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Celebrate Estes Park’s Rich History At Heritage Fest This Weekend

Authentic old time blacksmith demonstrations.

Authentic old time blacksmith demonstrations.

By: Kris Hazelton

Estes Park’s Heritage Festival is designed to bring people together by celebrating the traditions of our past.

Two days of fun-filled activities are planned for this Saturday and Sunday, when we celebrate our history during our fourth annual Heritage Festival.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Bond Park will be filled with performers, exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities and crafts, food and historic personalities. The exhibits and booths will commemorate our area.

The theme of the festival will focus on the days of yesteryear. Throughout you will be able to view vintage artifacts of the past as we celebrate Estes Park, a unique and beautiful community with a broad cultural diversity and rich history.

A petting zoo is great fun for the kids.

A petting zoo is great fun for the kids.

Attendees can learn about MacGregor Ranch, the Estes Park Center-YMCA of the Rockies, the Estes Park Museum, Rocky Mountain National Park, F.O. Stanley and the Stanley Steamer automobile.

You’ll also find a mountain man encampment, a historic blacksmith, vintage quilts, clothing and dolls and handmade soaps and oils. There will be plenty of family activities, from horse-drawn wagon rides sponsored by MacGregor Ranch to a fun petting zoo for the kids. Participants can also help build a historic log cabin from the ground up.

There will be delicious food available all over the Festival with delicious Biggins Barbeque, cinnamon roasted nuts from Nutz 4 Life, old-fashioned root beer floats, delicious homemade pies, breads and cookies, and kettle corn. Yum, sounds like fun!

Throughout both days, performances will be ongoing on the stage in the park.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, August 23rd
10 a.m. Heritage Festival Opens
Kurtis Kelly as Lord Dunraven strolling around Bond Park
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Cheryl Pennington will demonstrate her art of hand coloring historic photos with Marshall oils and colored pencils.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Come by and build a cabin with the kids.
10:45-11:45 a.m. Estes Park Jazz Band
11:30 – 12 p.m. – Sharyn Gartner will discuss her vintage garment re-creations. Great photo opportunity of high fashion.
Saturday – 1899 gown
12:00- 12:45 Vic Anderson
and the Riders of the Open Range
12-1 p.m.-Join Jim Pickering, Estes Park’s Historian Laureate, for an informal discussion of early Estes Park history.
1:00-2:00 p.m.-Cowboy Brad Fitch
1-2 p.m.-Jim Pickering and Mic Clinger will autograph and talk about their book, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Then & Now, a 2007 Colorado Book Award winner.
2-3 p.m. Betsy Evans demonstrates the art form of lace making and tatting
2:15-3:00 p.m.-Elk Hollow with
Jack Overly & Gary Reeves
3:15-4:00 p.m.-High Country Strings
4:15-5:00 p.m.-Ron Ball-Cowboy Singer

Sunday, August 24th
10 a.m. Heritage Festival Opens
Kurtis Kelly as Lord Dunraven strolling around Bond Park
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Cheryl Pennington will demonstrate her art of hand coloring historic photos with Marshall oils and colored pencils.
10:45-11:45 Dick Orleans
11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Come by and build a cabin with the kids.
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Sharyn Gartner will discuss her vintage garment re-creations. Great photo opportunity of high fashion.
Sunday – 1877 velvet walking dress.
12:00- 1:00 Vic Anderson
and the Riders of the Open Range
12-1 p.m.-Join Jim Pickering, Estes Park’s Historian Laureate, for an informal discussion of early Estes Park history.
1-2 p.m.  Jim Pickering and Mic Clinger will autograph and talk about their book, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Then & Now, a 2007 Colorado Book Award winner.
1:15-2:15 Elk Hollow with
Jack Overly and Gary Reeves
2-3 p.m.- Betsy Evans demonstrates the art form of lace making and tatting
2:30-3:15 High Country Strings
3:30- 4:00 Ron Ball-Cowboy Singer

Don’t miss a weekend of fun while you learn about the rich history of our area.

For more information call the Stanley Museum at 970-577-1903 or visit www.epheritagefestival.com.

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