Rendezvous to feature shoot-outs, trick riders, music and more

musical goodwill ambassador for the U.S. State Department and toured throughout Southeast Asia. He is a five-time winner of Westword’s Best of Denver award for his music. In 2001, he released a collection of children’s songs, “Yeahbut Shoehead.”

Students from Wamsley Elementary, Esma Lewis Elementary and Rifle High School will exhibit their artwork at the Kids Korner area.

The Baila Con Migo folkloric dancers will perform international dances from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America. The group has danced at the Colorado State Fair, the Denver Mayor’s Ball, Denver Cinco de Mayo celebrations and at public schools. Their trademark dance is called “La Bruja,” in which the dancers balance glasses of water on their heads while performing difficult footwork. They also perform flamenco, merengue and salsa.

Fuel up Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with Stewfest, served by local elected officials. The menu includes buffalo stew, cornbread and peaches, espresso and drinks and desserts, and music from the Mountain Sounds Barbershop Quartet, We Believe and cowboy poets. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children.

Can a person who knows cows and horses, wheat and corn have a poetic turn of mind? The answer is a resounding yes. Cowboy poetry speaks from the soul of the country and of a life that is quickly vanishing.

Larry Glenn of Rifle is a third-generation western Colorado native. His stories and poems echo the history of his family and their attachment to the land. He has performed throughout western Colorado, at the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Arvada, the Florissant Gathering, the Durango Cowboy Gathering and many others. His book of poetry is “It’s Been a Long Way From There to Here.”

Peggy Godfrey has ranched for 30 years at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. She tells of her own experiences from the perspective of a woman in a predominantly male line of work.

Singing cowboy music is Wyoming Red, made up of sisters with flaming red hair and unique harmony. Rusty Endicott and Susan Park have performed at western music gatherings in the United States and Canada and won the Golden Note Award from the Cowboy Poets of Idaho.

Gary Knighting of Colorado Springs has said he learned a lot of life lessons through cowboying over the years. He conveys his love of the cowboy life in his poetry and songs. He’s appeared at the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Michael Martin Murphy’s WestFest. His book of cowboy poetry is “As True As Anything I Ever Told You.” He is now at work on a new book, “My Ears Were Full of Dirt.”

Saturday night will also feature the music of the We Believe Christian Singers, a barn dance and Elks’ Beer Garden.

Also appearing on Saturday and Sunday are the Garfield County Regulators, an Old West re-enactment group that presents both historic and fictional shoot-outs from the years 1860-90.

Start Sunday off with the Lions Club pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Oh, and have a great time!

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