Farming and ranching as it existed in the early settlement days of the small town of Fruita, now a national park headquarters area, will be exhibited for the second consecutive year with "Harvest Homecoming Events."
Festivities will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 and will coincide with the opening of the Fruita apple harvest, said George Davidson, park historian and coordinator. Some 3,000 fruit trees are maintained in the park as part of its historic preservation. The public is allowed to pick the fruit each year as harvest time occurs for the varied species.On this year's Harvest Days agenda will be such events as Dutch oven cooking, leather braiding, whittling, horseshoeing, branding, calf roping, sheep shearing, beekeeping, quilting, rug making, ham smoking, sorghum making, draft horse demonstrations and blacksmithing.
All events will be free to the public and will be non-commercial, Davidson said.
Southern Piute Indians will share their history and culture with visitors. Their ancestors hunted in the Capitol Reef National Park area for nearly five centuries before the white man came to the area.
A display of vintage automobiles and tours of historic Fruita are also planned.
Lectures titled "Pectol-Hickman Seminars in American Culture" will be held in the evening.
Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman were Wayne County residents who are credited with helping Capitol Reef achieve national monument status in 1937 before it became a national park.
Davidson said the lectures will also include narrations about the Southern Piute and Ute tribes in Utah.