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3rd Annual Chuckwagon Dinner At MacGregor Ranch-Experience Ranch Life First Hand

Help Preserve Western Heritage & Youth Education Programs

Don’t miss your chance to stand in the middle of living history where you can truly understand what it used to be like in the good ole days at the Third Annual Chuckwagon Dinner Fundraiser at MacGregor Ranch.
With roots to the 1870s, MacGregor Ranch remains a showplace of early life among settlers and homesteaders in the early Colorado Territory. Founded in 1873 by Alexander and Clara MacGregor, and left in trust by their granddaughter Muriel MacGregor, the Ranch today serves as a working cattle ranch and a youth education center in the beautiful Black Canyon Creek area of Estes Park.

At the event, you’ll enjoy live entertainment from nationally known cowboy yodeler and poet Gary McMahan, Little Kenny and the Neargrass Junction band combines bits of folk, bluegrass, classical, country and jazz to created the sound now known as ‘Neargrass.’ You’ll also once again have the pleasure of listening to local favorites, Cowboy Brad Fitch and Western guitarist Ron Ball.

There are many fun events planned for the kids. They will have fun making huge bubbles, building a log cabin, egg races and an old fashioned horse race with wooden stick horses.

The whole family can take a ride around the Ranch in an old Model T or a vintage convertible. There will be the ever popular wagon rides through the meadow, tours of the beautiful Museum, barn tours and the opportunity to purchase wonderful souvenirs at Maude’s Mercantile.

See just how life used to be at MacGregor Ranch and watch an old time blacksmith in action and learn how a horse gets its shoes.

For more fun, take part in a live auction and bid on silent auction items.

Your delicious cowboy dinner will be served at 5:30 which includes a steak sandwich, corn on the cob, barbecued beans, watermelon and a very special chocolate cake baked from a recipe of Ruth McGraw from McGraw Ranch.

All proceeds raised at the Chuckwagon Dinner will go towards preserving our wonderful Western heritage and funding educational programs for youth, as over 3,000 children visit the Ranch annually and take away something they could not learn anywhere else.

At MacGregor Ranch, they believe that each student visiting the Ranch should have a meaningful and quality learning experience. MacGregor Ranch provides its facilities for youth and school groups year round – working in partnership with teachers and leaders developing a unique curriculum for students. A primary goal for museum education is to stimulate further learning and enrichment experiences for its visitors. They encourage their student visitors to become “history keepers” who appreciate and study history and who work to preserve the past for future generations.

The Ranch is operated by the Muriel L. MacGregor Charitable Trust, a 501 (c) 3 private operating foundation.
Tickets for the Chuckwagon Dinner are available at the Visitor’s Bureau, Macdonald Book Shop and the Ranch office; you can call 970-586-3749 for directions or more information. Tickets are $50.00 for adults, $25.00 for children 6-12 (under 6-free). This special event will be held this Saturday, June 20th from 2-7 p.m. Don’t delay, there are a limited amount of tickets available and 2007 and 2008 were both sell-out years. You do not want to miss this!

MacGregor Ranch, proud to be continuing to preserve Colorado’s homesteading and ranching heritage.

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