Loomis Cowboy Poets - Annual
Fall Gathering in California
The Annual Fall
Gathering of Cowboy Poets in Loomis, California is a popular event celebrating the art of
the spoken word. Cowboy poets who sing, yodel, recite and bring a smile or tear
to the audience's eyes is a down-home, old-fashioned celebration
offering a much-needed community tradition. The poets themselves are
professional performers able to gauge the audience and determine what to
serve and how to deliver the words. From
poems about one's favorite, loyal horse to a story about a cowboy buying a bra
for his wife, the well-written tales are served artfully. Deep, rich delivery like a double
chocolate cake elates the crowd held spellbound by the sound.
The unique cowboy poetry
festival for cowpokes is held at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed, an historic building
that's going through some needed renovation. This annual event helps fund the
costs of renovation. The former packing shed for the fruit
industry once served as a commercial produce facility seen in classic fruit
packing labels framed on the walls. The large barn-style building with
corrugated steel treatments has become popular for events, weddings and
corporate parties. It is booked nearly all year long for special events and for
rental meeting space in the town of Loomis.
Waddie Mitchell, Sourdough Slim, Pat Richardson and many other poets as well as
Ernie Sites carried on the western tradition of cowboy poetry, music and
storytelling in Loomis at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed, 3550 Taylor Rd.
Supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant from the James Irvine
Foundation, all proceeds are used on the Blue Goose Fruit Shed renovation. The
all-volunteer Foundation (501c3 non-profit) is preserving the historic building
and converting it to a vital community center. For more information about the
South Placer Heritage Foundation and the Blue Goose Fruit Shed renovation, call
(916) 787-0878 or go to www.soplacerheritage.org.
Headliner, Waddie Mitchell has performed internationally, appeared on
television’s The Tonight Show and Good Morning America, and has been featured in
Life, National Geographic and the New York Times. His poem, That No Quit
Attitude, commissioned by the 2002 Cultural Olympiad, appeared prominently
during the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Within Waddie Mitchell’s
stories, told in a voice that is timeless and familiar, are the common bonds we
all share, moments both grand and commonplace, the humorous and the tragic, the
life and death struggles and triumphs that we each recognize.
Sourdough Slim, a.k.a. Rick Crowder combines cowboy singing and yodeling,
accompaniment on the accordion, guitar, ukulele and harmonica and a seasoned
gift for connecting with audiences to tickle their funny bones. He was honored
by the Academy of Western Artists with the 2001 Will Rogers award for "yodeler
of the year." Slim's success as an entertainer has brought national recognition
with multiple invitations to perform at the most prestigious venues in North
America, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, JHF Center and the National
Cowboy Poetry Gathering. He has six CD’s and tours the country performing at
fairs, festivals and cowboy events.
Pat Richardson turned a lifetime of ranching and rodeo competition into award
wining "cowboy poetry, true stories and outright lies" that entertain audiences
internationally. Baxter Black once said about Pat's poetry, "If you boiled
cowboy poetry down to what's worth savin', this is what the stew would smell
like." In addition to being a perennial invited guest at Elko, Pat performed in
Denver during the Fat stock show, in Carson City with The Sons of the San
Joaquin & Sourdough Slim, had a special appearance at Santa Ynez for the
Rancheros Visitadores and had a lot of poems live on Red Steagalls' Fort Worth
radio station. His CD -- B.Y.O.S. -- was named Western CD/Album of the Year.
For more information about The Cowpoke 11th Annual Fall Gathering of Cowboy
poets and musicians, the South Placer Heritage Foundation and the Blue Goose
Fruit Shed renovation, call (916) 787-0878 or go to www.soplacerheritage.org.
For information on
planning your trip to this must-see destination, contact Placer Valley
Tourism, 300 Harding Blvd., Suite #109, Roseville, CA 95747. Phone:
(916) 773-5400. www.placertourism.com