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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 21:08

R.P. Smith has been honing his skills as a “Nebraska homegrown humorist and cowboy poet” for years by reciting for ruminates, relatives and ranchers.

He will entertain those attending the annual Chase County Historical Society meeting Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Champion Community Center.

Smith is the fourth generation to raise cattle on the Pine Crest Ranch in Custer County. The ranch marked its centennial in 2006.

It’s not a real big place, Smith said. He just comes from a long line of stubborn and persistent people.

Smith’s material is inspired by his family and what’s going on at the ranch, giving his work an authenticity and down-to-earth quality that strikes a familiar chord with his audiences, regardless of their occupation.

He has found that humor and a firm faith that God is in control are mighty important tools to have when life takes an unexpected turn.

One of the biggest unexpected turns in Smith’s life has been the many opportunities he has had to present his stories and poetry. He has shared his talent in 16 states and has even slipped over the border into Canada.

Smith also hosts a weekly radio program, “Homegrown,” which features his own poetry and commentary along with showcasing some of the talented folks he has met in his travels.

The program is available on the web at

When not traveling, Smith is glad to be  home checking out a new humorous inspiration with his wife, the dogs and replacement heifers. If he wants a tough audience, he turns to his six children.

Tickets are available from any Historical Society member by Sept. 3. The cost is  $15 per meal.