Photos: National Cowboy Poetry Gathering 2017

Feb 6, 2017

The 33rd annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering wrapped up in Elko Saturday. Western music, art and stories filled the day, while dance and drink ignited the night.

Check out our photo gallery to see a day in the life of America's original cowboy gathering.

A faded mural from the dusty White King Casino welcomes downtown visitors to the "best small town in America."
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Andy Wilkinson delivers the keynote address, or rather, keynote poem during the morning's festivities.
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Trish and Deon Reynolds take photos of rural Nevada using uncommon cameras: Trish with a 1920s-era box camera and Deon, a modified disposable camera with a wide-angle lens. Their photos are then printed and pasted onto downtown alley walls in Elko.
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Just around the corner from the Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the Great Basin Native Market, where traditional Native American art is being sold, including this beadwork by Angie Quintana.
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From left: Adrienne Wood, Jane Magenheim, Elaine Magenheim, Anna Ball and Susannah Ball offer stoic glances underneath a collage of past Gathering performers.
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The Western Folklife Center organizes the annual event, and hosts a variety of storytellers and artists--many of whom you meet at the bar inside.
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Visitors excitedly swap stories at the Pioneer Saloon, the bar nestled inside the Western Folklife Center, where folks meet with friends and strangers who soon become friends.
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A pair of dancers shows off their country swing moves during the night's cowboy dance party.
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Wyoming Musician Luke Bell (center) and friends keep the crowd on their feet, so they can do-si-do long through the night.
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