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Entertainers prepare to take stage in Hayden

Bunkhouse Bull Session planned for April 16 at fairgrounds

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Learn about some of the musicians and cowboy poets online:

■ Bill Barwick, by visiting this site

■ Andy Nelson, by visiting this site

If you go

What: Second annual Bunkhouse Bull Session

When: April 16; doors at 5 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. Includes steak dinner with sides, dessert and drinks.

Where: Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Hayden

Tickets: $25 at the door

Call: Don Hayes at 846-9233





Fred Ellis performs at the first Bunkhouse Bull Session in April 2009. Organizers served 167 plates and netted $3,100 for Routt County 4-H. They hope to serve 200 people at this year's event.

Musician Bill Barwick was the 2009 Western Music Association Male Performer of the Year. He'll be among those performing at April's Bunkhouse Bull Session at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

Online

Learn about some of the musicians and cowboy poets online:

■ Bill Barwick, by visiting this site

■ Andy Nelson, by visiting this site

If you go

What: Second annual Bunkhouse Bull Session

When: April 16; doors at 5 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. Includes steak dinner with sides, dessert and drinks.

Where: Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Hayden

Tickets: $25 at the door

Call: Don Hayes at 846-9233

Cowboy poets and musicians are gearing up to shoot the bull — again.

The second Bunkhouse Bull Session is planned for April 16 in Hayden, again at the Routt County Fairgrounds, again the night before the North Western Colorado Bull Sale and again to raise money for Routt County 4-H.

But the bill of fare is changing slightly. This year's event will include some of last year's performers and also new faces, organizer Don Hayes said.

Those scheduled to entertain with music, cowboy poetry and more include Bill Barwick, of Denver; Jeff Carson, of Heber City, Utah; local Susan Knight; Andy Nelson, of Pinedale, Wyo.; and Hugh Pelts, of Wyoming.

"We had a good show last year, a great show last year," Hayes said. "We're just going to keep getting better, I hope."

Barwick will bring major credentials to the stage. He was the 2005 Academy of Western Artists male vocalist of the year and the 2009 Western Music Association Male Performer of the Year.

Barwick said he planned to attend because "like any good-conscienced person, when you get invited to a party, you go."

Nelson, a good friend of Barwick's, also has earned accolades. He was named the 2006 Western Music Association Male Poet of the Year and received the 2009 Skinny Roland Humor Award from the Academy of Western Artists.

Barwick had nothing but kind words for his colleague.

"He's one of the nicest and funniest people I've ever had the privilege of meeting," Barwick said.

The musician guaranteed an entertaining show.

"I'll promise the music will be good, and I promise Andy Nelson will be funny," Barwick said.

The Bunkhouse Bull Session again includes a steak fry. Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door. A silent auction, which is new this year and replaces the art show, will include donated items such as Carhartt gear, trail rides, tickets to sporting events and leather items.

"The community's really coming together," Hayes said.

Proceeds benefit 4-H, and youths are invited to submit Western- and agriculture-themed writing to perform that evening. The professionals will judge the event (to avoid any local politicking, Hayes half-joked), and organizers hope to give away three $500 scholarships. Youths must submit writings to Jay Whaley at the Routt County Extension Office at least a week before the event, and the top entrants will be chosen to perform.

Last year's Bunkhouse Bull Session was meant to raise money for a newly forming nonprofit organization, the Friends of 4-H and the Fair. That group didn't come together, Hayes said, and proceeds went to 4-H instead.

Organizers served 167 plates last year and netted $3,100. Hayes hopes to hit 200 participants this year.

Yampa Valley Beef and Coyote Creek Ranch will help with meat, and Hayden Mercantile and Mountain Valley Bank also are major sponsors, Hayes said. He said he was looking forward to the event's second go-round.

"It's going to be a good show this year, I think," Hayes said. "It's going to be a good night to laugh."