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A sample of local businesses reported lines going out the door and record sales during the Gentlemen of the Road Salida Stopover Thursday-Saturday.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s emergency room saw only a slight increase in patients, despite the thousands of visitors coming into Salida Thursday-Saturday for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, said Jodi Townsend, manager of the hospital’s Emergency Department.

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Kaleidoscope Toys, 116 F St., won the Extreme Mumford Makeover window-decorating contest celebrating the Gentlemen of the Road Salida Stopover.

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Local food and beverage businesses are preparing for crowds from the Gentlemen of the Road Salida Stopover with extended hours, outdoor seating, street vending and extra staff.

Owners and managers of several restaurants and bars said Thursday they planned months in advance.

Grant Prill, owner of The Fritz, said he used advice from past GOTR host town restaurant owners and his own experience from FIBArk Whitewater Festivals to make his plan.

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Many Salidans were calling the entertainment district in downtown on Thursday “locals night,” as no big acts were playing at the Gentlemen of the Road festival’s main stage, drawing festivalgoers deeper into town.

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The success or failure of the Salida Street Fair this weekend may determine whether similar events will take place in the future, said vendors at the fair.

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Tents began popping up around Vandaveer Ranch Thursday, with campers coming mostly from around Colorado and the Midwest.

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Both Walmart and Safeway have loaded up on items they think will go fast during the Gentlemen of the Road music festival, and they’ve called in extra workers to handle the 15,000 to 20,000 expected festivalgoers.

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Signs of a British invasion have sprung up all over Salida. The Gentlemen of the Road Salida Stopover is the centerpiece of entertainment in the area this week, but a lot of local talent is also benefiting from the excitement.

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Patrons must pay a $5 fee to enter the entertainment district during the Gentlemen of the Road Salida Stopover only while music is playing at the Salida Rotary Amphitheater, Beatrice Price, city event coordinator, said Tuesday.

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Law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel are generally positive about their readiness for the Gentlemen of the Road Salida Stopover, public officials said Tuesday.

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Thursday, August 20


Downtown Stage in Riverside Park – Doors open at 5:00pm

Patrick Dethlefs 5:30pm

Leadville Cherokee 7:00pm

Technicolor Tone Factory 8:30pm

Paper Bird 10:00pm

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While the entertainment district will occupy much of downtown during the Gentlemen of the Road festival, the Salida Business Alliance and Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce are partnering to extend the party even further up F Street.

The Salida Street Fair will extend from First to Third streets on F Street, which will be closed to traffic, and vendors will have groups of booths in the street.

For the flood of visitors expected for the festival – 18,000 tickets were sold at last count – SBA and the chamber decided to jump in with both feet to present the city in a positive way, said Vickie Sue Vigil, SBA president.

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While street closures will occur Thursday through Sunday during The Gentlemen of the Road Salida Stopover, rumors that the entire downtown will be closed or that visitors will have to pay to be downtown are not true.

“I’ve heard rumors that people think the downtown area will be closed, or that they have to pay to come,” Vicki Sue Vigil, Salida Business Alliance president, said. “The businesses are not closed.”

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For months, Emile Dubia, owner of Free the Monkey Consignment, has wanted to get some of the downtown area cleaned up.

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The August monsoon has started, but that doesn’t put a damper on local music this week.

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Arkansas Valley Publishing Co., publisher of The Mountain Mail, has released a magazine for the Gentlemen of the Road music festival, taking place Aug. 21-22 in Salida.

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Madison House Presents is seeking artists to participate as a group and as individuals in the Aug. 21-22 Gentlemen of the Road Salida Stopover music festival. 

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People who want to be part of the excitement of the August Gentlemen of the Road Salida Stopover music festival or who are just looking for an opportunity to earn some extra cash will get their chance at the “volunteer” job fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Seasons Café, 1110 E. U.S. 50.

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Sheriff John Spezze told Chaffee County commissioners Tuesday that he is worried about cellphone service during the Gentlemen of the Road Salida Stopover music festival in August.

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