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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Jarvie Ranch Winter Fest

Jarvie's Ranch hosts it's annual Winter Fest the first Saturday in December. Stop by the historic ranch to participate in leather crafts, wagon rides, candle dipping, bird feeding, rope making, wool spinning and other frontier activities.

The festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm.

The historic ranch is located on the Green River in Browns Park, on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir in NE Utah. It served as an important outlaw hideout and ranching community. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid took refuge there on occasion.

Jarvie's Ranch offers a museum and some original ranch buildings, with relics from frontier life. Many kinds of wildlife are seen in the area.

While you are out that way, consider viewing the Christmas nativity scenes display at the Western Heritage Museum in Vernal (Address: 328 E. 200 So.) Museum patrons graciously loan nativity scenes and the display includes a wide variety from various cultures.

Also consider stopping by the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum, also in Vernal. The museum recently moved thousands of fossils and other specimens from on old storage building into a new curation building. There the specimens will be more accessible for study and for exhibit.

The Vernal Express has this article about the move. Below are excerpts.

Researchers doing fossil preparation in the paleontology lab will be visible to the public giving visitors a real time scientific experience.

Literally thousands of fossil bones, roughly 30,000 specimens, made the trek down the main street without incident.

The interior of the storage facility is lined with re-enforced shelving and compact track shelving with capacity to store more fossils than currently curated by the museum.

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