Saturday, October 26, 2013

8th Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival

Few animals evoke Colorado’s rugged and unforgiving mountains like the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Yet the vertical terrain that keeps sheep safe from predators also limits opportunities for Coloradans to view and appreciate Colorado’s state animal.

A happy exception for wildlife watchers is Georgetown, where the Town of Georgetown, the Georgetown Trust and Gateway Visitor Center, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) are finalizing preparations for the 8th Annual Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival. The festival is timed to coincide with the sheep’s head-banging mating season. This year’s event will take place on November 9.

“Georgetown is one of the few places in Colorado you are almost guaranteed to see bighorn sheep, particularly during breeding season in November and December,” says Mary McCormac, Education Coordinator for the northeast region at CPW. While weather forecasts could discourage potential festival participation, McCormac cautions, “Weather in Georgetown can be beautiful when Denver forecasters predict snow. We strongly encourage folks to call Georgetown directly before heading out if they are concerned about weather conditions.” Please call the Georgetown Gateway Visitor Center for current weather conditions: 303-569-2405.

Trained CPW volunteers armed with binoculars and spotting scopes will be on hand to help viewers locate the sheep, as well as offer a cup of hot cider or cocoa and a brief lesson on these majestic mammals at the Bighorn Sheep Viewing Station and Gateway Visitor Center. A horse and buggy ride for $5/person includes free admission to all Georgetown museums. As a special opportunity this year, the Georgetown Loop Railroad has added two special runs of their historic train tours, which will include CPW Volunteer Sheep Guides who will provide programming on tours. Train departs at 11:30am and 1:30pm and tickets range from $18.95 - $33.95/ person. Friends and families will enjoy the FREE educational presentations and numerous activities provided throughout the day.

The festival will take place on Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a presentation at 11:00am: Bighorn Sheep of Georgetown, and at 2:00pm: Living in Moose Country

For more information please contact Mary McCormac at 303-291-7328 or


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