Old Town Showdown in 2nd year

       Local bands will play in two locations (Bancroft Park and the 2600 block parking lot), and visitors can pay to sample chili, barbecue and beer during the second annual Old Town Showdown sponsored by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25.

People bustle past produce stands during a typically busy day at the summer-Saturday Farmers' Market on 24th Street next to Bancroft Park. The market may get even busier July 24, when the two-day Old Town Showdown sets up in the park with live music and vendors.
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       Plans also call for cooking demonstrations and a children's play area, as well as vendors in Bancroft Park as part of the event, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the 24th and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the 25th.
       Bands will include Grass It Up, the Jake Loggins Band, Trademark Infringement, Grant Sabin, Sarah Buck, Doctor & Uncle Johnson and the Black Rose Band, a press release states. Having music destinations at either end of Old Colorado City during the event is a “good way to move people up and down the street and stop at the places in between,” OCCA President Don Wick said.
       No streets are planned for closure at this time, although Colbrunn Court (next to the park) could be, depending on how many vendors are signed up, he said.
       The beer sampling is new this year and will feature several “Colorado craft breweries,” according to the release.
       The chili and barbecue samples will be either inside or outside businesses, chiefly along Colorado Avenue or its side streets between 24th and 27th Streets. To sample beer, people will need to go inside participating Old Town businesses that have liquor licenses.
       The cost to sample chili and barbecue is $8. To sample these as well as the beer costs $12. People will get to vote for their favorites , with the announcements of the winners July 25 at 5 p.m. at the Barbecue Mercantile store, 2619 W. Colorado Ave.
       That store will also sponsor cooking demonstrations by its owners, Kathy and Ed Bousquet, as well as representatives of different barbecue manufacturers (Adam Myers of Hasty-Bake, John Ireland and Dennis Scott of Traeger and Justin Hoggsett of The Good One).
       Tickets can be purchased during the Showdown by inquiring at any of the food- or beer-sampling stations, according to Wick.
       The added size of the Showdown this year is part of an overall effort by the OCCA to develop four strong events a year, Wick said. Two others now are Ice on the Avenue in January and Territory Days in May. A fourth event is being considered for the fall, but plans probably won't be finalized until next year, he said.

Westside Pioneer/press release