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2014-10-16

Ranch Heritage Day - free family fun

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Pictured: Chuck wagon cook and farrier Kelly Scott demonstrated campfire cooking techniques and more at a previous Ranch Heritage Day.

Everybody's urged to "get their western on" and mosey on out to the Hill Country State Natural Area from 11 am to 4 pm, Saturday, Oct. 18, for Bandera County's annual Ranch Heritage Day.
Participants should "dress western and be prepared to step back in time" for lots of free family fun designed for kids and adults.
Old West activities include a ride in a horse-drawn covered wagon, a visit with a chuck wagon cook, or watching exciting ranch rodeo events. World Champion Trick Roper Kevin Fitzpatrick will dazzle the crowd with his roping skills. Craftsmen - and women - will spin yarn from local wool, operate an antique field fence-making machine, shoe a horse and demonstrate the use of a hot branding iron.
This will also be a chance to listen to stories and songs from the past and meet the young ranchers and cowboys of the future. Kids will enjoy a goat scramble in the arena and the life-size rocking horses.
At 4 pm, those with their own horses can participate in a guided trail ride along the beautiful trails of the Hill Country State Natural Area.
Food and drink concession benefiting the park's friends group, HC-SNAP, will serve food and drinks.
The Hill Country State Natural Area is located at 10600 Bandera Creek Road, 10 miles south of Bandera, off FM 1077.
For more information, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/hill-country/park_events, email the event coordinator at Leanne.Beauxbeannes@tpwd.texas.gov or call 830-796-4413.