PUEBLO, Colo.– On Wednesday, The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce announced The Pueblo Chile & Frijoles THROWBACK Fest will take place from September 26 to 27.
The Chamber says this year’s festival will pay homage to Pueblo’s humble roots and will scale the festival down to two locations for chile roasting and farmers markets in historic downtown Pueblo.
The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the following guidelines:
• No more than 175 guests allowed in any designated festival area at one time.
• Temperature checks and masks will be required to enter the farmers market.
• Separate entry and exit gates.
• Hand sanitizing stations available.
• NEW Curbside Pickup! Patrons will be able to place an order online with your favorite
Pueblo Chile farmers and their harvests are heating up, however, due to the pandemic their profits going to take a hit, but it’s not because people don’t want Pueblo Chile they’re just gonna have to be a little more patient to get them.
Usually, the size of the town doubles during Chile Fest weekend.
“We get about 140,000 people for those three days. That’s what’s keeping me awake at night,” said Rod Slyhoff with the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. “What we hope that we’ve taken out is that shoulder to shoulder crowd portion, that would have driven COVID numbers sky high.”
So this year, you’ll see less vendors, less lingering and possibly more lines.
“Once they get their chiles, there’s no reason to stay. I mean go home,” said Slyhoff.
“It will impact us quite a bit, the crowd is going to be downsized quite a bit,” said Shane Milberger of Milbergr Farms. “It has such an impact on community and tourist, all the people that come in.”
The Chile Festival brought in $3 million to the city in three days last year and that’s not a surprise considering the size of the crowds.
So this years two day event with reduced hours will definitely have an impact on the city’s economy.
However, Chile farmers are roasting right knows, so you can still support them and get your Chile.
The $5 gate admission will not be required this year, instead, there will be an
online portal to “Donate” your gate admission and receive a coupon for $2 off any beverage.
Your donation will help to pay for the costs associated with maintaining the tradition of your
Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival.
The Chili & Salsa Showdown will go on as tradition with commercial and home cook entries
with winners announced at the end of each category competition. Applications and more
information will be available online at festival.pueblochamber.org.
The Jalapeno Eating Contest will be cancelled this year due to the excessive amount of spicy
fluids most contestants exude during the competition.
Another local favorite event, the Chihuahua Parade will also be on hold until next year.
Union Ave will remain open for through traffic as the public is encouraged to eat & shop local while in the area.