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‘Working Cowboy’ event features folkways, music, art of cowboys

The life of a cowboy is featured at a discovery event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29, as Sharlot Hall Museum hosts “The Working Cowboy ... Folkways, Arts & Traditions.”

The one-day event on the four-acre museum grounds provides an intimate, down-home look at the “Working Cowboy” by those who work the trade.

The “Working Cowboy” includes cowboy presentations, crafts and demonstrations – from boot-making and saddlery, to leatherwork, horse shoeing, and reata-making – plus a range of children’s activities that will introduce them to the lure ‘n’ lore of the iconic hero of the West, the modern-day cowboy.

“It’s a showcase of cowboy traditions by actual working men and women who live the life of the cowboy in Arizona,” describes Sally Bates, a longtime local writer, poet and singer of cowboy lore who has assisted the museum staff in developing the event.

A featured local favorite is Gail Steiger, Arizona’s “poet lariat” and foreman of the 50,000-acre Spider Ranch. He brings an authentic taste of cowboy life to his stories and music. Amy Hale Auker, wife of Gail, will share her stories, poetry and songs of “real” cowgirl life.

A complete schedule of events and artists is available on the museum website ( The event is co-sponsored by the Museum and radio station KDDL – Cattle Country 94.3 FM.

Admission to “The Working Cowboy – Folkways, Arts & Traditions” is $10 for adults; museum members are $5, and youth 17 and younger are free.

Sharlot Hall Museum is located at 415 W. Gurley St., two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott. For more information, call the museum at 928-445-3122, ext. 10.

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