Bee Family Centennial Farm open for the season, hosting summer and fall events

Step into the history of Northern Colorado agriculture at the The Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum. The farm and museum, now open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and located at 4320 E. County Rd. 58 in Fort Collins, offers a fun-filled glimpse of Larimer County’s agricultural history and includes hands-on children’s activities and farm animals.

Immerse yourself in simpler times and explore how settlers lived 100 years ago. The farm, located on 10 acres of the family’s homestead site southeast of Wellington, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the Bee family’s agricultural heritage. Artifacts, photographs, letters and farm information from the family’s collection are exhibited in eight of the farm’s historic buildings. The history of irrigation, the sugar beet industry and lamb feeding all come to life at the farm. This is an experience for the whole family as you stroll the grounds and discover farm life past and present.

Upcoming 2013 special events at the farm include:

• June 22, Pioneer Living Day
Come see what life was like over 100 years ago. Special presentations include spinning and quilting, food demonstrations, a blacksmith, miniature hay stacking equipment, a beet farmer’s wife, working the farm with horses and goat herding.

There will be a photo booth with the farm’s baby animals, trolley rides around the farm and children’s activities. Bring a picnic lunch. There will be ice cream and lemonade for sale.

• September 21, Vintage Base Ball Game
Plan ahead for another fun day at the farm! A team from the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association will play a local team from Wellington. Late 1800’s rules and uniforms are used. Come join the fun, bring a picnic lunch, learn about early farm history on the farm tour and children’s activities. The Northern Colorado Model A Club will have their antique cars on display. Concessions will be sold, bring a lawn chair and enjoy the game. Game time is 1 p.m., other activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum is open May through October and by appointment for groups of 10 or more. Entrance fees are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 60+, $3 for children 3-12 and free for children under 3.

Please visit beefamilyfarm.org or call 970-482-9168 for more information and directions.

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