ELKO, Nev. — The 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is honoring Basque people and culture with its theme for this year.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports this year’s event included a Basque and Buckaroos Kickoff Bash held Monday which featured dancing, Basque music, book readings and of course poetry.

Sherry Sanders and Earnstine and Bobbie Ann Howell say they have travelled from Las Vegas to Elko for 17 years to attend the Gathering.

They say they enjoy seeing the different cultures represented every year.

This year’s Gathering will highlight the art, music, history and literature of Basque sheepherders who immigrated to the United States and their descendent.

Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.com