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“Moo-rocco” to host annual Rendezvous City Beef Roundup

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

The Fourth Annual Rendezvous City Beef Roundup recently teamed up with County 10 for a community competition to rename its host town, Riverton, for a day. The roundup took its name from the city’s history as being none other than the “Rendezvous City,” a title bestowed upon it as the site of the famed 1838 rendezvous location. 

This historical event happened when Native Americans, traders and mountain men of the time gathered to exchange goods. It was fitting, then, for Riverton to reciprocate the name exchange. 

A community-wide competition ensued, with County 10 sending out the call for entries that would represent the beef roundup, the only steak competition of its kind in America. It took several rounds, each narrowing down the clever beef-inspired names, before the top five were announced. 

These five were Beeferton, Filet Frontier, Moo-rocco, RIB-er-TOWN and Cowtown. The winning name, Moo-rocco, will become Riverton’s new name for a day on Aug. 26, when the roundup will take place at Central Wyoming College’s new Rustler Ag and Equine Complex. 

Rendezvous City Beef Roundup

The Rendezvous City Beef Roundup was designed by Founder Tyler McCann to bring beef producers and consumers together to celebrate beef, to educate the public on the benefits and sustainability of beef production and to showcase the exceptional flavor of beef. 

This year marks the biggest competition list to date, with beef producers coming from every corner of the country to claim the Best Beef in the West, which is voted on by an exceptional celebrity judge panel. 

The judges will be blind tasting each entry that is cooked to perfection using only salt, pepper and fire. 

The chef for the nationwide competition this year is Mikey Chingman, the manager and executive chef at Deka Guy-Hee Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel Restaurant and the owner of Chingy’s Smoke and Grub.

Celebrity judge panel

The celebrity judge panel will include Australia’s Dr. Anthony Chaffe, who is known around the world as “The Plant Free MD” and the creator of the Carnivore Diet. He also has a top 10 podcast, was an All-American rugby player and a refugee camp medical doctor in Rohingya, Myanmar. 

Also joining the panel as a return judge this year is Art of a Cowboy Painter Boaldin. Boaldin hails out of Guthrie, Okla. where his gallery is located. Based around his art, Boaldin has become a well-known PBS star. 

His part documentary, part reality show follows him around the country where he showcases cowboys and ranchers on film and on canvas. His goal is to help preserve the Western legacy. He recently spent time with Jim Jensen and Lucky 7 Angus in Pinedale.

The roundup is also bringing in Montana Filmmaker, Photographer and Cowboy Trinity Vandenacre to help judge their Best Beef in the West competition. Vandenacre is well known on Instagram for his videos discussing the benefits of ranching and land management. He also has a widely popular YouTube channel which showcases real ranching out West. 

Wyoming representative

Wyoming is well-represented with entrants for the coveted Best Beef in Wyoming title this year. This competition is voted on by fellow producers and everyone who wishes to attend the VIP dinner and auction. 

Ashley Osterman, owner of the Rustic Plate in Burns, will be this year’s Wyoming chef.

This is a must-attend event that will appeal to both ranchers and consumers. There will be plenty of beef to sample, vendor booths, rancher booths, educational classes, beer and wine tastings, celebrities and live music. General admission is free. 

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Tasha Messenger is a member of the Rendezvous City Beef Roundup and can be reached at

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