You don’t have to be a cowboy or cowgirl to enjoy the Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous beginning Friday evening at 5p.m. and continuing Saturday at Mountain Crest High School. To talk about it, on KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday our guests were Gary Allegretto, Ernie Sites and Dale Major who talked about how the idea got started
“My kids and I perform and we actually had gone to a gathering in Moab…driving home the thought hit me ‘Why don’t we do this is in Cache Valley’….anyway that’s where it started that little seed and I came home and talked to some people..friends of mine and said ‘Hey would you be interested in helping?’ and they jumped on it and here we are 6 years later we’re all helping out”, Major said.
In addition to great music and cowboy poetry there will be vendors featuring local western-themed crafts and art. Also educational experiences through workshops. Sites will teach a guitar workshop – and if you ever wanted to play the harmonica, Gary Allegretto will teach you how.
“Mine’s called ‘Learn to Play Cowboy Harmonica- Instantly’. And I mean instantly, I’ll have you playing your first song in less than 30 seconds. And I’ll entertain you and you’ll have fun in the process”. Allegretto said the workshop is at 11 o’clock on Saturday and you don’t have to bring an instrument. “I’ve got the instruments, for the price of admission which is only $20 bucks. You get a harmonica worth, practically, the cost of the workshop and then you get entertained and learn to play 4 songs. The first one in less than 30 seconds – guaranteed or your money back”, according to Allegretto.
Other events include a Saturday afternoon concert featuring Billy Dean, a Cowboy Family Dance and a Western Swing Dance Contest which will feature artist Michael Martin Murphey to finish off the dance on Saturday night. Many events are free. To find out more and to get tickets go to www.cachevalleycowboyrendezvous.com.