By Linda Mannix
Special to The PREVIEW
Living a hard life, working outdoors with livestock and equipment, a cowboy’s life can take many twists and turns. This year, the 2017 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering is focusing on cowboy humor — how the cowboy finds humor from the funny side of the fenceline, which might include horse wrecks and ironic twists of fate.
Rancher and cowboy poet R.P. Smith from Nebraska will lead a group of some of the finest humorists in the world of cowboy poetry. Andy Nelson, Gary McMahan and Terry Henderson are featured in the Premier Show on Thursday, Oct. 5, titled “Laughing Stock,” at the Henry Strater Theater. Two shows, one at 6 p.m. and one at 8 p.m., will highlight funny stories, poems and the comedic mistakes of living the cowboy life.
The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering runs from Oct. 5 to Oct. 8 with a bent towards humor. The Friday and Saturday evening shows feature humorists Otto Rosfeld, Floyd Beard, singers Trinity Seely, Pat Meade and others.
Oct. 7’s events start off with a real cowboy chuckwagon breakfast at 7 a.m. on the corner of 5th Street and Main Avenue, followed by the “motorless” Cowboy Parade at 10 a.m. with plenty of horses, riders, wagons and walkers.
After the parade, there is another “not to be missed” cowboy humor show, the Cowboy Comedy Revue, at 10:30 a.m. in the Henry Strater Theater.
Free sessions of cowboy poetry and music on Saturday will run from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Strater Hotel, Lone Spur Cafe and Cerda 7. A free session of poetry and music at 4:40 p.m. at Toh Atin Gallery will focus on this year’s fine art poster, “Ten Below Zero,” by artist Andrew Peters.
Cowboy hats and boots will be the norm in downtown Durango as the town goes “western” for the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Oct. 5-8. Enjoy a wide variety of family-friendly shows and activities. The complete schedule is available at www.DurangoCowboyPoetryGathering.org or call 749-2995.
By Linda Mannix