The Ranch Events Complex has added a brand new event to the line up this year. Visit Loveland's Rock'n Western Rendezvous, presented by the Colorado Lottery and American Cowboy Magazine on May 30-31 which will feature Colorado's largest barbeque competition, live music – including a kick off concert featuring Easton Corbin and Stoney LaRue on Saturday – a WRCA Ranch Rodeo competition and more.

The Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition is coming to The Ranch Events Complex to fill the barbeque void in a state full of professional BBQers. Until now, there has never been a barbeque competition of this size in Colorado, and the producer of the event, Smoke on the Water Productions invited the Team of the Year from the biggest barbeque associations in the U.S. to represent their region. Teams will be professionally judged in four categories – chicken, ribs, brisket and pork butt – on Sunday.

Additionally, the inaugural Rock'n Western Rendezvous Ribba-Ramma is an amateur competition created especially for local weekend warriors. On Saturday, May 30, local backyard grillers are encouraged to compete, and with $1,000 in prize money on the line, it's a great opportunity for Northern Colorado braggin' rights. For more information, or to register, visit the Rock'n Western Rendezvous page.

For those more interested in enjoying a weekend of barbeque, free samples will be available on a first come first served basis on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

On Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m., Easton Corbin and Stoney LaRue will hit the stage in The Ranch Courtyard. Fans are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy this outdoor concert under the stars.

Credit: Budweiser Events Center
Credit: Budweiser Events Center

Known for his hits "Clockwork," "Lovin' You Is Fun" and "All Over the Road," Easton Corbin has received 13 country music award nominations and has won three country music trophies. With "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It," Corbin was the first country music artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. His newest album, "It's About to Get Real" is scheduled to release later this year.

Texas Country/Red Dirt artist Stoney LaRue is a circuit mainstay known for his high-energy shows. That same intensity can be found on his newest album, "Aviator," which includes tracks like "It's Too Soon" and "Golden Shackles." LaRue came on the scene in 2002 with his first album, "Downtown," and has been producing hits ever since.

With fun for the entire family, the Rock'n Western Rendezvous offers events and activities for wearers of ball caps and cowboy hats alike. Other activities during this year's Visit Loveland's Rock'n Western Rendezvous – Stock, Rock and BBQ Festival, presented by the Colorado Lottery and American Cowboy Magazine include:

The first annual Rock'n Western Ranch Rodeo, a WRCA sanctioned event. Teams are comprised of real working ranch cowboys, and the different events resemble day-to-day activities on a ranch. Events include wild cow milking, maverick horse catching, stray gathering, team penning and ranch bronc riding. Performances are on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. The 2014 WRCA World Champion Team from Colorado, Jolly Ranch, will be competing at this year's event. Tickets to the Rock'n Western Ranch Rodeo are an additional $10 per day with the Saturday Mega Pass or the Two-Day Weekend Pass.

With approximately 100 days to tame wild to mild, trainers from across America continue to take the challenge of competing with an American Mustang at Extreme Mustang Makeover events across the United States. Trainers compete for cash and prizes while displaying the trainability of American Mustangs in hope of finding a suitable adopter. Visit the Ranch-Way Feeds Indoor Arena on Saturday, May 30 at 6 p.m. to see the show.

With live music scheduled throughout the weekend, fans will be able to kick up their boots and enjoy acts from local talent to up and coming artists. In addition to the headlining concert on Saturday night, a variety of acts will be performing throughout the weekend, so please visit to see when your favorite band will be playing.

Visit the Western industry's top craftsman at the American Cowboy Experience Hall, an interactive tradeshow, throughout the entire weekend. Each craftsman was hand-selected and invited to demonstrate how their craft is made from conception to completion. Current craftsmen and women include: Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, Tad Sanders Custom Saddles, Leland Hensley, Jan Mapes Fine Art, Gustafson Photo, Michael Ome Untiedt, Greeley Hat Works, Comstock Heritage Silversmith, Mosimann Saddlery, Douglas Krause Saddle Company and more to come!

The AQHA Hall of Fame Museum Traveling Exhibit, Breeding a Legacy: 75 Years of American Quarter Horses, will be set up on site as well. Come learn the history of American Quarter Horses and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Tickets range from $15 to $45 for adults and $10 to $40 for kids ages 2-12. All tickets will be available at purchase at, 877-544-TIXX (8499) and at Budweiser Events Center Box Office. Visit for more information on the event.

Other experiences at Visit Loveland's Rock'n Western Rendezvous – Stock, Rock and BBQ Festival, presented by the Colorado Lottery and American Cowboy will include a chuckwagon cook-off, western lifestyle mercantile area, cowboy poetry, an extreme cowboy race, a Western fashion show and more! Visit for more information.


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