October 2013 FAQ

Hello Makers and Vendors!

We are excited to announce that Barry Ward, the recipient of the 2012 Song of the Year for the Academy of Western Artists, will be joining us during the ACM contest and Event.  Barry, is nominated for 3 awards by the Western Music Association, which include; 2013 Entertainer of the Year, Male Performer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.  The winners will be announced in November.  Be the first to congratulate him in December at a private reception for all Makers and Vendors.

When do the Makers and General Public get to vote for Makers and People’s Choice Award?

The Makers as well as the public will have Monday – Friday till 10am to vote.  Votes will be counted for Fridays Awards Ceremony and Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry.

Physical address and email address

We would like to thank all of you who responded either with your address, an address of someone on the list, or a new contact you thought would like to receive more information, we appreciate help.  ACM is asking that you would continue to pass the contest and vender information along with our website to other makers/vendors so we can expand our reach of contestants and possibly include some new blood.  Please send any contact information or questions to info@artofthecowboymakers.com .

We are on the lookout for Vendors whose booth would include handmade, homemade, and custom made, unique and antiques items along with artist who are onsite presenting their own work.

We have people asking for a maker in their area,   we are working on our directory by region or area.  Please be looking for another email with a list of incomplete address as you may recognize or know someone on that list and we ask if you could forward their information to us.

If you have business cards please mail 10 to our address below.

What about the Makers Entries/Deadlines?

We still have availability for entries in each category. We haven’t hit 10 entries in any one category. Historically makers have a tendency to turn in their registrations late; we understand that planning not only your entry but the time away is not always easy.  With our ad coming out in the Leather Crafter & Saddlers Journal we have made our entry deadline is November 10th.  We will accept entries up to December 4th but there will be a late fee of $35.00.

Remember, the 15th entry received in each category will receive a $50.00 credit off of their entry fee.

What if I am not going to Las Vegas but still want to enter?

You will be able to enter in any category and ship your entry to Las Vegas for arrival between December 4-6.  We will be sending out ACM Handbooks to all vendors and Makers October 15th addressing set up, mailing of entries to the show, procedures, set up,, hotel reservation etc.

Are you still taking workshop applications?

We have received some fabulous applications for workshops to date. We are closed for adding workshops right now.  Waiting to hear from the National Rifle Association to see what they want to do so we can finish the schedule. Some of the workshops outside of the ACM Leather workshops on the schedule regarding:

  • Gun Trusts/Laws/Membership – Forbush Legal and the National Rifle Association
  • Social Media for Huge Sales Success Boot Camp with Kevin Knebl
  • Drum Making – Yolanda Martinez

Do you have all the Category descriptions?

We are still in need of category information.  The artisan who intimately knows their craft is the best candidate for outlining the important aspects of each category. It’s also an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and have your expertise broadcast to the internet at large.   We only need a couple paragraphs that would include the heritage and history of that piece.  We are in need of category descriptions for Saddles, Leather Carving (Purses), Spurs, and Engraving; we have staff that can help you through the writing process, our staff will proof your submission and make suggestions where necessary.  Please let’s get these completed for the website.

What are the prizes for the contest?

Minimum of 15 entries per category.

Two contests, one judged by the Makers and one by the People.  New Award is the PRCA  Rodeo Cowboy Pick, this will be voted on by current and past card holders.

Makers Contest

  • 1st prize –         1000.00 – ACM Buckle
  • 2nd prize –          500.00

Peoples Choice Contest

  • 2014 Makers Entry Fee – Special ACM Piece

PRCA Rodeo Cowboy Pick

  • 2 Plaza Seats to 2013 NFR

The Alexis Park all Suite Resort and Hotel Reservations:

The Alexis Park in a smaller, non gambling hotel located approx 1 block from the Las Vegas Strip, across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel.  They offer airport transfers and free valet.  It is easy to park and load and unload at your room or the conference facility.  This is a family owned hotel who is willing to work with us regarding special rates, accommodated our workshop and show schedule at a reasonable rate.    For the vendors your buyers can throw a saddle over the rail right into their truck without having to carry it across a parking lot.  The show is easy access for everyone.   We have asked The Alexis Park to have the live viewing of the NFR in house on the big screen and special menus and free transportation to and from the rodeo is available next door.    It is easy to get from point A to Point B without having to walk ten acres.  Every guest room is a suite and has a refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot and it is family friendly.

High Plains Travel Co will be contacting each of you give you a quote for air/room reservations if needed for the ACM show.  High Plains Travel has negotiated special rates and blocked off a designated section at the hotel for ACM contestants/Vendors.   If you choose to stay at another hotel they can quote that as well.   Alexis Park is our host hotel; rates range from $50-$60 per night

Please feel free to contact me  if you have any questions.  Thank you. -Donna

Contact information for ACM
Art of the Cowboy Makers
5527 N Union Blvd Suite 103C
Colorado Springs Co  80918
P-719-247-0062   F-719-597-0637

Contact information for Air and/or Hotel
High Plains Travel Co/ Travel Leaders
5527 N Union Blvd Suite 101
Colorado Springs Co  80918
719-597-0004 Ext 110 Sarah