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26th Annual Cowboy Entertainment Gathering Kicking off the California Rodeo

Join us for Cowboy Poetry, Wine Tasting, Music and more Friday July 12th

SALINAS, CA, June 27, 2013 –The California Rodeo Salinas has hosted an evening of cowboy poetry that kicks off the Big Week celebration for 26 years. Attendees will experience a night full of wine tasting, barbecue, cowboy poetry, music and more. This year the gathering will feature Academy of Western Arts Cowboy Poet of the Year & Medallion Award winner, Pat Richardson, along with Western Music Association Composer and Performer Songwriter of the year, three time winner of the Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, Juni Fisher; our very own Clem Albertoni will act as Master of Ceremonies. Clem is a local legend and entertaining cowboy poet from Soledad, California.  

The Cowboy Poetry event will be held at the Steinbeck Institute of Arts & Culture at 940 N. Main Street in Salinas on Friday July 12th. Doors open at 5:00pm for the barbecue and wine tasting. Open mic starts at 5:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. Tickets for the event are on sale now at the Salinas Sports Complex Box Office at 1034 N. Main Street (open Monday – Friday 10am to 6pm) or by phone at 800-549-4989. They are $30 for adults for the poetry event and $5 for children 12 and under. The Wine and Barbecue tickets are sold separately and are $10 each. The barbecue includes Swiss sausage, salad and beans. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries.


This special evening is dedicated to the memory of Donna Alonzo Vaughan. Donna was the Committee Chair for the Cowboy Poetry event for many years who, sadly, passed away in May from a rare cancer. As the committee says, “Donna was our Wagon Master, Ramrod and Trail Boss for this event; her love for poetry and dedication to the California Rodeo Salinas’ Cowboy Poetry Gathering leaves a legacy that will live on in the memories of all whose lives were touched by this amazing lady.”



About California Rodeo Salinas

The California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 18-21, 2013. The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns over $350,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. ‘Like’ the California Rodeo on Facebook at or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.


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