Territory Days to spark up Old Town May 24-26

       Territory Days, annually one of the biggest events in the Pikes Peak region, will transform Old Colorado City into a combination of Wild West, outdoor concert, carnival and market bazaar for three days Saturday through Monday, May 24-26. Since about 1955, Westside artist Mr. Eugene, now 80, has
enjoyed creating images of fashionably dressed ladies –
such as the one above, adorned in a dance-hall style from
the Old West and drawn exclusively for the Westside
Pioneer’s 2008 Territory Days edition. As for the title of this
painting, it’s the same as all the others he’s produced in this
genre over the years: “One of the Girls.” Click to see STORY and PHOTO. 
Courtesy of Mr. Eugene
       Weather dependent (the event traditionally goes on, even in rain), the daytime street festival usually attracts well over 100,000 people to enjoy music, historic entertainment, diverse shopping opportunities and various interactive activities.
       Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th streets will be closed for the occasion.
       Organized by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, Territory Days will begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, the hours will be 10 to 6.
       Admission is free, but fees are charged for some of the activities. No pets are allowed.
       Parking is limited, and extra police will be on the lookout for violations, particularly in the nearby neighborhoods. Visitors are encouraged to park in the Coronado High School lot (1590 W. Fillmore St.) and ride a free shuttle bus in. A change this year will be a drop-off that's closer to the event - at 27th Street and Colorado Avenue.
       The event is based on early Colorado City having been the territorial capital of Colorado for part of 1862. In keeping with that historical/Western theme, several attractions will once again be offered, including the Fast Draw competition, Gaming Parlor, Territorial Jail, gunfighting reenactors, Indian dancers, Rock Ledge Ranch blacksmiths, gold-panning and street actors in period costume .
       The headline musical act this year in the Bancroft Park bandshell will be pop star Ryan Cabrera. Scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Monday, his group will be among 13 bands that will be playing in Bancroft through most of the event.
       Most Old Colorado City stores, restaurants and taverns will be open, but there will also be more than 200 vendors, artisans and food-sellers in the street.
       Contemporary dance companies will perform regularly by the event's Margarita Cantina at 25th and Colorado.
       Children's activities/ rides will again be offered in the 2300, 2400 and 2600 blocks.
       In a special activity this year, Westside artist Mr. Eugene, who created the front-page drawing exclusively for this edition of the Westside Pioneer, will be at a table near the Bancroft cabin to sign copies of the issue from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25, with donations going to the Old Colorado City Historical Society. And, for the same cause, the artist will auction off the original of the work, he said.

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