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The 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
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1/25/2016 to 1/30/2016
When: 1/25/2016
Where: Elko, Nevada 
United States

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The Western Folklife Center Presents the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, from January 25-30, 2016. 

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an annual celebration of the ranching and rural West. Through poetry, music and stories, ranch people express the beauty and challenges of a life deeply connected to the earth and its bounty. Every year, thousands travel to rural Elko, Nevada, in the heart of winter, to learn and share. It's been called the most honest and open-hearted festival in America, but it is also a darned good time! At the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, you can discover cowboy cultures from around the world, learn a traditional skill, dance the two-step, plan for the West's future with ranchers and conservationists, watch home-made films of rural life, meet new friends over a Buckaroo Brew, enjoy Basque food, listen to tall tales, dispel myths, build bridges and be inspired. 

In conjunction with the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Western Folklife Center is conducting an online auction of four "Ultimate" Western Experiences, custom-designed to be amazing Western cultural adventures! You do not want to miss out on these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities developed just for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering audience. Imagine yourself and a loved one:
  • Visiting a cow camp in the Big Horn Mountains and the Flitner's Diamond Tail Ranch in Cody, WY, and meeting Longmire author Craig Johnson;
  • Enjoying a musical and cultural adventure with Hal Cannon and Teresa Jordan and acclaimed artists and musicians of the beautiful Zion National Park area;
  • Indulging in an Elko County weekend at the beautiful Maggie Creek and Keddy Ranches, sharing Basque meals and visiting Waddie Mitchell at his home; or
  • Spending a delightful weekend on the Spider Ranch in Yavapai County, Arizona, with hosts Gail Steiger and Amy Hale Auker.

Visit for more detail on each trip and to bid on these items today! Bidding starts at $1,500 per trip. You will need to register in order to bid. The auction will conclude at 5:30 pm. Saturday, January 30, at the end of the Silent Auction at the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Please share this with your family and friends who might be interested in these exciting trips. Happy bidding!

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