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The secret is out: Elko is a storytelling mecca. 

The Moth, a nationally renowned storytelling podcast, is going to stop in for some of the tall tales that will be shared during the 33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering this year. The gathering is six days of poetry, music, dancing, workshops, exhibits, conversations, food and fellowship, rooted in tradition but focused on today’s rural West.

The gathering, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, started as a rendezvous where Western ranchers and cowboys could gather to share poems about their lives working cattle. Three decades later, the tribe is now a nation of Western poets, musicians, artisans and storytellers, sharing their creativity across the country, telling their stories of hard work, heartbreak and hilarity, and what it means to make your way in the rangeland West.

The Moth, which has presented more than 17,000 stories on National Public Radio, told live and without notes, presents true stories by people from all walks of life to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth's presentation of American West stories will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 4; tickets cost between $25 and $35.

IF YOU GO

What: National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Where: Western Folklife Center, 501 Railroad St. #306 in Elko

When: Jan. 30 to Feb. 4 (The Moth event is at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 and tickets for the event cost $25-$35)

Cost: $30 for a day pass, $80 for a three-day pass

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