28th Annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art Show | Belle Fourche

“Remembering the Old West” during the 28th Annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art Show means sitting on the pine benches in the hall built in 1929. The annual show will be Sunday, October 1 at the Alzada Community Hall. The building opens at 10 a.m. for viewing of the artwork which may include paintings of all mediums, photographs, beadwork, quilts, leatherwork and sculptures of stone and wood. The free program of music and cowboy poetry begins at 1 p.m. and traditionally continues until about 5 p.m.

Six people will be featured. Musicians featured are Annie Brimmer, Biddle, Mont. and Bob and Chance Dennis, Red Owl, S.D. Featured artist is Devin Hodges, Hulett, Wyo. Poets highlighted will be Rhonda Stearns, Newcastle, Wyo. and Hap Stuart, Sundance, Wyo. Over fifty other performers and artists are expected to participate from a three state area.

Teri Rae McInerney will emcee the show. Gay Arpan and Chris Maupin have co-chaired the show since it began. Lunch will be served all day.

The Alzada Community Club raises money to support the yearly expenses and upkeep on the hall. It is used for funerals, community meetings, school reunions, elections and many other activities each year.

The annual event was started in 1989 to mark the Montana Centennial and has been likened to a huge family reunion where people gather to reminisce and enjoy the talents of many local folks.

Each year the people attending evaluate the performers and artists and help the organizers select the features for the next year. Time after time, Annie Brimmer has been popular with the audience since she plays on her accordion many old time favorites. Toes will tap and at times the audience will even break into song as they enjoy her talent.

Many years ago when the Alzada Show started, a young cowboy poet from South Dakota took a chance and came to the first show to help the community. That rancher, poet, singer will be featured this year along with his son. Robert “Bob” and Chance Dennis are ranchers, working the land as their ancestors did before them. Chance is the son of Robert and Cindy Dennis.

Robert is the fourth generation on this ranch. He sings popular songs and many that he has written. Robert is still writing poetry and performs a few at most gigs he attends.

Chance has a wife, Hope and three children who are carrying on the ranching…

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