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Grand Canyon National Park North Rim celebrates 2015 Western Arts Day

Grand Canyon North Rim. Loretta Yerian/WGCN

Grand Canyon North Rim. Loretta Yerian/WGCN

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim will be celebrating the 2015 Western Arts Day on July 11 on the North Rim.

Western Arts Day celebrates the unique culture that defines Grand Canyon, northern Arizona, and southern Utah.

The celebration starts at noon at the Grand Canyon Lodge and activities will take place at the auditorium and the grassy square east of the lodge. Afternoon presentations include western arts and crafts such as saddle making, flint knapping, Dutch oven cooking, old-time banjo and fiddle music and history, quilt making, and a mountain man encampment. The Utah Old Time Fiddlers from Salt Lake City will perform on the Grand Canyon Lodge veranda between 5 and 7 p.m.

The event concludes at 8 p.m. with a special evening program featuring cowboy poet Maureen Bussma from St. George, Utah and cowboy musicians Bruce Andre from Sonoita, Arizona, Bill Vernieu from Flagstaff, Kenny Hall from Cannonville, Utah and Parker Bowman Smith from Prescott.

More information about the programs, times and locations is available from the North Rim Visitor Center.

Regularly scheduled ranger programs will take place in various locations throughout the North Rim area.

Support for this event is provided by donations received through the Grand Canyon Association and Forever Resorts.

Advance overnight lodging reservations for North Rim facilities can be made by contacting Forever Resorts, at (877) 386-4383 or (480) 998-1981.

Advance reservations for the North Rim Campground can be made online at http://www.recreation.gov.

or (877) 444-6777.

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