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El Pueblo History Museum highlights history of Bell Game

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It's finally here! The famed bell is up for grabs tonight in Pueblo at the annual Bell Game. Central and Centennial High Schools will face off at Dutch Clark Stadium this evening. 

Right now, at the El Pueblo History museum you can catch a very special display. It's called The Bell Rings and celebrates one of the longest football rivalries in southern Colorado. 

The Bell Game dates back to 1892, when the first football game between Centennial and Central took place. In fact, they didn't even have a bell at that time! 
It was just a rivalry between two schools. In the early 1900s, the school board had to cancel the game after things got out of hand during a particularly rowdy year. The bell came back in 1921 and has been going strong ever since! 

"It's not just about a football game. This is about communities coming together," said District 60 Spokesperson Dalton Sprouse. " Dutch Clark is a special place. This is a legendary environment."

Tonight's game will draw big crowds! 15,000 people are expected to wear their red or blue for the big event all eager to see who will ring the bell at the end of the night. 

The El Pueblo History Museum is free and open to the public. You can get more details here

Be sure to watch Friday Football Fever tonight on News 5 at 10 for all of the highlights from the game.

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