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Join us for the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,
January 26 through 31, 2015
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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 30 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 31st 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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Joel Nelson recites "Lasca," by Frank Desprez
at the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

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Dr. Temple Grandin, photo by Rosalie Winward
 Dr. Temple Grandin, photo by
 Rosalie Winward 
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The Western Folklife Center was honored to welcome Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned animal welfare advocate, professor and author - best known for her work in developing animal welfare guidelines and designing humane livestock handling facilities - as our Keynote Speaker at the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. As always, admission to the keynote address was free with the purchase of a 3-Day Deluxe Pass or a single Day Pass.

Watch the Keynote Address on YouTube.
Read more about Dr. Grandin.



Your first Gathering? Tickets to the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering go on sale to Western Folklife Center members September 2, 2014, and to non-members one month later. To become a Western Folklife Center member or renew your membership, click here, or call Donna Engdahl at 888-880-5885 ext. 222. Read more about what to expect at a Gathering, tickets, and planning your trip. See the full daily schedule (in PDF format) for our most recent Gathering ~ the updated schedule will be published in November 2014.
 
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