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5 things you need to know for Friday, September 25

Posted at 5:47 AM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 08:35:07-04

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Pueblo Chile & Frijole Throwback Fest

The Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival is moving forward this weekend with some changes that will honor its beginnings while following COVID-19 guidelines.

The 26th annual event will go back to its roots with a focus on the farmers. There are two areas designated for chile roasting and farmers markets in historic downtown Pueblo on Sept. 26 and 27 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Traffic will be able to go through on Union Avenue as the "public is encouraged to eat & shop local while in the area." The markets will be located at the SRDA parking lot and on South Grand Avenue in front of the Vail Hotel.

Festival organizers said there will be no more than 175 guests allowed in any designated area at one time. There will also be temperature checks and masks will be required in order to enter the farmers markets.

Admission will be through an online portal asking for donations and you will receive a coupon for $2 off any drink.

Delivery available from Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival

As fewer people are able to attend the much smaller Pueblo tradition, Musso Farms is now working with around a dozen drivers from two companies that will be picking up orders from the roasting stand at the festival and delivering them to customers.

The service costs $10 for most addresses within the City of Pueblo. It increases to $15 and $17.50 for those who live farther out.

The Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the festival, is also encouraging the public to pre-order chiles on theire-commerce web-application. That way they'll be ready for curbside pick service on Saturday and Sunday.

Pikes Peak APEX road closures

More than 200 cyclists from across the country are taking part in a four-day mountain bike challenge at various locations in Colorado Springs and El Paso County.

Several streets, parks, and trails will be impacted by Pikes Peak APEX going on Thursday through Sunday. It's a mixed terrain off-road event that will feature a variety of mountain bikes.

The Pikes Peak APEX is a project of the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance that aims to strengthen the outdoor recreation industry for the Pikes Peak region.

For those who don't want to attend the race, they can find alternate routes by clicking here.

Click here to see the full event schedule

Bexley's Blessings

It is childhood cancer awareness month and a Colorado Springs family who, while going through a cancer journey of their own, are giving to others.

Just weeks before she was set to start preschool Bexley Schumaker came down with a fever. The family was waiting for their other boys (and themselves) to catch whatever bug she had. That didn’t happen. They soon learned of her diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

The family and a close friend are now selling those pink shirts to raise money for research on pediatric cancer a the patients on the 2nd-floor CCBD (Center for Cancers and Blood Disorders) at Children’s Hospital Colorado- Colorado Springs.

They are using donations to fill up a pink wagon, dubbed “Bexley’s Blessings” with gifts. This way, when patients come in for treatment they can pick something that will help to distract them. Something to give them a little glimmer of hope, to keep fighting.

If you would like to donate and/or want updates on sweet Bexley check out the #bexleystrong Facebook page.


Get your latest First Alert 5 Weather Forecast

The big story today is the record heat and fire danger across southern Colorado. We'll see Red Flag Warnings in effect through the end of the day in Teller and Fremont Counties. Temperatures will warm into the 90s and even a stray triple digit out across the plains, some of which could lead to new record highs.