The Western Folklife Center in Elko celebrates the 30th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2014. This “grand celebration of western people, their lifestyles and traditions” includes performances, exhibitions, films, workshops, dances, and discussions. If you love the West, you will love this event.  

In addition to the typical programming which includes beloved poets and musicians such as Baxter Black, Waddie Mitchell, Michael Martin Murphy, and Riders in the Sky, the 30th annual event hosts 11 new artists and extends its focus to the next generation of rural westerners who make their living off the land. The theme is “Expressing the Rural West – Into The Future!” Come to Elko and be part of the dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of rural life in the modern West. An exhibit of young gear makers and western artists will also be featured at the event.

(Dave Stamey at 2013 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland)

In partnership with Nevada Humanities and Great Basin College, Western Folklife Center is pleased to host Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned animal welfare advocate, professor and author as the keynote presenter on Thursday, Jan. 30. Admission to the keynote is free with the purchase of a 3-Day Deluxe Pass ($60 before December 20 and $75 after that date) or a single Day Pass ($25).

For more information including videos of past performances and the daily schedule (published in November), visit the Western Folklife Center’s website at www.westernfolklife.org. Tickets are on sale now, and some shows sell out quickly.

The Western Folklife Center is dedicated to exploring, presenting and preserving the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage of the American West. They celebrate the wisdom, artistry and ingenuity of western folkways through exhibitions, educational programs, national radio and television programs, research and preservation projects, a website, and their premier event, The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.