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Silent Auction

Silent Auction
January 29 - February 3, 2018

For the first time, the Silent Auction was online! You could bid from your smart phone, your desktop, or at computer stations located near the Silent Auction in the Elko Convention Center lobby, near the display of original art, framed posters, carvings, jewelry, clothing, working gear, books, CDs, unique travel experiences and much more!

The auction began at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time on Monday, January 29.

To obtain a bidder number, see item photos and descriptions, you were directed to:

On your smartphone

Text "wfc" to 71760 on your smartphone. You'll receive a welcome message with instructions and a hyperlink. Tap the link and enter.

On your desktop

Silent Auction items for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering are always donated by our generous Western Folklife Center supporters and proceeds benefit the Folklife Center and its premiere event, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Donations and questions? Call us at 775-738-7508 x222 (toll free: 888-880-5885) or email us at

  • In 2018, bidding opened Monday morning, the first day of the Gathering, and closed at 5:00pm Saturday.

    Suggested steps to bidding in 2018:
  • To receive a bidder number and bid: on your smart phone, text "wfc" to 71760. On your desktop, to sign in.
  • Check often to ensure you're the winning bidder.
  • Winning bids will be announced by the Silent Auction Desk as soon as possible after the Silent Auction closes on Saturday.

A popular part of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the Silent Auction, held in the lobby of the Elko Convention Center, coordinated by the Nevada Task Force, a group of Elkoans who volunteer year-round for the Folklife Center. Let your imagination and generosity run wild while you support cowboy poetry and culture by donating to the Silent Auction.



Banner image: Charlie Ekburg