The annual Rockin’ Your Heart Weekend is only days away and this year’s event has something for just about everyone. The event, sponsored by the MonDak Stockgrower’s Association, will be held June 4-5 at the Richland County Fairgrounds.
While the event’s focus is on the Montana beef industry, it is open to anyone who wants to come out and just have a good time and help out a great cause. “You don’t have to own cattle or live on a ranch to attend this awesome event,” said one of the organizers, Marci Sondeno.
Team Roping will take place on Friday, June 4 with registration at 4 p.m. and roping starting at 5 p.m.
Cattle-Ac is hosting a beer garden and Richland Aces 4H will have food for sale during the team roping event and there will be entertainment by Alyson Shriver as well.
Saturday kicks off with a 5k/10k Beef Run called “Run For The Brand.” The run is scheduled for 8 a.m. and the entry fee is $30.
The Beef Run will be followed by a Pasture to Plate Ranch Tour at 10 a.m. Tickets are limited and the cost is $30.
“This is a great opportunity to see a working ranch,” said Sondeno, about the Pasture to Plate Ranch Tour. Participants will board a bus and travel to the Bar JV Angus ranch “It will be a great opportunity to see an actual working ranch.”
Over the past nine years, the Rocking’ Your Heart Weekend has been able to raise money for cardiac areas of the hospital, two high school scholarship and two college scholarships.
After the tour, participants will return to Sidney and have a light beef lunch at the Sales Yard, who is sponsoring the meal.
The weekend concludes with the annual Cattleman’s Ball. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a social hour and a beef dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Dancing and live music with Paul Bogart will begin at 8 p.m.
For now, organizers are planning to hold the Cattleman’s Ball outdoors but they are keeping a close eye on the weather. If the temperatures are predicted to be chilly or there is rain in the forecast, it will be moved indoors.
“We have an amazing menu sponsored by Cattle-Ac and Rod Iron Grill, and you get to keep the steak knife. Tri-County is once again sponsoring the steak knives this year. You can never have too many of those,” said Sondeno.
Prairie Electric is responsible for the glasses this year, said Sondeno. “They are new and improved. They are really cool, and not one glass will be left on the table. They’re that neat.”
Seitz Insurance and Mimi’s Kitchen have teamed up to offer attendees a bottle of vinegar that pairs up well with meat.
The Plinko board will be back again this year as well, said Sondeno.
There will also be a live auction and raffle as well. “I have to say this is the best year for our auction items,” said Sondeno. Look for photos of auction items to be placed on the event Facebook page this week.
TIckets for the ball are $50 and are available at the Foundation for Community Care on their website at www.foundationforcommuntiycare.org
The Cattleman’s Ball is for those 21 and over.
Proceeds benefit local healthcare through the Foundation for Community Care and Mondak Area Sportsman’s Association.