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Donkey Derby Days

June 29 @ 9:00 am - June 30 @ 6:00 pm

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An event every year that begins at 9:00am on day last of June, repeating indefinitely

Donkey Derby Days Event in Cripple Creek

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 – Butte Theater Show (TBD)

Saturday, June 22

7:00 am – Pancake Breakfast at Cripple Creek Fire Station
8:00 am – Two Mile High Club Booth Opens
8:00 am – Information Booth Opens
8:00 am – Petting Zoo next to Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation (West End) Opens
9:30 am – 11:00 am – TBD – West Stage
10:00 am – “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
10:30 am – 11:45 amTBD – East Stage
11:00 am – Beer Gardens Open
12:00 pm – Parade
1:00 pm – Photos with Baby Donkeys – East Stage
1:00 pm – TBD – Melodrama at the Butte Theater
1:30 pm – Draw for Donkey Derby Race – West Stage/ Announce Parade Awards – West Stage
1:45 pm – Western Shootout Gun Skit (TBD) – West Stage
2:00 pm – Donkey Derby Main Race – Jail Museum to District Museum
3:00 pm – Announce Donkey Derby Race Awards – West Stage/ New Donkey Baby Names Announced – West Stage
3:00 pm-6:00 pmTBD  – East Stage
6:00 pm – Two Mile High Club Booth Closes
6:00 pm-9:00 pm – Saturday Night Street Dance TBD – West Stage
7:00 pm – TBD – Melodrama at the Butte Theater
8:30 pm – Beer Gardens Close

Sunday, June 23

7:00 am – Pancake Breakfast at Cripple Creek Fire Station
8:00 am – Two Mile High Club Booth Opens
8:00 am – Information Booth Opens
8:00 am – Petting Zoo next to Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation (West End) Opens
10:00 am – Donkey Rides Begin – Near Aspen Mine Center
10:00 am – Kids Activities at the Park
10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Dog Show – West Stage
11:00 am – Photos with Baby Donkeys – East Stage
11:00 am – Beer Gardens Open
12:00 pm – 2:00 pmTBD – East Stage
1:00 pm – Draw for Donkey Derby Race – West Stage/ “A Cripple Creek Ragtime Revue” – Melodrama at the Butte Theater
1:30 pm – Donkey Derby Main Race – Jail Museum to District Museum
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/ Information Booth Closes/ Beer Gardens Close

Want to Be Vendor or Parade Participant? Apply Below!

VENDOR REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! PLEASE CONTACT KBRANYIK@CRIPPLE-CREEK.CO.US IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.
Apply to Be a Vendor Online!
Vendor Application Download (Mail-In)
Hold Harmless Download (Online Registration Only)
Join our Facebook Vendor Group!

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

Details

Start:
June 29 @ 9:00 am
End:
June 30 @ 6:00 pm
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City of Cripple Creek
Bennett Avenue
Cripple Creek, CO 80813 United States
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