2018 Performers

Ray Fitzgerald

Van Horn, Texas

Ray was raised on a small family ranch in Oregon. He remembers that, “We did not have horse trailers and calf chutes; we did everything horseback with a lasso rope. We leased summer range, and by the age of 12, me and brother Joe spent our summers in line shacks herdin’ and saltin’ cattle.”

Ray is a retired Border Patrol agent who has become a favorite around the campfire where his poems and stories take on epic proportions.

He currently day works on West Texas ranches, and is a recipient of the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering Heritage Award.