Celebrating 27 years

The Great
Fruitcake Toss

SAve the date: January 22, 2022 from 1-3pm

Let your fruitcake fly

The fruitcakes will fly again in downtown Manitou Springs! Join us for old fashioned games of tossing fruitcakes! It all started in 1996 with locals throwing fruitcakes in the park, and 27 years later, here we are. Events will be pure feats of strength, talent, balance and taste!

Fruitcake toss events



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What happens to all of the fruitcakes?

All of the fruitcakes that aren’t brought home from the Great Fruitcake Toss go to a special friend of ours. We take all of the leftovers to SunMountain so they can be fed to their pig, Jezebel. 

Don’t worry, all of the fruitcakes we make don’t include the preservatives that your standard fruitcake does. These fruitcakes are nutritionally safe for Jezebel and all of her friends.

Build a mini catapult

Cool Science is back for 2021, to put on a catapult building demonstration for anyone that wants to join in. Cool Science has joined us at the Great Fruitcake Toss for multiple years, and is always a crowd favorite to visit!

I absolutely love fruit cake


To eat not toss! Holding up my hand for leftovers!

There's not much batter in a fruitcake!


My mother used to make her own… and she’d put red and green gumdrops in them, instead of the candied cherries. Plus lots of pecans (I mean, this IS Texas 😉 ). She also candied her own pineapple, so it hadn’t been sitting on some shelf for half a year. It wasn’t half bad. But I still want to load one with maraschino cherries, raisins, pecans, and (maybe) the pineapple. 

How do you get rid of fruitcake?

Just throw it as far as you can, that’s what we do in Manitou Springs. 

Frequent Fruitcake Questions

Yes, leashed dogs are welcome at the Great Fruitcake Toss.

Come on down to the park and visit our Fruitcake Tech Inspect team. They’ll clear your homemade cake for tossing. If you don’t have a cake, you can buy one for $5 at the entry table.

You sure can! Extra fruitcake toss tickets will be available for $1 each. Or you can bring a canned good with you to receive a ticket as well. 10 tickets max per family for donated cans. All canned goods will be donated to the Manitou Springs Food Pantry.

Rum, dried fruit, toasted pecans, butter, candied cherries and ginger, sugar, lemon, and eggs. But it doesn’t just end there…

Great! We’d love to have you! Our volunteer application is HERE. Please contact us at kiera@manitouchamber.com with any questions!

We hear this a lot. The answer is YES. We’ll have fruitcake samples provided by our sponsor Collins Street Bakery.

Yes! Tava Food Truck will be across the street with winter warmer drinks and fruitcake toss sandwich specials.

support the fruitcake

Sponsorship info

If your business would like to help launch the fruitcake toss, fill out an application and send it our way.

2021 'Icing on the Cake' Sponsors

2021 'Piece of Cake' Sponsors

Event Sponsors

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