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Special to The Sun
WELLINGTON — Live at the Ritz has a special night planned for Saturday, June 26.
The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with Cowboys Under the Stars Steak Dinner served up by Kent Rollins. Tickets are $65 per plate and seating is limited to 75. Meal will include a shrimp appetizer, eight ounce filet, green chili hominy, green beans, rolls, bread pudding and tea.
A Taste of Cowboys in Concert will follow at 7 p.m. with reserved seating. Tickets are $55.
The lineup includes western musician Brenn Hill, cowboy poet and humorist Andy Nelson and cowboy cook and storyteller Kent Rollins.
Born and raised near Hollis, Okla., Rollins grew up helping his father manage cow/calf operations in the area while also taking care of their land. He spent time with his uncle guiding and feeding hunters deep in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico.
From there, Rollins bought a chuck wagon in 1993 and began cooking for ranches. Soon he expanded into catering. Because of Kent’s growing popularity and his preservation of a historic way of life, the governor of Oklahoma proclaimed Rollins the Official Chuck Wagon of Oklahoma in 1996.
Rollins has made numerous television appearances including the Food Network’s highly rated shows, which include Throwdown! With Bobby Flay, where he beat Flay with his chicken fried steak, Chopped Grill Masters, Chopped Redemption and Cutthroat Kitchen champion. He also holds an undefeated record on NBC’s Food Fighters and was featured on CBS Sunday Morning.
Along with slinging hash, Rollins has become pretty good at slinging bull. He travels the country to western heritage festivals to tell his tales. Rollins’ talent has earned him the Best Cowboy Humorist and Storyteller of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.
Rollins opened Cowboy Coffee in downtown Wellington, Texas in the fall of 2020. He and his wife Shannon continue to travel the country feeding hungry folks, and those intrigued by their distinct and historic way of life. However, more importantly, Rollins carries on the legacy of cooking for cowboys on ranches during spring and fall gathering, a rare tradition few follow.
Nelson is a second-generation farrier with the experience, talents and humor to bring authenticity and entertainment to an audience. Raised in Oakley, Idaho, Nelson traveled the Great Basin in southern Idaho, northern Utah and northern Nevada with his father on farrier jobs, from the time he was a child until he went off to college and while in college at Utah State University.
Now Nelson lives in Pinedale, Wy. where he and his wife Jaclyn raise horses and children. He and his brother co-host the “Clear Out West (C.O.W.) Radio” syndicated weekly radio show, and the brothers are in demand as announcers at regional rodeos.
For more than two decades, Hill has stood under a cowboy hat and behind a microphone on countless stages entertaining audiences, blending his voice with bending guitar strings in a performance style all his own.
The songs Hill sings are mostly his own, earning him recognition as one of the premier musical chroniclers of cowboy life. Hill lives with his wife and three children in Hooper, Utah.
Tickets are now available for each event and may be purchased at the Ritz box office, over the phone at 806-447-0090 or through the website at wellingtonritztheatre.com.