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Cowboy poets

Cowboy poet Thatch Elmer, 12, performs a selection of poems Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at the “Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering” in Shoshone.

SHOSHONE — Cowboy poets and musicians will descend on Shoshone this week for a celebration of the rural west and ranching.

The eighth annual Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering is Thursday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Shoshone.

“Now, we’re getting up to people who’ve won all kinds of awards and bringing them to our little town of Shoshone,” said Claudia Reese, secretary and entertainment chairwoman for Lost N Lava.

The gathering will include a potluck dinner and entertainment Thursday night, free daytime shows Friday and Saturday, two evening concerts and cowboy church Sunday. Plus, vendors will sell western items at the event.

A trail ride was held last weekend at Barney Ranch in West Magic. If you missed it, there are still plenty of events to participate in this week.

Anyone is welcome to sign up to sing or recite poetry during open microphone sessions during the daytime Friday and Saturday. And after each evening concert, you can join in on jam sessions.

“It’s all day music and poetry for two solid days,” Reese said.

Over the years, the daytime shows have become more popular, she said. In the evenings, concerts can accommodate up to 250 people.

Many of the performers also participate in the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering each January in Elko, Nev.

This year, one of the biggest-name performers who’ll be in Shoshone is Dave Stamey. He has received numerous awards — including Entertainer of the Year, Male Performer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year — by the Western Music Association.

Other performers hail from places such as Montana, Texas and Canada, Reese said. “We have a lot of talent that comes here.”


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