The free street festival with an Old West theme annually draws an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 people, depending on the weather.
The daytime event is sponsored by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group.
According to festival organizer Jim Wear, this year's 39th annual Territory Days will feature elements that have proven popular over the years, including about 200 vendors or attractions along the avenue between 23rd and 27th streets; live music in Bancroft Park and at the two venues where alcohol is allowed; children's rides; a Cowboy Church Service on Sunday the 25th; a Memorial Day remembrance Monday the 26th; and Western-themed activities such as gold panning, gunfight shows, Rock Ledge Ranch blacksmiths, late-1800s characters, Native American dancers and a quick-draw competition on the 26th.
New this year will be a reenactment by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) of Colorado City's early 1900s debate that led to a city vote to prohibit alcohol.
Because of tight parking, a free shuttle bus is available for festival-goers each day from the parking lots at Coronado High School and (when there's a parking overflow at Coronado) Rock Ledge Ranch.
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