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Taste of the Yampa Valley: Weekend events include Savor Steamboat, Mustang Roundup, Enduro-X

Michael Schrantz

Christian Peacore rounds a corner during the Autocross event in Meadows Parking Lot during the 2013 Mustang Roundup. The Roundup will continue Saturday with a Show 'n' Shine from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat.

— Savor Steamboat at the base of the ski area will bring a taste of the Yampa Valley's heritage to visitors and residents alike.

"We wanted to do something that's very local," said Willis Wodnick, executive director of Steamboat Mountain Village Partnership, which is organizing the 3 to 6 p.m. event. "So when you get into that kind of stuff, it's the big Western agricultural heritage here. It just helps showcase everything that goes on in the valley outside of skiing."

A big part of that heritage will be represented by the Community Agriculture Alliance, which is bringing its Ranch Rendezvous back to the base area.

The Ranch Rendezvous has been going on in one form or another for about 10 years, Community Agriculture Alliance Executive Director Marsha Daughenbaugh said, and it will include animals, roping demonstrations, a presentation about horse history, a farrier, leather working and other organizations related to agriculture.

All the Ranch Rendezvous events are free.

"It's very family oriented," Daughenbaugh said. Kids can pet animals, participate in stick-horse races, enjoy a craft area "and get to meet some actual ag folks."

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The literal taste of the area will be provided by Yampa Valley Farms, which is providing 900 pounds of pork shoulder for the BBQ Challenge. Some 40 forest-raised Berkshire hogs went into the event, said Josh Kilbane, of Yampa Valley Farms.

Ten local restaurants will be participating in the Pork BBQ Challenge, Wodnick said. Local sauce producers and The Bakery also are involved will be providing items for the challenge.

Alongside the challenge, eight bartenders will take part in the Shake and Stir drink competition. And some pork flavor could be making it into the whiskey and vodka creations being dreamt up.

A BBQ Challenge-only ticket is available for $20 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12. The price for the BBQ Challenge and the Shake and Stir competition is $40.

Yampa Valley Farms also is providing a hog for a spit roast. The farm started raising pigs in Routt County three years ago with four hogs, Kilbane said. Now, on a given week, there could be between 85 and 100 hogs on the farm on the back side of Sleeping Giant. The hope is to reach about 200 hogs by fall, Kilbane said.

Yampa Valley Farms will have a tent and a freezer at the event Saturday, and if the BBQ Challenge so inspires, attendees can walk away with some pork of their own.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

Other weekend events

Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., downtown Steamboat

Enduro-X dual slalom bike race: 11 a.m., Steamboat Ski Area

New Works Festival: 3 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp

Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series: 7:30 p.m., Brent Romick Rodeo Arena

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