Two cowboy poetry gatherings this weekend in Texas and Utah

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Immerse yourself in the cowboy culture this weekend (March 2-4) at two annual events in Texas and Utah.

Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous, March 2-4
Mountain Crest High School, 255 South 800 East in Hyrum, Utah

On Friday and Saturday, admission is free to three stages of continuous western music and cowboy poetry, an open mic stage, kid and adult poetry contests, the Kid’s Corral, and Western Vendors.

Ticketed activities include guitar and songwriting workshops, a Dutch oven cooking class, cowboy opry, cowboy family dance including a Western swing dance contest, cowboy poetry roundups, and two headliner concerts (buy tickets).

The headliner concerts, both on Saturday, feature Dave Stamey at 2 p.m. and Billy Dean at 7 p.m. Saddle Strings and Jo Lynne Kirkwood open for Dave Stamey, and Mary Kaye and Paul Bliss open for Billy Dean.

The rendezvous ends on Sunday with a cowboy church at the American West Heritage Center’s Livery Stable, 4025 South Highway 89-91 in Wellsville (get directions). Cowboy’s Poet of Utah will lead this simple, non-denominational service of music, singing, and a brief message.

Read about this service I attended at another cowboy church.

For more information and the complete festival schedule, visit the Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous website.

Hyrum is 78 miles north of Salt Lake City, and Wellsville is four miles west of Hyrum.

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, March 2-3
Sul Ross State University, 400 North Harrison, Alpine, Texas

Kick off each day of the gathering with a hearty chuckwagon breakfast at the Poet’s Grove in Kokernot Park, 400 Loop Road, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The cost is $5, payable at the chuckwagon.

Also enjoy live music, cowboy humor and poetry, and dancing. Daytime sessions are held in the classrooms on campus, where three or four performers share each time slot and nine to 10 sessions run concurrently.

All daytime sessions are free, except for the Cowboy Celtic concert on Friday at 1 p.m. and the Cowboy Humor show featuring R.P. Smith, Yvonne Hollenbeck, and Chris Isaacs at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 per person.

The headliner concerts are on Friday and Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Marshall Auditorium. Friday’s lineup consists of Doug Figgs, Ryan Fritz, Deanna McCall, Jay Snider, and Michael Stevens. Saturday night’s show features Gary Allegretto, Ross Knox, Gary Robertson, Trinity Seely, and Caitlyn Taussig. Tickets cost $15 per person for each performance.

Also on Saturday night, there’s a dance to raise funds to support the Crisis Center. Tickets are $20 per person.

Buy tickets at the University Center on the second floor. Programs are also available there for $1 each.

Get directions to Sul Ross State University.

For more information, visit the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering’s website.

Alpine is in southwestern Texas, 220 miles southeast of El Paso and 378 miles west of San Antonio.

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