This Weekend’s Gold Rush Days Celebrate Buena Vista’s Legacy – by Ark Valley Voice Staff
The Gold Rush may be 140 years old, but this weekend Gold Rush Days returns to Buena Vista on August 13-14 at McPhelemy Park. This two-day festival celebrating the history and heritage of Buena Vista and Chaffee County features a full program of arts, music and entertainment.
The festivities kicked off Saturday morning with the opening of Vendor Alley in McPhelemy Park and continues through Sunday with history-themed events for all ages, including arts and crafts, gold panning for kids, face painting, goats and Heritage Museum shows.
Live music will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with a special Saturday evening performance of David Lawrence and the Spoonful from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday will begin with a Cowboy Church service at 8:30 a.m. that welcomes all denominations and creeds.
Shortly after Cowboy Church, the famous Triple Crown Pack Burro Race will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the fastest burros this side of the Rockies. the race
Organizers encourage everyone to participate and learn about the colorful and wild history of Buena Vista and Chaffee County.
Learning about history is made easier during Goldrush Days, as throughout the weekend historical re-enactments including period costumes, chases and musket demonstrations will take place.
A beer and wine garden will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday through Sunday with special extended hours from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for David Lawrence and the Spoonful.
Gold Rush Days is a free event open to all ages.
The City of Buena Vista encourages residents and visitors to experience this year’s Gold Rush Days “where history meets heritage,” to learn about the pioneers and pioneers who settled this valley over 140 years ago.