30th annual Territory Days this weekend
Old Colorado City readying for crowd of 100,000 or more
With sunny skies in the offing, the 30th annual Territory Days is expected to attract a crowd of well over 100,000 people for the three-day street festival in Old
Colorado City Saturday through Monday, May 27-29.
Early Saturday, Colorado Avenue will be shut off between 23rd and 27th streets, as will the side streets of 24th, 25th and 26th streets (one block north and south of the avenue) and Colbrunn Court.
Featuring a range of entertainment, activities and more than 200 booths selling food, drink and products, the event is one of the biggest every year in the Pikes Peak region. Territory Days itself grew last year, adding the 2300 block to the original 24th-to-27th-Street footprint.
Admission is free, but fees are charged for some of the activities.
Organized by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, Territory Days will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and continue through 7 p.m. The hours will be the same Sunday; on Monday, they will be 10 to 6.
Live bands will be performing continuously all three days at the bandshell in Bancroft Park, climaxed by Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. (See schedule, Page 15). Between band sets, the Gold Canyon Gun Fighters will put on shows in the park.
New this year will be the Gaming Parlor, where people can learn to play poker and “Doc Holliday” will be one of the teachers.
This activity is part of a renewed emphasis on the historic themes that led to the event's creation, according to Lynda Dunne, event organizer. Other additions for the 30th annual will be a Victorian dance group Saturday, Western-costumed actors mingling with the crowds and an old-fashioned Memorial Day ceremony, including readings from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address.
A returning tradition will be the Howell-Seven Falls Indian Dancers at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue. The group had been relocated to the 2300 block last year, but based on feedback from the dance group and event attendees, the teepee for Howell-Seven Falls will be back at the old location in the central part of the festival, Dunne said.
Children's rides will again be scheduled in the 2600 block. Additional rides will be in the 2300 block (a carousel) and a train going into the 2400 block.
For alcoholic drinks, people can go to Margarita Cantina in the 25th Street Plaza, where guitarist Jerry Brown will be playing; and at the Beer Garden on Colbrunn Court.
Street musicians will also be playing at various locations along the four blocks of the festival.
Other attractions include the Colorado Mounted Rangers' Territorial Jail, Gold Prospectors of Colorado gold-panning, a raptor demonstration by Hawkquest, Rock Ledge Ranch blacksmiths in Bancroft Park and mechanical bull rides.
The volunteer Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) will have a bake sale during Territory Days in the historic log cabin in Bancroft Park, with sale proceeds going to the Old Colorado City History Center.
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