New sparks in Old Town
OCCA hopes to attract shoppers after Fourth

       July 4 is taken, but Old Colorado City is laying claim to July 5 this year.
       In what's being called “Celebrate the Magic of Old Colorado City,” the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group will sprinkle Old Town with artists, musicians and other entertainers, inside stores and out, Saturday, July 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.
       The idea, said OCCA board member Kathy Bousquet, is that “the Fourth will be over, and people in town will be wondering what to do. It will be Saturday, a good opportunity for people to have something to look forward to and make it a three-day holiday starting Friday.”
       Acts along the avenue between 24th and 27th streets will include vignette actors, a juggler, a mime, artists at work, a magician and musicians of different genres - either strolling from place to place or setting up in specific locations. A city fire truck, probably at Bancroft Park, will give rides around the block to children.
       “It's kind of eclectic, but that's what Old Colorado City is about anyway,” said Bousquet, an OCCA board member and one of the chief planners for the event. “We're hoping the merchants will be excited about this and have their own giveways and sales to build interest for their stores.”
       Karen Earley, the OCCA's marketing director, said there will be “entertainment at every corner.” She herself will be “like a patrol officer,” helping move entertainers to places where it might be needed, including inside stores. “It will be fun and off the wall,” she predicted.
       It's not known if the OCCA will want to make July 5 an every-year affair - a chicken barbecue being planned for Labor Day in Bancroft Park seems to be drawing greater interest as a new annual event - but “it is something we're considering,” Bousquet said.

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