Buena Vista Gold Rush Days
August 12 – 13, 2017
Buena Vista Gold Rush Days
August 12 -13, 2017
Buena Vista Gold Rush Days
August 12 – 13, 2017
Welcome to the 2017 Gold Rush Days in Buena Vista, Colorado!
August 12 & 13
Gold Rush Days, Buena Vista’s signature annual event, is the celebration of our heritage and history. It is a weekend filled with free, family-friendly fun and nonstop entertainment. This will be our 37th year of celebrating Gold Rush and we hope you join us!
Enjoy nonstop music at free concerts throughout both days at the entertainment tent in the park. Bring your lawn chair or relax at the beer garden and listen to the wide variety of music, there is a genre for everyone! Gold Rush Days offers two days of awesome musical entertainment in the beautiful park setting. See the event schedule below for details.
Buena Vista’s largest annual art and craft fair takes place during Gold Rush Days. Over 100 booths featuring unique items including metal work, photography, pottery, jewelry, handmade clothing and items, and much more. The food vendors provide a wide selection of yummy choices of drinks and snacks to the full meals. Activities for children make this a special event for all ages.
The town lake turns into duck soup during the annual duck race, when rubber duckies float in the current to the finish line. The first to cross wins $500, the last wins $250. Tickets cost $5 each and can be purchased ahead of time at Buena Vista banks and the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce. During Gold Rush Days, tickets can be purchased at the beer garden and the information booth.
The 3rd leg of the famous Triple Crown Burro Race (which has taken place for 67 years) is part of the Gold Rush Days celebration. Don’t miss cheering them on as they take off from the start line on Main Street Sunday morning. Once the street is clear, you can get ready for the one and only toilet seat race. You can participate or just join the fun and laughter of watching. See schedule of events below for the details.
History comes to life during Gold Rush Days and that includes Buena Vista’s history with the local madams. The infamous ladies of the evening will discuss their trade and share many stories during this fun and informative performance. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are encouraged. Tickets are available at the Buena Vista Chamber 343 US Hwy 24 S. Due to the subject matter, it is recommended that children under 13 not attend. The Madams will only be available for your pleasure Saturday evening at 7 pm at the BV Heritage Museum.
Everyone loves Gold Rush Days! There are activities and events for all ages. Kids can participate in gem panning, the toilet seat race and games in the park, along with trying out paddling a kayak, playing on the lake in a bubble, and reaching for the sky on the bungee jump. There are civil war reenactments for all to enjoy.
All events are at McPhelemy Town Lake Park (unless otherwise indicated),
located at the corner of Main Street and Hwy 24 in the heart of beautiful Buena Vista.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM Gold Rush Days Optimist Pancake Breakfast in Columbine Park. All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage plus beverages are served, $7 adults, $3 kids.
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM The Arts & Craft Fair in McPhelemy (Town Lake) Park. 100 + booths, unique items and delicious food.
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Gem Panning. SW corner area of McPhelemy Park, on west side of the lake.
10:00 AM Civil War recruiting station. Learn how to march and drill just like Civil War soldiers did in the 1860’s. Presented by First Colorado Company D, Civil War reenactors. At the BV Heritage Depot (SW corner of McPhelemy Park)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Free Concert by Carin Mari performs at the entertainment tent playing Country/Americana Music. Learn more about Carin Mari.
11:00 AM – 4 PM Kayaking on McPhelemy Park Town Lake. Only $5 for 2 days of kayaking on both Sat. & Sunday. East side of lake.
11:00 AM History of Burro Racing and Curtis Imrie Stories. Presented by the Western Pack Burro Assoc.. At the BV Heritage Depot.
12:00 PM BV Heritage Reenactment – Victorian Secrets. This is a Victorian undergarment demonstration. Learn why it took two women to dress one woman in the late 19th century. Presented by Carrie Carey and Lois Goss. At the BV Heritage Depot.
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Free Concert by Mountain Mantra Music. Classic Rock, Folk Rock, & Blues. Learn more about Mountain Mantra Music.
1:00 PM BV Heritage Reenactment – The McPhelemy’s. Hear stories of days gone by preseted by Bonnie and Ray Stwalley. At the BV Heritage Depot.
1:30 PM BV Heritage Reenactment – Alsina Deerheimer, The Mother of Buena Vista tells how the town was named and other interesting stories. Presented by Judy Epperson. At the BV Heritage Depot.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Victorian Tea. Tea for ladies in Victorian costume hosted by the ladies of the First Colorado Company D. Open to all those who attend in period costume only, spectators welcomed. Held in the Civil War Camp, McPhelemy Park.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Victorian Tea for ladies and gentlemen hosted by the ladies of the First Colorado Company D. Open to all, no costume needed. Held in the Civil War Camp, McPhelemy Park.
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Free Concert by Dakota Blonde performs at the entertainment tent playing Acoustic American Music. Learn more about Dakota Blonde.
4:30 PM First Colorado Company D, Civil War reenactors present a Civil War drama. At the BV Heritage Depot, McPhelemy Park.
7:00 PM Performance by The Madams of Central Colorado. This fun historical production has become almost as infamous as the ladies of the evening they portray. Performance at the BV Heritage Museum, 506 E. Main. Admissions charged, advanced ticket purchase recommended. Learn more about The Madams of Central Colorado.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
8:30 AM -10:30 AM Free Concert by Enchanted Strings Music with Carole and Randy Barnes. A lively mix of hammered dulcimer, squeezebox and guitar from these popular local musicians. Learn more about Enchanted Strings Music.
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Cowboy Church at the entertainment tent in McPhelemy Park. The nondenominational service will be given by Sharon Robertson .
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM The Arts & Craft Fair in McPhelemy (Town Lake) Park. 100 + booths, unique items and delicious food.
9:55 AM Blessing of the Burros. Near Town Hall, 210 E. Main St.
10:00 AM Pack Burro Race Start. Come cheer the burro’s on at the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown Burro Race. Burro Race is from Railroad St running East to Midland Trail. Start is near Town Hall, 210 E. Main St.
10:15 AM Shootout on East Main after the start of the Burro Race. Starts near Town Hall, 210 E. Main St.
10:30 AM The infamous Toilet Seat Races take place on E. Main St. near the intersection of E. Main and Colorado. Come join the fun!
11:00 AM Musket Demonstration presented by First Colorado Company D, Civil War reenactors. See how the 1861 Springfield musket was used in the Civil War.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Free concert by Kevin Earlywine. On his 2017 new album release tour, featuring songs from his album Danger, pop, folk and indie. Learn more about Kevin Earlywine.
11:00 AM – 4 PM Kayaking on McPhelemy Park Town Lake. Only $5 (if you paid on Sat. you can kayak again today at not cost). East side of lake.
12:00 PM BV Heritage Reenactment – The McPhelemy’s. Hear stories of days gone by presented by Bonnie and Ray Stwalley. At the BV Heritage Depot.
12:30 PM BV Heritage Reenactment – Alsina Deerheimer, The Mother of Buena Vista tells how the town was named and other interesting stories. Presented by Judy Epperson. At the BV Heritage Depot.
1:00 PM BV Heritage Reenactment – Victorian Secrets. This is a Victorian undergarment demonstration. Learn why it took two women to dress one woman in the late 19th century. Presented by Carrie Carey and Lois Goss. At the BV Heritage Depot.
1:30 PM- 4:00 PM Free Concert by Colorado Homegrown. Colorado Homegrown is a four-person band out of Buena Vista playing five decades of danceable rock and roll. Learn more about Colorado Homegrown
2:30 PM Gold Rush Duck Race at Town Lake in McPhelemy Park. The race starts near the bridge in the center of the park and the ducks race down into Town Lake. $500 if your duck crosses the finish line first, $250 if your duck finishes last! Tickets cost $5 each and can be purchased ahead of time at Buena Vista banks and the BV Chamber of Commerce. During Gold Rush Days, tickets can be purchased at the beer garden and the information booth.
2:00 PM Pack Burro Race Award Ceremony. At the Watershed, 410 E. Main St.
3:00 PM The Civil War in the West. In 1862 Colorado solders marched hundreds of miles to New Mexico to halt the advance of General Sibley’s Confederate forces marching up the Rio Grande River. Presented by First Colorado Company D, Civil War reenactors. At the BV Heritage Depot, McPhelemy Park.
Plus much more…..
Event Locations in Buena Vista:
McPhelemy (Town Lake) Park is on the NW corner of Hwy 24 and Main Street.
The entertainment tent and beer garden are located at the north end of McPhelemy Park on the east side of the lake.
BV Heritage Depot is the restored railroad depot building at the SE corner of McPhelemy Park (the NE corner of Hwy 24 and Main St.)
The Civil War Camp is at the north end of McPhelemy Park on the west side of the lake.
Columbine Park: This park is located on Highway 24, just south of the stoplight in downtown Buena Vista behind K’s Dairy Delight.
BV Heritage Museum (old courthouse), 506 E. Main. From stoplight, head east on Main to Cedar St. Museum is on NE corner.
Town Hall, 210 E. Main St.
The Watershed, 410 E. Main St.
A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors!
Please contact the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce to find out how your business can be a sponsor of this awesome annual event.