Midway City, Utah hosted the first Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 1994 with a standing-room crowd with a few local ranchers and residents coming together to celebrate Cowboy Poetry. Now, twenty-seven years later this event has grown into a nationally recognized Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Following last year’s cancellation of all large events, the Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering is returning this year with a stellar lineup of singers, songwriters, poets, and entertainers. The multi-day event will be held October 13th through 17th at select venues throughout Heber Valley. Tickets for all performances are on sale now at hebervalleycowboypoetry.com.
Clockwise from left: Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Mountain Man Traders Camp, Cowboy Train, Tom’s Cabin.
From the Cowboy Kickoff dinner show to the cowboy express train, and onto the main shows at Wasatch High School with the auditorium stage, cow camp stage and chuckwagon stages, cowboy church, cowboy poetry sessions, and open mic for those entertainers just trying to get a foot in the door – this event brings people together from across the country united in their love for authentic western music and cowboy poetry.
Keeping with tradition, the five-day event will kick off Wednesday night, October 13th, at Midway Town Hall with entertainment by Cold Creek Band, Dave and Jenny Anderson, and poets Andy Nelson and Doris Daley. This year’s headliner will be the famous Shenandoah Band – one of the most successful, chart-topping western bands of the 80s and 90s. And Ben Haggard will be performing a tribute to his father, the great Merle Haggard.
Left to right: Ben Haggard, Andy Nelson, The Bar J Wranglers.
This year, you can see some of the very best musicians and poets from around the country. Folks like Waddie Mitchell, Andy Nelson, Eli Barsi, The Quebe Sisters, and Doris Daley are among the performers. Billy Dean will be debuting his symphony show with the Heber Valley Symphony Orchestra. And there will be three special performances by The Bar J Wranglers, which will be among their final performances before they ride into retirement later this year.
Left to right: Buckaroo Ball, Buckaroo Fair, Mountain Man Traders Camp.
Plus, don’t miss the Mountain Man Traders Camp, Buckaroo Fair, historic Heber Valley Railroad “Cowboy Express” train rides, and the rare cowboy collection on display at Tom’s Cabin. So, round up your family and friends and join us for a celebration of the cowboy and western way of life through music, poetry, and art.
Tickets and additional information available at hebervalleycowboypoetry.com.