Farmers Market, OCCHS Craft Fair back for summer Saturdays in Old Town
The Pikes Peak Farmers Market and Old Colorado City History Center Craft Fair start their annual summer-Saturday schedule June 9.
The market is in Old Colorado City's Bancroft Park (in West Colorado Avenue's 2400 block), while the fair is across the street, outside the History Center at 1 S. 24th St.
Both run from about 7 a.m. to 1 or 2 p.m. and will continue on Saturdays through Oct. 20. The only exception will be Saturday, Oct. 6, when the park is reserved as part of Coronado High School's annual Old Colorado City Homecoming Parade.
Farmers Market President Frank Schmidt expects about 30 growers and food vendors for opening day, but within a few weeks, as more Colorado fruits and vegetables come into season, he said the vendor number should near the park maximum of about 45.
At the History Center, up to 15 craft booths set up outside the building, along 24th Street and Pikes Peak Avenue and sometimes in its patio off the avenue. Carolyn Hatch, the event coordinator for the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), said she anticipates a good season.
Both the market and center are nonprofit entities.
The Farmers Market is in its 31st year - either on the street next to Bancroft or (since 2013) in the park itself.
The History Center's craft fair started in 2010. Run by its volunteers, the OCCHS uses the vendor rental income primarily to cover insurance costs, according to Susie Schorsch, the OCCHS treasurer.
For more information, call 574-1283 (Farmers Market) or 636-1225 (History Center).
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