Hold on to your hats! It’s Territory Days
Annual street festival in Old Colorado City May 29-31

       In the evening hours of Friday, May 28, Old Colorado City will begin undergoing a transformation.
        Everybody’s heading for Territory Days in Old Colorado City for the Memorial Day weekend. 
The annual street festival typically attracts well over 100,000 people for its three-day run. 
The drawing is by Westside artist Bruce Lindsey. For a story about the artist and more of his “doodles,” see Page 5. By 5 a.m. Saturday, West Colorado Avenue between 24th and 27th streets (as well as 25th Street from Pikes Peak Avenue to Cucharras Street and 26th from Cucharras to the parking lot), will be closed, and all the people in trailers, trucks and RVs who drove into town the night before will begin setting up booths and displays.
       This frenzy of activity will lead up to the 10 a.m. Saturday start of the 28th annual Territory Days street festival. Goings-ons will continue until 7 p.m., then resume on Sunday, again from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
        As is traditional for the event, visitors will be treated to a wide variety of entertainment, including kids' rides; bands in the Bancroft Park bandshell; street musicians, dancers and gunfighters; gold panning; a mechanical bull; a birds of prey booth; a “territorial jail”; a climbing wall; and a beer garden.
       Local merchants' retail shops will be open - some with music, sidewalk sales or other activities. In addition, the streets will be filled with about 200 booths selling a wide spectrum of items, foods and beverages.
        The official painting for the event is “Own the Eagle,” by Kirby Sattler. T-shirts and posters with the image are available at the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) booth at 25th Street and West Colorado. OCCA, a consortium of Old Colorado City merchants, sponsors Territory Days.
       The featured band will be Phat Daddy and the Horn Doctors, which is scheduled to go on stage in the Bancroft Park bandshell at 2 p.m. Monday.
       Round-trip bus rides will be provided all three days from the parking lot at Coronado High School.

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