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Sheep-shearing, dog-handling on view at Rock Ledge opening day June 3

       Opening day for the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will be Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In keeping with tradition, it will feature demonstrations of
Sheep-shearing specialist Bob Schroth from Strasburg, Colorado, has been an annual figure in recent years at Rock Ledge Ranch's opening day in June. He's shown here at work in front of an audience during the ranch's 2016 opening.
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sheep-shearing and sheep-dog herding skills, as well as demonstrations by the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild.
       The event will kick off a summer season that continues until Aug. 19.
       Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 55-and-up, $4 for ages 6-17 and free for younger children.
       Ranch admission also allows access to the American Indian Area, Galloway Homestead, blacksmith shop, Carriage House and historic Rock Ledge and Orchard houses. The city-owned facility is off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
       Regular hours are Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       The ranch also has a number of annual, special events during the warmer months. These are as follows:
       - Basic Blacksmith Workshop, Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, hands-on workshop with ranch manager/craftsman Andy Morris ($150, reservations required).
       - Family Fourth, Sunday, July 4 - music and speeches/activities featuring historical reenactors commemorating American independendence (normal admission price).
       - Fiddles, Vittles & Vino, Sunday, July 30 - live, outdoor bluegrass/Americana music and samples from ranch-supporting restaurants and beverage producers/distributors ($45 before July 20 and $50 after that; ages 12 and under $15 and later $20).
       - Shakespeare at the Ranch - presentation of “Much Ado About Nothing” by Theatreworks actors in a large tent, Tuesdays through Saturdays, July 27-Aug. 19 ($30-$42 for adults, $20 for 17 and under). Call 255-3232 or go to theaterworkscs.org.
       Special events scheduled later in the year are the Labor Day Vintage Baseball Game (Sept. 4), Holly Berry Folk Art Festival (Sept. 15-17), Garden of the Gods Powwow (Sept. 23), Harvest Festival (Oct. 7 - free), Everything But the Oink (Nov. 11), Holiday Teas and Tours (Dec. 6, 8, 9 and 13, by reservation) and Holiday Evening (Dec. 16).

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(Posted 5/22/17; Outdoors: Rock Ledge Ranch)

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