Once upon a time, Greg Reinke, president of the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants, (affectionately known as the HooDLuMs), heard some complaints that people who like “turkey-leg events” might not be the best clientele to attract to downtown Littleton.
He thought it was hilarious, and the Turkey Leg and Wine Hoedown was born. It returns this weekend.
The big news this year is an appearance by Old MacDonald (Dagnabbit!) from the Geico commercials, otherwise known as actor Larrs Jackson, and it's no wonder a man of such great notoriety will be attendance.
It's an event fit for the most discriminating of country folk, complete with wine (Manischewitz) and cheese (whiz) tastings, fine beverages (Schlitz, PBR and Fat Tire, to name a few), delectable meats (smoked and Louisiana deep-fried turkey legs) and other delicacies (pecan pie on a stick), many prepared by Granny Ma's Catering.
Of course, such an elegant occasion calls for a grand (hamster) ball with (square) dancing, so professional callers will be on hand on the east side of the building.
Even those without an ounce of hillbilly in them will enjoy the refined live (rockabilly) music, with a professional orchestra (Dixie Leadfoot and the Struts) performing both evenings.
HDLM knows that everyone needs to stay in shape. From (turkey) bowling to (paddle) boating to (gold)fishing in the (lazy)river, there are lots of things to do in the great (parking lot) outdoors.
The $3 cover charge includes all the entertainment you can stand, with food and beverages on sale separately.
Reinke says suggested attire is Daisy Dukes for the ladies and bib overalls with no shirt for the guys, and everyone who arrives in character gets $1 off admission. The general store will be open in case you run out of chewin' grass or corncob pipes, as will Reinke's Haunted House.
“It's good food, good music, good times,” he said.
The event is July 18 and July 19, 6-11 p.m. in the Reinke Bros. parking lot, 5665 S. Prince St. For more information, contact 303-795-5006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.