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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 1:17 PM


Over the past year Central City has reconstructed and upgraded its main street with more benches and street lights and has eliminated curbs for a more pedestrian-friendly experience. A grand re-opening and ribbon cutting will take place Saturday, August 18, 2012, at 12:00 Noon during the Great Central City Beer Festival.

“Central City’s main street has been the local gathering place for Central City residents and visitors from the 1800s to today,” said Ron Engels, mayor of Central City. “We felt it was important to update and beautify our main street to accommodate our busy event schedule this summer and to attract even more visitors to the ‘richest square mile on earth.’”
A $1.2 million upgrade, the new main street had not seen any new construction since 1859, adding 50,000 bricks to the 10,000 brick street. The ribbon cutting for the new street will take place at the Great Central City Beer Festival this Saturday.

More information on the event and other events this summer in Central City is below:

Great Central City Beer Festival (GCCBF)--Celebrating 150 years of beer in Gilpin County (Saturday, August 18, Noon—7 p.m.)
At the GCCBF hand crafted beer from more than 10 brewers will flow up and down Main Street. Visitors will sample over 40 of some of Colorado's best craft and regional beers and enjoy historical hayrides into the backwoods of Central where the beer brewing industry was born over 150 years ago.

Free live entertainment includes a rare Colorado show by Los Straitjackets.

The GCCBF will also feature Jewel and The Rough playing your favorite hits along with Boulder's own, the Riff Raff Family Band. This event is open to all ages, music is free and beer tasting tickets can be purchased at for $20.

• Los Straitjackets, 5pm-7pm (Mexican wrestling mask-wearing surf gods from Nashville!)
• Jewel and The Rough, 2:30pm-4:30pm (80's and more from Denver's premier party band.)
• Riff Raff Family Band, Noon-2pm (American Blues / Americana from Boulder)

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