On the Trail 6-8-09
June 8, 2009
You will get a dose of Texas music, a Stampede from Utah, and some of the very best cowboy poetry Wyoming has to offer at the Seventh Annual Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering July 17-19, in Encampment, Wyo.
An evening concert on Saturday, July 18, features Jean Prescott, Award winning Texas singer/songwriter, Stampede, a cowboy musical group from Utah, and cowboy poets Andy Nelson of Pinedale, Wyo., and Chuck Larsen of Saratoga, Wyo. You are guaranteed to laugh with Andy and Chuck take to the stage. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Encampment School. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance or at the door. Cowboy Gathering memberships are also available with prices beginning at $25.
The Gathering opens on Friday, July 17, with a new event this year, a dutch oven cookoff. Contestants will compete in three categories: main dish, bread, and dessert. All ages are welcome to participate. There is no entry fee and cash prizes will be awarded to the winning entries in each of the categories. Cooking will be held at Grand View Park in Encampment with judging at 6 p.m. That evening the Grand Encampment Opera Company will present a melodrama at the Grand Encampment Opera House at 7 p.m. followed by a campfire poetry and music jam session at Grand View Park.
The Grand Encampment Museum will hold a book signing at 10 a.m., on July 18. The Cowboy Outfit will hold the annual Stick Horse Rodeo for kids of all ages beginning Saturday, July 18 at 11 a.m., at Grand View Park in Encampment. Cowboy music and poetry will be presented on the stage in Grand View Park beginning at noon with performances by Daron Little, Ken Kreusel, Laurie and Cora Wood, Steve Moulton, and more. Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon show is Jerry Paxton.
The Encampment-Riverside Lions Club will serve lunch at the park beginning at 11 a.m.
Following evening events Friday and Saturday, informal music and poetry jam sessions will be held by the campfire in Grand View Park. Anyone interested in sharing music or a poem is encouraged to attend.
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On Sunday, July 19, events include a cowboy breakfast to be served from 7 to 10 a.m. on the museum grounds. Cowboy church will be conducted by Ken and Becky Kreusel in Grand View Park beginning at 10 a.m. Jean Prescott will present “Ranch Women, Then and Now – Their Stories in Verse and Song” at the Grand Encampment Museum at 1 p.m.
Other living history activities will be taking place at the museum during the weekend, with special programs and all buildings open on Sunday, July 19. During the day volunteers will engage in pioneer activities and crafts. This year’s Museum theme is “Winter of ’49” and everyone is encouraged to dress like a 49’er (either 1849 or 1949), or perhaps arrive in their 1949 model automobile.
The Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering is organized by ranchers, musicians, poets and writers living in the area as a way to help preserve and promote ranching and cowboy culture and lifestyle. It is co-sponsored by the Grand Encampment Museum with assistance from the Town of Encampment, Town of Riverside, and many businesses and individuals in the Platte Valley. Funding is also provided by the Carbon County Visitor’s Council, and the Gathering is supported, in part, with funds provided by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), the Wyoming Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information on any of the events, please contact the Saratoga-Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce at (307) 326-8855 or visit the Cowboy Gathering Web site at http://www.GrandEncampmentGathering.org.