Russ Westwood was as much fun to watch as he was to listen to while performing cowboy poetry at the Mesquite Western Roundup on Feb. 19 and 20 at the Mesquite Community Theatre. Westwood along with the other cowboy poets sit around the chuck wagon and share their tales just as true cowboys do. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

The 14th Annual Mesquite Western Roundup featuring cowboy music and poetry is scheduled for February 21 at 7:00 pm, then again on February 22 at 1:00 pm and 7pm.  It will once again be held at the Mesquite Community Theatre, 150 North Yucca St. The event will include pre-show entertainment by the local musical group Strings ’n’ Things. Jeff Hoyt, a sometime standup comic from Oregon, will return as the Master of Ceremonies.

Traditional western music will be provided by singers David Anderson and his daughter Jenny Anderson.  Both are lauded as regional favorites and will journey down from Utah for the show.

The Mesquite Western Poets, who hale from different states throughout the West, will perform  some of the old favorites as well as a few of their own works.  Farrel Bott was born in Utah and still spends much of the year on horseback. Marleen Bussma was originally from  North Dakota and has won several cowboy poetry awards, the most recent being the Will Rogers Medallion. Mark Kerr is a North Dakota farmer and horseman who writes both western songs and poetry. Lee Kimberlin is a Colorado cowboy who has performed in Mesquite since the first show. Jim Parsons grew up in Oklahoma and his experience as a horse packer is memorialized in his latest book, Paniolo Man. Hap Stuart is a rancher from Wyoming who writes his own “true” poetry. Russ Westwood is from Utah and won the Cowboy Poetry Championship Buckle in Abilene, Kansas.  Brice Wilson was born in Utah and writes from his experience on the Mountain Valley Ranch.

This event is presented by the Mesquite Arts Council and the Mesquite Western Poets. Tickets for the event are $10.00 per person general admission and may be purchased in advance at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, Front Porch Flowers and Gifts, and Mesquite Veterinary Clinic. They may also be purchased online anytime at www.mctnv.com or at the theatre box office one hour before the show. It is recommended that tickets are purchased early to insure availability. For additional formation visit the website at www.mesquitewesternpoetry.com.