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Saddle up for Fall Gathering at Blue Goose

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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The historic Blue Goose Fruit Shed opens its doors to cowboys and cowgirls this weekend when the 16th Annual Cowpoke Fall Gathering returns to Loomis. Western lore for all ages comes alive through cowboy poetry, music and stories, especially through the work of featured performer R.W. Hampton. Bert Braun, Fall Gathering founder and producer of the Fall Gathering with his wife, Carol, said Hampton has made remarkable achievement in today’s cowboy world. “His new release, ‘Austin to Boston,’ serves his beautiful baritone voice,” Bert Braun said. “Hampton is not just a singer who does cowboy songs, but a cowboy who sings great songs. Our audience will not be disappointed with the lineup we have this year, with R.W. at the helm,” That lineup includes returning favorites Pat Richardson, Larry Maurice, Bill Brewster, Jeff Severson, Jeralynn Strong and John Kintz. Fall Gathering festivities begin tonight with a kick-off gala reception at 6:30 p.m. at the High Hand Conservatory. Proceeds benefit Tough Enough To Wear Pink, a breast cancer awareness program sponsored by the Pro-Rodeo Association and Wrangler in partnership with the Cowpoke Fall Gathering. All performances will be at the Blue Goose, beginning with opening night cowboy poetry and music at 6:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, students try out their new poetry skills at 9 a.m.; admission is free. A matinee cowboy poetry and music show is at 1 p.m. A western barbecue will be served from 3 to 6 p.m. Nonella and Sons will also be giving free stagecoach rides starting at 11 a.m. The last show of poetry and music is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Cowboy church, also free, is at 10 a.m. Sunday and closes the Fall Gathering. ------------------------ COWPOKE FALL GATHERING What: Cowboy poetry, music, stories Kick-off gala: 6 p.m. today at High Hand Conservatory; tickets $30 Friday show: 6:30 p.m. at Blue Goose Fruit Shed, tickets $35 Student poetry: 9 a.m. at Blue Goose, free admission Saturday shows: 1 p.m. matinee at Blue Goose, tickets $35; 6:30 p.m., tickets $35 Barbecue: 3 to 6 p.m. at Blue Goose, $15 Stagecoach rides: Begin at 11 a.m. at Blue Goose, free Cowboy church: 10 a.m. at Blue Goose, free Tickets: Blue Goose Produce, Foothill Feed, Main Drug Information: 652-6113