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Scaled-down Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival taking place in September

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- They're calling it a throwback to the first days of the Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival, but organizers announced that a scaled-down version of the popular event will be taking place in late September.

It's the 26th year for the Chile & Frijoles Festival, and the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce says it'll look a lot more like the inaugural event.

"This year we will pay homage to our humble roots when the festival was but one block long," organizers said in a statement on Wednesday. "Neither the staff, vendors, nor farmers ever dreamed there would be a second festival, let alone 26!"

The Throwback Fest will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 26-27.

It'll happen in two downtown areas, with a focus on farm stands and farmers' markets. They'll be in the SRDA Parking Lot at 230 N. Union Ave., and in front of the Vail Hotel on S. Grand Ave. No more than 175 guests will be allowed in any festival area at one time, and there will be curbside pickup available.

The jalapeno eating contest has been canceled, but the chili & salsa showdown is still happening.

The $5 entry fee isn't required this year, but donations are encouraged.

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