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By Charlotte Burrous

For five years, it’s been a tradition for a group of local citizens to celebrate Steampunk, which is a style of design and fashion, combining historical elements with technological features, inspired by science fiction.

This year will be no different when the Escape in Time to Steampunk and Wine takes place Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12 in the former Florence High School at 215 Maple St., one block from Main Street.

“Citizen Jones is going to open the ceremony at 10 a.m.,” said Barb Brierley, Steampunk Festival Society member. “We’re going to have food vendors. The Florence Brewing Company will be there both days. We have wine; we’re going to have Margaritas. Salida Circus is going to be there too. It’s going to end at 7:30 (p.m. Friday with Fiona and Rock Its).”

During both days, numerous vendors will be on the grassy area of the school both days, offering jams, jellies, jewelry, crocheted items and all kinds of Steampunk items and lots of hats.
“There’s a lot of good food,” Brierley said.

Bright and early Saturday, the fun continues at 10 a.m. Headliner bands include Fiona and Rock Its with Fonda Cash, the Frost Mountain Clan and West Side Rhythm Kings Band.
As part of the festival, Chaplain Ray Linebaugh will conduct marriage renewal vows at 2 p.m. Saturday. New this year, a wife auction will take place.

“She’s a mail order bride that comes to town to find a husband and he’s not there. So she’s in a wedding dress and she doesn’t have anybody to marry,” Brierley said. “Maybe she’ll get a date for the ball.”
Also, there will be some parasol dueling and Steampunk dancing along the way.

“We have a lot of fun,” Brierley added. “Costumes are not required, but there will be contests. We may even have a beg, borrow or buy a costume (event). So if you come without one, you can win a costume contest on the spur of the moment. We’re going to have a lot of fun.”
The fun continues with the Steampunk Festival Ball at 7 p.m. Saturday in the old gymnasium of the high school.
“Midnight Sun is playing,” Brierley said. “It’s a country western band; the theme (for the ball) will be ‘wild wild west’ to go along with a country band.”

Admission is $10 donation for adults and free for children for each event and $25 VIP passes for all three events, which includes all day Friday and Saturday, and Steampunk Ball on Saturday night.

For more information, call Barb at 719-431-3592 or at Spirit Riders Western Emporium at 111 W. Main St., in Florence. This year’s theme is the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage movement, which resulted in the women’s right to vote. The society also will accept donations of money or silent auction to help in the profits. The funds will benefit the Family Crisis Services, LTD in Cañon City.

Fifth annual Escape in Time to Steampunk and Wine ready to roll