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Chisholm Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Click here for a full size pdf of the 2018 poster! Cowboy Poetry Poster2018 

Chisholm Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering

LIVE! UNDER THE STARS! Chisholm Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering, (formerly known as Campfires, Cattle & Cowboys Gathering) returns for its fourth year, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan.


It was a perfect night – warm weather and beautiful evening sunset, for the third year of Campfires, Cattle & Cowboys Gathering (2017) as our headliner performers gathered for a group photo before stepping on stage. From left Francine Roark Robison, Donnie Poindexter, Danny Carl Williams, Cowboy Jim Garling, Jay Snider and Susanne Wooley.

From 2017:
Featured artists include nationally-recognized cowboy poet Jay Snider, cowboy poet laureate Francine Roark Robison, Danny Carl Williams, Donnie Poindexter, and the duo of Jim Garling on the guitar and Susanne Woolley on the fiddle.

Novice performers get a chance to break in their boots on the stage during open mic session interspersed through the featured performers from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Register that night or call for details.  All family friendly spoken or musical poetry welcome.

Meet, mingle and pick up your favorite artists’ books and CDs from 5:00-6:00pm or at their artist table throughout the night.

To warm your innards, there will be campfires, hot coffee and plenty of hot chocolate.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for this outdoor gathering. No charge to attend. There is a recommended donation of $20 to help the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center fulfill its mission and continue these types of programs.
For information, visit;
or call 580-252-6692.
Schedule of Performers – Hosted by Ron Secoy

5:00 – 6:00 Artist Meet & Greet / Purchase books & CDs

6:00 – 6:20 Jay Snider
6:20 – 6:30 Open Mic
6:30 – 6:50 Donnie Poindexter
6:50 – 7:00 Open Mic
7:00 – 7:20 Francine Robison
7:20 – 7:30 Open Mic
7:30 – 7:50 Danny Williams
7:50 – 8:00 Open Mic
8:00 – 8:20 Cowboy Jim Garling
8:20 – 8:30 Open Mic
8:30 – 9:00 Finale

Jared Gallagher, a travel blogger with Chickasaw Country, interviews
Ron Secoy at the Heritage Center, to get the inside scoop on our third annual Campfires, Cattle & Cowboys Gathering!

Campfires, Cattle, and Cowboys Gathering

Spend an evening around the campfire listening to stories and poems at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center! Featured artists include cowboy poets, Jay Snider, Francine Roark Robison, Danny Carl Williams, Donnie Poindexter and duo Jim Garling and Susanne Woolley. For more information:

Posted by Chickasaw Country on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

To learn more about some of these performers, please visit their websites:
Jay Snider

Cowboy Jim Garling –  He also has a section about Susanne Woolley. They perform together throughout Oklahoma.

Donnie Poindexter or visit his Facebook page: Donnie Poindexter on Facebook


Highlights from the first two years, just a few photos and the posters we distributed to promote the event. More can be found on the Facebook page, link below.


Emcee and cowboy/cowboy poet, Jay Snider of Cyril, introduces R.J. Vandygriff of Texas, for the 2nd annual Campfires, Cattle & Cowboys Gathering, held Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK.


Donnie Poindexter was elected president of the Oklahoma Chapter of Western Music Association and began his term in January 2017. Congratulations Donnie! This is a photo art piece of Donnie at our 2015 event; shot and edited by our own Toni Hopper, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator. Donnie is one of the many great performers who will share his talents as one of the featured artists at the 3rd annual CCC.




R.J. Vandygriff, headliner for 2nd annual Campfires, Cattle & Cowboys Gathering

Our 2016 headliner performer was R.J. Vandygriff, musician, singer, songwriter cowboy.

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We feel pretty lucky to have Jay Snider back this year 2016, to serve as our emcee. If you’ve met Jay, then you know why we like him so much.

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Ron Secoy is a special guest performer during the Open Mic session this year. He has been instrumental in promoting this event from its beginning in 2015.

R.J. Vandygriff was our 2016 headliner performer and is the “real-deal cowboy” who lives by the cowboy code. He’s performed on stage with George Strait, Garth Brooks, George Jones, Red Steagall, Michael Martin Murphy and many, many more great stars. He even spent seven years as “Ranger Mike” on the TV series Walker, Texas Rangers, alongside Chuck Norris. He did a great job entertaining us all. Thanks R.J.!  

We want to say thank you to everyone who came out and participated – whether it was just cuddled under a blanket on your lawn chair listening, or getting up on stage. It is your support that keeps a benefit fundraiser event like this going. Thanks to Chisholm Trail Casino for being a major sponsor, and to Woody Creek Ranch and McCoy’s Lumber for being pen sponsors for the longhorns.  Also, thank you to all the businesses that allowed us to display our poster and counter cards. 












Cowboy Poetry Postcard 2016

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Click here for the link to our Facebook Events page.