‘Fun alternative’ as historic ranch hosts annual Independence Day event
The downtown's once-annual Saturday, July 4 fireworks show was cancelled this year, but Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will provide a “fun alternative” with its
annual “Family Fourth” event on Independence Day, says ranch interpreter Elizabeth Barber.
Various activities are scheduled in keeping with the 1880s style of the city-owned ranch between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Prices are $6 for adults, with discounts for students, seniors and children.
Here is the schedule (subject to change):
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., different types of watermelon contests next to the blacksmith's shop.
10:15-4:15, Garden Shed Candy Scrambles near the barn.
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., carnival games in the barn.
11 a.m., “America the Beautiful,” read by Katharine Lee Bates (portrayed by Robin Sutherland), in front of the Rock Ledge House.
Noon-12:30 and 1-1:30 p.m., patriotic music by the Fountain Creek Brass Band outside the Orchard House.
12:30 p.m., the Declaration of Independence, read by General William Palmer (Dave Harmon) with “special guest” Thomas McLaren (Alex Scherer) in front of the Orchard House.
1:45 and 2:45 p.m., the Gettysburg Address, read by President Abraham Lincoln (Merell Folsom) at the Galloway Homestead cabin.
Ongoing (no set times):
- Live old-time music by the Beedles in front of the Rock Ledge House.
- Civil War Encampment, including demonstrations on Civil War medicine and surgery by Bob Mallin, M.D., in the big field near the barn.
- Revolutionary War encampment, in the big field.
- Julia Archibald Holmes (the “bloomer girl”), different locations.
- Wagon rides, tractor rides, rope-making.
The 230-acre ranch is off Gateway Road, just west of 30th Street.
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