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Gold Rush Days returns to Buena Vista August 13-14 in McPhelemy Park with a full schedule of arts, music, and entertainment.

Celebrating the history of Buena Vista and Chaffee County, Gold Rush Days is a local favorite and one of the most anticipated festivals of the year.

The festivities will start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday with the opening of vendor alley in McPhelemy Park and history-themed events for all ages including arts and crafts, gold panning for kids, face painting, goats, and shows by the Heritage Museum.

Live music will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a special Saturday night performance of David Lawrence and the Spoonful from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00  p.m.

Quack-tastic” Duck Race a favorite event during Buena Vista Gold Rush Days. Image courtesy BV Chamber of Commerce

Saturday will see the return of The Great Buena Vista Duck Race, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, with the Kids Duck Race starting at 11:30 a.m. and the Quack-tastic Duck Race hosted by the Chamber of Commerce starting at 1:30 p.m.

Ducks are $2 per duck for kids (with a special prize for every participant) and $10 for adults with a special Quack Pack of six ducks available for $50.

For the Kids Duck Race, prizes range from surprises to $100 for first place.

For the Quack-tastic Duck Race, prizes include surprises, $500-$1,000 in cash, and a brand new electric bicycle from BV e-Bikes as the grand prize (a $2,000 value).

Ducks can be “adopted” at the BV Chamber of Commerce off East Main Street or online here.

The Heritage Museum will present their saucy Victorian Lingerie Show at the Depot Stage on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., a crowd favorite.

Sunday will kick off with a special “Cowboy Church” service beginning at 8:30 a.m. and welcome to all denominations and creeds.

Shortly after Cowboy Church, the famed Triple Crown Pack Burro Race will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with the fastest pack burros this side of the Rockies.

Throughout the weekend, historical reenactments including period costumes, chases, and musket demonstrations will be held. Organizers encourage everyone to participate and learn more about the colorful and wild history of Buena Vista and Chaffee County.

A beer and wine garden will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday with special extended hours of 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for David Lawrence and the Spoonful.

Come out and enjoy Buena Vista’s historical Gold Rush Days where history meets heritage and learn about the pioneers and frontiersmen who settled this Valley over 140 years ago.

Gold Rush Days is a free event open to all ages.

Featured image: Image courtesy BV Gold Rush Days 2022