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10th Annual Elk Fest – Oct 4th & 5th – Bond Park

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By: Kris Hazelton

Celebrate our wonderful wapiti during Estes Park’s 10th annual Elk Fest this weekend. Elk Fest is an exciting time for celebrating nature, outdoor skills, wildlife and ecological education and awareness. Bond Park in the middle of downtown Estes Park will be festival headquarters from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5.

Elk Fest offers visitors a chance to view elk in the wild during the rutting season, as well as expand their knowledge of elk. At the festival, you’ll learn all about elk, their habitat and how to observe them in the wild. Elk Fest features bugling competitions, educational areas, seminars, great music by Sferes, White, & Orleans and the Elktones, a Mountain Man Rendezvous, Native American storytelling, music and guided elk-viewing tours. There will also be vendors displaying beautiful artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, scrimshawed antler knives, elk antler lamps and chandeliers, elk hide pillows, silver and gold jewelry, elk antlers and other exceptional merchandise. The food vendor this year will be Biggin’s Barbeque who will serve delicious barbeque sandwiches as well as elk brats and other tasty foods.

All events are free except for the Elk Viewing Tours and bugling contest.
Just some of the highlights of the festival include:

Bugling Contest

On Sunday, Oct. 5 don’t miss the contest to see who can sound most like an elk bugling. It’s great fun for all. Contestants are amateurs and professionals (there are contest classifications for adults as well as youth) who are invited to try imitating the haunting call heard during the elk rut. Entrants can use a diaphragm, a horn or just their vocal chords.
(Note: registration to enter will end promptly at 12:30 p.m. Sunday).

Mountain Man Rendezvous & Native American Music & Dancing

Mountain men from all over the country gather to sell and to demonstrate their skills, such as arrowhead making, fire starting with a flint and more.

Danny Many Horses, a crowd favorite is back with his beautiful Native American music, storytelling and dancers.


Speakers from the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Rocky Mountain National Park will present seminars over the weekend on Elk Management and Biology, and the Breeding Season-the Rut. Also, representatives from WOLF, Wolves Offering Life and Friendship, and the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will educate all about their beautiful animals.

Elk Viewing Tours

This is the easiest way to view elk around the Estes Valley. Afternoon tours will depart from Bond Park, taking people to the best places to view and hear the elk. An expert guide will accompany each tour to explain what viewers are looking at, and hearing, and answer questions. Elk viewing tours depart on the hour, purchase your tickets in Bond Park early as they often sell out.

Saturday, October 4th
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Educational Area, Exhibits, Vendors, Wolves, Raptors and Food, Mountain Man Rendezvous
10 a.m.-Seminar: Raptors-Rocky Mountain Raptor Program
10:30 a.m.-Elk Management & Biology
11 a.m.-Observing Wildlife Safely
11:30 a.m.-Native American Music, Storytelling
Noon-5 p.m. Elk Viewing Tours
12:30 p.m.-Music: Sferes, White, & Orleans
2 p.m.-Seminar: Breeding Season – “The Rut”
3 p.m.-Seminar: “The Wolf” by Wolfwood Refuge
4 p.m.-Native American Music & Dancing
Sunday, October 5th
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Educational Area, Exhibits, Vendors, Wolves, Raptors, Food, Mountain Man Rendezvous
9 a.m.-Seminar: Elk Management & Biology
10 a.m.-Live Music: The Elktones
11:30 a.m.-Native American Music, Storytelling
Noon-5 p.m.-Elk Viewing Tours
1 p.m.-Bugling Contest
2:30 p.m.-Seminar: Breeding Season – “The Rut”
3 p.m.-Seminar: Raptors-Rocky Mountain Raptor Program
3:30 p.m.-Seminar” The “Wolf” by Wolfwood Refuge
4 p.m.-Native American Music & Dancing
Schedule subject to change without notice
Elk Fest 2008-don’t miss the fun!

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