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Westside festivities aplenty in Sept.-Oct.

       In keeping with tradition, numerous annual, larger-scale festive events are planned on the Westside in late August, September and October.
       Below are capsule summaries. See the Pioneer's Westside Happenings (Page 9) for times, contact numbers, costs (if any) and other details.

Still in costume, the Legendary Ladies reenactors take a bow following their individual portrayals of significant women from the past, as a featured part of the Aug. 13 Founders Day celebration by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS). The OCCHS is planning another event with reenactors Sept. 23: Haunted Histories of Old Colorado City at Fairview Cemetery.
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       Aug. 27 - The Westside Community Center is sponsoring a first-time Community Picnic, with food, activities and an emphasis on the tradition of the playground that's being replaced.
       Sept. 4 - Vintage “base ball” game. On the hay field at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, a team of ranch volunteers (and perhaps a couple of former U.S. presidents) takes on a Canon City team, using early baseball rules that disallow gloves.
       Sept. 10 - Komen Race for the Cure (5K walk/run as breast cancer fundraiser), through the Garden of the Gods. The event routinely attracts well over a thousand participants, with the main activities in the Rock Ledge Ranch parking area.
       Sept. 15-17 - Folk Art Festival. Under large tents at Rock Ledge Ranch, 160-some crafters from around the country offer their wares. Organized by Old Colorado City's Holly Berry House, the event is a major Rock Ledge Ranch fundraiser.
       Sept. 16 - Coronado High School Homecoming Parade. The avenue will be closed between 30th Street and Bancroft Park for marchers, floats and bands. Beforehand, in the park, is a breakfast fundraiser.
       Sept. 16 - Carnegie Day Ice Cream Social. Coinciding with the end of the Coronado parade in Bancroft Park, ice cream is given away outside the Old Colorado City Carnegie Library, in honor of Andrew Carnegie, whose donation allowed its construction in 1904.
       Sept. 23 - Intertribal Powwow. Organized with the help of the Rock Ledge Ranch Living History Association (LHA), this highlights American Indian culture, including dancers and drummers from the region as well as outlying states.
       Sept. 23 - Haunted Histories of Old Colorado City. Put on by the Old Colorado City Historical Society for education and entertainment, this evening event features actors “ghosting” colorful, deceased Westside individuals beside their tombstones.
       Oct. 7 - Harvest Festival. The public gets free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch. Activities in the fall-harvest theme include pumpkin-choosing, historic house tours and old-time children's games.
       Oct. 7 - Fossil Day. Inspired by a dinosaur whose bones have been found only in the area of the Garden of the Gods, the GoG Visitor Center offers presentations, interactive activities and a chance to identify your own fossils.
       Oct. 21 - Giant Pumpkin Festival. Sponsored by the Old Colorado City Associates, the event features some of the state's biggest pumpkins and includes activities throughout the shopping district. New location this year for the weighing: the Colorado Square, on the north side of Colorado Avenue's 2600 block.
       Oct. 31 - Safe Treats. Old Colorado City merchants welcome trick-or-treaters to their stores; plus, activities in Old Town Plaza.

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