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Colorado Springs Switchbacks Celebrate The City’s 150th Anniversary at the Beards, Bonnets, and Brews Fest

By Tyler Cutler , 06/12/21, 11:15AM MDT

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On Saturday, June 12th, several volunteers from the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, including our mascot Ziggy, attended “Beards, Bonnets, and Brews”, a celebratory event highlighting the founding of Colorado Springs 150 years ago.

 A family friendly event, the festival consisted of beverage tastings from over 30 local breweries and distilleries, over a dozen food trucks, live music from popular local bands, and even a competition of best beards! In an effort to pique curiosity about the history of our founding, the event had a ‘living history’ element: actors roamed around in character as founders and other historical figures from Colorado Springs, and 1800s era games and activities were there to encourage play from people of all ages.  

The event was held at the Rock Ledge Historic Site, a popular destination for historical buffs that includes period accurate storefronts and even a working blacksmith shop. It provided the perfect atmosphere for this “Party like it’s 1871” event.

Hundreds of people came out to enjoy what was the biggest festival in Colorado Springs since the start of the pandemic, and the day was topped off with an epic mascot tug ‘o’ war that our very own Ziggy was a proud participant in.