Can’t keep ‘em down on the farm?

Oaklee Burnhan, 4, holds the lead to a foal at the 4-H petting zoo at the Spring Day at the Farm at Cross Orchards Historic Site.

Families got a taste of agriculture and old-fashioned living Saturday at Spring Day on the Farm at the Cross Orchards Historic Site.

The Museum of Western Colorado’s branch at 3073 F Road sponsored demonstrations of farming, blacksmithing, wood-stove cooking, knitting and spinning, gold panning, woodworking and beekeeping. There were plenty of farm animals to pet or peer at, too, as well as an outdoor model train display.

Lee Gagne, who has volunteered as a blacksmith at Cross Orchards since 1997, spent Saturday morning and afternoon forging a knife. Steel knick knacks, candle holders and other knives he had made on previous days lined the windowsills surrounding the blacksmith station.

“I try to promote blacksmithing, answer questions and keep the tradition alive,” Gagne said.

Standing beside her spinning wheel Saturday morning, Angel Drayer said she also wants to teach children about the traditions of the past.

She heard numerous parents explain to their children how much time it takes to spin yarn and how long it used to take to make clothes that way.

“They’re almost what would be considered a lost art,” Drayer said of Saturday’s demonstration activities. “It’s not something you can go to Hobby Lobby and do. You have to seek it out.”

Grand Junction moms Cathy Bonan-Hamada and Mollie Lamar brought their children to Cross Orchards on Saturday to take advantage of the sunny spring weather and take a step into the past.

“It’s such a beautiful day and I thought it would be a good way to let the kids experience the way it used to be,” Bonan-Hamada said.

For those who want to experience many of the same activities that took place this weekend, Cross Orchards will sponsor Heritage Day from 9 a.m. to 
3 p.m. June 8.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3.50 for children and $15 for families.


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