Pueblo Colorado is the biggest city in the Pueblo metropolitan statistical area with the population over 160 000 people. It is situated at the junction of Fountain Creek and the Arkansas River, 110 miles south of Denver, Colorado's Capital, on the front side of the Rocky Mountains. Being in the "banana belt" of the region, it has less snow than is usual for the territory of Colorado. Pueblo has one of the lowest housing and life costs in whole of America. Its tagline "Home of Heroes" comes from the fact that four of the recipients of Congressional Medal of Honor come from Pueblo. The City is the promoter of renewable energy. It is considered as the Colorado's primary locality for solar energy development and as the main location for solar companies. Xcel Energy Company is currently constructing the biggest solar-energy farm on the east side of the Rocky Mountains. In addition, Vestas Wind Systems constructed the world's largest wind turbine tower manufacturing plant at Pueblo's industrial park. Culture and entertainment Pueblo is the home of the Colorado State Fair, Colorado's largest single event, held every year in the late summer since 1872. The long tradition of the big Colorado State Fair started as a simple horse exhibition in the late 1869. Two thousand people came to Pueblo that distant year to see the exhibition, and since then, the event grew into the biggest summer event in the State, which offers families a fun and educational vacation. The fair hosts competitive activities such as livestock and horse shows, fine arts exhibitions, concerts, carnival and rodeo events including the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals. Other big event held annually in Pueblo is Chile and Frijoles Festival. It takes place on the third weekend after Labor Day and gathers around 100 000 visitors on average during the three days it lasts. The festival pays homage to two of the Pueblo area's most loved crops - green chilies and frijoles or pinto beans. The event features activities which involve music, arts and crafts and cooking competitions. It is held in the downtown of the city. Lake Pueblo State Park If you want to spend a day outdoors, and moreover, in nature, you can visit the Lake Pueblo State Park. It is a state park in Pueblo County and it includes Lake Pueblo (or Pueblo Reservoir) and 10000 acres of land that surrounds it. Activities it offers include recreational fishing, swimming, hiking, camping and there are two full-service marinas there. The land surrounding the lake is home for many species of wildlife. Things to see in Pueblo As the largest steel producer in America, Pueblo grew the nickname "Steel City" and it is of no wonder that there is a museum dedicated to steelworks here: Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture. The museum holds exhibits that depict the local history of coal mining and steel production, railroads and the impact the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company had on this region. There are a few other museums you may wish to visit while in Pueblo: Buell Children’s Museum, El Pueblo History Museum or Weisbrod Aircraft Museum. If you are visiting with kids, you may want to take them to Pueblo’s Zoo which is home to more than 420 animals of over 140 different species.