Educational Outreach

2022 Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous Education Outreach Program

The CVCR Educational Outreach Program was created to provide high quality educational western experiences with song and poetry in our rural Cache County schools and outlying areas. This program is funded by a generous grant from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation.    CVCR volunteers coordinate this program. In 2020 before COVID, 9 talented performers were in 24 schools, educating over 6100 students. This year  we have these fine performers working in the schools: 

Tom Swearingen Inspiring students to discover and use their own creativity to express themselves through writing and storytelling. This can really apply to any creative writing/poetry. Tom was named 2019 IWMA Male Cowboy Poet of the Year and his book Reflection was 2020 IWMA Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year.

Clive Romney is a Pearl Award winning songwriter/singer, story teller of Utah History. Clive plays the guitar, banjo, shovel and rake if your looking at the right time.  Clives programs are a great supplement to Utah History core curriculum.

Krazy Ani (aka Kristen Lloyd)-is a musician, singer/songwriter and master of  “Old West Arena Arts” (trick roper, whip cracking, etc.) & western cartoon artist, will teach children about the old west and inspire them with great morals. 


Ernie Sites guides students in creative writing process hands on production of students own written work.  Write, recite and evaluate with their peers. He also performs whole school western assemblies using song, storytelling, yodeling, trick roping and teaching values of the west, historical facts and western culture.

Mark Munzert provide a fresh voice and creative writing talent, as well as sharing his unique poetry in classroom or assembly settings. Writing- Rhymed and metered poetic parlance: rhymes versus near rhymes; end rhyme schemes; syllabification; meter (rhythmic structure); Effective Oral Presentation-basic public speaking; emotional annunciation; putting it all together. Don't worry about the 'big' words, I break 'em down (with a lot of fun).

Eli Barsi and husband Jon Cunningham from the Saskatchewan Prairies of Canada. Award Winning, Songwriter; Musician; Artist/ Painter; Author. They sing great harmony and she paints and inspires others others to try new experiences. 

Jon Chandler teaches harmonic to students and helps master it. 

Doug Figgs Western music singer/songwriter from Lemitar, NM. Doug has won numerous awards for his music, He is inspired by the cowboy/western life he lives.


Darren Parry Former Chairman of the Northwest Band of the Shoshone , historical educator and driving force behind the new Interpretive Center at the Bear River Massacre site, third great grandson of Chief Sagwitch. Darren presents his message of understanding the Shoshone nation customs and history, healing and treating others with kindness.

Chris Mortenson will be joined by young talent and poet Colt Blankman for a combined music and poetry learning experience. Both are very accomplished at their art. 

Dave Anderson is a talented musician with a rich voice to accompany his guitar. He will be joined in workshop with Thatch Elmer a young, talents poet for some combined music and poetry learning. 

The performers arrive early in the week before the main CVCR event to teach and entertain our students in unique ways, enhancing their self esteem & educational core curriculum through western/folk music; poetry writing/recitation; hands-on instrument instruction & storytelling.  This provides meaningful links between what they learn in books and in their own personal lives. The Outreach Program also includes the poetry contests, giving kids of all ages a chance to write, and/or recite poetry and practice public speaking skills.  Some performers and CVCR committee members present educational programs later in the spring and fall, reaching even more students near and far during the year.

Our volunteers and performers are pleased to work with the schools  & students, to make a difference in their lives, giving them alternative activities and ideas that teach great values, molding them into more rounded, informed and positive individuals.  We are very grateful for the generous grant donation that makes this all possible from Sorenson Legacy Foundation!