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Old Town Showdown in OCC July 25-26

       Plans are solidifying for the Old Town Showdown event in Old Colorado City the weekend of July 25-26.
       Sponsored by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, activities in the new event will include chili and barbecue competitions and cooking demonstrations, a beer garden, a crafts fair, non-profit booths and live music. For $5, a person can try food samples from the competitors - either Old Colorado City restaurants or eateries from the area - who will set up in different places along Colorado Avenue between 24th and 27th streets.
       The scheduled times are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 25 and 10 to 6 p.m. July 26.
       Live music arrangements were still being finalized this week, but the hope is for a band to be performing at one of three designated locations - Bancroft Park, the Old Town Plaza at 25th and Colorado or the public parking lot in the 2600 block - at all times, according to Diane Dimbat, an OCCA event organizer. Confirmed bands so far are Mystic Biscuit, Dr. & Uncle Johnson and Jan Dixon. Other musicians will also play along the street, Dimbat said.
       The beer garden will be at 25th and Colorado, and the craft fair will be in Bancroft Park.
       “It will be a nice little neighborhood thing, with hopefully some outside people coming in,” she said.
       A food demonstrator July 25 will be nationally known barbecue “pit master” Chris Marks of Independence, Mo., at the Barbeque Mercantile shop, 2619 W. Colorado Ave
       Eight-time winner of the American Royal BBQ Championship in Kansas City, Marks has been featured on the Travel Channel's “Taste of America with Mark DeCarlo,” the Food Network's “BBQ Battle” and numerous local broadcast and radio events throughout the Midwest.

Westside Pioneer/press release