5th Annual Georgetown Bighorn 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 people to view and appreciate Colorado’s state animal.

A happy exception for wildlife watchers is Georgetown, where the Colorado Division of Wildlife is finalizing preparations for the 5th Annual Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival.  Sponsored by CDOW, Historic Georgetown, Inc. with financial support from Great Outdoors Colorado and the Colorado lottery, the festival is timed to coincide with the sheep’s head-clashing mating season. This year’s event will take place Saturday, November 13th.

“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,” said Mary McCormac, Education Coordinator for the northeast region at the CDOW.  “Every year we’ve been fortunate to introduce the public to the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep from our Wildlife Viewing Area in Georgetown.  The sheep usually put on a good show and an educational, fascinating, and fun time is had by all!”

Trained CDOW volunteers will be on hand at the Viewing Area and the Georgetown Visitor Center to help viewers locate the sheep, as well as offer up a cup of hot cocoa and a brief on these majestic mammals. Friends and families can enjoy the kid’s crafts and educational programming at the Visitor Center before visiting the many shops the town has to offer. Visitors might also enjoy finishing the fall day with tea and cakes at the St. James Tea Room in the Georgetown Mercantile.

WHAT: Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival: A full day of family-friendly and free wildlife fun.

WHERE: Town of Georgetown: One hour west of Denver on I-70.

WHEN: Saturday, November 13, 2009, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:
http://wildlife.state.co.us

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