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The Colorado Cowboy Gathering was a great success

Rex Rideout
Conifer, Colo.

Photo courtesy of Bill PattersonPop Wagner knows the ropes!

Liz Masterson and Diana Raven did it again. The Colorado Cowboy Gathering was a great success. This was no small task as it was to be sponsored by the Arvada Center. For reasons known only to themselves they pulled out of this event leaving Liz and Diana less than four months to find other sponsors and a new venue.

Many hours, days and weeks later, with much work and creative advertising the well attended Friday night show featured Riders in the Sky. While that turnout was impressive, a bigger surprise was the crowd for the Saturday daytime sessions which were about double what were expected. The rooms for the sessions were instantly standing room only with far more waiting to get in.

What to do? Perhaps the response could have been, “Sorry folks, we cannot accommodate you.” or maybe “Our computers are down, you’ll have to come back later.” That just isn’t cowboy. No sir, everyone got to it, created new sessions, rounded up any entertainment catching their breath and we all pitched in. Some of our Saddle Pals, Patty Clayton, Miss V the Gypsy Cowbelle, Zeb Dennis, and Tom Corona were not even scheduled to be there, they were there to offer support and take in the shows. In short order they were setting up new sessions and performing as well.

The scheduled performers were Jon Chandler and the Wichitones, Mark Gardner, Susie Knight, Liz Masterson, Al “Doc” Mehl, Andy Nelson, Deb Carpenter-Nolting, Tim Nolting, Barry Ward, Pop Wagner, The Yampa Valley Boys and myself.

The event took on an international flair with poets Doris Daley from Canada and Carol Heuchan all the way from Australia. Famed Australian Bush poet Milton Taylor was scheduled to be there as well but health issues prevented it. How we hope he will be able to grace us with his art next year. John Schaffner did double-duty in reciting poetry and serving the overflow crowd a dandy chuck-wagon dinner. Happy and well fed, the ample crowd settled in to the Saturday night show featuring Waddie Mitchell. Liz, Diana and all their friends are to be congratulated for creating, promoting and delivering a most successful show.

Keep a watch for this one next year. While it was stalled for a short time, it is rolling, gaining momentum and will only get bigger.

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Liz Masterson and Diana Raven did it again. The Colorado Cowboy Gathering was a great success. This was no small task as it was to be sponsored by the Arvada Center. For reasons known only to themselves they pulled out of this event leaving Liz and Diana less than four months to find other sponsors and a new venue.

Many hours, days and weeks later, with much work and creative advertising the well attended Friday night show featured Riders in the Sky. While that turnout was impressive, a bigger surprise was the crowd for the Saturday daytime sessions which were about double what were expected. The rooms for the sessions were instantly standing room only with far more waiting to get in.

What to do? Perhaps the response could have been, “Sorry folks, we cannot accommodate you.” or maybe “Our computers are down, you’ll have to come back later.” That just isn’t cowboy. No sir, everyone got to it, created new sessions, rounded up any entertainment catching their breath and we all pitched in. Some of our Saddle Pals, Patty Clayton, Miss V the Gypsy Cowbelle, Zeb Dennis, and Tom Corona were not even scheduled to be there, they were there to offer support and take in the shows. In short order they were setting up new sessions and performing as well.

The scheduled performers were Jon Chandler and the Wichitones, Mark Gardner, Susie Knight, Liz Masterson, Al “Doc” Mehl, Andy Nelson, Deb Carpenter-Nolting, Tim Nolting, Barry Ward, Pop Wagner, The Yampa Valley Boys and myself.

The event took on an international flair with poets Doris Daley from Canada and Carol Heuchan all the way from Australia. Famed Australian Bush poet Milton Taylor was scheduled to be there as well but health issues prevented it. How we hope he will be able to grace us with his art next year. John Schaffner did double-duty in reciting poetry and serving the overflow crowd a dandy chuck-wagon dinner. Happy and well fed, the ample crowd settled in to the Saturday night show featuring Waddie Mitchell. Liz, Diana and all their friends are to be congratulated for creating, promoting and delivering a most successful show.

Keep a watch for this one next year. While it was stalled for a short time, it is rolling, gaining momentum and will only get bigger.