Donkey Derby Days are this weekend!

Jun 27, 2024, 11:06 AM

When you hear Donkey Derby Days, you know this is something unique to Colorado. The 93rd Annual Donkey Derby Days is this Friday through Sunday, June 28th-30th in Cripple Creek.  The three days are described as three free days of fun filled activities.

According to the Cripple Creek website,

People from all over the world descend on downtown to be inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd, who roam Cripple Creek in honor of the original Cripple Creek donkeys from the town’s Gold Rush days.

What’s going on this weekend?


Friday June 28th:

  • Live music (Wild Blue Country)
  • Street Dance Friday night 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ District Museum

Saturday June 29th:

  • Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station 7:00-10:00 am.
  • Vendors and Kids Zone open starting at 10:00 – 5:00 pm!
  • Parade at 11:00 am. Beer Gardens open from 11:00 – 10:00 pm.
  • Donkey races at 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, & 3:45 pm (final heat and awards)!
  • History Comes Alive in Pocket Park at 1:00 & 3:00 pm. Live music all day!

Sunday June 30th:

  • Vendors and Kids Zone open 10:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Beer Gardens open from 11:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Live music beginning at 11:30 & 2:00 pm.

The Cripple Creek donkeys walk around the city and are cared for by the Two Mile High Club.

The Two Mile High Club was formed in 1931 to care for these town donkeys. Our Club operates on 100% donations from local businesses, memberships, individual and family sponsorships, and grants. Each year, the Club faces the challenge of getting enough support to cover costs for vet care, food, and shelter at approximately $2,000 per donkey per year. Our volunteers work tirelessly to provide our donkeys with the best care.

The donkeys are residents of Cripple Creek and if you want to learn more about them or make a donation – click here. 

Have you ever been to the Donkey Derby Days in Cripple Creek? 

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