Groups join forces for best-ever Wing Ding Hoe Down

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— On Saturday, the streets of Yampa will transform into a breeding ground for some two-stepping feet and boot stomping because the members of the Routt County Cattlewomen and Cattlemen and the Ski Town Lions Club are throwing a street dance for this year's Wing Ding Hoe Down.

For years the Cattlewomen and Cattlemen have thrown the dance party as a fund-raiser for the group, moving it to different parts of the county each year. The Ski Town Lions Club also had a country dance of their own, called the Hoe Down. Last year the groups joined forces, Cattlewoman Nancy Mucklow said.

In the past, when the Cattlemen and Cattlewomen came to Yampa for a dance, they set up at the South Routt Elementary School. But this year construction at the school made the groups think outside the box about where to throw the dance.

"We decided on a street dance, right in the front of the Yampa merchants," Mucklow said.

With the consent of the Yampa Board of Trustees, the three groups began planning the Wing Ding Hoe Down in the heart of Yampa, on Moffat Avenue.

Events for the whole family start at 4 p.m. Saturday, with pony rides, hay bale steer roping, old time western photos and a horseshoe contest.

Plus, what would an old time festival be without some animal stool contests? The poultry plop, in which participants can bet on where a chicken will make its mess in a pen, and the cow-pie throwing contest will be among the early events.

Supper begins at 5 p.m., featuring slow-cooked beef that Cattleman Ed Camilletti begins cooking at 4:30 a.m. He will use the late Bobby Robinson's secret marinade on the beef, Mucklow said.

During supper the Yampa Valley Boys, who are locals Steve Jones and John Fisher, will perform some old-timey music.

Several goodies will be up for auction beginning at 7 p.m., and the Cattlewomen will have their famous pies up for sale.

At 8 p.m. it's time to dance as the band Cowboy Attitude takes the stage until 11 p.m.

All of the proceeds of the dance go to scholarship funds for the Ski Town Lions Club and the Cattlewomen and Cattlemen.

Alpine Taxi is offering free rides to the event in Yampa from Steamboat, picking up dancers at 3 and 4:30 p.m. at the Wal-Mart parking lot. Rides back to Steamboat are at 9 and 11 p.m.

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