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Oct 6, 2012 6:06 PM by Patrick "Juice" Godfrey

Harvest Festival at Rockledge Ranch

Chilly weather didn't dampen the spirits of those at the harvest festival on Rockledge Ranch. The ranch is a living history museum located next to Garden of the Gods park.

The harvest festival is one of the biggest events each year at the ranch. Organizers tell us that today's weather did have an impact on attendance, with about 200 fewer visitors, but they still saw about 1,500 people. Visitors were treated to a look back in time at what life was like in the 1870's. There were demonstrations of rope making and blacksmithing, along with wagon rides and a barn dance. There was even a pumpkin patch to pick out a jack-o-lantern for Halloween.

Bri Gipson with the ranch says, "This is a unique place. There are not very many live history museums left around the United States. To keep this operational, takes a lot of effort and it takes a lot of volunteers."

The ranch hosts educational opportunities for local schools and home school programs this time of year. Gipson tells us that the ranch depends on people coming out to events like this one to showcase the value of the ranch. The more people come to the ranch and tell others about the experience, it builds a stronger cause to keep the ranch open for generations to come.

If you would like to learn more about the Rockledge Ranch historic site, or see a list of upcoming events, click here.

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