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Heritage Festival Explores The Rich History Of The Estes Valley

By: Kris Hazelton

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

Mark your calendars, two days of fun-filled activities are planned for Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22 when we celebrate the history of the Estes Valley during our 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.

New this year at the Heritage Festival is a Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest. You’ve got time to get your best homemade apple pie recipe together to enter for the chance to win the title of “Best Apple Pie in Estes.”

Back at the festival this year will be the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) a gathering of notorious lawmen, gunfighters, gamblers, ladies and soiled doves in authentic Western attire. They will perform historical and B-Western reenactments using black powder to create the booming gunfire and smoke of an old West shoot out.

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.

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.

Throughout both days, performances will be ongoing on the stage and throughout Bond Park which will include Jack Overly and Gary Reeves of Elk Hollow, Kim Lankford & Scott Wilseck, Cowboy Brad and Kathy Fitch and Vic Anderson and the High Counry Cowboys.

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, 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 Biggin’s Barbeque serving pulled pork sandwiches, old fashioned beans and other scrumpcious barbequed foods, you’ll also find yummy cinnamon roasted nuts, old-fashioned root beer floats, delicious homemade pies, breads and cookies, funnel cakes, kettle corn and fresh lemonade.

In conjunction with Heritage Festival, there will also be the first ever Draft Horse show in Estes Park.

The Stanley Fairgrounds will be hosting the Estes Park Draft Horse show on Sunday, August 22, 2010 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Draft Horse; whether your favorite breed is Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron, or Shire, you will see them all as they arrive in Estes Park to compete in our first draft horse Show. Watch as single horses and teams display their work ethic in farm competitions, while showing their style and grace in cart classes.

Not familiar with these gentle giants? Come see for yourself why these versatile horse, who once carried knights into battle, helped build and feed nations, continue to be valued by owners and draft horse enthusiasts around the world!

Competitions will take place throughout the day, with a special stick horse race for the kids. Hope to see you at both of these fun-filled family events.

For more information call the Stanley Museum at 970-577-1903 or visit the Estes Valley Historical Society website at

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