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Cowboy Poetry Raises Funds for Outdoor Performing Arts Center
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CEBA News: Cowboy Poetry Raises Funds for Outdoor Performing Arts Center

Cowboy Poetry Raises Funds for Outdoor Performing Arts Center


Residents and businesses of Kanab City and Kane County, gathered at Kanab High School on Saturday, January 28, 2012 to raise money for the new Kanab Outdoor Performing Arts Center. The event was headlined with live music and cowboy poetry by renowned poets Dick Warwick and Carol Huechen, who made stops in Kanab and Valley for school assemblies and to entertain the masses en route from a festival in Denver, Colorado to their final destination at the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada.  


The events were presented by the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Kanab Arts Council, and CEBA, who were pleased to showcase the talents of Dick Warwick, the reigning All-Around Champion from the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo held last August in Kanab, during the Western Legends Festival. Warwick preceded his Australian counterpart, Champion Bush Poet Carol Heuchan, who provided delightful entertainment to an enthralled and generous crowd for the Saturday evening performance. The event was free, but donations were accepted at the live performance which went towards the total cost of the new performing arts center. “we appreciate the generosity and support of everyone.” said Ed Meyer, Co-Chair of the Kanab Arts Council.


“Thanks to everyone who made my first trip to Utah a fantastic one, and I want to come back here to perform in the new outdoor performing arts center once its completed.” commented Carol Huechan during her stage performance on Saturday night.


The poetry duo performed in assemblies at Valley High School and Kanab High School in addition to headlining the Saturday night event combining two of the most significant elements of Kanab’s heritage, cowboys and the performing arts. Local Kanab poets Hal Hamblin and Doug Keller also took the stage to compliment Warwick and Huechen with Dave Owens serving as the emcee. Laughs abundantly emanated from the crowd with each poem recited by the poets.


“It’s great to be a part of an extraordinary worthwhile project in a community I love.” explained Warwick of Kanab and the outdoor center. To close out the Saturday evening activities event organizer Sam Jackson stated, “if you like the Western Lifestyle and Cowboy Poetry make sure you attend the Cowboy Poetry Rodeo during the Western Legends Festival in August.”


To make cash or other donations, contact Ed Meyer at (435) 644-5439 or by email at The outdoor center is a community project spearheaded by the Kanab Arts Council.


To volunteer to help with construction or in other ways, contact the Kane County Volunteer Center (435) 644-3696 or by email at For more information about the Cowboy Poetry Rodeo held during Western Legends Festival in August contact Sam Jackson at 

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