Fruitcake toss in Manitou Springs cancelled

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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — Citing a lack of sponsors and decreased attendance, city officials said Thursday that the Great Fruitcake Toss has been cancelled.

The wacky event is usually held in January. It started in 1996 after a former chamber of commerce director came up with the idea after noticing friends never wanted to eat fruitcakes received at Christmas.

On a Facebook post, the city said “the change in venue, lack of sponsors, and the unpredictability of the weather have decreased attendance,” resulting in the cancellation.

Instead the city will be focusing on the May Wine Festival and the Emma Crawford Coffin races in October.

Leslie Lewis, executive director of the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau told KRDO-TV that the cancellation was a hard decision to make.

“It is a very hard decision to make,” said Lewis.  “This would have been the 19th year.  It’s been around for awhile.  People either love it or they hate it.”

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