Michael Martin Murphey has donated a special guitar to the Silent Auction!
A popular part of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the Silent Auction that is held in the lobby of the Elko Convention Center. There is always a wide range of western objects on which to bid. All items are donated by our generous Western Folklife Center supporters and proceeds benefit the Folklife Center and it's premiere event, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Volunteers at the Gathering, photo by Jessica Brandi LiflandThe National Cowboy Poetry Gathering would not take place every year without the dedication of more than 400 volunteers. We literally could not get everything done without this passionate community of supporters. We hope you will join the team!

During the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, volunteers help visitors, take tickets, tend bar, drive shuttles, work in the gift shop, assist in youth programs, log program information, serve as docents in the Wiegand Gallery, and much more.