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Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival to include Texas Trail outing to canyon lands along the Stinking Water and Frenchman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 19 May 2011 17:05

McCook’s 2011 Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival will kick off with a pair of events hosted by McCook Community College including a “Wild West Bus Tour” and western dance lessons at the Fox Theatre.

Those who sign up can ride the Texas Trail with cowboy poet R.P. Smith and Wauneta rancher Jack Maddux as the group tours the canyon lands of the Republican River and Frenchman and Stinking Water Creeks. Participants will be able to explore the history and culture of 19th Century Southwest Nebraska — including the cattle drives and the origins of the beef industry. Tour participants will be able to recall the struggles of the pioneers, the friendships, the tempestuous relationships the pioneers had with the land, and encounters with Native Americans.

The bus will leave MCC at 9 a.m. MT/10 a.m. CT on Friday, June 10 and return that afternoon at 3 p.m. MT/4 p.m. CT. Total cost for the tour is $19.

Then starting at 4:30 p.m. CT MCC is offering a “Waltzing Along the Texas Trail” Western swing dance workshop starting at the Fox Theatre.

Cost for this workshop is $29 and those who attend will do some “boot-scootin’ boogie” with the Diamond W. Wranglers from Wichita. Instructors will be Don Harpst and Robin Marks.

The dance lesson workshop begins at the Fox Theater and then participants will move next door to the Keystone Hotel for the chuckwagon jamboree, for food, entertainment and more dancing.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required for both workshops.

When organizers offered a bus tour in conjunction with the storytelling festival in 2009, the bus tour was sold out well in advance, so those interested are encouraged to register early.

Call 308-345-8122 or visit to register today.