Photos: Rifle Heritage Day |

Photos: Rifle Heritage Day

Photos and story by Ryan Hoffman |

While attendance was not as great as hoped for, the inaugural Rifle Heritage Day this past Saturday was a success, organizers said.

“We were hoping for some more people,” said Cecil Waldron, Rifle Heritage Center board president. However, Waldron noted that this was the first year for the event, and the ominous weather conditions Saturday may have convinced some people to stay indoors.

Those who did attend the event said they enjoyed the heritage-themed activities, which included a wood splitting competition and watermelon eating contest, among others.

“I’m having fun,” said Rifle resident Mike Nispel.

Will Huffman, another Rifle resident, said he is always looking for things to do in town and decided to check out Heritage Day. After completing the bucksaw challenge, which timed participants as they sawed through a log with an old-fashioned bucksaw, Huffman also said he was having fun. As for the bucksaw challenge, Huffman said he did not think it was going to be a “piece of cake.”

“It was about what I expected,” he said.

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