Rock Ledge Ranch season starts June 3

       The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will open for the season Saturday, June 3 with the annual sheep shearing, plus two other sheep-related activities.
       The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 200-acre city park southwest of 30th Street operates in the style of the 1880s ranch that existed there in Colorado Springs' early days, including some of its original buildings.
       “The Ranch's small herd will get their summer buzz cuts starting at 10 a.m. and continuing till the whole herd is clipped,” reads a press release from the Living History Association (LHA), the volunteer group that mans the ranch in historic clothing during the summer months when the ranch is open to the public. “In addition to the shearing in the barn, the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild will be showing how raw wool is processed from carding, dying, spinning and weaving.”
       Also planned are sheep-herding demonstrations with border collies. “The dogs will be worked hourly throughout the day,” according to Andy Morris, Rock Ledge Ranch manager. “People can ask questions afterwards.”
       The sheep events “commemorate the fact that El Paso boasted the largest population of sheep in the state in the 1880s,” the LHA release states.
       Also open will be Rock Ledge's different historic areas - the 1770s American Indian Site, the 1860s Homestead cabin, the 1880s Rock Ledge farm and blacksmith shop, and the 1907 Orchard House that was built by Colorado Springs founder William Palmer.
       The cost of entry to Rock Ledge has gone up a dollar this year. Admission is now $6 for adults, $4 for ages 13-18, $2 for ages 6-12 and $4 for ages 55 and over. According to LHA President Ron Wright, City Parks officials believe the increase is necessary to cover the increasing costs of running the Ranch.
       Rock Ledge will continue to be open for normal hours Wednesday through Sunday through Labor Day. There will also be special events, including a concert series, the annual old-fashioned July 4 and the Fiddles, Vittles & Vino bluegrass festival in August.

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