Jun 28 - 29 2014
Donkey Derby Days presented by Testing Parallax at Cripple Creek, Cripple Creek CO

Donkey Derby Days

at Cripple Creek

Now in its 83rd year, Donkey Derby Days tops the list of favorite Cripple Creek events. People from all over the world descend on downtown, drawn by a chance to watch a race inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd, believed to be distant relatives of the original donkeys from the town’s Gold Rush days. Enjoy games, live entertainment, heritage competitions and other fun family activities that will make your visit one to remember!

The origins of this popular Colorado donkey festival date back to the 1930s, when local businessman Charley Lehew thought a Cripple Creek festival would attract people in the summer months. It wasn’t long before he and two business partners [Donkey Derby Days, photo courtesy of Brad Armstrong]  settled on donkey racing. Together, they built a race track, solicited advertising and arranged concessions and entertainment in time for the first-ever Donkey Derby Days festival.

Today, this two-day jamboree is one of the most popular of all the Cripple Creek events held throughout the year, and admission to this exciting Cripple Creek festival is 100% FREE!

The donkey races aren’t the only things going on this weekend, however. Visit our street vendors, enjoy our live entertainment and participate in a host of other family activities such as our heritage competitions or our activities for the children – guaranteed to make this weekend the best Donkey Derby Days ever.  Don't forget Fido – we have a dog show where your best friend can compete for prizes!

Admission Info


Dates & Times

2014/06/28 - 2014/06/29

Additional time info:

Saturday, June 28

7:00 a.m.                        Pancake Breakfast (Cripple Creek Fire Department)
8:00 a.m.                        Two Mile High Club Booth Opens
                                       Information Booth Opens
                                       Petting Zoo Opens
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.     Chicken Poop Bingo – Next to Information Booth
10:00 a.m.                       Hairy Legs Contest – Stage
                                        “Big Ass Challenge” Media Race – Double Eagle to 2nd Street
                                        Donkey Rides Begin
                                        Kids Activities At the Park
                                        Parade Check In – Jail Museum
10:30 a.m.                       Best Beard Contest – Stage
11:00 a.m.                       Beer Garden Opens
12:00 Noon                      Parade
1:00 p.m.                         Smokin' Guns Skit – Stage
1:30 p.m.                         Draw For Donkey Derby Race – Stage
                                        Announce Parade Awards – Stage
                                        Donkey Calling Contest
2:00 p.m.                         Donkey Derby Race – Jail Museum to Cripple Creek District Museum
2:30 p.m.                         Mountain Mama Contest – Stage
3:00 p.m.                         Announce Donkey Derby Race Awards – Stage
                                        Tobacco Spitting Contest – Stage
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.       Steak Dinner – 2nd Street & Bennett Avenue
6:00 p.m.                         Two Mile High Club Booth Closes
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.       Saturday Night Street Dance – Stage
7:00 p.m.                         "The Spoilers" Melodrama at the Butte Theater
9:30 p.m.                         Beer Garden Closes

Sunday, June 29

8:00 a.m.                         Two Mile High Club Booth Opens
                                        Information Booth Opens
10:00 a.m.                       Donkey Rides Begin
                                        Kids Activities at the Park
11:00 a.m.                       Donkey Calling Contest – Stage
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    Chicken Poop Bingo – Next to Information Booth
11:30 a.m.                       Hairy Legs Contest – Stage
12:00 Noon                     Beer Tent Opens
                                       Dog Show – Stage
1:00 p.m.                        Draw for Donkey Derby Race – Stage
1:30 p.m.                        Donkey Derby Race – Jail Museum to Cripple Creek District Museum
2:00 p.m.                        Best Beard Contest – Stage
2:30 p.m.                        Businessmen's Donkey Race – Cripple Creek District Museum to 2nd St.
4:00 p.m.                        Announce Donkey Derby Race & Businessmen's Race Winners
5:00 p.m.                        Two Mile High Club Booth Closes
                                       Information Booth Closes 
7:00 p.m.                        "The Spoilers" Melodrama at the Butte Theater

Location Info

Cripple Creek

200 Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek, CO 80813