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Genoa hosts cowboy poetry and music festival



Grab your favorite cowboy hat and boots and travel on down to Genoa, Nev. on April 29 – May 2 for a kickin’ time at the first annual Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival presented by the Carson Valley Arts Council and the Town of Genoa.

The event will feature nationally known Cowboy poets and musicians including Waddie Mitchell, Don Edwards, Paul Zarzyski, Lacy J. Dalton and the Dalton Gang, David John and the Comstock Cowboys, Dave Stamey, Larry Maurice, Richard Elloyan, Sourdough Slim Old West Trio, Cross Town Cowboys, Dennis Golden, Tom Weatherby, and Ron Scofield to name a few.  Tickets, now available for these events, can be purchased online at www.genoacowboyfestival.com or by calling 781-0150, 782-8207 or 782-8696.

Tickets are also available for pre-concert Cowboy dinners each evening, a BYOH (Bring Your Own Horse) Pleasure Trail Ride on Saturday and a tour of a working ranch including lunch.

One and two day passes, for a nominal fee, will get you into over 80 western related workshops and demonstrations presented by talented artists. Workshops will include Chautauqua with McAvoy Layne as Mark Twain, Michael Curcio as Wyatt Earp, Don Thompson as Snowshoe Thompson, Dick Clark as Kit Carson, Chris Bayer as Major Ormsby and Lucky Bill, Dianna Borges as Sarah Winnemucca.

Day passes will give you admission to storytelling, melodramas, a discussion about what a Cowboy poet is, what it is like to be a Poet in the West, writing cowboy poetry and a discussion led by Lacy J. Dalton and the “Let ‘em Run” Foundation on wild horses in Nevada. Demonstrations will include Dutch oven cooking, leather tooling, saddler, silversmithing, Cowboy gear and blacksmithing.  For those interested in study of habitats and ranching, the Nature Conservancy’s River Ranch will conduct a tour and talk about the compatibility of Ranching and Habitat Conservation.

All of this in the authentic setting of Genoa, the oldest settlement in Nevada!  Visit us at www.genoacowboyfestival.com or call 775-781-0150, 775-782-8207 or 775-782-8696. If you are in need of accommodations, we invite you to call the Carson Valley Inn, the Official Host Hotel for the Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival.

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