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Candy Moulton
Encampment, Wyo.
Candy MoultonRanger Doug, left, and Too Slim of Riders in the Sky perform at Heber City's Cowboy and Poetry Gathering. Ranger Doug will also take part on the Western Writers of America Campfire Stage, talking about his writing of both songs and books.

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Waddie Mitchell, Don Edwards, Michael Martin Murphey, Sons of the San Joaquin, Riders in the Sky, Rich and Valerie O’Brien … these are just a few of the dozens of entertainers at the 15th Annual Heber City Cowboy Poetry Gathering for the week-long event in November.

This year, because of the anniversary, and because the major programming is moving to the new, larger Wasatch High School, even more events are planned than ever before. I can guarantee the program at Heber City is packed full with good entertainment and a celebration of Western music and poetry. This is one of the few events I put on my calendar to attend EVERY year.

Dave Stamey kicks off the Anniversary celebration on Nov. 3, with a cowboy dinner and musical show at the Midway Town Hall, a community building designed by Claude Shepherd Ashworth and built by Fredrick O. Hauter. Originally known as the Midway Recreation Center, it was constructed with Works Progress Administration (WPA) funds and local labor in 1941. Built of local limestone known as “pot rock”, this structure has characteristics reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts and Tudor Revival Styles with its rustic wooden lintels, brackets on the gable ends, steeply pitched roof, half timbering, and scribed wooden pendants.

The Midway Town Hall helps document the impact of New Deal programs in Utah, one of the states that the Great Depression affected most severely. Located on the site of Old Fort Midway in the civic and recreation center of the town, it has been in continuous use as a gathering place for the town’s social, recreational, and governmental activities.

Joining Stamey on stage for the opening program of the Gathering are Jeff Carson, Ernie Sites, Belinda Gail and Curly Musgrave, Waddie Mitchell, and Gary McMahan.

Gathering activities move to the modern Wasatch Events Center on Nov. 4, for the Horse Extravaganza and Wild West Show. A horse and mule driving clinic, colt starting clinic, and Mountain Region Extreme Mustang competition will also be held during

the week.

On Thursday, Nov. 4, the first run of the Cowboy Poetry Express – a special ride on the Heber Valley Railroad – takes place at 1 p.m. On Friday, the train runs twice, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For all train runs you can enjoy the music and poetry of variety of entertainers … who move through the cars sharing music and poetry.

Thursday evening, Nov. 4, the first of several major concerts at the new Wasatch High School is held. It will blend the cowboy music of Michael Martin Murphey with the classical style of the UVU Philharmonic Symphony. Also on the stage during the evening will be Waddie Mitchell, Carin Mari and Pony Express, and Gary McMahan.

On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7, the action will be nonstop in Heber City with concerts on multiple stages, major concerts featuring the headline entertainers, a buckaroo fair, mountain man rendezvous, and this year, for the first time, writing workshops and programs presented by Western Writers of America. I’ll be there for those activities along with fellow writers Johnny D. Boggs, Kirk Ellis, Terry Del Bene, Ranger Doug (of Riders in the Sky, who has several books related to cowboy music), Jon Chandler, Will Bagley, Michael Zimmer, and Rod Miller. Ranger Doug, Jon Chandler and my husband Steve will have their guitars as well so the WWA Campfire stage will have music as well as writing programs.

Once you pay the door admission fee, there is no charge for performances on many of the concert stages and at the WWA programs. The special concerts, featuring the headline performers, have separate ticket charges.

Evening events include a dinner and dance at Homestead Resort, a dance at the Wasatch High School, and a dinner program at Zermatt Resort and Spa.

The final activities of the Gathering are cowboy brunch Sunday morning, Nov. 8, and Cowboy Church in the afternoon.

To say there is a lot to do at the Heber City Cowboy Poetry Gathering is quite the understatement. An advantage to this event is that everything takes place in a beautiful valley where it is a short drive between venues.

For tickets or other information please visit http://www.HerberCityCoyboyPoetry.com or call (435) 654-2352.

Waddie Mitchell, Don Edwards, Michael Martin Murphey, Sons of the San Joaquin, Riders in the Sky, Rich and Valerie O’Brien … these are just a few of the dozens of entertainers at the 15th Annual Heber City Cowboy Poetry Gathering for the week-long event in November.

This year, because of the anniversary, and because the major programming is moving to the new, larger Wasatch High School, even more events are planned than ever before. I can guarantee the program at Heber City is packed full with good entertainment and a celebration of Western music and poetry. This is one of the few events I put on my calendar to attend EVERY year.

Dave Stamey kicks off the Anniversary celebration on Nov. 3, with a cowboy dinner and musical show at the Midway Town Hall, a community building designed by Claude Shepherd Ashworth and built by Fredrick O. Hauter. Originally known as the Midway Recreation Center, it was constructed with Works Progress Administration (WPA) funds and local labor in 1941. Built of local limestone known as “pot rock”, this structure has characteristics reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts and Tudor Revival Styles with its rustic wooden lintels, brackets on the gable ends, steeply pitched roof, half timbering, and scribed wooden pendants.

The Midway Town Hall helps document the impact of New Deal programs in Utah, one of the states that the Great Depression affected most severely. Located on the site of Old Fort Midway in the civic and recreation center of the town, it has been in continuous use as a gathering place for the town’s social, recreational, and governmental activities.

Joining Stamey on stage for the opening program of the Gathering are Jeff Carson, Ernie Sites, Belinda Gail and Curly Musgrave, Waddie Mitchell, and Gary McMahan.

Gathering activities move to the modern Wasatch Events Center on Nov. 4, for the Horse Extravaganza and Wild West Show. A horse and mule driving clinic, colt starting clinic, and Mountain Region Extreme Mustang competition will also be held during

the week.

On Thursday, Nov. 4, the first run of the Cowboy Poetry Express – a special ride on the Heber Valley Railroad – takes place at 1 p.m. On Friday, the train runs twice, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For all train runs you can enjoy the music and poetry of variety of entertainers … who move through the cars sharing music and poetry.

Thursday evening, Nov. 4, the first of several major concerts at the new Wasatch High School is held. It will blend the cowboy music of Michael Martin Murphey with the classical style of the UVU Philharmonic Symphony. Also on the stage during the evening will be Waddie Mitchell, Carin Mari and Pony Express, and Gary McMahan.

On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7, the action will be nonstop in Heber City with concerts on multiple stages, major concerts featuring the headline entertainers, a buckaroo fair, mountain man rendezvous, and this year, for the first time, writing workshops and programs presented by Western Writers of America. I’ll be there for those activities along with fellow writers Johnny D. Boggs, Kirk Ellis, Terry Del Bene, Ranger Doug (of Riders in the Sky, who has several books related to cowboy music), Jon Chandler, Will Bagley, Michael Zimmer, and Rod Miller. Ranger Doug, Jon Chandler and my husband Steve will have their guitars as well so the WWA Campfire stage will have music as well as writing programs.

Once you pay the door admission fee, there is no charge for performances on many of the concert stages and at the WWA programs. The special concerts, featuring the headline performers, have separate ticket charges.

Evening events include a dinner and dance at Homestead Resort, a dance at the Wasatch High School, and a dinner program at Zermatt Resort and Spa.

The final activities of the Gathering are cowboy brunch Sunday morning, Nov. 8, and Cowboy Church in the afternoon.

To say there is a lot to do at the Heber City Cowboy Poetry Gathering is quite the understatement. An advantage to this event is that everything takes place in a beautiful valley where it is a short drive between venues.

For tickets or other information please visit http://www.HerberCityCoyboyPoetry.com or call (435) 654-2352.


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