BRAWLEY — Despite a tight presidential election unfolding Tuesday night, Cattle Call’s Cowboy Poetry event had a packed crowd at the Stockmen’s Club in Brawley Tuesday with all enjoying perennial favorites and newbies reading western poetry, singing , and joke- telling.
The back patio was filled with local artists and vendors offering jewelry, paintings, and other western décor, while the bar had both giant TV sets tuned to the latest election numbers and patrons cheering or jeering as states were called for one side or the other.
But the main attraction was the stage as the Jugless JugBand ,the Cattle Call Queens, and all the fun acts that entertained friends and family.
The father and daughter act of John and Ellie Moiola dazzled the room with their set of jokes. Young Ellie had wanted to perform since the previous year, specifically getting on stage to tell jokes with her father, and finally he agreed.
“Ellie wanted to perform this year, and has been talking about it for a year,” Moiola said as he waited off stage for their names to be called by emcee, Leonard Vasquez. “It was her idea to tell jokes, so here we are.”
Mainstays from previous nights of talent, the musically-gifted Walker family sang and played instruments and Doris Pate recited a poem, delighting the audience. Kelly Wood performed for the first time reading a Western poem he wrote while just a lad growing up on a cattle ranch.
Cowboy Poetry is a part of the run-up that fills the week before the professional rodeo rolls into Brawley for three shows on Saturday and Sunday.