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Cowboy Festival returns to Genoa

The annual Genoa Cowboy Festival will take place from April 28 through May 1 in the Town of Genoa, Nevada. The festival is a wonderful blend of beautiful setting, entertainment, heritage and Western culture. Located a short drive from Lake Tahoe in the beautiful Carson Valley, historic Genoa is the site of the first ranch in Nevada and still has working cattle ranches literally steps from the town. From its 19th century beginnings, cowboys and ranching have shared work, words and music here. You’d be hard pressed to find a better place to celebrate the unique forms of Cowboy Poetry, Western music and the Western lifestyle.

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Through poetry, song and stories, Larry Maurice is able to transport his audiences back in time, allowing them to experience the cattle drives, characters and critters of the old west. Photo via Genoa Cowboy Festival.

This year’s event will feature performances by some of the best-known entertainers in Western music and cowboy poetry, including Wylie & The Wild West,  Canada's legendary songwriter Ian Tyson, Richard Elloyan and Steve Wade, Larry Maurice, and many more.

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Wylie Gustafson is an American Original. The gifted singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman, and the world-famous Yahoo!® yodeler leads the musical outfit known as Wylie & the Wild West. As one music writer sums it up: “Forget everything you hate about modern country, this guy is all old school cool without being a tired period piece.” Photo via Genoa Cowboy Festival.

Other festival events include: Chautauqua performances; a birding nature walk; a photography show at The Nature Conservancy’s Whit Hall Interpretive Center; and a dinner and barn dance on Thursday evening, April 28th, at Trimmer’s Outpost in the Town of Genoa. Tickets are available for purchase online. Download the full event schedule here.

The Genoa Cowboy Festival is a wonderful blend of beautiful setting, entertainment, heritage and Western culture. This year’s event is free to the public and also features cowboy mercantile crafts and clothing, Western art exhibits, pioneer and Old West living history reenactors, and a variety of delicious food from popular local eateries.

A Western Art & Gear Show is open to the public with roving entertainment throughout the Town.  Parking is free and available throughout the historic Town. Concert tickets, one-day passes, three-day passes, and all-events passes are available online.

For tickets and more information, visit www.GenoaCowboyFestival.org or call 775-782-0326.

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Georgette Hartley

Georgette loves adventuring outdoors and can usually be found exploring the trails, lakes, and peaks of the Sierra Nevada with her family.


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