A weekend event so fun, it deserves a preview: The Sixth Annual Higher Ground Fair. 

The fair is a celebration of “all things traditional and innovative in the Rocky Mountain region.” Of course, there’s live music, but there are exhibits, demonstrations, and activities that celebrate rural living this Saturday and Sunday at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site. 

Children 12 and under are free. Tickets at the gate are $10, purchased online for $8. Elders are $8 at the gate, online for $6.

The fair’s mission is to showcase sustainable living. The demonstrations are hands-on and homesteading-themed and are full of practical information for visitors. Higher Ground wants to highlight how all aspects of life, from music to food, everyday life, animals, and even medicine, can be a part of a grassroots effort to promote sustainable living in the Rocky Mountain region.  

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Agricultural how-to demonstrations, homesteading displays, and local food booths are hosted by Feeding Laramie Valley. Domesticated and wild animals will be there to learn from: raptor and reptile introductions, a two-day llama and alpaca performance and fleece show, goat visits! and demonstrations, horse care… so much is packed into this weekend’s fair. 

On Sunday, there’s an opportunity to participate in a real-time dog-led search and rescue tracking experience. 

The music isn’t just for listening, either. Rex Peoples, a many-awards-winning Colorado vocalist will be sharing an interactive presentation of the history of blues.

Want to see if you’re the next American Idol contestant? Vocal coach, musician, vocalist, and composer Amy Biondo is offering a workshop on how to use your singing voice, whether you’re a seasoned singer or a newbie looking for guidance.

For history and culture, The Black American West Museum reenactors will introduce visitors to African Americans who contributed greatly to the development of the West. 

Visit the Higher Ground Fair website here for a full schedule of events and more information.

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