Old Town crow-free; ‘Taste’ set Sept. 25

       Crows are definitely not welcome in Old Colorado City. But everybody else is.
       This much was clear in the Sept. 18 kick-off to the Old Colorado City Asso-ciates (OCCA) merchants group's 2004 Scarecrow Days.
       A total of 59 merchants decorated scarecrows of varying types, colors and sizes and put them out in front of their stores for judging, according to OCCA tallies. In addition, students from Coronado and three other area high schools' drama clubs decorated their own stuffed somethings in Old Town Plaza.
       The merchants' works of art are slated to remain on display during stores' working hours up till Halloween. The students' scarecrows have been on display in Bancroft Park.
       The next activity in the six-week event will be “A Taste of Old Colorado City” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 - in which people can munch samples from a variety of Old Town eateries for $3 a person. Tickets will be available on the street that day; look for people wearing chef hats.
       “Most of the OCC restaurants are participating,” according to OCCA President Nancy Stovall.
       The first-place award in the merchant scarecrow judging Sept. 18 went to Thunder Mountain Trading Co. for its bespectacled “Deer Scarecrow” playing a baritone horn.
       Other awards were as follows”
       Second Place - Kasten Accounting (“Martha Stewart Scarecrow” behind bars).
       Third Place - Bernideen's (“Victorian Lady”).
       Honorable mentions - Amazing World, Classic Diamonds, Doll Doctor, Don Bates Insurance, Front Range Barbeque, Old Town Glass Blowers, Sage Brush & Tumbleweed.
       Special awards - Front Range Barbeque, Don Bates, Sage Brush & Tumbleweed, Doll Doctor, Westside Pioneer.

Westside Pioneer article from a press release