Breck will keep you busy all weekend with inaugural Kingdom Days
BRECKENRIDGE ” Kingdom Days, Breckenridge’s inaugural event celebrating the town’s rich history, is named for an incidence of Breckenridge being left out. In the mid-1800s the U.S. map forgot to include the town, and so it was dubbed “Colorado’s Kingdom” until the mistake was corrected in 1936.
Outhouse Races highlight the weekend of events: At 2 p.m. on Sunday on the 100 S. block of Ridge St. (between Lincoln and Washington) homemade outhouse vehicles will race from one end of the block to the other for a prize of $500. Voting for the best outhouse will take place from noon to 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday in the Blue River Plaza and Riverwalk Center, there will be gold panning and mining demonstrations, interactive kids activities like making homemade root beer and a build-your-own-log-cabin project. Also downtown, there will be old-time photo opportunities at the Briar Rose Restaurant, as well as a Western Photography Exhibit at Abby Hall and the Breckenridge Theatre Gallery.
Saturday and Sunday the Breckenridge Festival of Film will host a “Best of Fest” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Breckenridge Theatre, showing films of historic Breckenridge and films from the last 27 years of the festival.
All museums and historic tours are free during the weekend.
– Historic Walking Tour of Breckenridge ” Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. Meet at the Breckenridge Welcome Center, 203 S. Main St.
– Rotary Snow Plow Park Tour. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. From Main Street in Breckenridge, turn left on Boreas Pass Road, then take an immediate right into the parking lot.
– Washington Gold Mine Tour. Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. From Main Street in Breckenridge, turn left on Boreas Pass Road. Turn right on Illinois Gulch Road. (CR 518). The mine is on the left-hand side.
– Lomax Placer Mine Tour. Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. From Main Street in Breckenridge, turn west on Ski Hill Road, half mile to Placer Mine sign on left.
– Valley Brook Cemetery Tour. Saturday and Sunday at noon. Located on Airport Road, half mile north of Park Ave.
– Iowa Hill Tour. Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Park at the trailhead on Airport Road, approximately one mile north of Park Avenue in Breckenridge.
(Call the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance at 1 (800) 980-1859 for the full summer schedule of tours.)
– Historic Preservation Clinic, 2-4 p.m. Breckenridge Theatre. Topics and speakers will focus on green strategies in historic preservation.
– Breckenridge Town Party, 4-9 p.m. Riverwalk Center
Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Open House, 2-4 p.m. at the Gaymon Cabin (Daniel’s Cabin), 309 N. Main St.
– NRO Repertory Run ” 8 a.m. Race will start and end at the Riverwalk Center.
– Bomber Trail Hike ” 10 a.m. Meet at the pull-off on the right-hand side of French Gulch Road, 1.1 miles past the Country Boy Mine. Two-hour hike.
– Quilting ” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Robert Whyte House
– Flag Raising ” 11 a.m. in front of Abby Hall
– Arts Alive! Gallery artist demonstrations and opening reception “History: Through Artists’ Eyes” ” Artists demonstrations from noon to 5 p.m.,
– Storytelling ” Noon to 4 p.m. at the Main Street Station Plaza.
– Live Blacksmithing Demonstrations ” Noon to 3 p.m. at the Barney Ford parking lot
– Tombstone Tour and workshop at Valley Brook Cemetery ” 1:30-3:30 p.m. Capture some of the beautiful Victorian artwork on the historic tombstones in Valley Brook Cemetery in this workshop. Bring your camera and comfortable shoes. Limited to 15 participants. Call Jenn Cram at (970) 547-3116 to reserve your space.
– Barney Ford House Tea ” 2-3:30 p.m. at the Barney Ford House Museum. Tea and finger food on the museum lawn. Children’s activities and historic re-enactments. $25 per person, reservations required. (800) 980-1859
– Gun fights along Main Street at 3 p.m.
– Belle Turnbull ” Voice of the Mountains Poetry Reading and Creative Writing Session, 3-6 p.m. at the Robert Whyte House.
– National Repertory Orchestra performance, 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center. “Old Friends.” Call for tickets, (970) 547-3100.
– Storytelling ” 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Edwin Carter Museum.
– Edwin Carter Birthday Celebration ” Noon at the Edwin Carter Museum.
– Speaker Series ” 2 p.m. at Breckenridge Town Hall. “The Nine Dredge Boats of Breckenridge.”
– Outhouse Races ” 2 p.m. on the 100 S. block of Ridge St. (between Lincoln and Washington). Voting from noon to 2 p.m.
– Party at Carter Park” 3:30-6 p.m. Barbecue and live music with the Spring Creek Bluegrass Band.
Go to kingdomdays.com for even more info.
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