Rock Ledge Ranch season: June 4-Sept. 1

       The Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is hosting its regular summer season this year from June 4 until Labor Day, Sept. 1.
       During that span, the city-owned, 230-acre, 1880s-styled ranch at 30th Street and Gateway Road will be open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including access to the American Indian Area, historic houses and blacksmith shop.
       Admission is $8 for adults, with some discounts for others. Memberships in Rock Ledge's volunteer Living History Association (LHA) can be beneficial to families wanting to visit the ranch at other times.
       Special events for the summer season will include the June 4 opening day with the traditional sheep-shearing, the Family Fourth celebration of Independence Day July 4 and the annual vintage baseball game on Labor Day (Sept. 1)
       Also scheduled - with separate pricing - are the Fiddles, Vittles & Vino bluegrass festival July 27 and Shakespeare in the Park (live theater in a tent set up at the ranch) Tuesdays to Saturdays Sept. 1-24.
       In other Rock Ledge news, Patches, the resident cow is “retiring.” At 20 years old (120 in cow years), the popular animal will be relocating to a ranch near Rush, Colo., according to the ranch's Annunciator newsletter. A new cow will be brought in, the Annunciator adds.
       For more ranch information, call 578-6777.

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