Celebrating Ranch Traditions


At the 14th Annual Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering this weekend, there will be a variety of activities such as free music performances, a ticketed night show, events for children, a breakfast, Cowboy Church and campfire jam sessions.

The headline performers will join others at 7 p.m. on Friday in an Open Mic program to be held at Grand View Park in Encampment, followed by the campfire, which is a round-robin performance. Anyone interested in taking part in either program Friday should plan to register at the park beginning at 6:30 p.m. Daron Little hosts the open mic and Ken Kreusel ramrods the campfire program. Free hot drinks will be provided.

Saturday’s program includes a program on firearm safety, starting at 10 a.m., stickhorse rodeo for children ages 12 and younger starting at 11 a.m. and an afternoon music and poetry performance that begins at noon. The Encampment-Riverside Lions Club will serve lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. All music and poetry events in Grand View Park are free. People are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Encampment school, the featured performers will take the stage. This year’s headliner is “The Cowboy Way” featuring Jim Jones, Doug Figgs and Mariam Funke from New Mexico. Joining “The Cowboy Way” on the main stage is Kremmling, Colo., rancher-singer-songwriter Caitlyn Taussig and Colorado cowboy poet Floyd Beard. In addition, Karen and Alden Condict of Saratoga will be recognized as Pioneer Ranchers of the Year. Tickets for the performance are available at the door or in advance. They are $15 per seat. Another campfire jam session will take place at Grand View Park following the evening show.

Events on Sunday begin at 8 a.m. with a breakfast of coffee, juice and homemade cinnamon rolls and will conclude with Cowboy Church at 10 a.m.

Other entertainers during the weekend will include Doc Mehl, Many Strings, Steve Moulton, Jane Leche, Tim Nolting, Jim Wilson and Donna Hatton, J. R. Henley and Cedar Ridge.


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