The clash of ram’s horns will reverberate through the canyon as Georgetown celebrates the annual Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival honoring Colorado’s state mammal on the second Saturday in November. The celebration is scheduled during the peak of bighorn sheep breeding season when displays of dominance are at their peak.
Nestled next to I-70 and a corridor claiming the largest herd of bighorn sheep in the state, Georgetown is set to celebrate this treasured animal and help visitors learn about the habits and nature of these home-grown, high-altitude rock climbers.
“During the breeding season, November and December, bighorn sheep display some of their most interesting behaviors,” said Mary McCormac, Education Coordinator for the northeast region at Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “From clashing horns to lip curls, the sheep put on a good show for wildlife watchers and Georgetown provides the ideal location to see the sheep in action!”
Trained CPW volunteers will be on hand at the bighorn sheep viewing station 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. Friends and families can enjoy the FREE educational programs and numerous activities provided throughout the day.
-Wildlife viewing stations with volunteers to teach you how to find and view bighorn sheep in their natural habitat
-Free face painting in the park
-Children can take part in the Bighorn Sheep Scavenger Hunt for a chance to learn about the bighorn sheep “Rock Stars of the Rockies” and wind prizes
-Make sheep horns of your own to take home or get your face painted like a sheep
– showcase all in the noon parade led by Elbert the Bighorn
-Learn about bighorn behavior while dancing the bighorn sheep hokey pokey with Elbert the Bighorn
-Sit by the fire, listen to live music, and visit partner organization booths in the park
-Visit local museums, shops and restaurants
-Shop for wildlife-related art, gifts, crafts, and other merchandise in downtown Georgetown
-Enjoy mountain views and learn about Georgetown’s history and bighorn sheep on a Georgetown Loop Railroad tour. CPW volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.
All in the gorgeous historic mountain setting of the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District!
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2017 Schedule of Events: TBA
Georgetown is located just less than an hour west of Denver on I-70. Programs and activities take place in several venues throughout town, but most are on 6th Street.
WHAT: Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival: A Saturday of free family-friendly and wildlife fun.
WHERE: Town of Georgetown: One hour west of Denver on I-70.
WHEN: Second Saturday in November, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.