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From its 19th century beginnings, cowboys and ranching have shared work, words and music in the Town of Genoa, Nevada. This historic community celebrates that rich history and tradition with its annual celebration of the Western lifestyle.

Genoa announced today that the seventh annual Genoa Cowboy Festival will take place from April 28th through May 1st in the Town of Genoa. Previous Cowboy Festivals have attracted thousands of visitors to the picturesque community located in the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Genoa, widely recognized as Nevada’s oldest town, is a short 45-minute drive south from Reno and in close proximity to South Lake Tahoe.

This year’s event will feature performances by some of the best-known entertainers in Western music and cowboy poetry, including Ian Tyson, Wylie & and Wild West, Mike Beck, Richard Elloyan, Trinity Seely, Andy Hedges, Larry Maurice, and many more.

Other festival events include: Chautauqua performances; a birding nature walk at the River Fork Ranch; a “Birds and Buckaroos in the Carson Valley” photography show at The Nature Conservancy’s Whit Hall Interpretive Center; and a festival tour special at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park throughout the weekend.

The Genoa Cowboy Festival is a wonderful blend of beautiful setting, entertainment, heritage and Western culture. This year’s event is free to the public and also features cowboy mercantile crafts and clothing, Western art exhibits, pioneer and Old West living history reenactors, and a variety of delicious food from popular local eateries.

For tickets to evening concerts and more information go to:  www.GenoaCowboyFestival.org or call 775-782-0326.

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