Limon’s 20th Heritage Festival offers two distinct gifts for visitors
August 1, 2011
First, a wonderful family day of pioneer experiences on Saturday, August 6! Limon’s popular Heritage Festival featuring a variety of events honoring the 20th year of the Museum’s founding will transform the downtown Depot, Museum Complex and Railroad Park into an earlier time with lost arts demonstrators, many in period clothing.
Second, August 6 is the last opportunity to see the spectacular Smithsonian Institution exhibit, “Between Fences,” currently on view in the Museum Exhibit Building. The extraordinary “Between Fences” offers a unique 20th birthday gift from volunteers of the Limon Museum. The Museum and surrounding community were chosen by Colorado Humanities to host “Between Fences” as part of a Museum on Main Street (MOMS) project – a national/state partnership bringing exhibitions to rural cultural organizations. The exhibit has proven to be an outstanding success since it opened in June. Through a selection of artifacts, photographs and illustrations, “Between Fences” explores the implications of fences in Colonial America, around gated communities, in farming and ranching, at our borders with Canada and Mexico, surprising viewers with its exploration of the multiple meanings behind this everyday icon. For anyone interested in farming and ranching it is a great opportunity to view a fine Smithsonian exhibit before it leaves – as well as the many highly praised displays in the Limon Museum.
The increasingly enlarged Limon Heritage Festival features both old and new favorite events and participants in its 20th year. Come early at 9: 15 a.m. and catch the bus from the Pioneer Schoolhouse to Pershing Cemetery – or gather at the cemetery gazebo for the sixth historic cemetery tour honoring the Garnhart, Fleming and Raines families, bringing to life their stories as told by costumed descendants.
The bus returns at 10 a.m., and the Festival opens with events for all to enjoy from the famous Homemade Pie Sale on the 1914 Rail Dining Car ($2.50 a slice while it lasts) to a colorful Quilt Show in nearby Town Hall and Farmer’s Market on the Park lawn. Kids will enjoy small train rides, face painting by Crackers the Clown, a baby buffalo from Prairie Ridge Buffalo Ranch and a petting corral from the Limon FFA.
More than 30 demonstrators will offer hands-on participation of heritage arts and crafts including bobbin lace, knitting, spinning, genealogy, carriage wheel and loom rugs. The Sons of Norway will provide displays, demonstrations of skills and treats from hardanger lace to lefse-making and musical performances. There is an admission charge.
Jim Fulmer and friends from Simla, Colo., will showcase many antique tractors and hit-or-miss engines. Museum tours and special guides will be provided all day for the “Between Fences,” 1910 Rock Island Depot and the extensive Houtz Native American Collection. At 11:30 a patriotic musical, “Destination America” – starring summer Music Camp students will be presented at the Music Tent. At noon a delicious Barbecue lunch will be available ($6 adults, $4 kids).
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From all the volunteers who plan the Festival, a big welcome to spend an adventurous day at heritage events and the “Between Fences” show.
Though “Between Fences” leaves August 6, the Museum is open Mon.-Sat., 1-8 p.m. free until September 5.
For more info on the Festival or to plan a group tour please call (719) 775-8605.