Territory Days May 23-25; includes unique AF drill team
Territory Days will make its 40th annual arrival in Old Colorado City May 23-25.
Colorado Avenue will be closed off all three days and filled with vendor tents and activities with an Old West theme between 23rd and 27th streets. Bancroft Park will also be devoted to the free street festival, offering a steady stream of live entertainment, including bands (mostly local), a fast-draw competition (May 23 between 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.) and gunfighter shows.
Sponsored by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group, Territory Days annually draws an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 people, depending on the weather. Because parking is at a premium, shuttle buses will be running throughout, transporting people from designated parking lots at Coronado High School and Rock Ledge Ranch.
A special addition this year will be the United Air Force Honor Guard and Drill Team from Washington, D.C., which will perform Monday, May 25 at 2 p.m. in the park as part of the event's Memorial Day observation to recognize those who died in service to their country. The roughly 25-member team will perform choreographed drills that include simultaneously throwing and catching their rifles.
Territory Days organizer Jim Wear said he was fortunate that they were available; his “inside” help came from someone with the Honor Guard who had attended a previous Territory Days. “I've been trying to get them for 20 years,” he said. “This just fell in our lap.”
A subtraction from the program is Brule, the popular American Indian band from South Dakota that normally has its own stage at the festival. They had to cancel this year for personal reasons, Wear said.
Brule's usual space on 25th Street, just north of the avenue, will have an Indian teepee for dancers who are scheduled to perform regularly in the Old Town Plaza parking lot on the south side of the avenue. The lot will have continuous entertainment, also including bands, he said.
Nationally known bands in Bancroft Park (times subject to change) are Waterloo Revival, May 24 at 6 p.m.; Mickey Guyton, May 25 at 5 p.m.; and the Lost Trailers, May 25 at 5:30 p.m.
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