BY REBECCA PALMER
FARMINGTON — Davis County cowboys and cowgirls will tip their hats to disabled veterans and the American Legion at Legacy Events Center next weekend.
Country crooners and storytellers will converge for a western music and cowboy poetry festival that will double as a fundraiser. This year is a first attempt.
“It’s basically a celebration of the western way of life,” said event chairman Troy Ross, who will perform with his guitar during the two-day event.
There are fewer farmers and ranchers along the Wasatch Front than there used to be, and this event’s organizers are hoping the festival will help preserve the western way of life they love.
Woods Cross residents Don and Lois Schrader have pitched in to get the festival on its feet.
“We follow all these poets and western singers around because we like them,” Don Schrader said. “ We’re losing the western people and the cowboy way, and we’re trying to find a way to get it back.”
The group has given special invitations to assisted living homes around the area, and performers are planning on old standards such as “Red River Valley” to delight senior citizens who make the trip to the center, located at 151 S. 1100 West in Farmington.
Many of the performers will also sing new western songs they have written, and headliner band SaddleStrings, of Hooper, is sure to perform its crowd favorites such as “Long Tall Texas.”
The music starts Friday, April 11 with free shows from 1 to 6 p.m. and a senior appreciation session from 2 until 4 p.m. The evening show will start at 7, and the suggested donation is $8 for adults, $5 for teens and free for kids.
Saturday, there will be free shows from noon to 6:30 p.m. and a concert with dancing starting at 7 p.m.
If you can’t make it, your next best chance to revel in western culture will be May 24-27 at Antelope Island for the Cowboy Legends festival.
Proceeds for the Legacy event will be donated to the American Legion and disabled veterans. The county donated the venue and stage and all the performers are volunteers.