Time to dig out the corncob pipe

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“The Turkey Leg and Wine Hoedown is back bigger, badder and stronger,” says Greg Reinke, president of the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants. “Bring the family, listen to the music and have a great time.”

Yes, you read that right. Turkey Leg and Wine Hoedown. And this year, there will even be good wine, not just Manischewitz, says Reinke, and Fat Tire and Blue Moon in addition to Schlitz, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Coors and Coors Light. The Daisy Duke girls will be back to serve up the libations out of their wheelbarrows, or visit the statuesque servers up in the Amazon Tree House.

The concept for the hoedown evolved in 2011 after Reinke 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 rest is history.

The menu, of course, features turkey legs — two kinds this year, both smoked and Louisiana deep-fried. Sides include corn on the cob and individual servings of EZ Mac. The appetizer is Cheez Whiz on crackers, and dessert is pecan pie on a stick. All can be purchased as a meal or a la carte.

New this year are the bands: Ken K cranking out classic rock, and Brian Parton, former lead singer of Mad Dog and the Smokin’ Js, belting out rockabilly.

The $3 cover charge includes all the entertainment you can stand, including tubing on the Lazy River, Frozen Turkey Bowling (on a real bowling-alley lane), Little People’s Paddle Boat Pond, Dunk-a-Merchant and more.

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.

“It’s a fun, middle-of-summer event because you can dress down and just have a good time,” he said.

The event is July 19 and July 20, 6-11 p.m. in the Reinke Bros. parking lot, 5665 S. Prince St. For more information, contact 303-795-5006 or info@downtownlittleton.com.