Donkey Derby Days - June 27-28, 2015

Now in its 84th year, Donkey Derby Days tops the list of favorite Cripple Creek events. People from all over the world descend on downtown, drawn by a chance to watch a race inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd, believed to be distant relatives of the original donkeys from the town’s Gold Rush days. Enjoy games, live entertainment, heritage competitions and other fun family activities that will make your visit one to remember!

The origins of this popular Colorado donkey festival date back to the 1930s, when local businessman Charley Lehew thought a Cripple Creek festival would attract people in the summer months. It wasn’t long before he and two business partnersDonkey Derby Days, photo courtesy of Brad Armstrong settled on donkey racing. Together, they built a race track, solicited advertising and arranged concessions and entertainment in time for the first-ever Donkey Derby Days festival.

Today, this two-day jamboree is one of the most popular of all the Cripple Creek events held throughout the year, and admission to this exciting Cripple Creek festival is 100% FREE!

The donkey races aren’t the only things going on this weekend, however. Visit our street vendors, enjoy our live entertainment and participate in a host of other family activities such as our heritage competitions or our activities for the children - guaranteed to make this weekend the best Donkey Derby Days ever.  Don't forget Fido - we have a dog show where your best friend can compete for prizes!

 

Donkey Derby Days 2015 Schedule of Events

Friday, June 26
7:00 p.m. OPENING NIGHT!!! “Foul Play” – Melodrama at the Butte Theater

Saturday, June 27
7:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Two Mile High Club Booth Opens
Information Booth Opens
Petting Zoo Opens
10:00 a.m. Hairy Legs Contest – Stage
“Big Ass Challenge” Media Race – Double Eagle to 2nd St.
Donkey Rides Begin
Kids Activities at the Park
Parade Check In – Jail Museum
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 am. 4th Infantry Division Band
11:00 a.m. Beer Garden Opens
11:30 a.m. Best Beard Contest – Stage
12:00 Noon Parade
1:00 p.m. Donkey Calling Contest
“Foul Play” – Melodrama at the Butte Theater
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dancing in the Sun band – East Stage
1:30 p.m. Draw for Donkey Derby Race – Stage
Announce Parade Awards – Stage
1:45 p.m. Smokin’ Guns Skit – Stage
2:00 p.m. Donkey Derby Race – Jail Museum to Cripple Creek District Museum
2:30 p.m. Tobacco Spitting Contest – Stage
3:00 p.m. Announce Donkey Derby Race Awards – Stage
Mountain Mama Contest – Stage
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Steak Dinner – 2nd St. and Bennett Ave.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Saturday Night Street Dance Featuring Exit West – Stage
6:00 p.m. Two Mile High Club Booth Closes
7:00 p.m. “Foul Play” – Melodrama at the Butte Theater
9:30 p.m. Beer Garden Closes

Sunday, June 28
7:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Two Mile High Club Booth Opens
Information Booth Opens
10:00 a.m. Donkey Rides Begin
Kids Activities at the Park
11:00 a.m. Donkey Calling Contest – Stage
11:30 a.m. Hairy Legs Contest – Stage
12:00 Noon Beer Garden Opens
12:00 Noon Dog Show – Stage
1:00 p.m. Draw for Donkey Derby Race – Stage
“Foul Play” – Melodrama at the Butte Theater
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dancing in the Sun band – East Stage
1:30 p.m. Donkey Derby Race – Jail Museum to Cripple Creek District Museum
2:00 p.m. Best Beard Contest – Stage
3:00 p.m. Businessmen’s Donkey Race – Cripple Creek District Museum to 2nd St.
3:30 p.m. Announce Donkey Derby Race & Businessmen’s Race Winners
5:00 p.m. Two Mile High Club Booth Closes
Information Booth Closes
Beer Garden Closes

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Event Location: 
City of Cripple Creek
Bennett Avenue
80813 Cripple Creek, CO
Event Date: 
Sat, 06/27/2015 to Sun, 06/28/2015