Potato Day Festival September 15, 2012
The Friends of the Greeley Museums present the 26th annual Potato Day, at Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A St. The whole family will enjoy a full day of living history demonstrations, toe-tapping musical entertainment, tasty food and kids’ activities on Saturday, September 15 from 10 am – 4 pm.
Sink your teeth into a baked potato with your choice of delicious toppings, included with admission. If that doesn’t fill your stomach, wander over to Red Dogs and Donuts or snack on root beer floats, watermelon or popcorn. Better yet, take home some sweet treats in the “Dance for Desserts” competition.
Visitors can also explore the many living history activities during the day: blacksmithing, printing, Lone Valley School, tortilla making, adobe brick making, Native American games, cattle branding, chuck wagon cooking and hatchet throwing. Kids will love the historical games and activities at the Kids’ Korner Potato Patch, or a chance to pet the resident animals.
Enjoy the entertainment of the Rodarte dancers, swing dancers and the live music of several different bands and artists under the gazebo. Wave at the Potato King and Queen as they parade the grounds, or hop on the stagecoach for a leisurely trip around the Village.
For the military history buff, mingle with the buffalo soldiers and catch their twice daily show, or visit WWII encampment vehicles and reenactors which preview our exhibit coming in 2013 “Fight! Work! Save! 1940s Homefront.”
Support the Friends of the Greeley Museums and buy a newly released history book or bid on a silent auction item. Shoppers in Selma’s Store will enjoy a 25% discount on specially marked merchandise during the day. Throw hatchets for $1, get a photo with Horace Greeley for $5, or visit the other living history activities for free.
Admission is $6 for ages 12 and over; $4 for children 3-11; children under 2 are free. Credit cards will not be accepted for admission fees.
As a special incentive, NEW members joining the Friends of the Greeley Museums will get free admission to Potato Day. The first 25 new members will also receive a “goody bag” filled with museum fun and merchandise and a free souvenir photo with Horace Greeley. Other benefits include free admission to museum sites for one year, 10% discount in Selma’s store and invitations to private events.
Proceeds from Potato Day are used by the Friends for special programming and projects in support of the City of Greeley Museums. For more information on Potato Day or the Friends of the Greeley Museums, call 970-350-9220.