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Frontier Day touts area's agriculture heritage

Post Date:03/23/2018

Fort Concho celebrates San Angelo’s diverse agricultural heritage with a wide assortment of exhibits, demonstrations and children’s activities at its annual Frontier Day on Saturday, April 21.  

Billed as a fun-filled morning for families at America’s best preserved frontier fort, the 2018 edition of Frontier Day will be from 7:30 a.m. until noon at Fort Concho, 630 S. Oakes St. Admission is free to the fort’s second-largest annual event.

San Angelo’s Lions Clubs will host a pancake breakfast with sausage and beverages at the event from 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person.

Among Frontier Day’s many exhibits and activities are:

  • Houses dedicated to cattle, wool and mohair, Mexican-American heritage and pioneer families.
  • Demonstrations on sheep shearing, sheepdogs and 1880s baseball.
  • Medicinal, edible and useful plant exhibits.
  • Frontier crafts and games.
  • Living history demonstrations, including Chief Broken Eagle and Buffalo Soldiers.
  • Live entertainment, including trick roper Doug Whitaker.
  • A knife-maker.
  • Historic exhibits.

“Agriculture is from whence this area came,” Fort Concho Manager Bob Bluthardt said. “And if you eat or wear clothes, you, too, are engaged in agriculture. Frontier Day offers a glimpse at the Concho Valley’s role in a core Texas industry. The morning will be brimming with gobs of engrossing things to see and do. And you can’t beat the price. Save for the pancake breakfast, it won’t cost a nickel!”

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