New format for Jammin’ Lamb Fest this year

MEEKER | People visit the Meeker Classic to watch the dogs and to experience the community of Meeker and all it has to offer. Along with that comes the craving for lamb. Many “lamb” traditions have surrounded the annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials for thirty-four years–barbecues, sheepdog trials and the Jammin’ Lamb Fest. The Downtown Plaza in Meeker will be the site for the Jammin’ Lamb Festival on Saturday night, Sept. 11, 4 to 8 p.m.following the runs at the Meeker Classic. 

Orchestrated by various community and civic groups, this year’s Jammin’ Lamb Fest will feature lamb kabobs and Denver style lamb ribs prepared by HopeWest, sides of slaw, corn on the cob, beans, melon and rolls from the Meeker Lions Club and local school groups. Jeff Rector will prepare his dutch oven cobblers as a dessert to complement the meal. Sandlot Brewery, Coors Field will sponsor the Beer Garden to benefit the Meeker Lions Club. 

While the food comes with a fee that goes towards supporting the sponsoring organizations, the entertainment is free for all who want to bring a lawn chair and enjoy. Live music will be provided by Caitlyn Taussig of Kremmling and the Pipe and Drum band from Grand Junction. ERBM Park and Recreation District will host a cornhole tournament beginning at 4 p.m. It’s sure to be a fun evening for all. 

This evening showcases the gems of Meeker: its generosity, civic groups and its authenticity. Known as an area rich in culture and sheep production, Meeker shines during this event as it does so many others. Featuring American lamb, all are invited to make some memories around great food and western hospitality. 

 Afterwards head up to the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds for the Handler Arena Trial, a fun night where handlers and locals can kick back in a friendly sheepdog competition. The Rio Blanco County Wool Growers Association will present an encore culinary experience the following day during the finals of the Meeker Classic. Their annual lamb barbecue at Ute Park is one you don’t want to miss.

Information about the Jammin’ Lamb Fest can be found at or contact Carly Thomson at 970-389-0589, Jessica Browning at 303-947-2757 or email

PRESS RELEASE | Special to the Herald Times

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