Spirit of the West Kicks Off

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Spirit of the West

The cowboy lifestyle is being celebrated in Ellensburg this weekend.

The "Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering" kicks off today -- it will feature music, poetry, as well as roping and cooking contests.

Organizers say the "Spirit of the West" event pays tribute to the old fashioned values of the cowboy.

It also reminds people how cowboys and ranchers contribute to the local economy.