35th annual Territory Days
WHERE: Old Colorado City. West Colorado Avenue will be closed from 23rd Street to 27th Street.
WHEN: Saturday, May 29; Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31.
TIMES: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m Monday. Event goes on, rain or shine.
COST: Free, except for fees at optional participatory activities.
Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship of Christian Cowboys Church Service, featuring musicians Vern Thomson and Joe Stephenson, in Bancroft Park.
Monday, 3 p.m., Memorial Day Moment of Silence for fallen war heroes.
(Continuous; some with fees)
Mechanical Bull in the 2300 block. Fee.
Gold Panning on 26th Street (south of the avenue). Free.
Kids' rides and climbing wall, in the 2600 block. Must buy tickets.
Pony rides, in the 2300 block. Fee.
Train rides for kids, starting at 24th and Colorado. Free.
Beer Garden, on Colbrunn Court (north of the avenue). Price of drinks.
OK Corral Saloon, in the 2600 block. Price of drinks.
SHOPPING: More than 200 street vendors, offering a range of products, including clothes, art, toys, furniture and hand-crafted items. Most Old Colorado City shops will also be open.
DISCOVERY JUNCTION: New (and free) this year, in the Old Town Plaza parking lot southwest of Colorado Avenue and 25th Street. Visitors can check out authentic Indian tipis, a chuckwagon and historic photos and learn about area lore from costumed Rock Ledge Ranch and Old Colorado City Historical Society volunteers.
LIVE MUSIC IN BANCROFT PARK BANDSHELL:
10:30 a.m.-noon, Lethal Lisa McCall Band (blues).
12:30-2 p.m., Sandy Wells (country rock).
2:30-3:15 p.m., Jane Dear Girls (country rock).
3:45-4:45 p.m., Steve Azar (country rock).
5:15-close, Jake Loggins Band (blues).
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Brothers of the Son (rock).
1:30-3 p.m., Gypsy Smoke (blues, rock).
4-5:30 p.m., 6035 (classic rock).
6-close, N Tha Mix (soul).
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Black Rose (classic country).
1-2:30 p.m., Jake Loggins Band (blues).
3-4 p.m., Bomshel (country rock).
4:30 p.m.-close, Zen Theory (alternate music).
MUSIC AT THE OK CORRAL SALOON:
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Cari Dell Trio (rock/blues).
3-6:30 p.m., Lethal Lisa McCall Band (blues).
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Jake Loggins Band (blues).
3 p.m.-close, Brothers of the Son (rock).
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 6035 (classic rock).
3 p.m.-close, Jake Loggins Band (blues).
MUSIC ON THE STREET:
(all three days)
Top of the hour, Arvel Bird, 25th Street north of the avenue.
Varying times, Skanson & Hanson (classical guitar), south side of 2500 block.
Varying times, Inka Gold (Andean music), south side of 2300 block.
Varying times, EnRoute Music (old favorites), south side of 2400 block
12:30 p.m., Fast Draw competition (qualifying rounds) in Bancroft Park.
3 p.m., Fast Draw Finals in Bancroft Park.
Gold Canyon Gunfighers, Old West skits in Bancroft Park (Saturday noon, 2, 3:15 & 4:45 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.; Monday, 12:30, 2:30 & 4 p.m.).
Varying times (all three days)
Hawkquest (birds of prey) in 2600 block.
Blacksmiths from Rock Ledge Ranch in Bancroft Park.
Actors from Red Herring Productions dressed in Old West apparel, interacting with the crowd.
Historic Garvin cabin in Bancroft Park, open to visitors.
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 OK Corral Saloon. Home-baked goods will be sold at the Old Colorado City Historical Society tent near the cabin in Bancroft Park. Most Old Colorado City restaurants/ taverns will also be open for business,
PARKING/SHUTTLE: Parking near Territory Days is limited. Visitors are encouraged to park at Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St., and take the free shuttle. New this year is a possible shuttle overflow lot at Rock Ledge Ranch. Also new: A “bicycle valet.” If you pedal in, you can park your wheels for free inside the CS West bike shop, 2403 W. Colorado Ave.
HISTORY: Since 1975, the Old Colorado City Associates merchants group, a descendant of the El Paso Claim Club and West Colorado Springs Commercial Club, has hosted a festival in commemoration of Colorado City having been the first Territorial Capitol in 1862.
DOGS: Not allowed..
Note: Times and activities are subject to change.
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