2017 Spring/Summer Schedule of Events – Buena Vista, Colorado, USA

If you are planning a trip to Buena Vista, Colorado any time in the near future, you’ll appreciate a Spring/Summer Schedule of Events.  Naturally, there will be more to add, so please check the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center website for additions or updates:  BV Chamber Website

They can also give you location, directions and even contact info.  If they don’t have, they’ll find it for you!  Call them at 719-395-6612.

WordPress Buena Vista Schedule of Events – Spring 2017

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Gunfight & Near Hanging at the Lariat

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 Cast of Characters 

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

Wild West Parlour Games

An entourage from Canada met with Kathi Perry, Executive Director of the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, a couple of weeks ago along with other members of the Chaffee County Visitors Bureau.  Upon their return to Canada, they wrote about their experience in Colorado, specifically about Buena Vista, and were fascinated with the Madams of Central Colorado.  Enough so, that they included the show in their article, even though they have never seen the show.

Here is the link to their feature article:

Melfort Journal: Madams of Central Colorado

Last Friday was the opening show of the summer season and it was a very fun show as the portrayers and audience interacted and played off of each other.  Here are just a few images from the show:

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The Cast of “Madams of Central Colorado”:  Bonnie Schwam as Lillian Powers, Kathi Perry as Cockeyed Liz, Renee Graner as Laura Evens Carrie Carey as Belle Brown, Morgan Mahala as Silverheels Jesse, Whitney Tidwell as Laverne.

Images from Friday, July 1, 2016 show:

The next show is August 13, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum.