Time to saddle up for the Cowpoke Fall Gathering

Nov. 10 to 13
By: Kathy Maynard Loomis News Correspondent
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Dust off your cowboy hats and boots, it’s cowboy poetry time in Loomis. And if you don’t have those western essentials, you can shop for them during the 17th annual Cowpoke Fall Gathering on Nov. 10 through 13 at the Blue Goose Event Center. Founded by Bert and Carol Braun to bring Cowboy poetry, story-telling and singing to Loomis, the annual Gathering has expanded into a four-day extravaganza. The event offers the community multiple ways to enjoy cowboy heritage while supporting local charities – western style. The Cowpoke Corral is a new feature with eight select vendors selling a variety of western clothing, accessories, tack, gifts, jewelry, pottery, artwork and photography. The market will be open to from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday. “The whole idea is to make it a community event, and it keeps growing little by little every year,” said Carol Braun. Bert Braun has also invited two top-notch cowboys to give a free roping demonstration on Saturday morning. “Jack Roddy, a world champion cowboy back in the ’60s, and Pete Miller, another roper friend of ours, will set up a couple of dummy steers to teach the kids – and anyone else who wants to learn – how to throw a loop,” said Carol Braun. The Gathering will benefit Ride To Walk, a therapeutic horseback riding program for neurologically disabled children, in Lincoln. “It’s very rewarding to see those children who can’t move on the ground get up on those big, gentle horses,” said Carol Braun. “The kids just smile ear to ear the whole time they are on the animals.” Proceeds will also benefit the Sutter Breast Health Center and the South Placer Heritage Foundation. The Kick off Gala begins at 6 pm. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Blue Goose Event Center. Hosted by the Placer Nevada Cattlewomen, guests may mingle with the Fall Gathering poets while enjoying dinner and a no host bar. On Friday, Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin will host a Baked Potato Bar dinner at Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall from 3 to 6 p.m., for $10 per person along with a free performance by women’s duet “All Hat, No Cattle.” Dave Stamey, “the Charlie Russell of Western Music,” will headline the Friday night show at 6:30 p.m., joined by Chris Isaacs, Jeff Severson and John Kintz. Saturday’s events will begin with a free presentation from 9 to 10:30 a.m. by student poets from Loomis Grammar, Penryn Elementary and H. Clarke Powers Elementary schools. Students participated in a creative workshop presented by Larry Maurice, cowboy poet, storyteller and lecturer. Free dummy roping demonstrations will be held directly after the presentation. Kids can also enjoy free rides by Nonella and Sons Stagecoach and free photos with the Texas Longhorns, from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. The Cowboy Poetry and Music matinee at 1 p.m. will feature Sourdough Slim along with Pat Richardson and Ken Gardner. A $15 barbecued tri tip dinner with all the fixings prepared by Soroptomists will be served from 3 to 6 p.m. at Loomis Memorial Hall with performances from Loomis cowboy poet and singer John Kintz. At 6 p.m., the final Cowboy Poetry and Music show will feature Dave Stamey, Chris Isaacs, Jeff Severson, and Ken Gardner. Sunday morning the public is invited to attend Cowboy Church, a nondenominational service, at 10 a.m. with Dave Stamey and John Kintz. For more information, call 652-6113, Cowpoke Fall Gathering What: Cowboy music, poetry, story-telling, shopping, dining, free activities Who: Cowpoke Foundation to benefit Ride to Walk, Tough Enough to Wear Pink and the South Placer Heritage Foundation When: Kick-off Gala: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, tickets $30. Cowboy Corral: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Shows: 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday Nov. 12, tickets $35; 1 p.m., Saturday matinee, tickets $25. Student poetry: Saturday, 9 a.m., free. Free roping demonstration, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Free stagecoach rides, longhorn photos: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cowboy Church: 10 a.m. at Blue Goose, free admission and refreshments Where: Blue Goose Event Center Tickets: Blue Goose Produce, Foothill Feed & Gift Information: 652-6113,