2018 Performers

Rolf Flake

Gilbert, Arizona

Rolf was born in Snowflake, Arizona, in 1931 and was raised on the family ranch. He married his wife, Jean, in 1954. They raised six children and now have 30 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren. His son Reed, and grandson Skyler, carry on the fifth and sixth generation cowboy heritage.

Rolf spent over 30 years as a farm and ranch appraiser. He had a sideline profession as a livestock auctioneer and sold cattle for the Navajo Indians for 45 years. For the past 20 years Rolf has managed a desert ranch south of Apache Junction for Rodeo Video, Inc., a family owned ranching , roping cattle contracting and rodeo video company.

Rolf’s cowboy poetry career began in 1981. Since then he has written over 200 cowboy poems. He has recited in Elko, Nev., several times as a featured poet, and at the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering in Prescott each year since its beginning. He has been featured at gatherings in Utah, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, as well as gatherings in Sierra Vista, Safford, Wickenburg, and Apache Junction. His poetry book, “Cloud Watchers“, has won several awards. He has produced two CDs of cowboy poetry; “Western Verse or Worse“, and “Cowboy Heritage“. Both of these albums were nominated as best albums by the Academy of Western Artists in successive years. He was chosen as one of Arizona’s 100 Culture Keepers.