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Posted on: July 5, 2018

Rockpile Museum Homestead Heritage Festival

Homestead Heritage Festival

Don't miss out on the 2018 Homestead Heritage Festival at the Rockpile Museum in Gillette, Wyoming on July 21, 2018!  The Festival celebrates northeast Wyoming's essential homesteading roots with a wide variety of performances, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for all ages.  This free indoor/outdoor community event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will take you back in time to experience the rural life of early Campbell County homesteaders.

10:00 AM - The morning will kick off with an exciting performance by the Big Horn Basque Club dancers. Their members include adults and children who share the unique Basque heritage and cultural dance.

11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM - Demonstrations of a 1953 J.J. Case threshing machine will illustrate the agricultural heritage of northeast Wyoming’s homesteaders. Short demonstrations of the threshing machine will be given at the listed times in addition to the antique equipment being on display all day long.

12:00 PM - Enjoy a free concert by the Low Water String Band from Lander, Wyoming! This exciting bluegrass band is currently a nominee for Vocal Group of the Year in the 2018 Wyoming Country Music Awards. Band members include:
Jared Scott - Banjo and Vocals;
Anne Scott - Bass, Guitar, and Vocals;
Joe Lefevre - Mandolin, Fiddle, and Vocals;
Stuart Cerovksi - Guitar and Vocals
Home Fire Foods will be offering an old-fashioned lunch near the concert area, so relax with some good food and enjoy the original compositions of this Wyoming band!

In addition to these scheduled performances, a wide variety of demonstrations by skilled traditional artists and hands-on activity stations will be open between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  

Festival activities will take place in and around the Museum buildings, and in the field between the Museum and Fire Station #1. Some of the ongoing demonstrations  include blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, soap-making, Dutch oven cooking, and wagon camp life. Horse-drawn wagon rides will give visitors the opportunity to experience a mode of travel that was common in rural areas long after the first automobile was invented.  

Adults and children alike will be able to try hands-on skills such as carding wool, felting, candle-dipping, leathercraft, grinding wheat, doll-making, and other activities of days gone by.

Admission to the Homestead Heritage Festival and participation in Festival events is open to the public FREE of charge.  An old-fashioned lunch will also be available on-site for purchase.

PARKING - Look for signs indicating Festival parking on the south side of Second Street as well as off of First Street below the Rockpile.  The Museum's parking lot will only be used as a drop-off area along with several handicapped parking spaces.  Watch for signs!

Please be aware that the Fire Department’s parking lot is not to be used for Festival parking.  Keeping their parking lot clear for emergency vehicles is a priority.  An exception is that the Fire Department will allow use of several handicapped parking spots, marked with temporary signage, at the southwest corner of their lot.  For non-handicapped attendees, we appreciate the your cooperation in using designated parking areas marked “Festival Parking.”

Please join us for this exciting Festival which is made possible through the support of several local sponsors and many volunteers!  For more information about the 2018 Homestead Heritage Festival, please call the Rockpile Museum at 307-682-5723.

This event is presented in association with "The Way We Worked," an exhibition created by the National Archives which is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

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