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CO: Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Fest Nov. 12, 2011

GEORGETOWN, Colo. — The clash of ram’s horns will reverberate
through the canyon as Georgetown celebrates the sixth annual
Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival honoring Colorado’s state mammal
on Nov. 12. The celebration is scheduled during the peak of bighorn
sheep breeding season when displays of dominance are at their

Nestled next to I-70 and a corridor claiming the largest herd of
bighorn sheep in the state, Georgetown is set to celebrate this
treasured animal and help visitors learn about the habits and
nature of these home-grown, high-altitude rock climbers.

“During the breeding season, November and December, bighorn
sheep display some of their most interesting behaviors,” said Mary
McCormac, Education Coordinator for the northeast region at
Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “From clashing horns to lip curls, the
sheep put on a good show for wildlife watchers and Georgetown
provides the ideal location to see the sheep in action!”

Trained CPW volunteers will be on hand at the bighorn sheep
viewing station to help viewers locate the sheep, as well as offer
a cup of hot cider or cocoa and a brief lesson on these majestic
mammals. Friends and families can enjoy the FREE educational
programs and numerous activities provided throughout the day.


-Climb like a bighorn sheep on the climbing wall provided by the
Colorado Army National Guard

-Make sheep horns of your own to take home or get your face
painted like a sheep – showcase all in the noon parade led by
Elbert the Bighorn

-Learn about bighorn behavior while dancing the bighorn sheep
hokey pokey with Elbert the Bighorn

-Sit by the fire, listen to live music, and visit partner
organization booths in the park

-Try Tommyknocker’s own bighorn sheep brew, Butt Head Bock
Lager, or snack on festival fare in the park

-Shop for wildlife-related art, gifts, crafts, and other
merchandise in downtown Georgetown

-Enjoy mountain views and learn about Georgetown’s history and
bighorn sheep on a Georgetown Loop Railroad tour


-11 a.m.: Catching Poachers: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at
Protecting Colorado’s Wildlife

-1:30 p.m.: Bighorn Sheep of Georgetown

-2:30 p.m.: Winter Bird Feeding

Festival Activities Guide:

See the final schedule of events at

or pick up a schedule on-site at the Gateway Visitor Center or the
Georgetown Community Center. All of these events are free.

Georgetown is located just less than an hour west of Denver on
I-70. Programs and activities take place in several venues
throughout town, but most are on 6th Street.

WHAT: Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival: A Saturday of free
family-friendly and wildlife fun.

WHERE: Town of Georgetown: One hour west of Denver on I-70.

WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CONTACT: Mary McCormac, NE Region Education Coordinator,
303-291-7328 or


For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:


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