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Aug 24, 2013 12:20 AM by Olivia Deas

Flying W. Ranch reopens for one night

The Chuck Wagon Dinners and the Flying W Wranglers have been iconic fixtures at the Flying W Ranch in southern Colorado fixture for over 60 years now.

But after the Waldo Canyon Fire happened and burned the ranch, the dinners had to be put on hold for a while. "I've been doing this my entire life, so I have missed this a lot. I think a lot of people have missed it." says the owner, Leanne Wolfe.

Everything except for two buildings were burned in the fire. But tonight, for one night only, the property came alive again with the sights and sounds of the old west.  And among the burned trees and ash, visitors ate and listened to music. The event even sold out in two days. And for the owner, it signifies the hope that the ranch will one day come back to its former glory.

"Having done this for my whole life, I want it for my children. I want them to see the old west live on, and this is one of the few places where the old west has lived on."
The Flying W Ranch will eventually rebuild, but for now the owners say they are focusing on fire mitigation.

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