Central City celebrates main street renovation

Officials, visitors and residents of Central City celebrated the grand opening of a renovated Main Street with a Beer Fest on Saturday, Aug. 18, at noon. The new brick-paved streets in sectioned by concrete strips shone in the sunlight.
Booths of vendors with tasty entrees and snacks as well as those with homemade brews lined the street, while crowds wandered up and down. Bands played from a central stage at the side of the street. Not only was the new main street perfect for such an event, but it also won an award from Downtown Colorado, Inc.
The Great Central City Beer Festival that day brought more than 50 of Colorado’s best craft and regional beers. Bands at the event included Riff Raff, Jewel and the Rough and Los Straitjackets.
At noon, the crowd turned its attention to remarks before the ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated Main Street. The ceremony celebrated completion of replacing the street with the brick along with new water and sewer lines.
The project took seven months from June 2011 to January 2012 to complete. Mayor Ron Engels said the redesign was from storefront to storefront on Main Street. “It was designed with today in mind.” Engels said about the Beer Fest. “We have vendors and people can walk freely around. I’ve been delighted to see how it looks and to have this kind of an event.”
To begin the ceremony, Engels stepped to the stage and said he was enjoying the newly redesigned Main Street. He introduced City Council members, staff and Congresswoman Claire Levy.
He said businesses realized that the new design was necessary, so the City made it a top priority in the 2011 budget process. Then staff worked tirelessly to complete the project. “This is an award-winning endeavor that signals a new era of prosperity for Central City,” Engels said.
He announced that the City has received the 2012 Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence from Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI), a nonprofit membership organization committed to building better communities through educational and technical assistance. The award was for the Best New Construction or Infill Development: Central City Streetscape Project 2011, Central City.
 Engels cut the ribbon and the ceremony ended in a bang with a gun shot. The Wild Bunch dressed in Sheriff’s Costumes from Central City’s historic days entertained with a brief skit about a shot-gun wedding, and the crowd drifted off to enjoy the festival.