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Cowboy Poetry Cancels 2021 Event, Citing Coronavirus Concern

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — The annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada is joining other music and art festivals around the nation canceling in-person events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kristen Windbigler at the Western Folklife Center tells the Elko Daily Free Press that organizers hope to provide online podcast and video shows instead of the six-day annual festival in late January 2021.

She says board members decided that canceling at the last minute could have been more financially devastating to the organization and its future.

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The festival has been held in Elko since 1985.