Dave Stamey


Stan Kvistad


Baxter Black

A cowboy poet, former large animal veterinarian and entertainer of the agricultural masses.


Tom Swearingen

Cowboy Poet


Hank Cramer 

One of the best-loved folksingers in the American West.


Rockin HW

The combined the talents of Michael Whitaker and Alan Halvorson in their performance of traditional and original Cowboy Poetry and Western Song.


A celebration of music, poetry, and art in Ellensburg

The Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering is second to none.  We have nationally recognized Baxter Black, Dave Stamey 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 Theatre.  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 upi 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.

Thanks for your interest; we look forward to sharing our event with you!

Tickets for these events are available online and at the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce.

President’s Day Weekend

February 12-14, 2016


To order tickets call toll free: 1-888-925-2204

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