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  • In Honor of the 15Th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival

    by Representative Sam Farr

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    FARR of california in the house of representatives Thursday, December 12, 2013 Mr. FARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 15th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. The Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival is a non-profit organization composed of a group of volunteers who love cowboy poetry, western music, cowboy movies and western art and gear. The volunteers work tirelessly to bring us the, ``Cowboy Way of Life'' and its most talented musicians, poets and artisans to our region. I have a short poem by Monterey County resident, Wendy Brichnan, to read which captures the essence of this award-winning event.

    A Glance at the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival From the Land of the proud California Vaqueros set in beautiful Monterey, the first capital of California a modest festival has, for the past 15 years, celebrated the legendary Cowboy Way.

    Through cowboy poetry, through cowboy songs, through cowboy crafts and artifacts of the past, the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival has shared important values that all should recall.

    Honesty, Integrity, Friendship and Loyalty Courage, Hard Work, and Dedication.

    Collaboration, Teamwork, and Honor.

    The Cowboy Code of Ethics is one to admire.

    Founded by former Monterey police chief, Gary Brown this special Cowboy Festival has shared highlights of the Western Heritage that Monterey County residents remember with pride.

    Mike Beck, Monterey native musician and horse trainer and visiting Western singers such as Juni Fisher, Dave Stamey, Don Edwards and others charm all ages with their prowess.

    Their clever and moving songs celebrating the spirit of the cowboy and cowgirls-- through hundreds of years, and thousands of miles, and spark our imagination and pride.

    They bring the world of the cowboy alive with imagery that tugs at our hearts and minds [[Page E1848]] wide open spaces, shady oak trees, whispering pines and swaying grasses.

    The jingle of spurs, the soaring hawks, the creak of leather, the sound of hooves, the cattle grazing down the hillside along the trails the heat of the day and the cool of the night.

    Amazing cowboy poets such as Paul Zarzyski, Diane Tribitt and Jim and Karen Ross reach us deep inside with their talented and humorous views of life. We see through their eyes, their minds, and their souls.

    Young poets and buckaroos come to the Festival and share their respect for cowboy lore, and adults step forward and recite their own memorable poems for all.

    It wasn't that long ago that renowned artist Jo Mora walked in Monterey and lived with the cowboys and Native Americans throughout the land.

    In his tradition, the Monterey Cowboy Festival looks to other multi-talented Western artists like Jack Swanson, Joelle Smith and many, many others who drew and painted and illustrated what came before them in the cowboy way of life.

    Salinas saddle-maker G. S. Garcia's granddaughter, steers this festival and allows us to admire the man whose saddle brought home the Gold Medal from the St. Louis World's Fair.

    And, artisans from around America journey west to Monterey to proudly display special Cowboy boots, jewelry, Navajo blankets and other symbols of our time-honored Western tradition.

    The cowboy today is still seen on the slopes of Monterey County in rambling ranches that stretch over mountain tops.

    The festival honors our hard-working ranchers like the Violinis, Dorrances, and Pedrazzis, and others who work with grazing cattle, day in and day out.

    And, training horses through their ``Feel'', a well-loved method developed by Monterey County's Bill Dorrance and carried on by Others, such as Marvin and Marguerite Roberts and Ray Hackworth revealing their unending respect for horses, also a part of the Monterey Cowboy Festival.

    The Festival's Saturday Night Dance lets everyone kick up their heels in the popular Texas Swing tradition performed by the always spunky Carolyn Martin Band, bringing back lots of foot-stomping fun.

    Raising money for the Salvation Army through its famous Cowboy Church on Sunday morning, with featured performers singing songs of respect for all religions, a tradition that graces the Festival stage.

    And during the year, too, always loved by teachers and students, learning history the very best way through real live demonstrations.

    The ``Cowboys in the Schools'' program Held each year and teaching so many local youth self esteem, history, cowboy culture and key values.

    The three day festival draws to a close and people meander out, sad that the time went to quickly, taking home special artifacts of the Cowboy Way.

    knowing they won't see some friends again until the next time.

    but recharged with another year of Monterey memories.

    Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the Monterey County Poetry and Music Festival on their 15th anniversary. The Monterey County Poetry and Music Festival always bring the finest western entertainment; cowboy poets, western music entertainers, fine cowboy art and gear to Monterey, the first capitol of Old California. I give a sweeping ``Hats Off'' on their 15th anniversary and wish them many more years of success.


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