A day on the ranch

Crystel Sandos “Annie” of Park County Regulators with Daniela and Aitana Jimenez from Silverthorne. (Photo by Marianne Mogon/The Flume)

Park County Creative Alliance’s History Inspiring Art at Buffalo Peaks Ranch was a fun filled day for around a dozen participants. Due to COVID restrictions, the number of attendees was limited.

Kids and their parents were treated to a day of learning what life was like in the early days of ranching in South Park and then they were allowed to unleash their own creative talents.

Three members of Park County Regulators were on hand to educate and entertain with stories of life when Buffalo Peaks Ranch was in its heyday. Participants were taught about cowboys, horses, weapons, cattle ranching, and Maureen and Gary Shoe from Canon City brought a variety of musical instruments to introduce to the children and their parents.

The afternoon was filled with the kids working on a variety of their own artistic creations.

Daniela and Aitana Jimenez, along with their parents Tomas and Virginia joined the fun from Silverthorne where they have lived for about year, moving there from Madrid, Spain. Another family moved to the Fairplay area from Denmark, and there were others from Colorado Springs and Canon City as well.

Buffalo Peaks Ranch provided a wonderful and fitting backdrop for this event ,and the reenactors from Park County Regulators blended in to help participants get a feel for the excitement of the ranch after its establishment in 1860.  

Rocky Mountain Land Library was great in allowing PCCA access to the ranch for this event. Randall McKinnon, a well-known musician, along with Gail Smith provided music during the lunch break, and Linda Balough gave a talk about Buffalo Peaks Ranch and the founders of the ranch, Adolph and Marie Guiraud.

“Wonderful family outing,” said one of the participants. The children were happy to show off their own creations after getting helpful hints from the artists of Park County Creative Alliance who mingled around the budding artists.

“It was hard to tell who had bigger smiles, the PCCA artists and volunteers, or the kids and parents,” said Balough, one of the event organizers.

“I can’t thank the folks at the Rocky Mountain Land Library enough for letting us use the Buffalo Peaks Ranch for the day’s event and the South Park National Heritage Area for the generous funding to make this happen,” Balough added. “The Park County Regulators made the history of ranching come alive, too. What a great experience for us all.”

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