Territory Days: What’s happening


The Eli Young Band, a nationally charted country-rock band, is scheduled to perform in Bancroft Park from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 24 as a featured act in this year's Territory Days.
Courtesy of Lynda Dunne
WHAT: 34th annual Territory Days.

       WHERE: Old Colorado City. West Colorado Avenue will be closed from 23rd Street to 27th Street.

       WHEN: Saturday, May 23; Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25.

       TIMES: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m Monday.

       COST: Free, except for fees at optional participatory activities.

       SPECIAL EVENTS: Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship of Christian Cowboys Church Service, featuring musician Barry Ward, in Bancroft Park.

       (Continuous; some with fees)
       Remote-control car races, in the 2300 block of Colorado Avenue. Fee.
       Laser tag, inside tent on 25th Street (north of the avenue). Fee.
       Mechanical Bull in the 2300 block. Fee.
       Gold Panning on 26th Street (south of the avenue). Free.
       Territorial Jail on 24th Street (north of Colorado). Fee for “bail.”
       Kids' rides and climbing wall, in the 2600 block. Must buy tickets.
       Pony rides, in the 2300 block. Fee.
       Train rides for kids, starting at 24th and Colorado. Free.
       Beer Garden, in Colbrunn Court (north of the avenue). Price of drinks.
       Margarita Cantina, in the Old Town Plaza (25th & Colorado). Price of drinks.

This painting by Kirby Sattler, titled "Silent Sky," will appear on the 2009 Territory Days T-shirts.
Courtesy of Nancy Stovall

       SHOPPING: More than 200 street vendors, offering a range of products, including clothes, art, toys, furniture and hand-crafted items. Most Old Colorado City shops will also be open.

       LIVE MUSIC IN Bancroft Park BANDSHELL:
       12:30-1:30 p.m., Flying W Wranglers (country).
       2-4 p.m., Trent Tomlinson (country rock).
       3-4:30 p.m., Sistah (rhythm & blues).
       4:45-5:45 p.m., Aria Tari (rock, pop).
       6-7 p.m., Nigel Bird Trio (alternate rock).
       1-3 p.m., Jerry Brown & the CW Wranglers (Western).
       4-5 p.m., Eli Young Band (country rock).
       6-7 p.m., Two New Shoes.
       10-11 a.m., Mas Tequila (rock).
       11:15-12:15 p.m., 6035 (classic).
       12:30-1:30 p.m., Nocturnal Tomatoes (rock).
       1:45-2:45 p.m., Time Machine.
       3-4:30 p.m., Dave Tamkin (acoustic rock).
       4:45-5:45 p.m., Jake Loggins Band (rock, blues).

       (varying times, all three days)
       Brule (American Indian style), 27th Street and Colorado.
       Darren Skanson (classical guitar), south side of 2500 block.
       Bill Stevens Band (old-time), on stage inside Margarita Cantina.

       Sunday, 11 a.m., Side Kickers Gold Rush Show (dancers) in Bancroft Park.
       Noon, Fast Draw competition (qualifying rounds) in Bancroft Park.
       3 p.m., Fast Draw Finals in Bancroft Park.
       Varying times, all three days:
       Gold Canyon Gun Fighters (reenactors) in Bancroft Park.
       Hawkquest (birds of prey) in 2600 block.
       Blacksmiths from Rock Ledge Ranch in Bancroft Park.
       Actors from Red Herring Productions dressed in Old West apparel, putting on historical vignettes and interacting with the crowd.
       Gunfighters of the Resurrection (reenactors) on the street.
       Historic Garvin cabin in Bancroft Park, open to visitors.

       FOOD/DRINK: Wide varieties, from turkey legs to honey-roasted almonds, from chicken on a stick to funnelcakes. Various types of cold beverages, with alcohol sold and allowed only in the Beer Garden and Margarita Cantina. Home-baked goods will be sold at the Old Colorado City Historical Society tent near the cabin in Bancroft Park. Most Old Colorado City restaurants/ taverns will also be open for business,

       PARKING/SHUTTLE: Parking near Territory Days is limited. Visitors are encouraged to park at Coronado High School and take the free shuttle. See article on this page.

       SOUVENIRS: Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) booth at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue will sell festival T-shirts, caps, mugs and posters.
       HISTORY: Since 1975, the Old Colorado City Associates merchants group, a descendant of the El Paso Claim Club and West Colorado Springs Commercial Club, has hosted a festival in commemoration of Colorado City having been the first Territorial Capitol in 1862.

       DOGS: Not allowed, even on leashes.

       Note: Times and activities are subject to change.

From a press release