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Rock Ledge Ranch opening day June 3, 'Homespun Fun' with sheep-shearing June 6

Their coats still relatively short from having been shorn at the shearing day the previous June, Rock Ledge Ranch sheep share the field during the annual Vintage Base Ball Game in 2008. This year's sheep- shearing day will be June 6 and the game Sept. 7.
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       The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will open for the season Wednesday, June 3, with the annual sheep-shearing event (titled “Homespun Fun at the Ranch”) Saturday, June 6.
       Located off Gateway Road at 30th Street, the city-owned, 1880s-style working ranch will be open Wednesday to Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) until Aug. 15. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 55-and-up, $4 for ages 6-17 and free for younger children.
       Homespun Fun will present a professional shearer removing the wool coats from the ranch sheep herd, as well as demonstrations by the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild of weaving, carding, skirting, spinning and wool-dying, the ranch calendar states.
       Other annual events scheduled during the season will be:
       - Basic Blacksmith Workshop, Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, hands-on workshop with ranch manager/craftsman Andy Morris ($150, reservations required).
       - Family Fourth, Saturday, July 4 - speeches and music commemorating American independendence (normal admission price);
       - Fiddles, Vittles & Vino - Sunday, July 26 - live bluegrass music and samples from ranch-supporting restaurants and beverage producers ($45 before July 19/$50 after that; ages 12 and under $15/$20).
       - Shakespeare at the Ranch - presentation of a Shakespeare play by Theatreworks actors in a large tent, Tuesdays through Saturdays, July 30-Aug. 22 ($15-$35 - call 255-3232 or go to theaterworkscs.org).
       Annual events scheduled later in the year are the “Vintage Base Ball Game” (Sept. 7), Holly Berry Folk Art Festival (Sept. 18-20) and Garden of the Gods Powwow (Sept. 26), Harvest Festival (Oct. 3), Everything But the Oink (Nov. 14) and Holiday Evening (Dec. 19).
       Ranch admission also allows access to the American Indian Area, Galloway Homestead, blacksmith shop, Carriage House and historic Rock Ledge and Orchard houses.
       For more information, call 578-6777 or go to rockledgeranch.com.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 5/23/15; Outdoors: Rock Ledge Ranch)

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