If you go
What: Trail ride and concert with Brenn Hill
When: 10 a.m. today
Where: Vista Verde Ranch, north of Clark on Seedhouse Road
Cost: $100 donation includes trail ride, lunch and concert. Horse rental is $75.
If you go
What: 4-H Scholarship Foundation Fundraiser
When: 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Saddleback Ranch, Routt County Road 179
Cost: $25 includes dinner and two sets of music by Western artist Brenn Hill
Steamboat Springs Cowboy singer and songwriter Brenn Hill said there’s no better place to be this time of year, “on the face of this green earth, than the beautiful Steamboat Springs.”
The only thing that can make it better is his reason for traveling here from his home in Utah: to support Routt County 4-H scholarship students.
“Four-H is important to me particularly because of the youth development and connection with agricultural and the ranching lifestyle,” Hill said. “I don’t know of another area in the U.S. that supports 4-H more than Routt County. The fact they invited me over for this is really an honor.”
For the sixth year, Hill will return to Steamboat Springs for two fundraisers for the Routt County 4-H Scholarship Foundation.
Today at Vista Verde Ranch, Hill will join several guests on a trail ride starting at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $100 and include the ride, lunch and a private concert in the ranch lodge.
A larger, informal family event is Sunday at Saddleback Ranch. Starting at 4 p.m., Hill will play his thoughtful and resonant cowboy tunes followed by a dinner and live auction. Auctions items include airplane rides and homemade goods.
Hill will take the stage again at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and include the concert and dinner. Proceeds from the auction also will benefit the foundation, which has given 100 4-H members $233,000 in scholarships since 1994, foundation board member Jo Stanko said.
Stanko said the fundraiser, which she called “good, old-fashioned country entertainment,” also helps provide scholarships for 4-H students interested in pursuing higher education in all areas.
“These kids contribute an awful lot to the community and not just the agriculture community,” Stanko said. “They all do community service, they are articulate, and right now, the 4-H team has the opportunity to go to a national judging contest. They grow up and become leaders.”
Her own son, once a 4-H member, now is an electrical engineer, and she said the program taught him the responsibility and leadership he needed beyond school.
“A great number of these kids leave and then try to come home,” Stanko said. “And they’re bringing those experiences and strengths back with them.”
Hill said although he didn’t participate in 4-H, his connections to Routt County and his agricultural roots and values remind him how important it is to expose children to that lifestyle at a young age.
“It teaches hard work,
dedication, fortitude and just a real value and connection
to the land,” Hill said about 4-H. “That’s something I think is unique to these 4-H kids. Some of these kids were brought up on family ranches, and they’re taught to love and respect it. That’s something that is lost in parts of mainstream culture.”