Rock Ledge to celebrate 4th

       Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will host its annual Independence Day event Wednesday, July 4.
       Several 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:
       10 a.m.-1 p.m., live old-time music by the Beedles in front of the Rock Ledge House.
       10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Carnival games in the barn; candy scramble outside.
       . 11 a.m., “America the Beautiful,” read by Katherine Lee Bates, at the Rock Ledge House.
       11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., “Civil War Medicine and Surgery” - a presentation by Bob Mallin, M.D., of the Pecos National Historic Park in Pecos, N.M.
       Noon and 1 pm., 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, in front of the Orchard House.
       12:30-2:30 p.m., watermelon-eating contests next to the blacksmith's shop.
       2 p.m., the Gettysburg Address, read by President Abraham Lincoln at the Galloway Homestead cabin.
       All day, Civil War encampment; demonstrations at the blacksmith's shop; hay rides; and activities at the four main ranch areas (1775 American Indian site, 1860 cabin, 1880 farm and blacksmith shop and 1907 Orchard house).
       Visitors can ask for information from members of Rock Ledge's Living History Association, a group of trained volunteers who dress in old-time clothing and can be found in different parts of the ranch.
       Note: Some advance information has stated the Buffalo Soldiers would give a demonstration. However, this was uncertain at press time because of a recent death of one of the group's members, according to Cheryl Catalano, lead interpreter of the ranch.
       Picnics are welcome for people bringing their own food. There also will be vendors on site.
       The 230-acre ranch, is located in the Garden of the Gods. Access is off Gateway Road, just west of 30th Street.
       Upcoming at Rock Ledge:
       July 14, at 7 p.m. - a free outdoor concert by area singer/songwriter Chuck Pyle.
       For more information, call 578-6777.

Westside Pioneer/press release