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Old-fashioned family fun at CALF May Day Festival

Submitted by Brooke S. Fox, president/CEOof Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Lowell Ranch on Plum Creek with the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) on Saturday, May 7. This year, CALF continues its tradition of launching the season of planting and renewal with its annual May Day Festival.

From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., families will be treated to a day at the ranch with activities ranging from carriage rides and hayrides to petting farm animals and chuck wagon cooking, educational demonstrations, agricultural booths and exhibits. While the hayrides and carriage rides are available for a nominal fee (which helps support CALF’s mission of connecting people to agriculture), admission to May Day is free.

Families can preview CALF’s growing garden complex including the: Where food comes from school garden; the hoop house; a kids gourd garden, and CALF’s new production garden which will grow produce to be sold to the community and local restaurants and caterers. CALF will sell seed starts from its own hoop house.

May Day will also feature activities and exhibits provided by CSU extension office (which oversees the 4-H program), Future Farmers of America (FFA), Douglas County Division of Open Space and Natural Resources, Douglas County and Colorado Farm Bureau, Douglas County Garden Club, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Colorado Egg Producers, and others. Concessions will be provided by Flying Horse Catering.

CALF operates the 133-acre Lowell Ranch on Plum Creek with the mission of connecting people to agriculture through authentic educational programs, community projects, and special events for youth and adults. CALF aims to build a better understanding of the importance of agriculture in everyday life. For more information on CALF and its programs, call 303-688-1026 or visit



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