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Members of the U.S. Air Force National Drill Team simultaneously wait for the rifles they just tossed in the air to come back down during a performance in Bancroft Park as part of the Memorial Day commemoration ceremony.
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Rainfall slows, doesn't stop Territory Days; now Bancroft work will start

      
A Territory Days contrast between new and old is seen with the whirling ride in the foreground and the 18-foot tepee in the background, erected by American Indian specialist Clint Chartier.
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Now the construction can begin.
       Colorado Springs Parks had agreed to hold off on repairs to the fire-damaged Bancroft Park bandshell until after Territory Days over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29.
       Evidence of the imminent project could be seen during the Old Colorado City street festival. On the front lip of the closed-off bandshell stage were stacked numerous sections of chainlink fencing, which the contractor - Murphy Constructors - intends to use to seal off its construction area during the work, starting May 31.
       Despite bouts of rain Saturday and Monday, the 42nd annual Territory Days attracted the usual tens of thousands of attendees to Bancroft and closed-off Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th streets.
       A 24x18-foot mobile stage, delivered to the park two days before the event, was employed for the acts that normally would use the bandshell.
       As always, there were about 200 vendor booths, more than 30 performing acts, various activities/kid rides and several Old West aspects (including Rock Ledge Ranch blacksmiths, gold-panning, Indian dancers, roaming actors in costume and a tepee with artifacts by Indian historian Clint Chartier).
       An event highlight was the return of the U.S. Air Force National Drill Team, which had first displayed its tightly synchronized rifle-tossing act at Territory Days in 2015. The group was part of the traditional Memorial Day ceremony in the park, which also includes event promoter Jim Wear reading the history of the holiday and its intent to honor those who've died fighting America's wars.
       At the Old Colorado City History Center (across the street from the park), model-train builder Chris Fox from Limon was just glad he was able to make it this year. After he'd brought his 28-foot-long set with historically correct old-time trains for three years (2013-2015), muddy roads had prevented him from hauling the set in from Limon in 2016.
       Fox has been active in restoring a train roundhouse in Hugo (south of Limon) that is similar - except being made of brick - to the locally quarried 1880s Midland Railroad building at 21st Street and modern-day Highway 24.
       Wear is the owner of Pro Promotions, which contracts with the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group to organize the festival as a fundraiser to help cover the costs of marketing the historic shopping district.

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

As usual during Territory Days, Bancroft Park was a place of relaxation amidst multiple activities. Photo looks northwest toward the mobile stage that was brought in for this year's event, on which the Plain As Day band was performing.
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ABOVE: Unruffled by thousands of passersby, Artist Eric Fetsch paints outside Febra's at 26th and Colorado. RIGHT: A straitjacket "escape" during the Ole Doc Ezee & Disgo act in the Old Town Plaza.
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With a large throng in attendance, the Northern Winds Native Dancers perform around their Women Warriors Color Guard in Bancroft Park as part of the Territory Days Memorial Day ceremony.
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ABOVE: A rider enjoys his brief sojourn atop an electronically controlled "bull" on 24th Street. RIGHT: Joined by a young admirer, model train builder Chris Fox watches one of his old-time trains come up the track inside the Old Colorado City History Center. One modern amenity: He could adjust individual engine speeds through digital controls.
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Travis Chenck (left) of the Space Foundation displays a 3-D printer inside the pavilion in Bancroft Park May 27. The pavilion was fairly crowded at the time because of a steady rainfall that was to last most of the afternoon.
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In front of the mobile stage in Bancroft Park, all the participants in the Territory Days Memorial Day ceremony pose for a group photo afterwards.
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