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Wed, Oct. 23

Full weekend ahead with cowboy stories, poetry, singing, free writing workshop

Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at Mortimer Family Farms, the Dewey-Humboldt Cowboy Gathering and Western Heritage Festival presents a show with local, state and nationally known cowboy poets, singers and storytellers. Local favorite Don Fernwalt from Mayer opens the show with poet Gail Steiger headlining, and Tony Argento, the Broken Chair Band, Slim Farnsworth, Jim Dunham and the Rusty Pistols, Deanna Dickenson McCall and Peggy Malone also performing.

Saturday evening's show has Arizona cowboy poet Mike Dunn opening the show. Performances by Suzi Killman, Sue Harris, Terry Nash, Vic Anderson, Mountain Saddle Band and Jessica Hedges follow. Western stars Juni Fisher and Prescott resident Belinda Gail will close the show, with a campfire open-jam session following. Tickets for evening shows are $10 with a barbecue dinner available for purchase.

Free daytime activities at Humboldt Elementary School take place every hour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and include a writing workshop by award-winning writer and Prescott resident Amy Hale Auker, trick roping, fabric spinning, saddle making, Yavapai tribal history and old-time ranching, with Western music, poetry and storytelling.

Sunday morning starts with a chuck wagon breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by a Cowboy Church at 9:30 a.m. back at Mortimer Family Farms featuring many of the performers from the gathering.

For more information, call (928) 499-9862 or e-mail

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