Rock Ledge season starts with sheep events June 6

       In keeping with tradition, the annual sheep-shearing in the barn will kick off the summer season for the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Saturday, June 6.
       The ranch hours will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 220-acre city park southwest of 30th Street operates in the style of the 1880s ranch that operated on the site.
       Cutting the wool on the Rock Ledge's dozen or so herd of sheep will be Bob Schroth, a specialist from northern Colorado, using electric and hand shears, according to ranch director Andy Morris.
       In keeping with the sheep theme on opening day, there will also be working-dog herding demonstrations by Cathy Balliu (also from northern Colorado) and demonstrations of weaving, carding, skirting, spinning and wool dying by the Pikes Peak Weavers' Guild.
       Rock Ledge will continue to be open Wednesday through Sunday through Aug. 16, then weekends until Aug. 30, Morris said. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Sunday, which will be 1 to 5 p.m. The admission cost is $6 for adults, $4 for ages 13-18, $2 for ages 6-12 and $4 for ages 55 and over.
       Throughout the season, visitors can drop in at Rock Ledge's different areas - the American Indian Site (depicting the era of 1775-1835), an 1860s-style homestead cabin and the blacksmith shop, and receive tours of its two historic buildings (the 1880s Rock Ledge House and 1907 Orchard House) from volunteer docents in period attire. The ranch itself, with its animals and farming area, will also be on view.
       Several special events are scheduled, including free outdoor concerts June 13 and July 11, the Family Fourth (July 4) and the Fiddles, Vittles & Vino bluegrass festival July 25.

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