2022 marks the 128th 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.
On July 16, 1894, the community of Victor 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 but were interrupted for two years. Changing to suit the ever-changing town, the celebration 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.
This year’s annual Gold Rush Days is taking place from Friday to Sunday, July 15th – 17th, 2022. There’s an exciting blend of events, historic activities, competitions, and demonstrations as well as the addition of more modern aspects that have brought this shindig into the 21st century.
Some of the events and activities at Gold Rush Days include:
- Vintage baseball tournament
- Blacksmith demonstrations
- Competitive mining games
- Pancake breakfast
- Gold panning
- Tractor pulls
- Mine tours
- Live music
You’ll have fun and maybe even learn something along the way at Victor’s 128th Gold Rush Days!
Address: Victor, CO
Date: Friday – Sunday | July 15 – 17, 2022
Hours: Vary each day of the festival