Press Tribune: Cowpoke Fall Gathering to support Roseville’s Wellness Within

The 21st annual Cowpoke Fall Gathering tonight and Saturday will raise money for a host of local nonprofits, including Roseville’s Wellness Within,

The annual event, held at the Blue Goose Event Center in Loomis, attracts a crowd of 600 to 900 cowboy heritage fans each year, according to organizers.

“The Fall Gathering’s purpose is to preserve and promote the American cowboy heritage,” said Carol Braun, who with her husband, Bert, founded the nonprofit Cowpoke Fall Gathering 21 years ago. The Brauns owned the Cowpoke Feed Store in Loomis for 30 years.

The gathering includes storytelling, poetry and music.

Besides providing entertainment, the event raises between $20,000 and $30,000 for local charities. One of those organizations is the South Placer Heritage Foundation, which operates the Blue Goose Event Center; and Wellness Within, a nonprofit mind-body wellness center in Roseville that offers free services to patients and families coping with cancer.

Saturday’s matinee and night performances include Chris Isaacs, Sourdough Slim, Trinity Seeley, Michael Reno Harrell, Jeff Severson and the California Cowboy Band.

“We would love to get more young people to attend,” Braun said. “For cowboy gatherings across the board, it’s hard to get the younger. But once they come, they love it.

Saturday’s free 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. performance could draw the younger audience in as 24 Loomis fourth- and seventh-graders schools will read their cowboy poetry. They will be joined by two adult performers, Sour Dough Slim and ventriloquist Roger Carroll, the latter who is also the town of Loomis’ treasurer.

And the free closing presentation at 9 a.m. Sunday is Cowboy Church with spiritual poetry and music. Donations are accepted for the nonprofit Cowpoke Fall Gathering.

 

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