Volunteer for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Volunteers at the Gathering, photo by Jessica Brandi LiflandThe National Cowboy Poetry Gathering would not take place every year without the dedication of more than 400 volunteers. We literally could not get everything done without this passionate community of supporters. We hope you will join the team!

During the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, volunteers help visitors, take tickets, tend bar, drive shuttles, work in the gift shop, and much more. As thanks, each volunteer receives a Deluxe Pass pin allowing free entry to all non-ticketed daytime sessions and the program book.

It's not all work!
Volunteers have great fun meeting people from around the country, getting to know the performers, and watching performances when not working. As a volunteer, you will also be contributing directly to the Western Folklife Center's mission to document and preserve the cultural traditions of the American West.

When is it?
The 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be January 27 through February 1, 2014, with educational programs for Elko County school children scheduled the week prior.

How do I sign up?
Please click here to register online.You may also sign up to volunteer with us at other times of the year, using the same form. Applications for the Gathering are reviewed in the autumn, and work assignments are set during December and January.

Please contact us at 775-738-7508 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .