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Revelers congregate around food and drink tents during the 2017 Fiddles, Vittles and Vino at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. The support of local restaurants helps make Fiddles a major ranch fundraiser. At far left, the flag of Greece flies above the tent for the Westside’s Jake & Telly’s Greek restaurant.
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Grammy-winning group headlines 14th annual 'Fiddles" at Rock Ledge July 29

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be the headline act for Fiddles, Vittles & Vino at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site July 29.
Courtesy of theboot.com
July 13, 2018
       Following the format that has led to sellouts for the past several years, the Fiddles, Vittles & Vino festival at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will be back for its 14th year Sunday, July 29.
       The event will be from 3 to about 8:30 p.m., with gates opening at 2:30 p.m. Four bands will play, with double venues scheduled during the early portion.
       Throughout the event, open-air tents will house food/drink offerings from 40-some restaurants, breweries, wineries or suppliers.
       The bands this year are Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (a winner in the Grammy music award contest); Tibet (a local band returning from 2017); Lonesome Days (winners of the 2017 Fresh Grass competition in North Adams, Massachusetts); and Songs of the Fall (a Pagosa Springs band which also played at Fiddles in 2015 and has received Grammy nominations).
       Mark Gardner, who has lined up the acts for Fiddles since it started in 2005, said the event has featured Grammy nominees in the past, but this is the first time for a winner. He added that bringing in Vincent's group is part of the reason that ticket prices have had to be increased this year.
       Until July 21, Fiddles ticket prices are $50 and $20 for ages 13 and under. The prices will go up to $60/$25 from then till the event. About 1,200 tickets are available.
       Operated with the help of numerous volunteers, Rock Ledge Ranch is a city-owned, 1880s-style working ranch located at Gateway Road just west of 30th Street.
       In other ranch news... The UCCS-based Theatreworks group will perform either “Macbeth” or “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” based on plays by William Shakespeare, July 26 to Aug. 26 in a large tent on the Rock Ledge hayfield. Shows are in the evenings. For dates, times and ticket information, call 255-3232, e-mail tickets@uccs.edu or go to theatreworkscs.org.
       The ranch's regular summer season will continue until Aug. 18, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Normal ranch admission is $8 for adults, with some discounts.
       For more information call 578-6777.

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