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Folks from across the area flocked to Old Colorado City for the 41st Territory Days.

It's a Colorado Springs tradition bringing a big boost to this historic town.

"The streets are full, it's really a very nice turnout this year!" Michael Garman, owner of the Michael Garman Museum and Gallery said.

41 years of hosting the unofficial kickoff to summer.

"It just seems to get better and better," Garman said.

Garman has had a front row seat to the street festival since day one.

"I was here for the first one and I've seen every one of them," he said.

And with Colorado Springs Police estimating between 35 to 50 thousand people showing up each day, Garman says at his gallery, he's sure noticed the influx.

"I feel like this has been a very good year from at least last year, and I think they're building each year," he said.

"This is the best Territory Days in many, many years, as far as attendance goes," Jim Wear, Territory Days organizer said.

Because admission is free, organizers say attendance is measured by the amount of food and beer sold.

"Lots of vendors are reporting record sales, beer sales are way up, food sales are way up so that tells us that we're up substantially," Wear said.

"There is way more people than I have ever seen here and I have been here the last three years," Lauren Miller, a Colorado Springs resident said.

Year after year, giving the charming shops lining Colorado Avenue more exposure.

"This is so cute, it's got it's own little town to go with it!" Miller said.

"The new people that come in from around areas that have never been over here, that might have been over here for years but they didn't come over here, then they come over to Old Colorado City for Territory Days and enter our place and keep coming back," Garman said.

Keeping their lights on by creating a new base of customers.

"If I can get them to come in here, then I've got them at some time or another!" he said.

Organizers say profits from Territory Days are put back into promoting the city year-round.

Total attendance numbers are expected later this week.

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