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Cowboys and more come to Loomis

Baxter Black, Michael Martin Murphey to appear at Fall Gathering
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The 15th Annual Cowpoke Fall Gathering is ready to take over the Blue Goose Fruit Shed for a weekend of poetry, storytelling, music, food and laughs. Headlining the evening performances is Baxter Black, perhaps the best in his field. While this is Black’s third visit to Loomis, Michael Martin Murphey is setting foot on stage for the first time at the Saturday 1 p.m. matinee. Tickets will be available at the door for the matinee only. Saturday is a big day, starting with a free Open Mic session at 10 a.m. Discover new talent that extends to student poets from Penryn, H. Clarke Powers Elementary and Loomis Grammar schools. The students participated in a creative writing workshop this week and will recite their newly penned works. What’s more traditional than apple pie? Crack open those cookbooks and prized recipes for an Apple Pie & More Contest. All bakers have been invited to take their creations to the Blue Goose by 10 a.m. on Saturday. The contest has three categories – apple pies, apple cakes and other apple desserts – and cooks can compete in one or all categories. The baking entries will be served at the Western Barbeque that will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the tri-tip dinner are $12.00 each. Whether or not you plan to attend any of Saturday’s events, stop by for the free stagecoach rides starting at noon. Don’t miss the big western day in Loomis.