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Cowboy poet Bowerman entertains at J.C. Livestock banquet
- Susan Matheny
- Madras Pioneer - News
> The Jefferson County Livestock Association's 53rd Annual meeting and banquet is slated for Saturday, Jan. 21, in Madras.
The meeting will begin at 11 a.m., at Sonny's and a no-host lunch will be served at noon.
On the agenda is a general livestock association business meeting, followed by several speakers, including: Jon Belozer of the Wildlife Service, Roger Huffman talking about "National and Oregon Premise ID Program and Brand Issues," new Oregon Cattlemen's Association President Sharon Livingston with "Current Issues of OCA," and Mike Colton of Oregon Ranch Rescue speaking on "Private Land Lockout and Wolf Issues."
The banquet will be held at the Madras Elks Lodge, beginning with a no-host social hour at 6 p.m., and tri-tip dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $18 per person, and people are asked to RSVP to Candy or Jill at 475-3808.
At the dinner, the 2005 Livestockman of the Year will be announced, and Supreme Beef and Special Recognition awards will also be presented.
The evening's speaker will be Antelope rancher and cowboy poet and humorist Jon Bowerman.
Bowerman first became interested in cowboy poetry in 1979 when he broke his neck and was in the hospital paralyzed from the neck down.
"I started memorizing a few of the old traditional cowboy poems. Then when I got some of the feeling back in my fingers, I started writing some of my own," Bowerman said.
Being a rancher with plenty of tales to write about, Bowerman's pieces attracted attention and he was invited to be part of the first cowboy poetry gathering in Elko, Nev., which was attended by poets from all over North America.
"They took two of my poems and put them in the book "Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering," he said, noting it was around 1984.
After that debut, he became a popular speaker and entertainer at farm and livestock banquets, schools and writers workshops. Even groups like the Northwest Tire Retailers and Oregon Association of Certified Public Accountants asked him to entertain.
In addition, Bowerman wrote for publications, including "Western Horseman," "Cascade Horseman," and the Capital Press.
"I made a good living at it for six or eight years, then quit to spend more time with my family," Bowerman said, noting he just does occasional performances now.
The evening will also include door prizes, and a scholarship auction.