Ranching Celebration & Film Screening - April 25 & 26
Celebrate the Ranching Way of Life and Frontier Spirit with a weekend of events in downtown Saguache. Saturday April 25 catch a screening of the film Hanna Ranch featuring Colorado cattleman and “eco-cowboy” Kirk Hanna. Then join ScSEED on Sunday April 26th for the 15th annual Celebration of Ranching and Frontier Spirit at the Saguache Community Building. This year’s celebration features poetry, music and stories about Western heritage, plus dinner and a silent auction.
Hanna Ranch is a feature documentary about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into a life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse. Featured in the book Fast Food Nation and dubbed the “eco-cowboy,” he was an early adopter of Holistic Resource Management practices, sat on numerous environmental boards and was president of the Colorado Cattleman’s Association. The film screening will take place April 25 at 6pm at the Ute Theatre in Saguache, $5 suggested donation.
Sunday April 26, the 15th Annual Ranching Celebration will kick off at 4pm and include family-friendly activities, dinner and a showcase of talented community performers. Renowned “Cowgirl-Poet” Peggy Godfrey will emcee the lineup of musicians, story-tellers and presenters who will highlight western culture, history, and life. The silent auction will feature western art and antiques plus gift-certificates from local farmers, ranch stores, and adventure activities. $10 suggested donation includes a traditional chuck-wagon dinner. Proceeds will benefit ScSEED and the Northern San Luis Valley Conservation Roundtable. Please contact ScSEED (719)966-7060 if you are interested in sponsoring this event or donating an item to the silent auction. Many thanks to our event sponsors: Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas, Orient Land Trust, Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, Monte Vista Co-Op, Valley Food Co-Op, First Southwest Bank, Aventa Credit Union, Chokurei Ranch and all of our silent auction donors.
Saguache County Sustainable Environment & Economic Development (ScSEED) is a community non-profit with a mission to promote local businesses and protect the environment, rural lifestyle and character of Saguache County. The Northern San Luis Valley Conservation Roundtable (NSLVCR) is a forum of diverse stakeholders collaborating to conserve natural resources and local agriculture. Proceed from the film screening and Ranching Celebration will help ScSEED continue to support the NSLVCR and bring environmental education and resources to Saguache County. Learn more at www.scseed.org.