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Estes Park Heritage Festival This Weekend At The Fairgrounds

Authentic old time blacksmith demonstrations.

Authentic old time blacksmith demonstrations.

The Estes Park Heritage Festival will take place this Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24 at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. This event, designed to celebrate the history of our mountain town is hosted by the Estes Valley Historical Preservation Foundation.

The Estes Valley Historical Preservation Foundation’s mission is saving the history of the Estes Valley and educating the community and visitors of importance of saving our history for future generations.

At the event will be a petting zoo, live entertainment, a mountain men encampment, food, fun and much more!

Hours will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Estes Valley Historical Preservation Foundation is pleased to welcome this year for the first time, the Coolest Cars to the Heritage Festival. Old cars are a part of our history and present great memories of days gone by cruising with your friends in your cool car! What cars were in your history? Join us and recall those fond memories of your past.

 Also at the fest you can learn about the folklore and stories of many of our historic buildings in the Estes Valley. You’ll learn first hand from the staff of The Stanley Hotel, the Baldpate Inn, the Olympus Lodge, MacGregor Ranch, The Old Church Shops, Cheley Camp and more! Visit each booth and experience the history of Estes Valley. All buildings are 50-100 years old with a past we can only hope to understand. Education is one of the goals of the Estes Valley Historical Preservation Foundation to let our festival-goers know how diverse our communities are in the Estes Valley.

If your property is 50 years or older, please come to the Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 23, at 3 p.m. when Cynthia Nieb, Deputy Director, History Colorado, State Historical Fund will be speaking on the importance of listing historical properties and how to list properties as a historic site. There will be a question and answer session for those who are considering a listing. Please join us for this important opportunity to understand how to save our historical sites.

Heritage_FestWe are fortunate to have the Estes Park Woman’s Club and the music of High Country Strings acting as the Heritage Festival hostesses.

The Woman’s Club was organized in 1912 is now 102 years old. They have participated in many events including the Heritage Festival since 2005.

In 1922, the Town donated a lot in Bond Park for the library site and the Woman’s Club was responsible for the building of the Estes Park Public Library. The Woman’s Club and volunteers donated labor and materials and raised money for additional materials needed to build the library.

Stop by the Estes Park Woman’s Club booth in downtown Bond Park and enjoy the music of the “High Country Strings.” They will be handing out information about the Estes Park Heritage Festival at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds.

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