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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wyoming Whoops It Up at Annual Rendezvous

If there’s one state that knows how to party, it’s Wyoming! Despite having the smallest population in the country, Wyomingites loom large for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Wyoming leads all other states in RMEF fundraising efforts and became the first state to surpass the one million mark in acres protected and enhanced within its borders.

So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that a little wet weather didn’t dampen the mood at Wyoming’s annual Rendezvous. Twenty adults, three children and 10 dogs (yep, 10 of them) gathered in the Big Horn Mountains June 20-22, 2014. There was plenty of cooking, visiting, camping, eating, fishing, playing and downright enjoyment! 

As for the particulars, Tracy Kaness (with help from husband Tom) of the Powder River Chapter in Gillette won the dutch oven cookoff with her BBQ dutch oven ribs. Trina and John Andis of the Buffalo Chapter took second place with their lasagna dish. Dwight Dierking of the Northeast Wyoming Chapter and Russ Kaness of the Big Horn Basin Chapter came out on top in the games competition (horse shoes, lawn darts and ladder golf.) There was even a 50th anniversary salute to RMEF volunteers and supporters Russ and Judy Kaness.

 Mother Nature turned on the rain faucet Saturday evening which led to a wet night and a soggy Sunday morning. Even that didn’t stop the serving of a delicious breakfast and a business meeting before everyone broke camp and headed for home.

Thanks to our Wyoming volunteers and members for their dedication, enthusiasm and support!

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