Western Events Calendar: January 2015

The February/March issue features a list of the 101 top Cowboy events to hit throughout the year. As a web extra, we've gone ahead and included a few hometown favorites, as well.
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Credit: Charlie Ekburg/National Cowboy Poetry Gathering National Cowboy Poetry Gathering performers

Credit: Charlie Ekburg/National Cowboy Poetry Gathering National Cowboy Poetry Gathering performers


7–11

SASS Convention

San Antonio, Texas

505-843-1320, website

This five-day event—courtesy of the Single Action Shooting Society—offers gun enthusiasts numerous seminars from industry experts. Entertainment is offered daily and social engagements are held nightly at the historic Menger Hotel.

10

Cowboy Poets of Utah 2015 Symposium

Payson, Utah

Website


10–25

National Western Stock Show

Denver, Colo.

303-295-6124, website

One of the world’s premier stock show events, the National Western puts on the “Super Bowl” of livestock shows, rodeos, and horse shows. Other not-to-miss events include the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale and Colorado’s largest Western trade show.


16–18

Montana PRCA Circuit Finals

Great Falls, Mont.

406-223-5473, website

Not only does this event determine Montana’s top PRCA cowboys and cowgirls in rodeo, as well as the Miss Rodeo Montana competition, it also features a Montana Pro Rodeo Finals Ranch Rodeo, making for an all-around, all-ages crowd-pleaser. 

19

41st Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill

Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Website

Created by six-time All-Around World Champion Cowboy, Larry Mahan, and Director of Skiiing, Billy Kidd, this is a fun event for all. 

22–25

26th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Golden, Colo.

Website

23–25

Southwest Kansas Winter Expo

Dodge City, Kan.

Website


24

Rocky Mountain National Park 100th Anniversary

Front Range Premier of the short film, "Wilderness, Wildlife and Wonder"

Boulder, Colo.

Website

In celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park's centennial, a series of events are planned throughout the year in the areas surrounding the park. The theme of the anniversary is "Wilderness, Wildlife and Wonder."

24–25

High Noon Show & Auction 

Mesa, Ariz.

480-779-9378,website

Now in its 25th year, High Noon has 150 dealers at the Western Americana Antique Show featuring everything from fine art to Native American jewelry and home décor. The Saturday Western Americana Auction is then your opportunity to bid on historic pieces like saddles, spurs, and artwork.

26–31

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Elko, Nev.

888-880-5885, website

This Western gathering celebrates the world’s cowboy culture through poetry, music, food, and art. Join them in their 31st year as they put the spotlight on the vaquero culture of Baja California Sur. 

Editor’s Pick: “‘Elko’ is a legendary event. Though I’ve never been, I’ll make my first trip there this year. I can’t wait.” —Bob Welch

30–Feb. 1

Montana Winter Fair

Lewistown, Mont.

Website

This Western gathering celebrates the world’s cowboy culture through poetry, music, food, and art. Join them in their 31st year as they put the spotlight on the vaquero culture of Baja California Sur. 

31–March 8

Masters of the American West Fine Art Show and Sale

Los Angeles, Nev.

323-667-2000, website

Perhaps the most diverse premier Western art show in the country, more than 75 artists participate in an exhibition of works that portray their keen skills in a variety of media and across a wide range of subject matter.

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