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Join us for the
32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,
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. Join us for an experience you will not soon forget! Use any of the links in our banner to read more about every aspect of the Gathering. Get up to date news and more on Facebook and Twitter.

The irrepressible Rick Crowder—aka Sourdough Slim—put a smile on everyone's faces and set all toes to tappin' in several shows at the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, including How the West Was Swung with Robert Amstrong and Joey McKenzie, Katie Glassman and Gavin Kelso of The Western Flyers on Wednesday night, January 28, 2015.

Are you planning your first Gathering? Tickets to the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering go on sale to Western Folklife Center members the day after Labor Day and to non-members one month later. To become a Western Folklife Center member or renew your membership, click here, or call Dayleen Eiselein at 888-880-5885 ext. 222. Read more about what to expect at a Gathering, tickets, and planning your trip.