May 28, 2011 3:54 PM by Andy Koen
Thousands of people crowded the streets of Old Colorado City Saturday for the 36th Annual Territory Days celebration. The three day street festival recognizes the community's role as the first territorial capital of the state.
A new attraction this year is the Hawk Quest booth where you can see birds of prey up close.
Along with all of the food, drinks and entertainment, it's also a chance to learn about local history. Actor Ken Markus plays the role of Dr. William Bell, the founder of Manitou Springs. He says he enjoys meeting people and teaching them about the founding of the Pikes Peak region.
"We try to take it as fun as possible for the people coming here. There's all kinds of wonderful things to see, we want to make it as memorable for them as possible," Markus said.
Territory Days is a free event that begins at 10:00 a.m. along Colorado Avenue. Parking is limited and organizers are encouraging the public to use the free shuttle lots located at Coronado High School and Rockledge Ranch.