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18th Annual Will Rogers Awards

March 29, 2014

Sheraton Hotel, Irving, TX

Deadline for tickets for the AWA 18th Annual Awards is March 24, 2014 8 PM  NO ONE IS ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET.  THERE WILL BE NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR. Tickets can be purchased at, through Paypal.


The Sheraton Hotel is located at 4440 John Carpenter Freeway, on the northeast corner of DFW Airport. They have shuttle service to and from DFW. We will be in the Grand Ballroom. Rooms are $79 (plus taxes) per night and their phone number is 972-929-8400. The hotel does not have a shuttle service from Love Field, so separate arrangements will have to be made.


Dinner will be at 6 PM, with entertainment throughout. The 18th Annual Will Rogers Awards will start around 7:30 PM. After the awards, there will be an open mike session for the entertainers and spectators.


Tickets for the event are $75 each with a reserved table at $700 (8 per table), otherwise it will be open seating. Tickets can be purchased from AWA, P O Box 35, Gene Autry, OK 73436. To purchase online via PayPal, CLICK HERE. Reserved tables will be placed closer to the stage, as the room is quite large, we do not anticipate a problem with attendees.


Advertising in the souvenir program rates will shortly be up at the website. It is a first class production and a nice souvenir of the event. We do use the program year round in promoting the AWA and the Awards Show, so it is seen in many areas.


If you would like to sponsor an award or become more involved with the Award Show, please contact us as we need financial help with the event. We are a 501 (c) (3) Non Profit Organization.


For the first time, we will have entertainment during the meal. If you would like to perform during this time, please contact me at Depending on how many apply will determine how long a time limit each will receive and, if we have a large number of applicants, then decisions will have to be made as to who will perform. This will be the same audience as the award show. Should you not be selected, then we will have another session after the awards.


For those people who would like to take photos or videotape at the show, we would ask you to please not block anyone’s view of the show.

There will be a cash bar during the dinner.

We will also have a very small number of vendors.
If you would like to be a part of the trade show, please contact Bobby Newton at 580-221-8793.

A professional photographer will also be at the awards if you need photos taken.

For more information:

AWA, P O Box 35, Gene Autry,OK 73436;, Facebook, email: PH 580-221-8793


********* Final Five and Winners **********


Cowboy Trappings

Jason Rich, Petersboro, UT

Nate Owens, Allen, SC


Rick Bean, Meridian, ID

Don King Award

Bob Douglas, Sheridan, WY
Shawn Didyoung, Laurel, MT

Clay Christensen, Lehi, UT

Kevin Willey, Faith, SD

Master Leather Artisan
Jim Linnell, Dallas, TX

Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon
Graham Childress, Ozona, TX

Elmer Kelton Book

Larry Sweazy, "The Coyote Tracker", Noblesville, IN

Non Fiction

Chris Enss, "Object Matrimony", Grass Valley, CA


Radio Station
KEQX, Dublin, TX

Disc Jockey
Ted Branson, KOOP 91.7 Austin, TX

Cowboy Poetry

Paul Bliss


Susie Knight


Al "Doc" Mehl-The Great Divide

Buck Ramsey Book

Rod Miller-Things A Cowboy Says

Lifetime Achievement

Leon Rausch, Ft. Worth, TX

Young Artists Finalists

David & Leah Sawyer
Mikki Daniel
Shannon Hall
Karissa Nugent
Bryson Bacon


...Ray Benson
...Al Dressen
...Tony Harrison
...Jim Johnson
...Billy Mata
...Teresa Anderson
...Stacey Lee
...Carolyn Martin
...Selena Rosanbalm
...Dayna Wills
...Al Dressen/Super Swing Review
...Rick and the Ramblers
...Tulsa Playboys
...Western Swing Authority
...Dave Alexander-Alexander’s Goodtime Band
...Barn Door Slammers-Barn Door Slammers
...Al Dressen-Songs From Beautiful Texas
...John Lang-Steel Highway
...Tumbleweeds-Roll On
...Carolyn Martin-Swing On
...Lucky Stars-I’ll Go The Extra Mile
...Billy Mata-Devlish Mary
...Erik Swanson-Fort Worth, Texas
...Hot Texas Swing Band-Way Too Soon
...Time Jumpers-Texas On A Saturday Night
...Lucy Dean Record
...Junior Knight
...Jake Langley
...Joe Settlemires
...Hank Singer


...Tony Booth
...Will Banister
...Chuck Cusimano
...Bobby Flores
...James Hand
...Brady Honeycutt
...Jake Penrod
...Amber Digby
...Janice Maynard
...Guyanne McCall
...Kimberly Murray
...Myra Rolen
...Country Night Live
...Jake Hooker/Outsiders
...Kelly Spinks/Miles of Texas
...TheYarbrough Band
...Chuck Cusimano-The Tyler Sessions
...Janice Maynard-I’ll Take My Chances
...Darrell McCall-Country From The Heart
...Curtis Potter-Songs Of The Cherokee Cowboy
...The Yarbrough Band-Heroes Of The Past
...Will Banister-She’s Somewhere In Texas Tonight
...Durwood Haddock-On The Road To Ruin
...Guyanne McCall-Yesterday’s News
...Janice Maynard-I’ll Take My Chances
...Myra Rolen-A Bottle Of Wine & Patsy Cline
...Hank Singer-Orange Blossom Special
...Robyn Young-Good Ole Country Days


...Bill Barwick
...R.W. Hampton
...Royal Wade Kimes
...R.J. Vandygriff
...Barry Ward
...Eli Barsi
...Kristyn Harris
...Mary Kaye
...Jean Prescott
...Trinity Seely
...Allegretto/ Espinoza
...Miss Devon & Outlaw
...Many Strings and Company
...Prairie Rose Rangers
...3 Trails West
...Bill Barwick-The Usual Suspects
...Mikki Daniel-Gotta Be A Cowgirl
...Kristyn Harris-Let Me Ride
...Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers-Too Hot To Handle
...Mikki Daniel-Johnny, Harness The Team
...Christina Duane-Cry For Wyoming
...Jim Jones-Texas Is Burnin’
...Susie Knight-The Spirit Of Buffalo Bill
...Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers-Don Edwards For President
...Vic Anderson
...Naomi Bristow
...Mikki Daniel
...Kristyn Harris
...Devon Dawson







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