Top three photos: Kamloops Cowboy Festival singers at the Convention Center Theater

Top three photos: Kamloops Cowboy Festival singers at the Convention Center Theater

Cowboy Festival assembles talent

The 2011 Kamloops Cowboy Festival assembled a great collection of western-themed artistic and musical talent over the course of three days, March 11 to 13, concentrated in the Kamloops Convention Centre.

The 2011 Kamloops Cowboy Festival assembled a great collection of western-themed artistic and musical talent over the course of three days, March 11 to 13, concentrated in the Kamloops Convention Centre.

The art consisted of saddles and riding gear, and diverse iconic images of rangeland, corrals, and cowboys, cowgirls, and their beloved horses, painted, photographed, shaped, and carved.

Cariboo photographer Liz Twan had three of her photographs displayed in the art room.

Amongst the corridor exhibits, the British Columbia Rodeo Association had, along with its 2011 schedule and signup forms, several Nemiah Valley Rodeo photographs, and Grace Wilson’s oil painting of the BCRA’s youngest champion, Taylor Cherry and her wild-eyed horse.

The Saturday evening dinner-theatre performance featured cowboy poetry, and some beautiful country and western singing, accompanied by some equally accomplished guitar playing.

The appreciative audience was serenaded with classic western ballads from performers such as the three woman constituting “Horse Crazy,” who gave an angelic rendition of Tumbling Tumbleweeds, the Sons of the Pioneers ride on in song.

I’ll keep rolling along,

Deep in my heart is a song,

Here on the range I belong,

Drifting along with the tumbling, tumbleweed.