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Summer-Saturdays Farmers Market, OCCHS craft fair return June 10

A scene from June 2016 shows the Farmers Market, viewed from the southeast corner of Bancroft Park.
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The 2017 season for the annual, summer-Saturday Pikes Peak Farmers Market and Old Colorado City History Center Craft Fair starts June 10 and continues through Oct. 28.
       The market is in Old Colorado City's Bancroft Park and the fair is across the street, outside the History Center at 1 S. 24th St.
       The only summer-Saturday the events will miss is Sept. 16, when Coronado High School has scheduled its annual Old Colorado City Homecoming Parade - also an annual affair - which finishes at the park.
      Featuring close to 40 Colorado vegetable and fruit growers, along with a few specialty food vendors, the Farmers Market runs from about 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
       Mirroring that time frame is the center, which offers up to 15 craft booths outside the building, along 24th Street and Pikes Peak Avenue, as well as in its patio off the avenue.
       Although a contractor is expected to be working on the fire-damaged Bancroft bandshell into July, Farmers Market President Frank Schmidt has been told the work should not affect his event, which does not use the stage.
       Both the market and center are nonprofit entities.
       The market is in its 30th year - either on the street next to Bancroft or (since 2013) in the park itself. The center's craft fair started in 2010.
       The History Center is run by Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) volunteers, without government assistance, so the vendor rental income is needed to help cover operational costs. Susie Schorsch, the OCCHS treasurer, said she is optimistic about the coming season, with only a few vendor spaces still unrented.
       For more information, call 574-1283 (Farmers Market) or 636-1225 (History Center).

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(Posted 5/29/17; Business: Events)

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