinner!
  • Fri or Sat Dinner Theatre - $75.00 - Includes day time & one evening performance & dinner!
  • Day Pass (Fri, Sat, or Sun) - $25.00 - Includes daytime entertainment, trade show, & seminars!
  • Thursday Night Dinner Dance - $45.00 - Includes Dance, Roast Beef Buffet, tax & gratuities!
  •         See the Thursday Night Dinner Dance information here --->

Check out the all new Dinner Theatre Show menues!
Roast Beef plus other choices all 3 nights: 2019 Dinner Theatre Menu

To order tickets phone toll free: 1-888-763-2221

Festival Tickets are available at:

Weekend passes and Feature passes may be purchased at:
The Horse Barn on Mount Paul Way, BC's biggest and best western wear store.

Or through us by phoning: 1-888-763-2221 (please don't call the Horse Barn).

Please note:
all Dinner Theatre tickets must be purchased at our toll free number, 1-888-763-2221

There are discounted room rates at many of the local motels if you remember to tell them that you are going to attend the Cowboy Festival. Please support our sponsor motels - book at one that is on our list - see the Accommodation List!

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Hotels / Motels

Need a Hotel or Motel while you're at Kamloops Cowboy Festival? We'd appreciate it if you'd book your room at one of our sponsor hotels or motels ... here's a list of the 2019 places of accommodation:

  • Coast Kamloops Hotel : 1-800-665-6674 or 250-828-6660 ext 0
  • Wingate By Wyndham Kamloops : 778-471-7706 ext 0
  • Scott's Inn : 1-800-665-3343 or 250-372-8221
  • Canada's Best Value Inn & Suites : 250-374-8100, or 1-800-665-4467
  • Best Western Kamloops : 1-877-302-7878 or 250-374-7878
  • Travelodge Mountview : 1-800-667-8868 or 250-374-4788
  • Four Points by Sheraton Kamloops : 1-888-836-4411 or 250-374-4144
  • Super 8 Kamloops : 250-374-8688
  • Riverland Inn & Suites - 1-800-663-1530 or 250-374-1530

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Frontier Bus Lines Coach / bus to the Kamloops Cowboy Festival

There's about two seats left on the bus to the 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival

Enjoy the Kamloops Cowboy Festival without worrying about mountain travel ...

Our official carry is Frontier Bus Lines and it's announcing their 4th annual tour to the Cowboy Festival with a departure on March 14th, 2019 from Central Alberta. The tour will include deluxe motor coach transportation with an experienced tour guide, Tickets for the Dinner Dance Thursday evening, 4 nights at the Coast Hotel (host hotel for Festival), daily breakfast, a weekend pass to Cowboy Festival and all three dinner theater shows. They will depart Red Deer at 7:00AM on the 14th. If you book before December 31st you'll save $50.00!! Please check their website for details at: or contact them toll free at: 1-888-LET-S-BUS (538-7287).

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The BCCHS & Mike Puhallo Memorial Student Scholarships

Scholarships provided by BCCHS have helped many promising students to fulfill their dreams and contribute to society. In the process those who enter increase their awareness of our BC cowboy heritage and the role of the cowboy and ranching in our history.

Entries can be in any of three categories: original art; cowboy crafts; and the written word. Up to three scholarships are awarded. This might be one in each category or all in a single category or only one total. The Chair of the committee is Sharlene Puhallo.

This year we will be awarding four $500 Student scholarships. The written entry winner is Selah Schmaltz, of Dawson Creek for her short story titled: A Monologue About My Favourite Cowboy. Kavita George of Surrey won the art category with a water colour painting.

In the Mike Puhallo Memorial Student Scholarships two winners out of 36 entries were picked by the judges: Rachel Krispin, from Edmonton, Alberta with "An Old Classic Cowboy" was the 1st place winner and Cody Anne Kjell, from Dundas, Ontario with "Within the Crackling Embers" was in 2nd place. The judges were Sharlene Puhallo, Dave Longworth, and Rod Miller.

All of the winning entries will be acknowledged at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival during the main evening feature show on Saturday in the Ball Room and they can be seen / read on the Scholarship page at and/or in the Art of the West Show and Sale at the Festival.

The entry deadline is December 31st and entry information and an entry form can be found on the scholarship page of this website.

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The 2019 BC Cowboy Hall of Fame

The following 2019 recipients will be inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame this year:

    To be inducted at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival Friday evening, March 15th:
  • Granberg Ranch - Century Ranch
  • DeLeeuw Ranch - Century Ranch
  • Moon Family - Family
    To be inducted at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Sunday, April 28th:
  • Phillip Camille - Working Cowboy
  • Lawrence Elkins - Competitive Achievements
  • Willie Crosina - Builder of Western Culture

A full bio and a photo of each can be seen on the Hall of Fame page of this web site ... in the Archives section.

Nomination information and a nomination form can be found there as well. There are a number of guideline categories including; Working Cowboy, Ranching Pioneer, Century Ranch, Competitive Achievements, Artistic Achievements, Horseman, and new for 2019, Builder of Western Culture. First and foremost though, except for the last catagory, the nominee must be a working cowboy or rancher that has made his/her living physically working with cattle and horses in the Province of BC.

Nominations go to the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake which is home to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees memorabilia and is well worth a visit. They have a new location in the Williams Lake Visitor's Information Centre.

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Just think you could win ...
while helping support 4H in BC

4-H BC Gator Lottery Returns! Grand Prize John Deere XUV 560 4x4 Gator, generously donated by PrairieCoast. Look to buy YOUR winning ticket at the Cowboy Festival. Tickets are $5 each. 2 LOTTERIES, 2 GRAND PRIZES, 1 DRAW LOCATION.

Chances are 1 in 4,000 (8,000 total tickets for sale - two separate draws) to win a grand prize. Know your limit Play within it.

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Grand Prize
John Deere XUV 560 4x4 Gator
Grand Prize John Deere XUV 560 4x4 Gator!
Not exactly as shown.
Accessories not included.

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The 2019 Joe Marten Memorial Award

Yes, we will once again present the Joe Marten Memorial Award to someone who has been influential in the promotion and/or preservation of Cowboy / Western Heritage in the Province of BC. This will happen on Saturday, March 16th, during the main evening feature show in the Ball Room.

The difference this year is that we are not announcing who the recipient is ... we're keeping it as a surprise! Join as the presentation to find out who this very deserving individual is! ... and they are very deserving!

There were a few very deserving nominations brought forward which was great to see ... this award is special to us as it's one of the closest things we have that fulfills our mandate - "To Promote and Preserve Cowboy Heritage in BC".

Nomination information and a nomination form can be found on the Heritage Award page. This award was started in October 2006 in memory of the late Joe Marten and is awarded to someone who has been influential in the promotion and/or preservation of Cowboy / Western Heritage in the Province of BC. It is presented to an individual based on the following criteria, guidelines, and/or suggestions: Nominees must be, or have been, a BC resident and material must be BC related. A nominee does not have to be a working cowboy (working cowboys should be passed on to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame). Nominees must be, or have been, influential in the promotion and/or preservation of cowboy / Western Heritage in the Province of BC.

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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:

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Gary Allegretto learn to play harmonica workshop!!
Gary Allegretto

Gary Allegretto's "Learn to Play Cowboy Harmonica Instantly Workshop"

Back by popular demand ... Gary will teach complete beginners to play four Western songs instantly - guaranteed! Absolutely no musical or harmonica experience necessary!

There is a small fee of $25 that includes everything - a new harmonica, a music booklet, and a session of great entertainment!

Most of us have always thought it would be really cool to be able to play the harmonica .... right? Well now you'll have your chance!!

Tickets are necessary for this workshop (because of the cost of the suppied harmonica) and can be purchased with your Festival passes by phoning the toll free number: 1-888-763-2221 or at the General Store at the Festival.

Learn to play harmonica from one of the best, Gary Allegretto!!
Gary Allegretto

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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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Miles Kingdon's New Book
Beyond the Next Ridge
A Cowboy's Story

Although Miles' picture on the back of his new book is in black and white anyone that knows him knows he's a very colourful character! His new book titled "Beyond the Next Ridge, A Cowboy Story", reflects Miles' lifetime of riding ... and on some of the biggest cattle ranches in BC. The stories in the book are just as colourful as Miles himself.

There are 17 short stories / chapters in "Beyond the Next Ridge" and they vary from a serious insight of a horse or cow's mind, to humorous, to some pretty close to the heart stories. The characters in Miles' stories are all true to life and if you've ever been around, or read about, the ranches he talks about then you'll most likely know them, or at least know of them ... just adding a little more to a great read.

Miles Kingdon's New Book
Miles Kingdon's New Book

If you're familiar with the western world from a photographer's eye, or rather lens, then you've probably seen calendars or other images by Kim Taylor and she starts things out right in Miles' book by supplying the cover photo. Add more than a dozen illustrations by Rob Dinwoodie that are placed throughout the book and you end up with the colourful character I spoke of earlier, Miles himself, even though the drawings are all black and white ... and you'll probably recognize some of the other cowboys in them, too. Another huge asset in helping Miles put this book together was a guy we all know as a historian, author, and the retired curator of O'Keefe Ranch, Ken Mather.

On a recent Spirit of the West Radio Show (two shows in a row actually) Hugh McLennan interviews Miles and they talk about the book and the stories in it ... I now know that Hugh loved the book, too. During these interviews Miles credits his wife Possum saying "it actually should be her book as she's spent hours putting it together" ... and it was her encouragement to begin with that inspired Miles to write a book. Miles says, "She was the cactus in my boot, telling me to write".

The book has been very popular ... far more so than expected. They were sold out of the first printing of 500 in the first 5 to 6 weeks! A 2nd printing of 1,000 was ready at the end of November and are on the shelf now. "Beyond the Next Ridge, A Cowboy's Story" is available in some local stores in Merritt, Kamloops, Vernon and Chilliwack. You can order directly though, by sending an email to Possum at: The cost is $18 Canadian plus shipping and handling and can be purchased by etransfer.

Miles Kingdon
Miles Kingdon

A little about the author, Miles Kingdon

Miles has cowboyed for about 40 years and on some of BC's biggest ranches. He spent years cowboying at Douglas Lake Ranch under such respected horsemen as Stan Murphy and cattlemen Mike Ferguson and Orval Roulston. He then held cowboss positions on the Bar K and the Gang Ranch, was the manager at Empire Valley Ranch, and eventually served ten years as manager of cattle operations at Quilchena Cattle Company.

These big outfits have provided Miles with a true cowboy's grasp of practical horsemanship and livestock handling and he is now sharing this knowledge through clinics, workshops, private lessons and customized training programs. He spent time in both Mexico and California studying horsemanship, and he's spent years starting colts. Miles says that he recognizes the true meaning of an equine partnership built on trust, confidence and respect.

Miles has also done clinics for Extreme Mountain Trail, he's judged the Californio Bridle horse show, judged lots of working ranch horse competitions, and he's been a well-respected judge at the Mane Event Trainer's Challenge for years. Miles and his dogs now cowboy for friends and neighbours when they need the help.

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This Year's Cruise!!!

WOW ... a bucket list trip for many!!
Ireland and the British Isles!!

August 29th to September 14th, 2019 the Spirit of the West Cruise will sail to; Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland; Invergordon, Scotland; Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Scotland; Paris/Normandy (Le Havre), France; London (Southampton) England; Guernsey (St Peter Port) England; Cork, Ireland (Cobh-For Blarney Castle).

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Ireland and the Bristish Isles

Ireland and the British Isles

17 days of fun and adventure (including an optional 7 day post cruise coach tour in Ireland) with Billie and Hugh and other passengers that have said that this cruise is on the top of their bucket list. This time on Princess Cruise's "Crown Princess"! An all new cruise for them where they'll see all new ports of call.

For more info contact Megan, Karen or Jim at Cruise Vacations: 1-800-530-0131.
Or see the cruise page at:

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Home of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame!

Museum Logo

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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