This time of year, golden bales of hay are neatly lined in meadows -- reminders of agriculture's prominent role in the Yampa Valley.
Another reminder is Ranch Rendezvous, an annual gathering of residents who produce agricultural products or services and want to share their heritage with locals and visitors.
The Community Agriculture Alliance and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will host the fourth annual Ranch Rendezvous from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the base of the ski area. Call 8790-4370.
The Community Agriculture Alliance and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will host the event from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the base of the ski area.
In its fourth year, Ranch Rendezvous will feature more than 15 booths and activities, including roping and farrier demonstrations and carriage rides.
Routt County CattleWomen also will serve a ranch-style picnic lunch.
"It gives locals the opportunity to visit with people involved in agriculture and gives tourists a chance to do something they may not otherwise get to do," said Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance.
Booths and displays will have information about weed control and water issues, and representatives of Routt County Woolens will display blankets made from local wool.
Craftswomen also will show off handmade quilts and demonstrate how to use a spinning wheel.
About 1,000 people attended last year's rendezvous, and Daughenbaugh expects at least that many Saturday.
The event will be held in conjunction with Art on the Mountain, so visitors can shop for jewelry and art while learning about farm and ranch products.
The rendezvous can be especially fun for children, who will have the opportunity to see a mare and colt, a cow and calf, a bison, sheep, bunnies and chickens. The event will feature a children's craft tent and a hay maze.
For those interested in the latest ranch technology, Farrow Repair Service will display new haying equipment.