all-around fun mountain town event
Crazy good time, Burro Days, in the charming town of Fairplay, CO. Something going on the entire weekend. You will come back every year.
“Burro Days” has been an annual event in Fairplay, CO since 1948.
Celebrating, when the prospector’s made a find, his trusted burro would rush him back to the assay office to stake a claim before another prospector found his “gold mine”.
We came on Sunday and started with the pancake breakfast. Meet quite a few locals, heard a little gossip, and enjoyed all-u-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, sausage & coffee.
Off to Cowboy Church at the gazebo by the old courthouse. Jack Blease with Trail Boss Ministries lead everyone in cowboy music, and fun storytelling and left you feeling blessed. In the morning, the sun was shining, warm, and calm. Later in the day, not so much!
Next, you rush to Front Street to catch the start of the pack burro race. Always entertaining to watch the participants try to get their burros started. Several going in the wrong direction.
Most entries in the pack burro race do the long race, up to the top of Mosquito Pass (13,188 ft.) and back. Up to 30 miles!
The craziness is never-ending, a parade, the Reynolds Gang appears and a gunfight begins…
Wander through the arts & crafts fair, find the many vendors with the usual “bad for you” but fun to eat foods, and for the kids, a popular event is the pony rides.
Our favorite event is the “Outhouse Race”. Handmade, clever, funny outhouses and their owners race like banshees down the street to win a toilet lid grand prize. Love it!
Just a fun day, never-ending entertainment, with lots of laughter and smiles. Something here for everyone.
Annual: last weekend in July
Information: Town of Fairplay at 719-836-2622
Online at: http://burrodays.com
For more information about pack burro racing, contact the Western Pack Burro Association at www.packburroracing.com
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