About | Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry

History of the Gathering

On a crystal clear day in the fall of 1994, Tom Whitaker was driving his pickup truck across Midway Lane. Ben Quinters and Kim Cutler were working some colts and had stopped to have a chat. Tom pulled over and joined them. During the conversation that ensued, all three admitted to having a few Cowboy Poems up their sleeve. Tom suggested that they pool their talent, invite a few other local musicians and poets and have a “Cowboy Poetry Gathering.” The Town Hall in Midway was reserved for the first weekend in November. Brent Kelly was asked to M.C. the evening and John Burns and his family cooked up some dutch oven chili. In fact, the dutch oven dinner was five bucks and the entertainment was free. Some posters were stuck around town, poems were brushed up and they all waited for the night.

Ben, Kim , and Tom weren’t sure if 15 or 50 would show up. When 250 people came, and more chairs had to be drug out from under the stage, they knew they had provided something the town was looking for! It grew each year until the town hall wouldn’t hold any more people and the gathering was moved to Wasatch High School. Heber’s gathering is now attracting people from all across the country and has become a premier event in the state of Utah.

2017 Cowboy Committee

Ted Caldwell
Director

Brent Kelly
Executive Board 

Mary Kelly
Producer    

Rachel Kahler
Marketing & Event Mgr.

Kellen Potter
Heber City Council

Danny Goode
Wasatch County Council

Shad Sorenson
Wasatch County Schools

Karl Dodge
Midway City

Ryan Starks
Tourism and Development

Shelly Olsen
Community Rep, Hospitality

Suzanne Russel and Janet Carson
Ticketing

Brent and Jean North
Memberships, info

Scott and Belle Rhees, Mandy Wright, Dan and Teresa Armed, Drexel Davis
Hospitality Committee

Ken McConnell
Chuckwagon Stage

Doug and Diane Pope
Cow Camp Stage, Emcee, Executive Board

Glade and Kathy Symes
Senior Groups

Casey Zillig & Adam Jenkins
Setup

Nancy Wade
Cowboy Kickoff Show 

Mike Thurber and Ken Evans
Financial

Garth Rasband
Tax Consultant      

Mike Kirkwood
Tombstone Stage, Executive Board

Gary, Brenda, Justin, and Jason Carlile
Buckaroo Fair Vendors

Susy Epperson
Mountain Men Traders

Nick and Julee Nichols
Cowboy Auction

Cary Hobbs
VIP Campfire Stage/ PR/Schools

Kevin Koyle and Richard Tree
Mounted Horseman Association

Hoyt Atkinson
Sound

Beverly Jones
Ushers

Lynnie Casper
Open Mic/Roundup Stage

Hayley and Rowdy DeJong, Linzee Bonner
Buckaroo Ball, Dance Class & Competition

Tim Tanner
Main Stage Manager

Christine Caldwell
Historian, PR

Kody Clyde, Malcolm Rose, Matt Zierenberg
FFA, Setup & Takedown

Richard Boulter
Special Projects

Tim & Lisa Graham
CD Sales

Richard & Carol Bonner
Tom’s Cabin

Stan and Edith Mair
Will Call and Ticket Takers

Ryan and Kristin Bunnell
Graphic Design, Website

Tom and Marilyn Fowler
Finance, Souvenirs, Soldier Hollow