Bancroft fair back July 26

       Charlie Irwin will sponsor his second craft fair this summer in Bancroft Park Saturday, July 26.
       With about 30 booths, the event will again feature some Old Colorado City merchants among local crafters and other businesses, according to Irwin, who also owns the Attic curio shop in Old Town.
       Like the first one in June, the fair will be open during most of the time the nearby Farmers Market (on 24th Street next to the park) is operating. The hours will be about 8 a.m. till 3 p.m.
       The initial fair drew about 700 browsers, and all vendors “stayed busy till the Farmers Market broke up [around 1 p.m.],” he said.
       Although the Farmers' Market is the main draw, Irwin added that two people last time who had not gone to the market “tracked me down to thank me for bringing the fair back to the park.”.
       Privately run craft fairs had been a fairly regular summer Saturday thing in Bancroft from about 2003 to 2005, at which point the city decided to limit them to the fourth Saturday of the month to limit competition with Old Colorado City stores. Irwin is using that time slot for his events, which are intended to attract more shoppers to Old Colorado City, he said. His final summer fair is planned in August.

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