Cowboy Weekend Starts Tomorrow in Mountain View

 Jill M. Rohrbach
Yeehaw folks! It’s Cowboy Weekend at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. This Friday and Saturday (Sept. 23 and 24) you can hear cowboy poetry, catch a celebrity concert and take a Dutch oven cooking workshop.

Cheap land, low taxes, abundant water and good grass drew cowboys to the Ozarks beginning in the late 1940s. The region also had a rich tradition of songs that were similar to cowboy songs and poetry from the west. To honor this tradition and to feature today’s cowboy poets of the Ozarks, the Ozark Folk Center hosts at 2 p.m. on Saturday a Cowboy Poetry Contest. There is no cost to compete in this low-key, fun event. The prize for winners is loud applause. Register at the front desk of the administration lobby by 1 p.m. on Saturday or call 870-269-3851 to put your name on the list. Cowboy poetry is an oral tradition, so you must perform your own original poems, or bribe your friends to perform your poetry for you. Only original works are eligible to be judged.

Just so you know, famous cowboy balladeers such as Glenn Ohrlin, Jim McElroy and Hubb Willis have called the Stone County, Arkansas area home.

Take a seat in the auditorium Friday night for a concert featuring Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson. Riders in the Sky take the stage Saturday night. Admission is $20 each night and tickets are on sale now. Get yours by calling 870-269-3851.

The Dutch oven cooking workshop, taught by Ken Conatser, is on Saturday. How’s this for a menu – barbecued beef, baked beans, potato yeast rolls, and blueberry cobbler. The class fee is $30 and includes admission to the park’s craft village for the day, handouts with recipes, and a lunch of the foods you cook.

Admission to the craft village is $10 for adults and $6 for children. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday from April – September and Tuesday-Sunday during the month of October. For more information, go to

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