Monday, February 15, 2010

Booth Western Art Museum to Host 7th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering

/PRNewswire/ -- The Booth Western Art Museum will host the 7th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, March 11-14, 2010 in Cartersville, GA. Scheduled events include evening concerts on Friday and Saturday night, chuck wagon and Dutch oven cooking contests, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo contests, children's activities, and an artist's workshop with featured artist Nelson Boren. Other special guests include Red Steagall and Sweethearts in Carhartts. The event will take place at the Booth Western Art Museum and the Grand Theatre, both located in historic downtown Cartersville.

The Gathering begins Thursday, March 11, and will include a Western musical performance in the Museum Atrium, and an opportunity for visitors to meet the featured artist for the Gathering, Nelson Boren of Sandpoint, Idaho. At 7:00 p.m., Boren will present a lecture in the Booth Theatre on his artistic style and career highlights, and will be available to sign copies of the official Gathering poster in the Museum Store following his lecture.

Friday evening, guests are invited to experience a special concert in the Booth Ballroom with musical guests Sweethearts in Carhartts - a group comprised of Western poets, singers and songwriters Jean Prescott, Yvonne Hollenbeck and Liz Masterson.

Saturday evening's concert features famed Western singer, songwriter, poet, and guitarist Red Steagall. A native of Texas, Steagall has entertained audiences all around the world and in 2006, was named Poet Laureate for the state of Texas making him the first "cowboy" poet laureate for the state.

Throughout the rest of the weekend, there will be a variety of events for the entire family. As part of the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, teams of cooks will prepare beans, meat, potatoes, bread and desserts just as they did during the cattle drives of the 1800s. Additionally, a Dutch Oven Cooking Contest will be held in which top cooks will compete for prizes and bragging rights in three categories: bread, main dish and dessert, and will serve samples to the public.

Other activities include a fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo contest, adult Cowboy Poetry workshop, continuous family entertainment, Cowboy Church, the Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest finals, and children's activities throughout the Museum.

For more information on the 7th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, including admission prices and schedule, visit or call 770-387-1300.

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