Turner Farm and Apple Orchard, located at 829 West Main, will be the site of one of the 4th of July Celebrations in Buena Vista this year. Turner Farm has an idyllic setting with two acres of lawns and fruit trees featuring a rustic cabin from the 1890’s and the classic farm house and log barn from around 1910.

Gates will open at 6:30 PM with a limit of 150 people per county restrictions. Donations will be taken at the gate. All moneys collected will help Buena Vista Heritage keep their three sites, the Court House, the Depot and the Turner Farm, operating as their indoor funs raising events have been canceled.

People are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and chairs. There will be plenty of room for social distancing and please bring your mask. Neither dogs nor alcoholic beverages will be allowed.

Musical entertainment will be provided by popular local guitarist Gene Farrar. Between musical sets there will be historical presentations depicting Cockeyed Liz , the Madame of the Palace of Joy; Alsina Deerhammer, the pioneer women who named Buena Vista; and a history talk about trains in Buena Vista by a local railroad engineer. All music and historical presentations will be age appropriate for families.

This will be the first July 4 Celebration at Turner Farm since the descendants of the pioneer family were still in residence If this event is successful there may be more music events at Turner Farm through out the summer. Kathi Perry who spearheaded “Music and Memories” says,….”This event is not only a fundraiser for Buena Vista Heritage but a town gathering for us to heal and move on.”

The entertainment will end at 8 PM in order for people to have plenty of time to take in the fireworks at the Rodeo Grounds.

Buena Vista Heritage would like to ensure they reach our entire community and that means including those who cannot physically join us at the event location.  There will be a live broadcasting of the event from their Facebook page (Buena Vista
Heritage) during the event. Options for donating online will be available.

Also this summer for the first time ,Turner Farm will be open to the public for tours of the buildings. Tours are limited to 10 people and will be offered Fridays and Saturdays from 11- 4 with the last tour starting at 3:30 PM. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 18. To book a tour visit buenavistaheritage.org.. Walk ins will be accommodated subject to availability.

For further information please visit www.buenavistaheritage.org or email buenavistaheritage@msn.com.

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