Elko— The 26th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering starts on January 23, but most out-of-towners come in on Wednesday, January 27. Many Elkoans prefer the slower pace and the smaller crowds early in the Gathering, when they can participate in hands-on workshops or attend evening shows and visit with their neighbors. The shows are all in the intimate G Three Bar Theater at the Western Folklife Center and the prices are a little lower than shows later in the week.
The Gathering kicks off at 7:00 pm on Saturday, January 23 with the Great Basin Show Kick-Off featuring Elko cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell, Great Basin poet Leon Flick, and singer-songwriter Richard Elloyan. Tickets are $20.
Sunday, January 24 is Dinner and a Movie, featuring the classic film Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The movie starts at 5:30 pm and tickets are $10. Chorizo sandwiches will be available for sale.
Monday, January 25, enjoy a taste of the American Southeast with our special guests from Florida and Louisiana. Swamp Tunes and Cattle Tales starts at 7:00 pm and features Florida “Cracker” cowboy poets Doyle Rigdon and Carl Sharp and high-energy tunes from Creole cowboy Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie. Tickets are $20.
Tuesday, January 26 is the Classic Cowboy show with poets Diane Tribitt, Jerry Brooks and singer-songwriter Dave Stamey. The show starts at 7:00 pm and tickets are $20.
Fun for the Whole Family
The Western Folklife Center recently added a new show the whole family will love. On Saturday, January 30, at 1:00 pm, grab your kids and head down to the Great Basin College Theater for the Saddle Pals Family Show with Riders in the Sky. Enjoy the zany antics of Ranger Doug, Too Slim, Woody Paul and Joey the Cowpolka King, as they celebrate more than 30 years performing classic cowboy tunes in their incomparable style. Specially priced tickets are only $13 for adults and $4 for students under age 17.
Also for kids, we are offering two youth workshops on Saturday, January 30. From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, aspiring young writers ages 10-18 can sign up for a Writing Workshop with authors Terri Farley (The Phantom Stallion) and Suzanne Morgan Williams (Bull Rider). They will learn how to develop characters and a plot for their own western stories. From 1:00 to 4:00 pm youth ages 10-18 can participate in Basic Leather Tooling, where they will learn how to handle tools and turn simple shapes into intricate designs. Each workshop is $25 and will take place at Flag View Junior High School.
Buy Your Gathering Tickets by January 15 and Enter the Drawing for an iPod Nano
All of these tickets and much more are available at www.westernfolklife.org, by calling 738-7508, or at the Western Folklife Center’s Ticket Office. If you buy your National Cowboy Poetry Gathering tickets before January 15, we'll throw in our 20th anniversary collection, Cowboy Poetry: The Reunion, edited by Virginia Bennett. If you buy more than $200 in tickets before January 15, you will be entered into a drawing to win an 8GB iPod Nano preloaded with selections of cowboy poetry and music, along with a set of Skullcandy ear buds (package valued at $200). The winner will be notified via e-mail on January 16.