About 200 folks dressed in western attire celebrated the 12 annual Four Mile Historic Park Fling event to support the 12-acre park’s education programs and outreach. A brief thunderstorm and showers kicked up the dust at the old ranch but that old west spirit was not daunted.

A special one-hour VIP Reception included an open bar, behind-the-scenes tour of preservation work on the Four Mile House Museum while the silent auction showcased local businesses, artists, non-profits and various other organizations.

Long-time supporter Jim Howard placed the winning bid to take home a beautiful hand-made quilt as part of the silent auction items. A ring toss helped guests win a fine bottle of wine for their accuracy, while the menu by Relish Catering featured a mix of shish kabob skewers, cow pie cakes and other delicacies.

Emcee and FMHP Chairman Larry Harte kept the crowd engaged throughout the evening. Supporter and history buff Bob Lowdermilk served as the events unofficial sheriff (or was it marshall?) for the night with brief tales of Denver area pioneer history and a wealth of information and facts and figures.

All funds are used for historic preservation maintenance on the Four Mile House Museum. Originally stagecoach stop, tavern and later a farm, the park provides the community with interactive experiences year-round including educational programming for about 16,000 school children each year.

FMHP Chair Larry Harte took the microphone to thank all guests and to announce that Development & Marketing Director MacKenzie Pacifico has been chosen to be the next FMHP Executive Director, following up on Brett Haydin who resigned in the spring to pursue personal goals.

For more information on rentals, birthday parties and upcoming visit call the Park at 720-865-0800 or visit www.fourmilepark.org