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This Week in Colorado Springs (8/28 - 9/3)

The State Fair is Here!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - August 28, 2017

Good Morning faithful readers, and welcome once again to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! Hopefully you all got a chance to step out and see the Solar eclipse last week, as the next full eclipse that’ll be visible to us won’t be until 2024! Weather is looking nice and calm this week, with highs in the low 80s all week, and small chances of thunderstorms in the late afternoons and evenings. This week we’ll have plenty to do around town!
Kicking off our week with Monday (8/28), we’ll be heading down to Pueblo for the Colorado State Fair! Colorado became a state in 1876 and before the Colorado flag flew high, the State Fair was already earning its place in history. In 1869, approximately 2,000 people converged on what is now Pueblo for a horse exhibition; and from that meager beginning was born the Colorado State Fair. The Fair continues to call Pueblo home, and in fact, has only cancelled once during its entire history. In 1917, during World War I, the Fairgrounds' horse stables and open space offered an ideal training facility for the Army National Guard. Since then, the Colorado State Fair has developed into the largest summer event in the State and offers families a fun, educational summer vacation!
Rolling right along into Tuesday (8/29), you’ll want to make your way to the Whiskey Baron Dancehall and Saloon. A great place to unwind after work on it’s own, this week the Saloon will also be hosting Chute Nine! Chute Nine's "ranch-rockin' country" is a rollicking, high energy mix of new country and exhuberant, arena rock. The band is just as comfortable with Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and ZZ Top as it is with Hank Williams, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson. While Chute Nine is not your grandfather's country, the band is uniquely traditional with a big dose of roadhouse and rodeo mixed in.
And that brings us to Wednesday (8/30) for an exciting night of trivia, along with some good eats! We’ll be heading over to the Gold Camp Brewing Company for their weekly Live Trivia Game: Triviality! Triviality is the most fun, exciting live trivia game around! Bring your team and get ready for some fun! Lil Howard's BBQ will be serving delicious pulled pork, hot links, and more! Gold Camp has an amazing array of locally brewed beers on tap. The top 3 finishers get prizes with 1st place being a gift certificate AND a team flag in the coveted Trivia Trophy!
As for this Thursday (8/31), we’ll be heading up to Stargazers Theatre for their presentation of the Pikes Peak Community Summer Jam! The Pikes Peak Blues Community sponsors open jams four times during the year and they invite all interested musicians to participate. For each jam, they round up some ol' pros to form a host band, and musicians who drop by are invited onstage to play along. We supply the drum kit, keyboard, and sound system, and musicians bring their own instruments - guitars, basses, horns, vocal chords, harmonicas, and whatever else you like to play. All music lovers and dancers are invited to the Jam, too!
This Friday (9/1) we’ll be bringing in the new month down in Pueblo at the Colorado State Fair once again, this time for an amazing concert opportunity: ZZ Top! One of the few rock & roll groups with its original members still aboard after four decades, ZZ Top play music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100 percent American in derivation. They have continued to support the blues through various means, perhaps most visibly when they were given a piece of wood from Muddy Waters' shack in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The group members had it made into a guitar, dubbed the "Muddywood," then sent it out on tour to raise money for the Delta Blues Museum. ZZ Top's support of and link to the blues remain as rock-solid as the music they play. You won’t want to miss this show!
That’ll bring us into our Saturday (9/2), and hopefully you’ve got an adventurous bone in your body, as we’ll be heading all the way down to Canon City for a very unique evening at the Royal Gorge Route Railroad: "Murder on the Red Carpet”! Enjoy a scrumptious dinner, spectacular scenery, and a hilarious, interactive murder mystery on the breathtaking Royal Gorge Route Railroad! You'll have a front-row seat at "Murder on the Red Carpet," in which 1960s movie stars reappear for a scandalous press event. Will these celebrities allow all their secrets to be revealed in a tell-all new book, or will one of them be silenced?
Wrapping up our week with Sunday (9/3), we’ll be heading back on up to the Cheyenne Mountain State Park for their Birds of Prey event! Leave your binoculars at home and come to see some magnificent birds of prey up close, then raffle to release one! WIN the chance to release a newly rehabilitated Red-Tailed Hawk back into the wild by purchasing raffle tickets at the event, starting at 1pm (1 for $2 or 3 for $5) and throughout the demonstration, up until the end of the program, when we will draw a name to release a newly rehabilitated Red-Tailed Hawk. All proceeds go directly back to the Nature Center to support their work. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You can take part in the effort of conservation and cement a few incredible wildlife memories, and learn about some amazing birds in the process.

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