Ranch manager: Possible record turnout for season’s opening day at Rock Ledge

       “I think it was our best ever,” said Andy Morris, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site manager, when asked about the opening day for the 2009 summer season June 6.

A sheep-dog herding demonstration was part of the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site's opening day June 6.
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       He estimated that “upwards of 700 people” bought tickets to the 230-acre facility, which featured the annual shearing of the Rock Ledge sheep herd and a sheep-dog herding demonstration.
       In keeping with the living history format of Rock Ledge, the wool from its sheep will be used in different ways. Some will donated to the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild, members of which were on hand opening day to display such arts as weaving, carding, skirting, spinning, felting and wool dying. Other batches of the sheep's wool will be cleaned at a mill to allow Rock Ledge staff and volunteers to make various items with it, Morris said.
       The Rock Ledge Ranch season will continue Wednesdays through Sundays until mid-August, cutting back to weekends and/or special events after that. Among the special events during the summer is a free outdoor performance by bluesman Willie Houston Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m.

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