Peak Street returns to Bancroft
Event Oct. 29 again expected to attract 1,000 kids, plus their parents

       The fourth annual “Peak Street” Carnival - which last year drew 1,100 children, plus their parents - will return to Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City Saturday, Oct. 29.
       Featuring games for children ages 2 to 12, the carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is a “free event for kids to celebrate Halloween in a non-scary way,” explained Cindy Weller of 95.1 The Peak radio station.
       Weller said the plan this year is not to get bigger, but to have about the same turnout as in 2004. She expects this to be regulated by the number of gift bags that are handed out to kids on a first-come, first-served basis. She said there will be 1,000 bags - identical to last year's.
       Colorado Avenue will remain open, but both Colbrunn Court and 24th Street will be closed between Colorado Avenue and Pikes Peak Avenue.
       To participate, children must sign in and get their hands stamped. They won't get stamped unless accompanied by an adult, said Weller, the event coordinator.
       Activities will chiefly include an assortment of children's games. There will also be a “treasure hunt” involving Old Colorado City shops, the Police Department's 1-mph impact vehicle, karaoke on the Bancroft stage and possibly a fire truck, Weller said.
       Halloween costumes are encouraged. “It gives kids a chance to wear their costumes more than one time,” she said.
       Different locations were used for the carnival's first three years, with the event growing from 150 kids to 300 to last year's number, which (including parents) totaled more than 2,000.
       Last year was the first time the event had been in Bancroft Park. “Old Colorado City works really well,” Weller said. “The location is really great.” She also thanked the local merchants for serving as co-sponsors.
       Part of the carnival's scope will be reduced from 2004, when there were also silent and live auctions for Keeping Kids Connected, a non-profit for abused children. That tie-in did not come together this year, Weller said.
       The radio station organizes the annual carnival as “our chance to give back to our listeners,” she said. The event is being advertised through on-air promotions on 95.1.

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