Buffalo Bill Days is a community event that people have been enjoying for decades. The volunteer board/committee that organizes Buffalo Bill Days formed sometime in the 1980s, said Joy Bauman, …
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Buffalo Bill Days is a three-day festival that offers entertainment — the majority of it is free — and fun for the entire family. Live music, Native American Friendship Dances, food/beer/arts-and-crafts vendors, a mechanical bull, Lil’ Spike train rides, children’s activities and stage performances of historical personalities will take place throughout the three days of the festival. Most of the vendors and stage entertainment will take place at Parfet Park, 10th and Washington, in downtown Golden.
A complete schedule of all that this year’s Buffalo Bill Days has to offer is available to download at Buffalobilldays.com.
Here are a few highlights!
Golden Fire Rescue’s 45th annual Pancake Breakfast: 6–10 a.m. July 27 at Station 1, 911 10th St., in Golden.
Golf Tournament: shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. July 25 at Applewood Golf Course, 14001 W. 32nd Ave. in Golden.
Best of the West Parade: 10-11:30 a.m. July 27. The parade route starts at Ninth Street and Washington Avenue in downtown Golden.
Monarch Productions’ Cody’s Wild West: 12:30 p.m. July 27 at the Lions Park ballfield near 10th and Illinois streets in downtown Golden.
Car Show: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 along Washington Avenue in downtown Golden.
Muttin’ Bustin’: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 28 at east end of Lions Park ballfield.
Westernaires 70th Anniversary Celebration and Barbecue Dinner
Separate from the Buffalo Bill Days festivities, the public is also invited to celebrate the Westernaires’ 70th anniversary.
The anniversary celebration takes place from 2-9 p.m. in the Expo Hall/auditorium at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West Sixth Avenue Frontage Road in Golden.
The event includes a small carnival, auctions, a barbecue dinner for purchase, an historical video presentation and a DJ for dancing.
To learn more about the event, visit www.westernaires.org/events.
Buffalo Bill Days is a community event that people have been enjoying for decades.
The volunteer board/committee that organizes Buffalo Bill Days formed sometime in the 1980s, said Joy Bauman, president of the Buffalo Bill Days board/committee, but the annual celebration got its start well before that.
It can be traced back to the 1940s, Bauman said, when the Buffalo Bill Saddle Club began an annual trail ride from Buffalo Bill’s grave on Lookout Mountain to downtown Golden. They were honoring the late, famed showman William Frederick Cody, aka Buffalo Bill.
The modern day celebration takes place this year July 25-28 in various locations in downtown Golden. Attendees can expect all their favorite activities and entertainment — live music, mutton busting, car show and, of course, Monarch Productions’ Cody’s Wild West, which is a re-enactment similar to what Buffalo Bill himself would have put together, Bauman said.
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New this year is a tribute to American Indians, and the public will have opportunities throughout the festival to participate in a Friendship Dance led by Native American dancers.
“Buffalo Bill was very connected with the American Indians,” Bauman said, “and they had a connection with him, too.”
The annual Duck Race down Clear Creek will be postponed because of the river restrictions that were in place during planning, Bauman said. As of press time, the rescheduled date has not been determined, but announcements will be made on the Buffalo Bill Days website and possibly on-site during Buffalo Bill Days, Bauman said. The event is put on by Golden High School’s Interact Club and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Golden, and the clubs will still be selling the ducks at their booth during Buffalo Bill Days, Bauman said.
This year’s grand marshal for the annual Best of the West Parade is the Westernaires, a nonprofit volunteer-run youth equestrian organization.
About 50 youths will be riding in this year’s parade, and the organization’s ground acts may also make an appearance, said Kris Maikranz, one of the Westernaires’ chief instructors.
The Westernaires participate in the parade often, but this year is unique as the organization is being honored as the grand marshal on its 70th anniversary, Maikranz added.
“We look forward to this hometown parade every year,” Maikranz said. The youths “consider it a distinct honor to be a part of the celebration.”
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