The weekend started like any other beautiful, sunny day in August, and ended with a gunfight at the local saloon, a near hanging, and the Triple Crown Burro Race finale. I could only be referring to Gold Rush Days in Buena Vista, Colorado, generally held the 2nd week of August each year, or occasionally held the first weekend.
The weekend is a mix of returning vendors and events along with new introductions. The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is the organizer for the weekend which brings guests young and old alike to enjoy the events, historic reenactments, vendors and live music.
The feud between Joe Bush and Johnny started at the Lariat and ended at the local jail.
The Burro race is approximately 12 miles traversing Main Street, crossing RR tracks, across a bridge, along a single track jeep road, over the Arkansas River and the “Gentleman’s Loop” of the Barbara Whipple Trail.
Gold Rush Days Burro Race, 3rd Leg of the Triple Crown
Live Music at McPhelemy Park: Ryan Chrys and the Roughcuts
Water Fun at Town Lake, McPhelemy Park
Fun for Kids, Puppies and Butterflies
Toilet Seat Races on Main Street
Civil War Reenactors/Madams of Central Colorado