Sheep wagons have arrived and for the next three days, downtown Craig will be immersed in the rich heritage of the sheep industry.
Ridgeview Elementary School students and community members took advantage of the first ever Sheep Wagon Days on Wednesday in Alice Pleasant Park.
According to event coordinator Mary Morris, the event has seen a large turnout and 250 kids will visit the exhibits in the next two days. Preschool students and a Brownie troop will also partake in the festivities, along with any and all community members wanting to explore the historic legacy of the sheep wagon and sheep-related activities in the region.
Students became involved after teachers saw a brochure for the Sheep Wagon Days and thought it was a perfect opportunity for a learning experience.
"The kids are really into this. It is a good way to teach them about their legacy," said Maureen Zehner, second-grade teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School. "The wool industry is very important to our region."
Three sheep wagons, including Sureva Towler's specially restored wagon, are on display daily along with demonstrations on corn husk doll making and drop spinning by Mary Carrera, hand quilting by Debbie Rutherford, wool spinning by Erma Culverwell and people are asked to drop by and work on the community sheep wagon quilt with Sharon Lausin. Towler is also on hand each day to talk about sheep wagons. The days also feature special exhibits on display at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, a peta and baklava Greek cooking class, children's pioneer handiwork by 4-H member Betsy Dunn and a sculpture class in bronze taught by world champion sculpture Don Beeler.
As downtown undergoes this transformation, organizers of Sheep Wagon Days are pleased with the community support and how the event is running.
"It is really nice seeing something happening downtown," said Morris. "The most exciting part for me is to see all the learning that takes place."
Sheep Wagon Days is a joint project of Colorado Northwestern Community College and the Museum of Northwest Colorado. The Days hope to show the influences of the sheep wagon culture in the community.