The much-anticipated opening of Pioneer Town is Saturday, May 26. As in the past, opening day is known as Heritage Day, with special events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cowboys -- some carrying guns and others guitars -- will be roaming the historical village. Watch the blacksmith and wood carvers at work. There will be antique carriages, quilting demonstrations and a petting zoo. Take a peek into your own past with a genealogist.
The VFW Post 9221 and Auxiliary will have its famous all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., and the Rotary Club will offer a barbecue lunch.
Kids are invited to join Cedaredge Library staff for a pony parade. Arrive at 10 a.m. sharp to paint and then decorate a pony. Line up for the parade at 11:15 a.m. and ride through Pioneer Town. The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. Ponies are limited, and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Or, you can bring a painted pony from previous years. Call Cedaredge Library at 399-7674 for more information.
Pioneer Town is a completely local, volunteer enterprise of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society. The complex covers nearly five acres and is readily identified by three distinctive wooden silos standing next to the Welcome Center. The silos are the last remaining structures of the Bar-I Ranch, established in the early 1880s as a cattle ranch.
Pioneer Town is open seasonally, from Memorial Day weekend through the first weekend of October. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. An admission fee is charged, but will be waived on Heritage Day for members of the Surface Creek Historical Society. Its many members are dedicated to the preservation of the area heritage.