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88th Annual Donkey Derby Days (2019)

June 22 @ 9:00 am - June 23 @ 6:00 pm

Donkey Derby Days 2019

PLEASE NOTE NEW CHANGE IN DATES!!!

Now in its 88th 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

Free Admission to the Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum All Weekend!! **Please register for Donkey Races at the Information Booth Each Morning

Friday, June 21

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Various Food Vendors Open
7:00 pm – “My Partner” Classic Melodrama with Olio at the Butte Theater

Saturday, June 22

7:00 am – Pancake Breakfast at Cripple Creek Fire Station
8:00 am – Two Mile High Club Information and T-Shirt Booth Opens
8:00 am – Petting Zoo across from Double Eagle Casino (East End) Opens
9:00 am – “Kiss my Ass” Donkey Kissing Booth Opens
9:30 am – 11:00 am – Mile High US Army Band – Main Stage
10:00 am – Beer Gardens Open
10:00 am – “Big Ass Challenge” Media Race – Double Eagle to 2nd St./ Donkey Rides Begin – Across from Double Eagle Casino / Parade Check In – Jail Museum
11:00 am – Cripple Fire Department Demo in the Pocket Park next to City Hall.
12:00 pm – Parade
1:30 pm – Draw for Donkey Derby Race – Main Stage/ Announce Parade Awards – West Stage
1:45 pm – Teaser Show by Mountain Repertory Theater – Main Stage
2:00 pm – Donkey Derby Main Race – Jail Museum to District Museum
3:00 pm – Announce Donkey Derby Race Awards – Main Stage
3:15 pm-6:00 pm – Tejon Street Corner Thieves – Main Stage
5:00 pm – “My Partner” Classic Melodrama with Olio at the Butte Theater
6:00 pm – Two Mile High Club Booth Closes
6:15 pm – Beer Gardens Close

Sunday, June 23

7:00 am – Pancake Breakfast at Cripple Creek Fire Station
8:00 am –  Two Mile High Club Information and T-Shirt Booth Opens
8:00 am – Petting Zoo across from Double Eagle Casino (East End) Opens
9:00 am – “Kiss my Ass” Donkey Kissing Booth Opens
10:00 am – Donkey Rides Begin – across from Double Eagle Casino (East End)
10:15 am – 11:45 pm – Dog Show – Main Stage
10:30 am – Beer Gardens Open
11:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Jon E. Boothe – Main Stage
12:00 pm – Cripple Creek Fire Department Demonstration at Pocket Park next to City Hall
1:00 pm – Draw for Donkey Derby Race – Main Stage/ “My Partner” Classic Melodrama with Olio at the Butte Theater
1:30 pm – Donkey Derby Main Race – Jail Museum to District Museum
1:45 pm – 4:00 – Kon Tiki – Main Stage
3:00 pm – Businessmen’s Donkey Race – District Museum to 2nd St.
3:30 pm – Announce Donkey Derby Race & Businessmen’s Race Winners
5:00 pm – Two Mile High Club Booth Closes and Beer Garden Closes

Want to Be Vendor or Parade Participant? Apply Below!

PLEASE CONTACT KBRANYIK@CRIPPLE-CREEK.CO.US IF YOU ARE A NEW VENDOR OR A FOOD VENDOR.

***Applications MUST be turned in by or before June 12, 2019. After this date, we will no longer accept applications.

Details

Start:
June 22 @ 9:00 am
End:
June 23 @ 6:00 pm
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City of Cripple Creek
Bennett Avenue
Cripple Creek, CO 80813 United States
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