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Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering begins Friday at Sul Ross

February 23rd, 2012 under Arts

ALPINEThe 26th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering opens Friday morning at 10 a.m. in Marshall Auditorium on the campus of Sul Ross State University. Bill Brooks will host the session which will feature Jill Jones, Pat Meade and Mike Querner. Sul Ross State University President Ricardo Maestas will provide a welcome address.

The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an opportunity for working cowboys and cowgirls to display their talents as poets, musicians and story tellers. The Gathering also serves as a reunion for the participants.

This year, the Gathering Headquarters will be on the second floor of the Morgan Center.

After the opening session, the 11 a.m. “New Folks” session by Amy Hale Auker, John Davis, Kristyn Harris, Jim Jones and Luke Reed will also be held in Marshall Auditorium. Kay Nowell will host the session.

At 1 p.m. Joel Nelson will emcee “100% Original – Cowboy Songwriters” in Marshall. The session will feature songwriters Bob Campbell, Allan Chapman, Jeff Gore and Andy Wilkinson. Entrance to the session will require a minimum $5 donation. All proceeds will go to the construction of a Poet’s Memorial on the Sul Ross campus.

Starting at 2 p.m. Friday and running until 5 p.m. Saturday, there are at least ten concurrent sessions at various locations on the Sul Ross campus. The daytime sessions, excepting the memorial session, are free.

The event is funded by the generous contributions of area businesses and individuals. West Texas National Bank is the 2012 title sponsor and the City of Alpine has made significant contributions to the event.

A custom made pair of spurs by Clay Cravens will be raffled to support the event. Jack Sammon has contributed a stock whip of kangaroo hide to the raffle. Wayne Franklin has donated a custom made silver bracelet. Tickets are available at Twin Peaks Liquors and Johnson Feed and Western Wear and will be available at the event until the drawing Saturday night. Tickets are $10 each.

The steering committee will offer a 2012 commemorative partner pin for a minimum $10 donation. Those pins will be available on the Sul Ross campus at the information booth and from committee members during the Gathering.

The Friday night stage show will be hosted by Chuck Jividen and will feature Mary Abbott, Jerry Brooks, Craig Carter, Doris Daley, Don Hedgpeth and Randy Huston.

Saturday night, Don Cadden will emcee. Headliners will be Rodeo Kate, the Gillette Brothers, Chris Isaacs, Ross Knox, Jack Sammon and Jim Wilson.

For both night shows, the cost of admission is $12.50 for adults, $6 for children and lap babies are free. Each night the show begins at 7pm.

The Gathering is the oldest event of its kind in Texas. It is supported by ticket sales and the kind contributions of area businesses and individuals.

Tickets for all events go on sale beginning at noon Thursday in the Morgan Center on the Sul Ross Campus, second floor.

Additional information can be obtained at the www.texascowboypoetry.com.

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