2020 marks the 126th anniversary of Victor, Colorado’s annual Gold Rush Days event! This historic celebration offers an opportunity to step back into the past and enjoy the sights and sounds of the mining activities that are at the heart of Victor’s beginnings.
The annual Victor Gold Rush Days are have been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19.
On July 16, 1894, the community of Victor, Colorado was officially incorporated as a city. On the first anniversary of this event in 1895, the mining industry had drastically changed the town and resulted in the town’s founding celebrations being “rebranded” as the “Annual Miners Reunion” carnival and parade.
This tradition continued until a fire in 1899 destroyed much of the town. This halted the celebration until 1904, when the Ringling Brothers circus set up a big top and tight-wire. Annual celebrations continued until WWI, when they were interrupted for two years, and once again changed to suit the ever-changing town, where the celebration now consisted of rock drilling contests and fire department races.
Post-WWII, the event’s name was changed from the Annual Miners Reunion to Gold Rush Days. The celebration has varied in size and was not held consistently, based on current events.
The events at Gold Rush Days, scheduled for July 17-19, 2020, have continued to evolve with the event, just as they have since its inception. This celebration is an exciting blend of historic activities, competitions, and demonstrations, as well as more modern aspects that have brought this shindig into the 21st century!
Some of the events and activities at Gold Rush Days include:
- Competitive mining games
- Mine tours
- Vintage baseball tournament
- Gold panning
- Pancake breakfast
- Live music
- Tractor pulls
- Blacksmith demonstration
You’ll have fun and maybe even learn something along the way at Victor’s 126th Gold Rush Days!
Address: Victor, CO
Date: 2020 CANCELLED