Round up the children and mosey on down to the 15th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, an event designed to celebrate our rich Western heritage and provide an unique opportunity to explore the West without leaving the South! Named a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event in the Southeast for March 2018, this three-day celebration of the West includes a gallery walk, exhibition opening reception, lecture, and painting demonstration with Featured Artist  Z. Z. Wei, a cowboy concert with Featured Entertainer Dave Stamey, children’s activities, entertainment, cowboy music and poetry, the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Invitational, Cowboy Church, and much more! See below for a full schedule of events!


10:00 am – 8:00 pm: Museum open

5:00 pm: Gallery Walk and Exhibition Opening
Booth Museum Members are invited to be among the first to view Z. Z. Wei: Shadow Stories in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery as Featured Artist Z. Z. Wei leads a gallery walk and discuss the pieces in the exhibition.

6:00 pm: Meet the Artist Reception
Enjoy light refreshments and drinks while mingling with Z. Z. Wei and guests in the Sculpture Court and Atrium.

7:00 pm: Featured Artist Evening Lecture
Join Z. Z. Wei in Bergman Theatre as he discusses how he unites his art and life experiences in China with his perspectives inspired by traveling the backroads of America.

8:15 pm: Circle Member Dinner
Booth Museum Circle Members will dine with Featured Artist Z. Z. Wei and be honored for their support of the Booth. For information on how to become a Circle Member, contact Membership Manager Karen Mahoney at 770-387-8613.


9:30 am – 5:00 pm: Museum open

10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Featured Artist Painting Demo
Z. Z. Wei’s work is at once lonely yet peaceful, playful yet dark. Each oil is an exploration of the relationship between the power of nature and the strength of human beings, taking the viewer to a quiet place both half in shadow and half in light. Join Wei as he presents a painting demonstration moderated by Booth Western Art Museum Executive Director Seth Hopkins. Registration is $30 for Booth Museum Members and $40 for not-yet-members. To register for the Featured Artist Painting Demo, call 770-387-3849. Presented by the Booth Art Academy. To learn more about Z. Z. Wei, please visit


8:00 am – Noon: Southeastern Chuck Wagon Invitational
Referred to as “the original food truck” by Georgia Eats, the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Invitational is the largest chuck wagon gathering east of the Mississippi River. Teams of cooks will be provided the same basic ingredients and are instructed to prepare their own versions of beef, potatoes, beans, cobbler, and their choice of biscuit or cornbread. The teams are encouraged to interact with attendees and educate the public on the importance of the chuck wagon during the cattle drives of the 1800s. Lunch from the chuck wagons will be served at High Noon.

Lunch meal tickets for the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Invitational are on sale now for Booth Museum Members. Tickets are $17.50 plus tax and can be purchased online, by visiting the Museum, or calling 770-387-1300. Tickets are limited.

Participating Chuck Wagons:

  • Double X Ranch
  • Etowah Cattle Company
  • Forest Manna Camp
  • Greenhorn Cattle Company
  • Rockin’ TP

Booth Museum Members have an exclusive pre-purchase rights through February 28, 2018. Meal tickets will be available to the general public beginning on March 1, 2018.


9:00 am – 6:30 pm: Museum open

10:00 am: Cowboy Church with Jason Lyle – a non-denominational service featuring cowboy culture

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Free Children’s Art Activities

10:30 am: Traditional Western songs performed by Peach Picker Catherine Thompson

11:00 am: Western Writing Rodeo
Write A Novel In 30 Minutes! This is an audience participation program which introduces a writing approach called 7-Point Plotting. This is followed by a bit of controlled mayhem during which audience members create thousands of character/storylines in a matter of minutes and then proceed to actually plot a novel based on one or more of them.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm: The Art Comes to Life throughout the Museum as characters from the Booth Museum Permanent Collection comes to life! We encourage interaction, questions, and photographs!

Noon: Chuck Wagon Lunch, considered one of Georgia’s tastiest food festivals, Chuck Wagon Meal Ticket holders will be served lunch straight off the wagon, just as the cattle drives of the 1800s.

1:00 pm: Western singer/songwriter Shane Queener

2:00 pm: Singer/Songwriter Open Mic
Calling all performers! Take the stage in Bergman Theatre to perform your music! Call 770-387-3849 to sign up.

3:00 pm: Cowboy Poetry Rodeo/Open Mic
The art of cowboy poetry. Recite your own works in Bergman Theatre. Call 770-387-3849 to sign up.

4:00 pm: Presentation of Bullets and Ballads with Jim Dunham and Phil Helton.

7:00 pm: Cowboy Concert with Dave Stamey
Cowboys & Indians Magazine called him “the Charlie Russell of Western Music.”  Western Horseman Magazine has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time.  In 2010, 2011 and 2013 True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician. Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today.  He has been voted Six times Entertainer of the Year, Six times Male Performer of the Year and Five times Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. He’s delighted audiences in twenty three states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses. As Featured Entertainer for the Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, this will be Stamey’s first visit to Georgia! Tickets are $25 plus tax & fees for Booth Museum Members and $30 plus tax & fees for not-yet-members. To purchase tickets call 770-387-1300, visit the Museum, or go online to the Grand Theatre Box Office. Ticket sales are non-refundable. Presented by South 93.5 at the historic Grand Theatre.


Adults – $12 plus tax
Seniors (65 and over) – $10 plus tax
Students – $9 plus tax
Children 12 & Under – FREE
Booth Museum Members – FREE
Active Military with I.D. – FREE


Chuck Wagon Meal Ticket – $17.50 plus tax
Featured Artist Painting Demo – $30 for Booth Museum Members and $40 for not-yet-members
Gathering Concert – $25 plus tax and fees for Booth Museum Members and $30 plus tax and fees for not-yet-members

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