Inaugural Genoa Cowboy Poetry Music Festival set for this April |

Inaugural Genoa Cowboy Poetry Music Festival set for this April

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The inaugural Genoa Cowboy Poetry Music Festival, presented by the Carson Valley Arts Council and the Town of Genoa, is set for April 29 to May 2.

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, among others.

One- and two-day passes, for a nominal fee, provide admission to more than 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, and Dianna Borges as Sarah Winnemucca.

Day passes also provide 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.

The event will also include a juried art show. Western, cowboy and southwest Indian artists are invited to submit an application to participate in galleries planned as part of the festival.

The juried art show will begin with a VIP champagne preview on Thursday followed by two days of gallery showings and an art sale. The jurying fee is $20. After being accepted as a part of the jurying process, the gallery fee will be $250.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (775) 781-0150, (775) 782-8207 or (775) 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.

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