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Donkey Derby Days

 

IMG_5820#2_0Now in its 86th 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 don’t miss meeting our new, baby donkeys!

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 partners 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 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 – Schedule of Events

**Please register for Donkey Races at the Information Booth Each Morning**

Free Admission to the Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum All Weekend!!

Friday, June 23rd

6:00pm-10:00pm – Friday Night Street Dance – Beer Garden Open

7:00pm – OPENING NIGHT!!! “After Dark” with Olio
– Melodrama at the Butte Theater

Saturday, June 24th

7:00am – Pancake Breakfast at Cripple Creek Fire Station

8:00am – Two Mile High Club Booth Opens
Information Booth Opens
Petting Zoo next to Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation (West End) Opens

9:30am-11:00am – 4th Infantry Division Band (TBD) – West Stage

10:00am – “Big Ass Challenge” Media Race – Double Eagle to 2nd St.
Donkey Rides Begin – Near Aspen Mine Center
Kids Activities at the Park
Parade Check In – Jail Museum

10:30am – Kids Donkey Race – Aspen Mine Center to 2nd St.

11:00am – Beer Gardens Open

11:30am – Best Beard Contest – East Stage

12:00pm – Parade

1:00pm – Donkey Calling Contest – East Stage
“After Dark” with Olio – Melodrama at the Butte Theater

1:30pm – Draw for Donkey Derby Race – West Stage
Announce Parade Awards – West Stage

1:45pm – Western Shootout Gun Skit – West Stage

2:00pm – Donkey Derby Race – Jail Museum to District Museum

3:00pm – Announce Donkey Derby Race Awards – West Stage

3:00pm-6:00pm – TBD Band – East Stage

6:00pm – Two Mile High Club Booth Closes

6:00pm-10:00pm – Saturday Night Street Dance Featuring Sandy Wells – West Stage

7:00pm – “After Dark” with Olio – Melodrama at the Butte Theater

10:00pm – Beer Gardens Close

Sunday, June 25th

7:00am – Pancake Breakfast at Cripple Creek Fire Station

8:00am – Two Mile High Club Booth Opens
Information Booth Opens
Petting Zoo next to Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation (West End) Opens

10:00am – Donkey Rides Begin – Near Aspen Mine Center
Kids Activities at the Park

10:30am – Kids Donkey Race – Aspen Mine Center to 2nd St.

11:00am – Donkey Calling Contest – East Stage
Beer Gardens Open

11:30am – Dog Show – West Stage

12:00pm-2:00pm – TBD Band – East Stage

1:00pm – Draw for Donkey Derby Race – West Stage
“A Cripple Creek Ragtime Revue” – Melodrama at the Butte Theater

1:30pm – Donkey Derby Race – Jail Museum to District Museum

2:00pm – Best Beard Contest – East Stage

3:00pm – Businessmen’s Donkey Race – District Museum to 2nd St.

3:30pm – Announce Donkey Derby Race & Businessmen’s Race Winners

5:00pm – Two Mile High Club Booth Closes
Information Booth Closes
Beer Gardens Close

2017 Vendor Application
Donkey Derby Parade Application

Details

Start:
June 23 @ 8:00 am
End:
June 25 @ 5:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Venue

City of Cripple Creek
Bennett Avenue
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
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