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Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Sept. 29-Oct. 2

Photo courtesy Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Cowboy poet R.P. Smith will host the new Cowboy Comedy Revue on Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Henry Strater Theater in Durango. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door.

Photo courtesy Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Cowboy poet R.P. Smith will host the new Cowboy Comedy Revue on Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Henry Strater Theater in Durango. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door.

By Linda Mannix
Special to The PREVIEW

For 28 years, the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering has been the highlight of the fall season in Durango.

This year, the event will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, with headquarters in the Strater Hotel in Durango. The gathering brings in over 40 talented cowboy poets, storytellers and musicians who play traditional cowboy music and tell authentic stories of life in the West.

The premier performer this year is Wylie and the Wild West, who will have two shows, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., in the Henry Strater Theater on Thursday, Sept. 29. The 9 p.m. show will have a dance floor open for dancing.

Other activities over the weekend include a Cowboy Poet Train on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, an authentic chuckwagon breakfast and shows of western fine art at three galleries.

The highlight of the gathering is Oct. 2, which starts with a chuckwagon breakfast at the corner of 5th Street and Main Avenue from 6 to 11 a.m. Scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits are only $10 to benefit the Animas Museum.

After breakfast, the “motorless” Cowboy Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Main Avenue in Durango. This parade features horses, riders, wagons and walkers, but no motorized vehicles. Special guests at the parade this year will be American Idol contestant Jeneve Rose Mitchell, artist Veryl Goodnight, Blizzard the Longhorn steer and lots of music.

The rest of the day on Saturday features free sessions of cowboy poetry and music at the Strater Hotel in downtown Durango from 10:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. Evening shows at the Strater are at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and are ticketed.

New this year, there will be a Cowboy Comedy Revue at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Strater Theater and a special Poster Session at Toh Atin Gallery. In the poster session, performers will recite a poem with their interpretation of this year’s poster art, “The Cowpuncher” by artist Glenn Dean. The Poster Session is free.

For a complete schedule and more information, go to www.durangocowboypoetrygathering.org or call 749-2995.

This story was posted on September 22, 2016.