July 4th at George Ranch Historical Park

On Thursday, July 4th, George Ranch Historical Park presents Games of Our Forefathers, a special Independence Day Celebration with various activities throughout the day that are sure to be great fun for the whole family.

Guests are invited to explore vintage games in every era, participate in the bicycle parade and grab a hot dog at the historic lunch. Ongoing games throughout the Park include Hoops and Sticks, Croquet and Badminton while sack races and a pea spitting contest will be held every hour, on the hour.

At 10:45 a.m., a vintage wheel parade featuring historic bicycles, will start by the George Yard. Anyone who would like to participate on foot can join the group just past the Dry Creek Bridge at the large oak tree on the right side. The ride will end in the Davis House Yard where a reading of the Declaration of Independence will commence at 11:30am.

The July 4th Hot Dog Feast will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the George Yard. Learn about the history of the All-American hot dog and all of its yummy variations. Cost for the meal is $13.50 for adults ages 13 and older; $10 for children ages 5-12 and $4 for children 4 and under.

At 1:30 p.m., the Park will host its 1st annual cobbler eating contest at the George House.  Contestants young and old are invited and will be separated by age group. Cost to enter the contest is 25 cents per person. This is a contest of speed, not quantity. The first person to clear their plate is the winner!

For more information, call (281) 343-0218 or e-mail info@georgeranch.org  for details.

A.P. and Mamie George left behind an invaluable legacy that is still alive today at George Ranch Historical Park, a living history partnership of Fort Bend County Museum and The George Foundation.

Cowboy Interpreters line up for a photo at an early Rail Car Round-up demonstration in 2004.

Roping lessons are one of the many hands-on activities that have been offered at George Ranch Historical Park for 25 years.

Children participate in hands-on activities during Texian Market Days, an annual festival of living history that will celebrate its 30th consecutive year on October 26, 2013.

Park Interpreter J.R. Thomas introduces a family to a hog at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm. The cabin and all of the out-buildings at this site were reconstructed in a historically accurate manner in the early 1990s.

Park Interpreter “Uncle Bob” Berringer welcomes guests of all ages to the 1890s Sharecropper Farm.

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