Once known as Gospel Grass, but now called Pickin’ on the Divide, the family celebration at Church at Woodmoor Saturday and Sunday June 28 and 29 went off without a hitch ... well, with the possible exception of the one connected to the usual oxen there. The Church property filled 22 acres at 18125 Furrow Road in Monument, with fun and excitement once again.
Rollie and Paula Johnson, of course, had their Herritage Oxen at the event from 10 a.m. to noon. The Oxen are fromThree Eagles Ranch, just over the Douglas County line near Monument. The ranch is one of the few western ranches that raise American Milking Devon Oxen.
Various bands played all through the day on Saturday and Sunday and the event’s admission was free. The featured bands were: The Prowell Family, The Hikles, Full Quiver, Blessed Hope, One More River, Old Time Colorado Varmitz, 2nd Time Around, Bill Three Feathers Bunting, Troublesome Gulch, Wirewood Station, Donna S-Scheer, Amber Waves, Bule Moon Bluegrass, No. 9 Coal, Crow Hill, and Jim Young. Music started at 10 a.m. both days and the Barn Dance on Saturday night.
Also included, free pony rides, a classic car and motorcycle show, local artists and food vendors, bounce house, face painting, and the HawkQuest Hawks. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Van was also there on Saturday.
Sunday events included a pancake breakfast, a disc golf tournament, and hymn sing.
The bands choose a cause every year and this year are work withing One Nation Walking Together to take several semis-trailers of food and other items to the Pine Ridge Reservation, the last week in July.