The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a grand celebration of western people, their lifestyles and traditions. As January turns to February, cowboys, ranchers, rural and urban people travel en masse to the small community of Elko, Nevada, to join with friends, family and all those who share their love of rural life in the West. Together, they listen to poetry and music, learn about cowboy culture in the U.S. and around the world, experience great art, watch western films, learn a craft, and gather together to eat, drink and swap stories. For the last 29 years, thousands of people - both rural and urban - have made this pilgrimage time and time again. If you love the West, you must experience its greatest celebration. We hope you'll join us in Elko for the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Use any of the links in our banner to read more about every aspect of the Gathering.
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Caleb Klauder Country Band,"C'est Le Moment"
Your first Gathering? Tickets to the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering go on sale to Western Folklife Center members September 3, 2013, and to non-members one month later. To become a Western Folklife Center member or renew your membership, click here, or call Linda Carter at 888-880-5885 ext. 222. Read more about what to expect at a Gathering, tickets, and planning your trip. To give you an idea of what the schedule might be like for the 2014 Gathering, see the full daily schedule (in PDF format) for our most recent Gathering ~ the updated schedule will be published in November 2013.