If you blink, you might miss it.
The Colorado Grand, now in its 21st year, is an exclusive group of classic-car owners who tour Colorado's scenic byways every fall. This year, they will pass through Durango for a two-hour lunch stopover. We expect more than 100 classic automobiles. (By my math, that's 100-plus cars, each worth more than $100,000, or more than $10 million, of precious metal, leather, glass and rubber.)Our plan is to close the 500 block to parking and traffic for approximately three hours. This is not a parade, so the cars will arrive in staggered fashion, led by the Colorado State Patrol. Grand drivers and crews will park their cars along the 500 block, and in some of the adjacent parking lots.
Durango's Over-The-Hill-Gang Old Car Club will assist with parking and security.
The lunch area will be on the grass area alongside the train station. High Noon Rotary will provide a catered lunch with help from the Victorian ladies and gentleman, the Diamond Belle Saloon girls and the Barbershop singers. In all, we plan to feed more than 260 people.
Everyone is invited downtown to enjoy viewing these spectacular cars. Some suggestions: Plan to park away from the event area, and do not bring dogs or iguanas. Do bring your camera. Business owners can capitalize on the event by inviting their customers downtown to see the classic cars. Also, the Grand drivers and crew members will have time to enjoy downtown, so let's welcome them into our stores and community.
The Colorado Grand also is a charitable organization. This year, the event will donate $5,000 to High Noon Rotary for hosting their lunch, with another $3,500 scholarship award to be given by High Noon Rotary to a graduating Durango High School student in the spring of 2010. The Grand also will support community projects with another $5,000 award.
We hope you share our enthusiasm for this rare opportunity to show off our great downtown. Please call me with any questions at 375-5065.
Coming up downtown: Our monthly What's Up Downtown meeting this Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Durango City Hall. On Saturday, enjoy both the CoffeeFest and the Farmers Market.
How fun is downtown Durango?
email@example.comBob Kunkel is special events and business coordinator for Durango's Central Business District.