Museum Seeks Sponsors for Heritage Fest


Museum seeks individuals and businesses to keep Heritage Fest rolling. 

Telluride, Colorado (April 18, 2012) –Staff at the Telluride Historical Museum are busy planning for Heritage Fest, June 9-10, while also seeking community support.

Since inception, in 2009, Heritage Fest has been wildly successful, with thousands of families and children of all ages converging on Colorado Ave for free fun including live animals, gold panning and blacksmithing demonstrations, pie eating contests, carriage rides, Ute entertainment and historical reenactments.

According to museum Executive Director, Erica Kinias, there are new opportunities for businesses and individuals to get involved in this year’s celebration.

Like previous years, the main attraction will be the Colorado Avenue and Elks Park activities, including Ute hoop dancing and drumming, mining interactives, old fashioned contests and performances by Telluride Theatre.

The second day of Heritage Fest is an opportunity to visit the Schmid Ranch, a Centennial Farm on Wilson Mesa, about ten miles West of Telluride. The ranch has been in operation since the family homestead in 1882. The Schmid family collaborates with Heritage Fest to share their unique property with the community while showcasing a way of life that honors the land.

In the past, Heritage Fest sponsors included the Sheridan Arts Foundation and the Telluride Visitor’s Bureau. This year the museum is hosting the event without substantial outside financial support. The museum seeks to compensate for the gap left in their wake through in-kind donations, by trimming costs and also offering nine sponsorship levels that vary from a $1500 Ute Chief sponsorship to a $25 Ski Bum sponsorship.

Sponsorships help cover marketing, Ute performances, theatrical reenactments and logistical support. The museum’s goal is $3000. To date sponsors include Telluride Alpine Lodging, The Sweet Life, New Sheridan Hotel and individual donations from Sue & Chuck Cobb and Claybrook Penn. Horror Festival Director, Ted Wilson, has also emerged as a volunteer consultant.

Businesses also have an opportunity to join the festival as vendors on Colorado Ave., June 9. Those interested in sponsorships, volunteering or participating as a vendor should contact Beth Roberts at 970-728-3344×2.