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89th Annual Donkey Derby Days (2020)

June 27, 2020 @ 9:00 am - June 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

See the donkeys family activities

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2020 will be the 89th annual Donkey Derby Days celebration!  It 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, and heritage competitions!

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 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 over the weekend, however. Visit street vendors, enjoy live entertainment and participate in a host of other family activities, such as heritage competitions and activities for children–guaranteed to make the Donkey Derby Days weekend a memorable event. We hope to see you in Cripple Creek June 27 & 28, 2020!!!!


June 27, 2020 @ 9:00 am
June 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
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City of Cripple Creek
Bennett Avenue
Cripple Creek, CO 80813 United States
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