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Annual Family 4th features reenactors, patriotic music July 4 at Rock Ledge Ranch

During Opening Day at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site June 4, a sheepherding demonstration takes place in the field near the blacksmith facility as some attendees walk to and fro on a path. Ranch manager Andy Morris said the event - which also featured sheep shearing and a wool-weaving demonstration - attracted more than 700 people. Along with special events such as the Family 4th and the annual Fiddles, Vittles & Vino July 31, the ranch continues to be open through Aug. 20 for its summer season Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Historical reenactors, a Revolutionary War encampment, old-time children's activities, the Seven Falls Indian Dancers and patriotic music by the Fountain Creek Brass Band will be among the attractions Monday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site hosts its annual Family 4th.
       Also scheduled are readings of the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg address, as well as Katharine Lee Bates talking about her inspiration to write “America the Beautiful.”
       Admission is $8 for adults, with discounts for seniors, teens, younger children and active military.
       The ranch parking lot is off Gateway Road just west of 30th Street. Additional attractions at the 230-acre, city-owned working ranch will be its "living history" locations, including the American Indian area, Galloway Homestead, Rock Ledge House, the Orchard House and blacksmith shop.
       Concessions are available on site, but attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches and lawn chairs.
       For more information, including a schedule of events, call the ranch at 578-6777.

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(Posted 6/25/16; Outdoors: Rock Ledge Ranch)

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