Cowboy Idol Contest & Open Mic


Trophies sponsored by SANDY’S TROPHIES!

Open Mic Sign-up  -

Sign-up will  be at the event by each stage (Ranch & Home Building and Van’s Jewlery Building).   Come and sign-up if you are interested in telling your tall tale, reciting your poetry or singing!  Love to have you!  PS:  You could win the “People’s Choice Award”!

Cowboy Idol Contest

Contact Smoke Wade (435) 215-9675  if interested in participating


This is the eighth year Smoke has put on the “Cowboy Idol” Contest for us.  It has become a big part of our event and brings in some really good talent to all three of our stages!   I know you will enjoy the talent he has brought to our event this year plus his own poetry and storytelling!   Enjoy!


2015 Cowboy Idol and Open Mic People’s Choice Winners!

Panhandle Cowboys, Dave McClure, Doug Figgs, Floyd Beard, Jill & Allen Kirkham.

2017 Contestents!

As they are approved


Almeda Bradshaw – Musician – 2016 Winner

Almeda Bradshaw is one of Montana’s talented Western singer/songwriters. Her love and appreciation for the cowboy life comes through in heartfelt expressions of the west. A life time of writing and music places her work above the ordinary, and Almeda’s clear vocals, compelling stage presence and musicianship guarantee her to be an audience favorite.

 Though born and raised a town girl, all she wanted was to be a cowgirl. Almeda spent hours riding the range of her imagination in a swing set saddle and when tall enough, she threw a leg up on the family’s trusty propane tank and rode off into many a backyard sunset. Her family’s move to the country brought horses into her childhood and they have remained with her ever since. Almeda raised a family in north central Montana while raising and showing performance horses, running 150 cows and operating a seed and feed business. She now owns and operates M2B Ranch Bed & Breakfast on the Yellowstone River in Huntley, Montana, with her husband, former Marlboro Man, Merritt Bradshaw.

 A multi-instrumentalist, Almeda studied violin, cello and piano through college, has a BA in Elementary Education and is self-taught on the mandolin and guitar. She has taught dozens of students of all ages to play stringed instruments.

 Almeda has written poetry, journals and songs since her teen years and has been performing at cowboy gatherings throughout the west for over two decades. She has produced three albums. Voices From the Range: Almeda Sings the Poetry of Rhoda Sivell preserves the poetry of a pioneer ranch woman who is considered to be Canada’s first cowgirl poet. A Way of Heart: The Big Sandy Years is a collection of original poem and songs that received a 2012 nomination for Poetry CD of the Year By the Academy of Western Artist. Almeda‘s most recent release, Lovers, Wives and Mothers: A Western Woman’s Voice, is a collection of original songs mixed with others by some of Western music’s best song writers.

 RECOGNITION                                                                                                                              2009 Rookie – Made the finals in 3 of 4 events and placed in the money in Serious Reciting – National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Montrose, CO.                                                    2010 People’s Choice Musician – Lee Earl Memorial Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Lewiston, ID                                                                                                                                                        2010 Voices From The Range – Spent seven months on Joe Baker’s Backforty Bunkhouse chart of Top 20 Western Albums                                                                                                 2010 Best of 2010 – Song The Range Call made Stan Howe’s Best of 2010 Montana Public Radio’s Bunkhouse & Honkytonk Folkshow                                                                               2011 Voices From The Range – #15 on the Western Music Association chart of Top 20 Western Albums                                                                                                                               2011 Rising Star Finalist – Kamloops Cowboy Festival, Kamloops, BC                                 2011 2nd Place Poet Serious – National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Kanab, UT                        2012 Top Five Nomination A Way of Heart: The Big Sandy Years – Academy of Western Artists Cowboy Poetry Album of the Year                                                                                   2013 2nd Place Poet Serious – National Cowboy Poet gathering, Kanab, UT                     2015 Pro Division Champion – WMA Western Wordsmith Chapter Poetry Jackpot, ABQ, NM


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