Sure, Boise isn't as removed from the toils of the farm life as, say, Manhattan. But for folks in Idaho's capital city—save for our backyard gardens and upstart heirloom tomato plants—it's easy to forget our state's ranchland pedigree.
But Boise might not be the bustling regional metropolis it has grown into without the help of farmers. To bring Idaho's agricultural roots to life, the Idaho State Historical Museum is hosting another iteration of its regular Hands-On History event, offering visitors the chance to experience the state's past with fun, interactive activities.
Giddy-Up: Ranching in Idaho takes place Saturday, June 1, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Idaho State Historical Museum in Julia Davis Park, where families are invited to try their hands at cowpoke living. Kids are invited to create, apply and care for their own snazzy cowboy mustache, and create their own bandana to ward off flies and the sun. Visitors can design their own cattle brands, take up a lasso and learn to wrangle a fake cow before learning proper milking techniques on a separate mock-up. After all that work, they'll need a little chocolate milk to cool off—we're assuming it's not the product of the milking mock-up.
Activities are designed for children ages 4 to 12, according to organizers, but Idahoans of all ages are welcome to join in.
Giddy-up is free with the cost of museum admission: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors age 60 and older, $3 for students with ID and children ages 6-12, and free for children age 6 and younger.