OCCHS to combine Founders’ Day, Cemetery Crawl

       Founders' Day and the Cemetery Crawl will be combined for the first time this year on the weekend of Aug. 12-13.
       The two annual events by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) have traditionally occurred about a week apart in August - each spanning a full weekend.
       Founders' Day commemorates the Aug. 13 founding date of Old Colorado City in 1859 with games, food, special events and music in Bancroft Park; while the Cemetery Crawl at Fairview Cemetery features the “ghosts” of colorful characters who are buried there, such as Laura Belle McDaniel and Anthony Bott.
       Combining the events will reduce the strain on OCCHS' volunteers, explained Board President Bev Disch. In the past, the all-volunteer society has had to “spread ourselves pretty thin” to cover both events so close to each other, she said.
       Plus, this year, the society is involved in activities related to the Zebulon Pike bicentennial, she noted.
       This is the first year where each event has been just one day, according to OCCHS Treasurer Dave Hughes. On a previous year, Founders Day and the Cemetery Crawl occurred both days on the same weekend. “The theory was that one would promote the other,” he recalled. “But there was no noticeable difference.”
       Disch believes that the two events, though half as long as before, will be just as enjoyable as ever. A fiddle contest, organized by the Black Rose Acoustic Society, will highlight the free-to-the-public Founders Day Saturday, Aug. 12. Tickets will also be sold there for the Aug. 13 Cemetery Crawl, which will have eight historical figures this year, Disch said.
       “We're really excited about the fiddle contest,” she said, adding that the OCCHS will monitor how the one-weekend configuration is received by the public. “We'll try it this year and see. If it doesn't work, we can go back to the other way.”
       Entries for the fiddle contest are still being accepted. There will be three prizes in each of five age categories. For more information, call 282-0760 or go to www.blackroseacoustic.org/index.html.

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