“It’s been a long five years with so little rain or grass. Prices are sky high and I’m just trading gold for gas. The bulk feed cost is climbing. It makes hard to wean the calves. So I broke the cookie jar and cashed in my dollar halves.” — from the poem “Renewin’ All Our Hopes” by Dennis Russel NazelrodThe challenges of daily life as a rancher and cowboy inspired Dennis Russel Nazelrod to organize the first Cimarron Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering in summer 2014 giving performers a stage to soliloquize about cattle drives, drought and rhythms from the trail.The 5th Annual Cimarron Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering kicks off Thursday (Aug 23)
with a 7 p.m. dance featuring “The Rifters” at the St. James Hotel.