February during President’s Day Weekend is the time for the Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering, a weekend filled with music, poetry, cowboy workshops of every imaginable kind, and a special kind of camaraderie for both the locals and drop-in visitors!
Whilst the town is busy for the three day weekend, I had opportunity to meander and see the sights on Saturday. The venues are spread out between the University, the Fairgrounds, and the Downtown area, so gratefully, nothing ever seems very crowded, nice for us locals!
The Gear Show is always a favorite, with cowboy gear and clothing, saddle makers, hat dealers, artists, and saddlers. There were demonstrations on pine needle baskets, the souvenier table, and I had an interesting talk with the livestock brand inspector. Lunch was served during the weekend by the folks using cast iron cookery!
Heading downtown, I stopped at a couple of venues for music and poetry. Fitterer’s Furniture was nice, comfortable chairs and couches while listening! and the Clymer Museum kept your attention with both artist and artistry! Downtown venues were free of charge. I rotated between a couple during the forty five minute sets.
The Music Hall at Central Washington University kept music lovers entertained all three days with concerts in the afternoon and evening. Saturday night finished up with a dance at the Kittitas Event Center.
Whether you hit it or missed it, mark you calendar to be in our small town next year! You’ll enjoy it!