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Donkey Derby Days

June 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - June 24, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Now in its 87th 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 22nd
6:00pm-9:00pm – Beer Garden Open
7:00pm – OPENING NIGHT!!!  Melodrama at the Butte Theater

Saturday, June 23rd
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 – 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 – Vote for New Baby Donkey Names! – East Stage
11:00am – Beer Gardens Open
11:30am – Best Beard Contest – East Stage
12:00pm – Parade
1:00pm – Photos with Baby Donkeys – 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/ New Donkey Baby Names Announced – West Stage
3:00pm-6:00pm – Band TBD – East Stage
6:00pm – Two Mile High Club Booth Closes
6:00pm-9:00pm – Saturday Night Street Dance TBD Band – West Stage
7:00pm – “After Dark” with Olio – Melodrama at the Butte Theater
9:00pm – Beer Gardens Close

Sunday, 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
10:00am – Donkey Rides Begin – Near Aspen Mine Center
Kids Activities at the Park
10:30am – 12:30pm – Dog Show – West Stage
11:00am – Activity – East Stage
Beer Gardens Open
12:00pm-2:00pm – Band (TBD) – 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 2017

Details

Start:
June 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
End:
June 24, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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City of Cripple Creek
Bennett Avenue
Cripple Creek, CO 80813 United States
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