There probably won’t be a campfire, but you can gather round and hear great music and cowboy poetry and stories to kick off the 125th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo tonight at Green Valley Park.
The Lasso for Literacy Ice Cream Social is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Green Valley Park. Hosted by the Rim Country Literacy Program, this special fund-raiser is for donations for any amount. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and enjoy the water and ice cream concessions. Most of all, the evening is about entertainment.
Billy Ichida and Bob Kennedy of Junction 87 and the Bill Camp Trio will provide music for the evening. The duo will perform the first half of the evening, with the trio taking up the music duties for the second half, featuring song from the Sons of the Pioneers.
Other performers scheduled to participate are: Alice Natale, storyteller and president of RCLP, who will present “The Settling of the West According to the Cattle”; Jinx Pyle, poet and storyteller and owner and operator of Git A Rope Trading and Publishing, with “The Cowboy Test”; Carol La Valley, biographical writer, with “Clementine”; Russ Morris, poet, “Cowboys Come and Go”; Noble Collins, poet, “21 and Busted” and “I Though I Saw Old Zane”; Clifford Hicks, storyteller, “Bubblegum Blues”; Eddie Armer, historian and storyteller, “History of Family”; Willaden Sweatt, poet, “Those Cowboy Poets I Love”; and Buckshot Dot, poet and storyteller, with “Arizona Tale”.
Storytelling is a regular event in the Rim Country with the Tellabration held in Pine each year, but this is the first time a cowboy poetry and storytelling program, plus music, has been presented as part of the August Doin’s celebration.