LIMON - Mark your calendars for Saturday, Aug. 3 and plan to attend the Limon Heritage Festival.
Taking over the charming railroad park complex and nearby Town Hall with a warm welcome are dozens of volunteers many dressed in historic costumes as they bring to life the challenges and joys of life in an earlier time.
This year's event will be highlighted by a stunning display "I-70: A Turning Point" on view in the Museum Exhibit Building. This exhibit has created a great deal of interest from visitors for the dramatic way it traces the changes in Limon's Hub City following 1975 completion of Interstate 70.
There is something for all ages to enjoy in the annual Heritage Festival that has gained high praise from visitors from around the world. For 2013 there are a number of new events as well as old favorites including a 9:15 am bus tour leaving the Depot for the ninth annual cemetery tour that spotlights pioneer families with reenactments of their pioneer lives.
The bus returns to the Information and Welcome Tent in time to enjoy more than 30 demonstrators of Lost Arts and historic crafts including carriage wheel and rug weaving, chair caning, felting, tatting, spinning, genealogy. The Sons of Norway will provide food and exhibits along with a wonderful music program featuring a talented young vocalist, Cassidy Thompson.
A large antique Tractor and Engine show will be showcased from 10:30 am to 3 pm by Jim Fulmer and Simla friends on the Museum Machinery Walkway. Children will enjoy a fun-fill day of barrel train rides, seeing old time machines, face painting, a one-room school house and schoolmarm, nifty saddles in the Western Boxcar, and an FFA petting corral.
Many visitors claim that the award-winning homemade Pie Sale on the 1914 Rail Dining Car hosted by the Limon Red Hat Society and the Great Limon Quilt Show of heirloom, contemporary and artistic quilts in Town Hall (closing at 4 p.m.) are the highlights of the day. A Farmer's Market gives visitors a chance to take home locally grown tasty fruit and vegetables.
A delicious noon barbecue will be available near the Chuck Wagon and Museum tours will be offered all day with special guides available for the extensive Houtz Native American Display. The Doug Morrison N Scale Model of the Limon Rail Yards in the 1940s will also be operating to the delight of rail fans of all ages.
Bring the family and spend an adventurous day at all the Heritage events. There is no admission charge and a warm welcome awaits you. If you can't attend the Heritage Festival the Limon Heritage Museum is open free, Monday-Saturday from 1 to 8 pm through Sept. 2. If you would like more information, visit us on Facebook or visit our website at limonmuseum.com or call 719-760-2579 or 719-775-2220.