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Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering announces headliners for 31st annual event at Sul Ross

February 16th, 2017 under Arts
(staff photo by BARBARA RICHERSON) Mike Blakely will perform at the 31st annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering next week on the campus of Sul Ross State University.

(staff photo by BARBARA RICHERSON)
Mike Blakely will perform at the 31st annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering next week on the campus of Sul Ross State University.

ALPINE – The 31st annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering will kick off Friday, February 24, on the campus of Sul Ross State University. The first session is at 10 Marshall Auditorium.

The opening session will feature SRSU President Bill Kibler after which Amy Auker, Straw Berry and Mike Blakely will perform. Bill Brooks is the master of ceremonies.

Following the opening session, John Davis will be the mc and introduce new performers to the Gathering. Almeda Bradshaw, Ryan Fritz, Daron Little and Caitlyn Taussig will be featured.

There will be two matinee performances, one Friday and one Saturday. Friday at 1pm in Marshall, Trinity Seely and Kristyn Harris will be on stage. Saturday afternoon, at 1:30pm, Red Steagall and Dan Roberts will entertain. Each show will cost $10.

Friday night, at 7:30, Doris Daley will be the mc and will perform along with Pipp Gillette, Jim Jones, Luke Reed and Gail Steiger.

Saturday night’s lineup includes Dale Burson, Mikki Daniel, Kevin Davis, Yvonne Hollenbeck and Randy Rieman. Don Cadden is the mc.

Participants in the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering are working cowboys and cowgirls as well as ranchers and ranch hands. The Gathering is known for its commitment to the words and music of the working cowboy.

West Texas National Bank is the title sponsor of the Gathering and the City of Alpine is a significant underwriter. Donations by local businesses and sponsorships of performers are important sources of income for the event.

Most daytime sessions to the event are free. These sessions are held in classrooms on the campus. Each session will feature several performers for 50 minutes. Up to 12 concurrent sessions are held at various locations on the campus.

Tickets for the shows and breakfast and raffle tickets, as well as programs, go on sale at noon Thursday on the second floor of the Morgan Center.

Admission to the night shows Friday evening and Saturday evening is $15 for adults and $6 for children. Lap babies are free. The night shows begin at 7:30pm.

Campfire breakfasts will be held at Poet’s Grove both Friday and Saturday mornings at 7:30am. The breakfast includes scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy and will be served until 8:30am. Cost is $5 per plate.

The Gathering committee will raffle a beautiful leather bag made by Bret Collier, of Big Bend Saddlery, for $10 per ticket. John Davis at Limpia Hat Company in Fort Davis will custom make a hat for a lucky winner, and Wayne Franklin has created a silver bracelet that will also be raffled. All proceeds from the raffles go to the perpetuation of the Gathering.

Tapes, CDs and books by the participants of the Gathering will be available for sale on the second floor of the Morgan University Center. Also on sale will be Gathering logo merchandise. Sales begin Thursday at noon and will continue until the close of the event Saturday evening.

Additional information is available at the Gathering website at








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