This weekend, October 4-7, Durango celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Throughout the weekend, there will be performances of cowboy poetry, music, storytelling, and folklore, as well as several events throughout the community.
There’s a Cowboy Poet Train on Friday that features performers on every coach and lunch at Cascade Canyon, as well as a Cowboy Poet Trail Ride from Rapp Corral. In the evening, several local galleries host exhibits and free receptions.
On Saturday, there is a Cowboy Parade from the train depot to 12th Street, and there will even be an Old West gunfight right before the parade just north of the Strater Hotel! The parade will feature non-motor-propelled entries, and is sure to be a blast. Before the parade, there’s a Cowboy Chuck Wagon Breakfast at the Corner of 5th and Main.
On Sunday, “A Cowboy and His Creator” will be held at the Henry Strater Theatre, featuring inspirational poetry and music, followed by Sunday Brunch at the Diamond Belle.
The main event headquarters is the Strater hotel, and part of the mission of the Durango Cowboy Gathering is to “preserve and perpetuate the traditions of working ranch people in the American West.” We are so appreciative of the Western traditions and culture found in Durango, and we are glad to see the weekend dedicated to preserving this important role in the history of La Plata county. Take a look at the website for schedule details and more information, and we hope you get a chance to enjoy some of this weekend’s events! http://www.durangocowboypoetrygathering.org/main.php