OCCHS pleased with Cemetery Crawl turnout
Estimated 150 at annual event
The annual Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) Cemetery Crawl enjoyed one of the best turnouts in its seven-year
history the weekend of Aug. 28-29, according to Society Treasurer Dave Hughes.
Overall, about 150 people came to Fairview Cemetery for the event during its three-hour span both days, OCCHS President Bev Disch said.
The visitors joined guided tours to a dozen or so headstones of people from early Westside days. At each grave, a local volunteer historian - dressed like the person buried there - gave an autobiographical account of the individual's life.
“It was a nice turnout, and it was beautiful both days,” Disch said. “People were very complimentary afterward.”
Hughes, who portrayed Old Colorado City co-founder Anthony Bott, said the event earned $955 for the Historical Society. All of the earnings will go to the OCCHS; there are no expenses for the Crawl. He added kudos to cemetery management for its support of the event, both administratively and in providing personnel both days.
Hughes was particularly pleased by the turnout because he said the major media had not publicized it much. He said the Westside Pioneer's news articles were very helpful and that the newspaper could quote him saying so “Thanks to the Pioneer, we think we had twice the turnout we would have had,” he said.
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