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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Events in Elko, NV

Each winter, Elko is proud to welcome a decades long tradition, The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. This annual celebration of America’s west and its culture brings many people to town to tell stories through poetry, music, and the spoken word. Since the 1980s, the Western Folklife Center headquartered in Elko, has been organizing this event that encourages interaction, learning, and a heartfelt good time.

In addition to enjoying performances, attendees have the opportunity to learn dances like the traditional two-step and the history of cowboys and those who live off the land around the world, watch films, participate in craftsman and cooking workshops, and sample delightful eats and brews inspired by rich cultures.

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To help make your visit to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering seamless, the Ramada Elko Hotel and Casino has hotel rooms available for the week.