Keeping with tradition, the annual Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a five-day event that kicks 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 is 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.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s 26th annual gathering, all set in the beautiful backdrop of the Heber Valley!” said Diane Pope, Producer of Heber Valley Western Music & Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
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 the retirement sunset later this year.
Tickets are very well priced for the caliber of musical performances, readings, and overall experience you will have. Check the online schedule or call for tickets: 801-386-7535. Be sure to book early and consider doing the dinner performances for a fun date night idea. Performances are great for all ages from kids to adult. Once you get your tickets booked, take a look at the local and nearby lodging options to plan your stay.
In addition to the main schedule and performances, you also won’t want to 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, roundup your family and friends and join us for a celebration of the cowboy and western way of life through music, poetry, and art.
Tickets for all performances are currently on sale. Some shows may already be sold out or have limited seating remaining. Tickets and additional information available at hebervalleycowboypoetry.com.
A Little History About The Gathering…
In the fall of 1994, Tom Whitaker had stopped to chat with Ben Quinters and Kim Cutler. The topic of ol’ cowboy poems came up. Tom suggested they pool their talent, invite a few local musicians and poets, and have a “Cowboy Poetry Gathering.” The Midway Town Hall was reserved for the first weekend in November, Brent Kelly was asked to emcee, and John Burns and his family cooked up some Dutch oven chili. In fact, the Dutch oven dinner was five bucks and the entertainment was free that very first year. Some posters were stuck around town, poems were brushed up, and they all waited for the event night.
They weren’t sure how many people would show up. Well, nearly 250 people came and extra chairs had to be brought out. They knew then that this was something the town was looking for. The gathering grew each year until the Town Hall wouldn’t hold any more people, so the gathering was moved to Wasatch High School where several of the performances are held each year during the event dates. The gathering has grown tremendously over the years and now fills venues throughout Heber Valley. Each year the gathering attracts people from across the country and has become a premier event in the state of Utah.