Festival at Jarvie Ranch turns clock back 100 years


Moffat County residents will have a chance to step back in time more than 100 years Saturday at the Jarvie Ranch Family Fest.

Located in Browns Park, the event is held at the historic John Jarvie Ranch and offers a taste of what life was like at the turn of the century.

Karen Bloom of the Bureau of Land Management said the event offers a chance for families to get out and enjoy the outdoors and Old West entertainment.

This is the eighth year the Vernal Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management has hosted the event.

Bloom said Mountain Men are scheduled to attend the fest and there will be blacksmithing, rope making, leather crafts, and weaving.

"We try to feature activities of the past," Bloom said.

There also will be tours of the ranch and rides in a horse-drawn wagon and music throughout the day.

There will be presentations on native edible plants and children's activities all day.

There will be a lunch hosted by the Browns Park Homemakers Club that costs $5. But that is for those who don't bring their own lunches and the only charge for activities at the event.

"We encourage people to bring their picnic baskets, sit in the grass and enjoy the day," Bloom said.

From Craig, the Jarvie Ranch is a straight shot west on U.S. Highway 40. At the Colorado and Utah state boarders, the road turns to a well-maintained dirt road. The ranch is approximately 15 miles from the Colorado and Utah border. It's 100 miles one way from Craig.

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