National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Jubilee
We are here to report on the 25th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. So much goes on that it is a different experience for each person--sort of like the blind men and the elephant. One person might describe the wonderful versifying that goes on day and night, another the old time, and new time, Western music, another the dancing and cultural programs, and another the great issue oriented discussions (some of these are organized, but most of them take place at the Pioneer Bar, the Stockman's, the Star--well, you get the picture!). Gearmakers had a heyday this year, as beautiful custom saddles and other Western gear were featured. Sandra Day O'Connor was a wonderful highlight with her keynote speech. What a treat to see one of our own who has served our country so powerfully!
We did have a scare. When we were almost home, my Dad had a heart attack. Luckily, we were in town and the next thing we knew, a helicopter carried him away to the Wyoming Medical Center. He is home and doing fine now, and I don't think we can blame it on those late nights with our friends. Really.
George, Yula Sue Hunting and Gwen Peterson visiting
Pat presenting a talk about the effect of energy development on landscapes
Pat and Linda Hussa resolving Western issues
Pioneer Bar, Folklife Center
photos by Sharon O'Toole