The Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering is second to none. We have nationally recognized Baxter Black, Dave Stamey, Rider in the Sky and many other songwriters and poets. Our gear fair hosts over 40 vendors from across the country. Works of art, custom leather products, felt hats and handmade boots are just a few of the booths available for your shopping pleasure. Fiddlers from across our region will be competing and providing music for your enjoyment on Saturday in the Historic Liberty Theater. Our downtown venues provide the opportunity to stroll through beautiful Downtown Ellensburg while enjoying an array of music and scenery. Sit and enjoy with a glass of wine or warm cup of coffee.
Spirit of the West is a volunteer organization dedicated to preserve the "spirit of the cowboy". Our Stampede program provides the building blocks for our communities' youth to develop those traits that have defined the "cowboy" throughout history. Words like respect, hard work, kindness and integrity are utilized to provide examples of what is possible for our leaders of tomorrow.
Grab a pair of gloves, pull on your boots, wrap up the kids and enjoy a weekend of music, poetry, food and authentic cowboy culture. Let us take you back to a simpler time when a handshake was a bond and time was something we spent with family and friends.