Following up a highly successful inaugural event in 2010, the Town of Genoa and the Carson Valley Arts Council have been busy securing poets, storytellers, singers and a lot more for the second go around.
The Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival is a wonderful blend of setting, heritage and western culture and entertainment. Nestled at the base of the Sierra Nevada in Northern Nevada’s Carson Valley, historic Genoa, Nevada’s oldest settlement, 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.
Headliners committed to appear include award winning poet Paul Zarzyski and multiple entertainer of the year winner Dave Stamey, along with Belinda Gail, Wylie & the Wild West, David John & the Comstock Cowboys, Doris Daley, Sourdough Slim and more favorites. Alongside the entertainers, attendees will find a packed schedule of workshops and several galleries of fine western art, a Native American Center, cowboy dinners and dances and opportunities to shop for western clothing, collectibles, jewelry and tack. There’s even a Trail Ride, with its own barbeque dinner and concert on Saturday and a special Mother’s Day Brunch and Concert offering on Sunday.
Just over the hill from Lake Tahoe’s South Shore and only an hour from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, it’s easy to get to Genoa and Carson Valley. You can find all the festival information at www.cowboypoetrygenoa.com
and area information at www.visitcarsonvalley.org
. Day Passes and tickets for individual concerts and dinners may be purchased on line at the festival web site or by visiting the Town of Genoa or Carson Valley Arts Council offices.