Territory Days: All you need to know

       WHAT: 31st Annual Territory Days
       WHEN: Saturday, May 26; Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28.
       WHERE: Old Colorado City. West Colorado Avenue will be closed from 23rd Street to 27th Street.
       COST: Free, except for fees at optional activities.
       TIMES: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m Monday.
       SPECIAL EVENTS: Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship of Christian Cowboys Church Service, featuring the Colorado Wranglers, in Bancroft Park.
       Monday, 10:30-11 a.m., Memorial Day Celebration, featuring the Buffalo Soldiers, in Bancroft Park. (Note: The Buffalo Soldiers contingent will remain in the park area afterward until about 1 p.m.)
       PARTICIPATORY ACTIVITIES::
       (All continuous, costs vary)
       Gaming Parlor north of Colorado on 25th Street.
       Beer Garden in Colbrunn Court.
       Frozen Margarita Cantina in the Old Town Plaza (25th & Colorado).
       Mechanical Bull in 2300 block.
       Gold Panning on 26th Street south of Colorado.
       Territorial Jail in the 2300 block of Colorado.
       Kids' rides in the 2300, 2400 and 2600 blocks. Climbing wall in 2600 block.
       Pony rides in the 2300 block.
       Train rides for kids, starting from 24th and Colorado.
       Old Tyme Photos, at 25th & Colorado.
       SHOPPING: There will be more than 200 street vendors, offering a range of products, including clothes, art, toys, furniture and hand-crafted items. The majority of Old Colorado City shops will also be open.
       MUSIC IN Bancroft Park BAndSHELL:
       Saturday
       11:30 a.m., Colorado Springs Conservatory Jazz Group.
       2 p.m., Whiskey Falls.
       3:30 p.m., N-Tha-Mixx.
       5:30 p.m., 1 Ton Trio
       Sunday
       1 p.m., Jerry Brown & the CW Wranglers.
       3:30 p.m., Big Ivory Ticklers.
       5:30 p.m., The Remotes.
       Monday
       11 a.m., Barney's Last Bullet.
       1 p.m., Jake Loggins Band.
       3:30 p.m., Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors.
       MUSIC ON THE STREET:
       (varying times, all three days)
       Brule (Native American music on piano and flute), 27th Street and Colorado.
       Darren Skanson (classical guitar), north side of 2500 block.
       OTHER ENTERTAINMENT:
       Saturday, 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., gunfight reenactment in Bancroft Park.
       11 a.m. Ormao Center for Contemporary Dance in Bancroft Park.
       12:30 p.m., Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness in Bancroft Park.
       Sunday, 11 a.m., Side Kickers Gold Rush Show (dancers) in Bancroft Park.
       Noon, Fast Draw competition in Bancroft Park..
       3 p.m., Fast Draw Finals in Bancroft Park.
       5 p.m., gunfight reenactment in Bancroft Park.
       Monday, 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., gunfight reenactment in Bancroft Park.
      
       Varying times, all three days:
       Howell-Seven Falls Indian Dancers at 25th and Colorado.
       Gold Canyon Gun Fighters in Bancroft Park.
       Gunfighters of the Resurrection at Gaming Parlor and in Bancroft Park.
       Hawkquest (birds of prey) in 2600 block.
      
       Ongoing:
       Civil War Encampment in Bancroft Park.
       Blacksmiths from Rock Ledge Ranch in Bancroft Park.
       Springs Salsa dancers at Margarita Cantina.
       Actors dressed in Old West apparel, putting on historical vignettes and interacting with the crowd.
       Face-painting and balloon-twisting, various locations.
       FOOD/DRINK: Wide varieties, from turkey legs to honey-roasted almonds, from chicken on a stick to funnelcakes. Various types of cold beverages, with alcohol sold and allowed only in the Beer Garden and Margarita Cantina. Most Old Colorado City restaurants will also be open for business.
       PARKING/SHUTTLE: Old Colorado City has few off-street parking spaces, and these usually fill up quickly. Parking is allowed in adjacent neighborhoods, but be aware that police plan to strictly enforce parking laws. Visitors are encouraged to park at Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St., and take the free shuttle to the event. Leaving every 15 minutes, the buses will go to and from 23rd and Colorado starting at 9:45 a.m. and continuing until closing time all three days of the festival.
       SOUVENIRS: Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) booth at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue will sell festival T-shirts, caps, mugs and posters.
      
       HISTORY: Since 1976, the Old Colorado City Associates, a descendant of the El Paso Claim Club, has hosted a festival in commemoration of Colorado City having been the first Territorial Capitol. The inaugural Territory Days festival was inspired by Colorado's centennial and America's bicentennial celebrations in 1976.
       DOGS: Not allowed, even on leashes.

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