Non-Stop Entertainment At This Year’s Heritage Festival In Bond Park
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 Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23 when we celebrate our history during our fifth 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 are the Sand Creek Raiders, a gathering of notorious lawmen, gunfighters, gamblers, ladies and soiled doves in authentic Western attire.
The Sand Creek Raiders 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.
Entertainment throughout the weekend will be the Estes Park Jazz Big Band, Vic Anderson and the Riders of the Open Range, High Country Strings, Jack Overly and Gary Reeves of Elk Hollow, Scott Wilseck and Kim Lankford, Ron Ball and Cowboy Brad and Kathy Fitch.
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 Jubilations Catering serving brats, beef brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, beans cole slaw, potato salad and corn on the cob. You’ll also find cinnamon roasted nuts, old-fashioned root beer floats, delicious homemade pies, breads and cookies, funnel cakes, kettle corn and fresh lemonade. Yum, sounds like fun!
Throughout both days, performances will be ongoing on the stage and throughout Bond Park.
For more information call the Stanley Museum at 970-577-1903 or visit the Estes Valley Historical Society website at www.epheritagefestival.com.