Santa's riding down from his northern range for a Hometown Cowboy Christmas, and he'll be bringing music and gifts.
Hometown Cowboy Christmas is a roundup of Western-style holiday fun.
"There will be shopping and entertainment for the whole family, from kids to grandparents," said Becky Hougaard, organizer of the event.
The merriment starts at 9 a.m. next Friday, and continues until 9 p.m., in the Golden Spike Arena at the Weber County Fairgrounds. There'll be more fun 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov 27, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 28. Admission is $5, or $10 for all three days. Kids, 15 and younger, get in free with a paid adult.
Vendors will be selling everything a cowboy and his family could want for Christmas. There will be Western clothing and accessories, knives and holsters, leatherwork and saddles. Western paintings and photographs, as well as art pieces made from antlers and horseshoes, will be available, as will frames made from old barn wood.
Hougaard promises a lot of prize giveaways, with some folks winning Cowboy Christmas Bucks to spend with vendors.
Children's activities start at noon daily, with a stick horse rodeo. From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., kids can enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo.
Santa Claus will be on hand 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, to pose for holiday photos with the young and young at heart.
"You can even bring your dog or horse to pose with Santa," said Hougaard.
There will be a small additional fee for photos, with some funds going to 4-H programs, and also for pony rides.
Music and poetry
Western singers and cowboy poets will be entertaining shoppers starting at 10 a.m., in the conference room the first two days of the event. At 1 p.m., they'll head out to the arena stage. They'll also perform throughout the final day of Hometown Cowboy Christmas.
Local performers planning to participate include Robin Arnold, Stan Tixier, Coyotee Moon, Laurie Tye, Jo Lynn Kirkwood, Richard Olsen, David and Jenny Lynn Anderson, Steve Spencer and Casey Woods.
The shindig kicks into high gear at 6 p.m. Nov. 26, with a Western fashion show.
"Connie Robinson, Miss Rodeo America 1975, and Angi Prevedal-Kellet, Miss Rodeo Utah 2003, will be the emcees for our fashion show," said Hougaard.
Utah-based singing duo Richard Lee Cody and Mary Kaye perform at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by Hooper's Brenn Hill, named male vocalist of 2004 by the Academy of Western Artists.
Saturday night is the time to put on your best boots, because there's going to be a barn dance. The music starts with another show by Richard Lee Cody and Mary Kaye at 6:30 p.m., and then the Hooper-based group SaddleStrings takes the stage.
Performers get to the true meaning of Christmas on Sunday, with a 9 a.m. nondenominational cowboy church service.
"The cowboy poets will be sharing stories of faith, and the musicians will play gospel music," said Hougaard, adding that Christmas music and poems will be included.
Hougaard says she wants to make the Hometown Cowboy Christmas an annual event.
"It's something the entire family can enjoy," she said.