Free performances offered during cowboy poetry week

Saturday , April 14, 2018 - 5:00 AM

OGDEN — Cowboy poetry will ride into town next week, April 17-19, with three family-friendly and free performances at Weber County Library branches.

Cowboy Poetry Week is held each year and celebrates the voices of the working West through the stories of cowboys, ranchers and Western writers.

Each of the performances, all at 6 p.m., will feature a cowboy poet and live country and Western music, according to event promotions.

“There’s not a coal in the litter,” said Sam DeLeeuw, Roy resident and cowgirl poet. “Any one of the three performances would be great and it would be wonderful if they would attend all three.”

DeLeeuw is not only the promoter of this year’s event — she’s a scheduled performer. 

She will offer her prize-winning poetry Tuesday, April 17, at the Pleasant Valley Branch of the library, at 5568 Adams Ave. Parkway in Washington Terrace. She will be joined by country musician Robin Arnold, also of Roy.

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Wednesday, April 18, will bring the sounds of local cowboy band SaddleStrings, known for “good old-fashioned music,” according to event promotions. Poet Gordon Champneys will reminisce about the cowboy way.

This performance will be held in the Southwest Branch of the library, 2039 W. 4000 South in Roy.

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Featured Thursday, April 19, will be David Anderson’s love of classic country music combined with 14-year-old Thatch Elmer’s cowboy prose.

“This is sure to please audiences of all ages,” event promotions said.

This engagement will take place at the Ogden Valley Branch of the Weber County Library, 131 S. 7400 East in Huntsville.

“I perform all over the United States and get very excited to share our Western heritage with those who don't know much about it,” Thatch said. “Our family raises real nice Quarter Horses and some beef cattle. I enjoy team roping and 4-H working ranch horse events.”

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Early performance times will make it easy for families to participate, DeLeeuw said.

“Everything starts at 6 p.m.,” she said. With the early time, DeLeeuw believes parents will be able to take their children to the events and get them home soon enough for their school-day bedtimes. 

Those who attend will be treated to music and stories of the American West, she said.

“It is free. It’s family oriented and entertaining for all ages,” DeLeeuw said.

“You can sing along with the music and the stories make sense. ... If you come to each of those nights, you will see different things each night.”

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at [email protected] or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or on Facebook at

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