Gold Rush Days in Buena Vista, Colorado will be held in McPhelemy Park on August 10th and 11th, 2013. Come out for the races, old-time costumes, live music, great food, fresh lemonade, kids’ games, storytelling, blacksmithing, local vendors, and mountain life. From fresh peeled fries to homemade jams, soaps, and honeys, to personalized handbags and signs, you’ll never get bored. Watch a log transform into a bear, beaver, moose, or eagle right before your eyes. Visit booths for local businesses and talk with the people behind the products.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the cooler things:
At 11:30AM on Saturday the costume promenade will take place and you’ll even have the chance to wear an outfit from the olden days.
At 10:00AM on Sunday, the best part, the burro races begins. These professional racers train for months with their burros. Buena Vista is the last stop for these athletes participating in the Triple Crown with the Fairplay and Leadville races already behind them. What began as a single, 23 mile, race transformed into six races taking place in Central City, Cripple Creek, Frisco, and the Triple Crown locations. The burro carries a 33 pound pack of mining gear for the duration of the 13.5 mile event in BV. The railroad tracks on Main Street will act as the finish line for these brave racers, so stick around and see who wins.
Shortly after the burros and their runners take off the toilet seat race will take place.
At 2:30PM is the duck race at the town lake in McPhelemy Park.