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Horseback Riding, Toro Park
Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival
December 13 - December 15, 2013
For fifteen years, cowboys, cowgirls and their fans have been gathering in Monterey, the place where the Old West began, for the country's greatest "ode-down": the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, from December 13 - 15!
The festival provides guests with three days of the finest in cowboy arts. You'll hear everything from musical performances to storytelling and live poetry, get the chance to bid in a live auction, and be able to pick up plenty of cowboy art and gear just in time for Christmas!
You can catch poetry from Juni Fisher, Dave Stamey, Paul Zarzyski, Mike Beck, Carolyn Martin and many more. For a complete schedule visit the Cowboy Poetry's official website.
Between poetry and musical performances, shop for the holidays at the Art & Gear Show. Friday night's barbecue will allow for meet and greets from some of the performers followed by a late night jam session. On Saturday guests can enter the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl contest or find one-of-a-kind treasures during the silent auction. Sunday's Cowboy Church gives guests the chance to worship with a Western accent.
Monterey County Cowboy Culture
Cowboy culture in Monterey County doesn't end on December 15th. While Carmel may be known for its shopping and fine dining, it's also home to the historic Mission Ranch Resort; this former working farm still has plenty of Western flavor, but is loaded with creature comforts.
Want an even more authentic feel? Stay in the Salinas Valley at Barlocker's Rustling Oaks Ranch, which was until recently a working cattle ranch and provides both horses to ride and beds in which to rest your saddle-weary bones.
The most authentic cowboy experience can be found in Parkfield, where visitors can actually join in on an authentic cattle drive and learn every skill a cowboy needs. The Parkfield Inn, located at the V6 Ranch, will give you a comfortable place to rest your head if you find yourself plumb tuckered out after a day on the range!
Funded in cooperation with the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and the communities of Pebble Beach Company, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Sand City, Seaside, Moss Landing, Carmel Valley, Big Sur, and Salinas Valley.