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Leadville Boom Days

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Leadville Boom Days is a Colorado Mountain Festival and historical celebration of the Old West, with gunslingers, burro races, contests of mining skill, and a street fair with over 100 food and craft booths. It is always the first full weekend in August. In 2017 it will run August 4th through the 6th. Come join us for three days of fun, food, arts and crafts, and activities for the whole family!

Leadville is located in the heart of the central Colorado Rockies, at an elevation of two miles above sea level. This authentic, real wild west, historic mining town is nestled in a beautiful high mountain valley surrounded by the highest mountains in the state. So high that they are snow covered most of the year. Come to Leadville and enjoy the beauty of the Sawatch and Mosquito ranges, the fascinating history of the biggest gold and silver boom town there ever was! The people are friendly, the air is clean and refreshing, and enjoy Leadville, Colorado on its biggest weekend of the year!


This year's annual Boom Days Parade will be led by Grand Marshal Mary Jo Copper, a Leadville resident since 1948, a small business owner, wife and mother, grew up and married Bill Copper who worked for Mr. Carlton the owner of the Carlton Tunnel/ Busk Tunnel, he also lived and worked in the tunnel. Mary Jo is the mother of one daughter and three boys. She has ten grandchildren, and sixteen great grand children with two more on the way. Mary Joe has been a fixture of Leadville life for over 68 years.

Based on being an outstanding citizen in the community, this honor was awarded to Mrs. Mary Joe Copper by the Boom Days Committee.

The parade begins at 10 AM sharp on Saturday and usually lasts at least an hour. Bring a hat, water and chair to help you enjoy the parade.

Burro Racing

Please join us in 2017 for another great Leadville Boom Days International Pack Burro Race on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

The Leadville Boom Days Committee, Leadville Elks Club, Rutkey Distributing, People's Bank, Climax Molybdenum and the Race Director, Nathalie Eddy are pleased to be able to help make this race possible again this year. This will be the 68th running of the International Leadville Pack Burro Race so please plan on joining us. We are also proud to be the 2nd leg of Pack Burro Racing's Triple Crown!


If you are new to the sport and need help with anything, including burros, please call with questions. 720-935-7404 or email Nathalie. Looking forward to seeing you in August!

Nathalie Eddy, Race Director

Car Show

T.H.E. (The Highest Elevation) Boomin' Auto Show for ALL vehicles (new, old, trucks, motorcycles etc)

Immediately following the Boom Days Celebration Parade (approximately 12:00 – 4:00 pm) staging begins at 9:00 am so everyone can watch the parade — you MUST park where directed, any cars parked in un-designated locations before or during the show will be required to move.


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