Special Events

Great Fruitcake Toss

When: Sat., Jan. 31, 12-3 p.m. 2015

Limber up your hurlin' arm — the Manitou Springs Fruitcake Toss is back. Thanks to longtime local Annie Schmitt, the fruitcakes are flying again from noon to 3 in Memorial Park (502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, tinyurl.com/lol5oat, fruitcaketoss@gmail.com). Gone are the property-damaging chucking machines in favor of straight-up throwing with six events, divided by age range. The biggest winner gets to defend the champion's throne, a Great Fruitcake Toss custom chair from Colorado Ski Chairs. There's also a 3D-printed fruitcake from Pikes Peak Makerspace for the tastiest fruitcake, since the dessert is getting a little bit more love this time around in a "too good to toss" bake-off. And yes, there is such a thing as a tasty fruitcake — "ones with real fruit instead of dried fruit, the ones soaked in bourbon or rum," says Schmitt. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Manitou Food Pantry as admission. Note: There will be a beer garden. — Griffin Swartzell

Price: Non-perishable food donation suggested for admittance.

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