|Save the dates! The second annual Wet Mountain Western Pilgrimage will be held Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 14-17.
The four-day event will again feature tours of local ranches and other attractions, special meals, screenings of a Hollywood film shot here and other activities.
New this year will be the Thursday kick-off, a Western Hoedown. The event will be held on Sept. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at All Aboard Westcliffe. Admission is free for the whole family.
There will be music and stories by nationally acclaimed performers Ron Thomason and Heidi Clare and R.L. Hayden, “The Western Troubadour.” Teddy Roosevelt, aka Don Moon, will be on hand, and on the authentic chuckwagon menu will be fried Rocky Mountain Oysters from Sangres Best, beef and brats from Elevation Meat Market, assorted desserts, cowboy coffee, and free hotdogs for kids 12 and under. Also, the Chamber of Commerce will sell beer, wine and other beverages.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, participants will be able to purchase one-day or weekend wristbands at All Aboard Westcliffe, and then travel to one or more host locations. Among the venues that will offer special tours and other activities will be:
--Silver Cliff Museum, where the Valley’s rich mining history is on display
--Beckwith Ranch, where folks can learn about the Valley’s ranching legacy
--Bear Basin Ranch where sites and artifacts related to the Ute Indians will be on display
--Music Meadows Ranch, a sprawling working ranch that provides ranching and recreational opportunities
--The Hillside Hall, the former Hillside Grange which was recently restored and is now available for public events
--Dark Skies and the Smokey Jack Observatory where folks will be able to see incredible sky and star views
--Westcliffe Meats, the Amish-owned USDA processing facility which makes farm-to-table a reality here
--The Jones Theater which will be screening the film “Comes A Horseman” shot here in Custer County starring Jason Robards and Jane Fonda
--Custer County Cattlewomen will serve a traditional ranch meal on Saturday at All Aboard Westcliffe
Tickets for the event are $40 for adults for the entire weekend or $20 for one day. Tickets for kids ages 7 to 17 are $20 for the weekend or $10 for one day.
The tickets and more information is available at the website: www.wetmountainwesternpilgrimage.com