Sock Hop going ‘all out’ in second year

       The second annual Sock Hop Saturday night, Aug. 20 in Bancroft Park will treat participants to 1950s-era music and styles, plus a sampling of classic cars.

Michael Garman's "Good Times" statue will be the grand prize at the Sock Hop Aug. 20 in Bancroft Park. According to the Garman Museum, he created the piece in 1994, and it was returned to production in 2007 in honor of Garman's 70th birtday.
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       The inaugural “Hop” drew close to 150 people last August in the parking lot at the Old Town Plaza, but “we're going all out this year,” enthused Bernideen Canfield, director of the Historic District Merchants (HDM) of Old Colorado City, which is once again sponsoring the event.
       Bancroft has “a lot more room,” she said. Taking up some of that space will be the cars, about 50 in all from the roughly 400 that are anticipated for the Good Times Car Show the next day (Sunday, Aug. 21), also in Old Colorado City.
       “We're pretty excited about it,” Canfield said. “We've had lots of donations - everything imaginable - and a pretty good workforce of volunteers. It will be a lot of fun. The community should love it.”
       Deejaying the Sock Hop's recorded '50s music will be Dave Stovall, and dancing and fashions from that era will be encouraged. Contests will be held for best dancers, costumes, bubblegum-blowers and hula-hoopers. Small prizes will be awarded in each of those categories to children as well as adults, Canfield said.
       A total of 12 door-prize drawings will be held, each with prizes valued at $25 or more, capped by a 9 p.m. grand-prize drawing for Michael Garman's juke-box-themed “Good Times” sculpture, valued at $425.
       Another chance for attendees to win will be in the cake walks.
       There is no admission charge, but tickets will be sold for the drawings and cake walks.
       Event proceeds will be shared between the HDM and the Old Colorado City Historical Society, Canfield said.

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