Sheep-shearing event June 2 kicks off season at Rock Ledge RanchMay 21, 2018
Opening day for the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site's 41st annual summer season will be Saturday, June 2. In keeping with tradition, the event - nicknamed Homespun Fun Day - will be from 10 a.m. to 5
In addition, the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild will demonstrate time-honored carding, spinning, dying, and weaving techniques.
According to the Rock Ledge website, “In the 1880s, El Paso County boasted the largest population of sheep in the state at 120,000 critters This produced about 560,000 pounds of fleece!”
The Rock Ledge summer season will continue through Aug. 18 - Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The city-owned facility is off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
Ranch admission allows access to the American Indian Area, Galloway Homestead, blacksmith shop and Carriage House, along with guided tours through the historic Rock Ledge and Orchard houses.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 55-plus, $4 for ages 6-17 and free for younger children.
Special events are also scheduled during the summer season. These are as follows:
Special ranch events scheduled later in the year are the Labor Day Vintage Baseball Game (Sept. 3), Holly Berry Folk Art Festival (Sept. 14-16), Garden of the Gods Powwow (Sept. 22), Harvest Festival (Oct. 6 - free), Everything But the Oink (Nov. 10), Holiday Teas and Tours (Dec. 5, 7, 8 and 12, by reservation) and Holiday Evening (Dec. 15).
For more information, call 578-6777 or go to rockledgeranch.com.
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