Volunteers at Pioneer Town are getting ready for a cool, fun filled community summer break this month.
Surface Creek Valley's annual community Ice Cream Social will be held at the Stolte Shed on Saturday, July 29.
New this year will be a self-serve ice cream sundae bar. Guests to the event will have the chance to experience the meaning of this year's event theme -- "Pig Out Fun*Day Sundae," as they build their own personal favorite ice cream creations at the self-serve sundae bar.
There will also be homemade delicacies -- cakes and pies -- donated by the many members, volunteers, and friends of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society and Pioneer Town.
As an added treat, admission to tours of the Pioneer Town museum complex will be one-half price for the day.
Lots of activities are planned including a pie eating contest at 1 p.m., and games for kids and families at the Stolte Shed and over at the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway Welcome Center, too. Activities being planned are croquet, buckets and ball toss, bean bag toss, hula hoops, checkers/tic tac toe, new-pioneer fishin' hole, pick-up sticks, hop Scotch, dominos, Jenga, and guess the number of cookies in the jar.
Eric Cooper, the highly popular card shark who performed at Night on the Town, will be in the Stolte Shed entertaining guests.
Things get started at 11 a.m. on July 29 and will continue until 3 p.m., giving everyone a chance to schedule their visit to this popular community event around whatever other activities the day may bring. A visit before an outing to the Grand Mesa along the Scenic Byway would be the perfect beginning of a day trip to take advantage of the area's recreational activities, enjoy its scenic beauty, and enhance appreciation of the local historical Old West heritage. Or, the Ice Cream Social would make an ideal dessert stop after lunch for a refreshing diversion from the summer heat.
The event is one of Pioneer Town's community service and fundraising activities held throughout the year that help support the mission of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society. Pioneer Town is located at 388 S. Grand Mesa Drive, just off Highway 65 in Cedaredge.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.