Annual Depot event to feature trick roper

By: 
Samantha Hill

The annual Roundhouse Roundup fundraiser will have some new entertainment this year with  two plein air artists and a “Western arts” performer on Thursday.

The Livingston Depot Foundation event will feature Kowboy Kal or Kalvin Cooke, an award-winning trick roper.

Kal said Tuesday he has participated in the Livingston Roundup Rodeo Parade every year for the last 11 years, often roping children on his way down the street, but will do a bigger show at this event.

Besides his roping, he will display all the Western arts, including bull roping and gun spinning, which he is also well known for, he said.

Two local artists are also making their second appearance at the fundraiser, this time doing art “en plein air” — a style of painting that involves the use of current light sources, quickly painting buildings, people or objects around them. Sheila Hrasky and Tandy Miles

Riddle will be doing these paintings, according to a Depot Foundation release.

“These well-received works, balancing the adventurous and accessible, bring out colorful visual explorations of both area railroading and the attractive Livingston Depot,” the release stated.

Other attractions at the event include the band Open Range and a full “chuck wagon” dinner.

The Depot Foundation’s Roundhouse Roundup event has become a popular get-together reintroducing many to this architectural anchor of the historic downtown, the release said. Proceeds from the event benefit the Livingston Depot Foundation, which maintains the building, park, museum and community events.

The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Thursday. Ticket prices are $45 per person ($50 at the door) with reserved table opportunities for groups of eight or more. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, and tickets can be reserved directly with the Depot at 222-2300.