Train robbers, third-grade drop-outs, trick riders and top of their class college graduates are gathering at the 2019 Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous held in Hyrum on March 1-3, at Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum.
Poets, western musicians and artisans will invade the south end of the valley this weekend to share their love for the cowboy lifestyle and values.
American Idol contestant Kristyn Harris, from McKinney, Texas, frequents cowboy festivals across the country. She is in Cache Valley this year and will make an appearance at the rendezvous. She has spent time in area schools, sharing music and telling the students about her life.
“It’s really fun to come and meet people who want keep the western lifestyle and values alive,” she said. “I love the cowboy way of life and the entertainers that come to these gatherings.”
She said she gets to meet a lot of good performers at these gatherings and loves to associate with them.
Harris is an up and coming star in the cowboy music world. She is a three-time recipient of the IWMA Female Performer of the Year and continues to be recognized for her talents.
Also spending her time in the schools is a gifted artist in her own right, Bear Lake, Idaho native Krisen Lloyd, aka Krazi Ani. She is a natural in the classroom, getting students to participate in sing-a-longs and drawing them into her stories about being a train robber on the Heber Creeper.
“You get to meet good people at these cowboy gatherings,” she said. “It’s like a family reunion, you see a lot of performers that you haven’t seen for a while, and there are audience members that follow us.”
The songwriter/singer said, unlike what you hear about Hollywood and other entertainment gatherings, people get along and help each other at cowboy gatherings.
“There some entertainment circles where it is extremely cutthroat,” Lloyd said. “I feel like I have family all over the country.”
Lloyd is also a gifted self-taught cartoonist. Her art is featured on some of Leanin’ Tree Greeting Cards.
Gary Alligreto, no stranger to a classroom and kids, is a top notch entertainer with a foundation, Harmonkids (a 501c), that provides music therapy and lessons to special needs kids using harmonicas.
In his first lessons at elementary schools, he takes the kids from no experience at all, to playing simple songs within an hour. Alligreto’s professional accomplishments are many and his showmanship is unmatched. He is one of 15 musicians and 10 poets at this year’s Rendezvous.
Two other headliners at this year’s gathering are Ned LeDoux and Stephanie Davis. LeDoux will perform onstage Saturday March 2, at 7 p.m. Davis will perform Saturday at 2 p.m.
Other notable local artists include Green Sage Jct, from Montpelier, ID, Kila Mateah Tuckett a USU student and Kylee Price, a native of the Cache Valley.
A favorite of many is the Cowboy Church, scheduled to be held at the American West Heritage Center’s Livery Stable on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and will include Craig Jessop as the chorister.
The Cowboy Rendezvous is funded in part by RAPZ tax and the Sorenson Foundation.
Dale Major, a cowboy musician in his own right, began the Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous nine years ago at Mountain Crest High School and it has turned into an event with a big following.
Cowboy festivals like the Rendezvous held in Hyrum can be found all across the country. The granddaddy of all festivals is the one in Elko, Nevada. It started as a cowboy poetry gathering in 1985 and the concept has grown over the years to other parts of the U.S.
“They all started mixing in cowboy music,” Major said. “After all, cowboy music is just poetry set to a tune.”
Major caught the cowboy gathering spirit after attending one in Moab.
“I wrote some poems; we went down there with our kids,” he said. “I looked around and it was not a very big town and said to myself if they can do it, we could do it here in Cache Valley.”
The American West Heritage Center held them at one and that was the first one Major attended.
“I came back from Moab and started making contact with people and we held our first one in 2009,” Major said. “It has gotten a little bigger every year.”
Their goal is to sell out two of the concerts. If they can sell out two concerts they can cover the cost of concerts for the next couple of years.
Major is a builder and cattleman and wanted to do something when things were slow for both of his professions.
For more up to date information and ticket prices go to www.cachevalleycowboyrendezvous.com