The Genoa Cowboy Festival is a wonderful blend of beautiful setting, entertainment, heritage, and Western culture. Nestled at the base of the Sierra Nevada in the beautiful Carson Valley, historic Genoa is the site of the first ranch in Nevada and still has working cattle ranches literally steps from the town. From its 19th century beginnings, cowboys and ranching have shared work, words and music here. You’d be hard pressed to find a better place to celebrate the unique forms of Cowboy Poetry, Western music and the Western lifestyle.
On Nevada’s western border, framed by the Carson Range of the Sierra Nevada and the Pinenut Mountains, the Carson Valley unfolds. Broad and green, nourished by the Carson River and its tributaries, the Valley appeared as an oasis to early western settlers drawn by the California Gold Rush of the 1840’s.
With the efforts of the Town of Genoa and a host of volunteers and supporters, the Genoa Cowboy Festival made its entrance into the world of festivals in 2010. Thousands of folks have made their way to the shows, dinners, galleries and workshops. Both attendees and performers comment often this event, “Felt like it was in its tenth year, not its first.” If you are new to the festival, one thing you will certainly appreciate is that with the exception of the opening night concert, all of the venues are located within just a few blocks in Genoa. Park once and you should be able to see and hear all you want without getting back into a car or shuttle.
Featured performers include Hot Club of Cowtown, Ronstadt Generations (featuring Linda Ronstadt's younger brother Michael J. Ronstadt), Dave Stamey, Mary Kaye, Paul Zarzyski, and more! Check out the events schedule, ranch tours, free activities and events, and accommodations at www.cowboypoetrygenoa.com.