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Heber welcomes cowboy poet and musicians

Submitted by Dallin Koecher

Dozens of performers, musicians and poets from all over the country will converge on Heber Valley for the 22nd annual Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering through Oct. 30 to croon, laugh and share folktales as they "celebrate the western way of life."

"Our Heber Valley gathering is about honoring and celebrating the men and women of the old west through song, verse and craft." said Ted Caldwell, event director.

Now in the 22nd year, the gathering brings back fan favorites such as host Waddie Mitchell, entertainers the Bar J Wranglers and singers Suzy Bogguss and Dave Stamey. New to this year's event is the Highwaymen Tribute Band honoring western music legends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, and the Heber Valley Orchestra performing with Michael Martin Murphy.

Starting from humble beginnings, the Heber Valley Gathering has grown from a one-night event on one stage inside the Midway Town Hall to a multi-day festival across seven stages with over 70 entertainers, becoming one of the premier Western gatherings in the country.

Readers of True West Magazine have voted Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry as the "Best Cowboy Poetry Gathering" in the country in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

"We feel quite honored to be voted as one of the best gatherings in the country. It's really the great performers, the dozens of volunteers who put in hundreds of hours of work, and the fans who keep coming back that make the gathering what it is," said Caldwell.

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From cowboy comics that will bust a gut, to campfire stories of the old west, to western songs and fun on the Heber Valley Railroad, to the action packed excitement of the Mounted Shooters, the Gathering has something for all ages.

"If you've never been to the gathering, you should come out. You'd be surprised at all there is to see and do," said Caldwell.

The stories, songs and poems performed at the gathering come from off the plains, from around campfires, and from histories passed down from generation. They reflect a time when the west was wild and untamed, and how man connects with nature. There are songs that sing to triumph and heartbreak, poems of tall tales and legends and the romance that is the Western way of life. 

For more information and a list of entertainers visit hebervalleycowboypoetry.com

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