Frontier Days planned
Published: Thursday, June 19th, 2014
A lot is happening in Buffalo Gap these days. That may not have always been the case, but thanks to a couple of local nonprofit organizations — Windcross Conservancy and the Buffalo Gap Area Community Center — things are changing. The organizations are co-hosting a fundraising event, Buffalo Gap Frontier Days, to continue the beautification and revitalization of Buffalo Gap.
Frontier Days will take place Friday, June 20, through Sunday, June 22. A number of activities are planned for kids and adults alike. Lucia Roda, president of Windcross Conservancy, said they want the event to be a “family fun event. We want parents to know their kids will have fun and be safe. And we wanted to provide something for the big kids, too.”
The activities and events lineup includes something for everyone. A bluegrass concert on Friday night by the Beaver Creek band will kick everything off, followed by a square dance. A stick-horse rodeo (the kids participating will create their own stick-horses) and a 5k/2k Fun Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, as well as a wine-tasting sponsored by Woolly’s Western Grill of Hot Springs “for the big kids” from noon to 4 p.m. in the garden of the historic schoolhouse building, which is where Windcross now makes its home.
A barn dance and beer garden are planned for Saturday night. In addition, there will be a weekend-long quilt show and a barbecue cook off on Sunday, followed by a rousing game of bingo. “Bring your daubers!” Roda said. Horses from Windcross will also be featured around town throughout the weekend.
The community center plans to use money raised to continue its Buffalo Gap restoration efforts. The center is considered an historic building and, in addition to numerous grants, it has recently received to “ensure the building continues to stand.” Funds raised during Frontier Days will assist in continued building restoration efforts. Parts of Buffalo Gap are considered an “historic district,” so monies will also be funneled into the restoration of the town, as well.
Roda said they hope to use some of the money raised to work on the old schoolhouse and rodeo grounds. She’d love to see the rodeo grounds up and running and available to the public.
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