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"Cowboy-up" at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada

Riders in the Sky will perform at the Natiional Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Riders in the Sky will perform at the Natiional Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Courtesy of Riders in the Sky

Jeans, boots and cowboy hats will be the order of the day in Elko, Nevada when the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering comes to town January 27 – February 1. This year the 6-day festival will see performances from more than 50 poets and musicians including such renowned folks as author, radio personality and cowboy poet Baxter Black and beloved western music band Riders in the Sky. Among others set to perform are musician and working cowboy Mike Beck, 19-year-old Texan Kristyn Harris, the “Yahoo Yodeler” Wylie Gustafson, the Caleb Klauder Country Band, former rodeo cowboy Henry Real Bird, iconic folk singer Ian Tyson of Ian & Sylvia, rodeo poet Paul Zarzyski and Michael Martin Murphey, he of the enormous ‘70s hit “Wildfire.”

The fun at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering goes way beyond the rhymin’ and singin’; there’ll be dances and workshops, art exhibits, ranch tours, western films, open mic events, storytelling and of course plenty of food. Attendees can also cowboy-up at the booths of numerous western clothing and gear vendors that’ll be on hand, or get an artist’s signature during the many scheduled autograph sessions.

Performances and workshops will take place at various venues around Elko including at the Western Folklife Center, the Elko Convention Center, the First Presbyterian Church, Great Basin College, Elko High School and the Northeastern Nevada Museum. The event offers a wide variety of ticket options including multiple-day passes; for a full list of ticket availability visit the Western Folklife website.

Elko is located on I-80 about 300-miles northeast of Reno. To plan your trip to Elko or another destination in Nevada, click over to the Travel Nevada website.