Overland Trail Museum Heritage Festival has new location, same fun activities – South Platte Sentinel

Heritage Festival at Pioneer Park Schedule

(All times are approximate)

  • 10:00 a.m. – Church in the Park hosted by Sterling Foursquare and First Baptist (entertainment stage)
  • 11 a.m. – Opening ceremony with flag raising, national anthem and Zach Pomeroy as Abraham Lincoln reading the Gettysburg Address (softball fields)
  • 11:20 am – Performance Boots In Motion (entertainment stage)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Lunch served by the Sterling Lions Club and the Merino Volunteer Fire Department
  • Noon – Vintage Baseball Association vs. High Plains Hitters (softball fields)
  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Atomic Drifters (show stage)
  • All Day (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – Black Smith Sam, Leather Crafts, Mike’s Train Company, Flatlanders Car Club, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Parts & Labor Root Bear
The Atomric Drifters will be at the Overland Trail Museum Heritage Festival at Pioneer Park on Sunday, July 3 for a live performance.

The Overland Trail Museum’s annual Heritage Festival is moving to Pioneer Park this year, but you can still count on the same fun activities, plus some new ones.

As part of the four-day Heritage on the Plains event, the Sunday, July 3 festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with Church in the Park hosted by Sterling Foursquare Church and First Baptist Church at the Grand Pavilion. Immediately after the church at around 11:00 a.m. there will be an opening ceremony with a raising of the flag and the national anthem on the softball fields.

“We’re really excited about our opening ceremony because our very own Zach Pomeroy has been working on his portrayal of Abe Lincoln and he’s going to be reciting the Gettysburg Address which will be a really great way to kick off our part of the event. “said museum curator Kay Rich.

Immediately after the opening ceremony, there will be a performance by the dance group Boots in Motion in the main pavilion.

The highlight of the day will be when the Star Base-Ball Club of Colorado Territory of the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association takes on the High Plains Hitters, a group of people from the Sterling community who enjoy playing baseball. The first pitch of the 1860s-style baseball game is scheduled for noon.

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from First FarmBank, there is no charge to attend the baseball game. In fact, all of the day’s activities are free, but you’ll need to bring cash if you plan to take advantage of lunch served at the Sterling Lions Club and Merino Volunteer Fire Department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Afternoon activities will include live musical entertainment by the Atomic Drifters, a rockabilly, country rock and 50s rock band, from 2-4 p.m. at the Grand Pavilion. The band are popular in Sterling, having played July Jamz and past Heritage Festivals.

“People love them and they’re going to be a lot of fun,” Rich said.

Mike's Train Company will be offering rides for children and adults at the Overland Trail Museum Heritage Festival in Pioneer Park.  (Courtesy picture)
Mike’s Train Company will be offering rides for children and adults at the Overland Trail Museum Heritage Festival in Pioneer Park. (Courtesy picture)

In addition to live music, Mike’s Train Company, sponsored by a donation from Wal-Mart, will offer afternoon rides throughout the park for children and adults on their late-century model steam train. 1800s. Additionally, the Colorado Flatlanders Car Club will be there, previewing their 30th annual Rod Run, taking place July 8-10 at Pioneer Park.

Other activities will include Blacksmith Sam, who will be demonstrating throughout the day in his mobile blacksmith trailer, carnival games and face painting, “a big part of the activities we have when we have the Festival of heritage here at the museum,” Rich said.

All activities run until 4 p.m.

If you are planning to attend the festival, be aware that the main roads inside the park will be closed and you will not be able to drive into the park due to the train running and people walking around the park . Rich said available parking areas will be clearly marked.

The Heritage Festival is sponsored by the City of Sterling, Logan County Commissioners, Logan County Tax Commission, First FarmBank and Wal-Mart.

Rounding out the four-day celebration, the annual 4th of July fireworks display will be presented by the City of Sterling and Mega Music on Monday starting at 5 p.m. in the Home Depot parking lot. Musical entertainment will be provided by ZZ Top tribute band El Loco Fandango. There will also be an appearance by Wild Bill, a free bouncy house, horse and wagon rides, giveaways and fireworks starting at dusk in Pioneer Park.

If you can’t watch the fireworks on Monday, the North Sterling Boat Club will kick off its fireworks show Saturday night at North Sterling State Park.

“I think it’s going to be a great weekend. We’re thrilled, it’s been pretty fun to partner with other bands to do this and I think it gives us a great opportunity to show off what this community has to offer. People can enjoy downtown, the beautiful Logan County Courthouse Square on Friday nights and Saturdays (for July Jamz and the Art of BBQ Cook-Off), then Pioneer Park is a top notch park , it’s so beautiful and even though it’s really hot on a July day, there’s tons of shade, so I think it’s a great opportunity to show off our community,” Rich said.

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