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photo by Crysta Alcorn An annual event in Fairplay, Colorado since 1949, Burro Days celebrates the role of the burro in mining days of old.

Always held during the last full weekend in July, the 72nd Annual Burro Days will take place Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26, 2020.

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2016 Long Course Winner,
Kirt Courkamp & Mary Margaret Over 10,000 people participate in festivities such as: burro races, llama races, kiddies pack dog races, gold panning, a parade, outhouse races, over 145 arts, craft and food booths, local musical entertainment, BBQ & barn dance, pancake breakfast, Cowboy Church services and more!

Burro Days merchandise is available for purchase at the Burro Information Booth at the corner of 5th and Main Streets during the event weekend.

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The Town of Fairplay is happy to support Park County RE-2 schools with a portion of the Burro Days proceeds each year.

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“Haulin’ Ass”

A Documentary by Trevor Velin, 2010

Quick! What’s the only sport indigenous to Colorado? That’s right: pack-burro racing, in which competitors lead (not ride) their burro companions along mountainous paths. The pace of individual competitors can range from a flat-out run to a stand-still (stubborn as a __), but it’s certainly a physically demanding competition in high altitude.

This documentary follows Curtis Imrie, an old-time racer who returns annually, driven by a passion for the sport and the community; Roger Pedretti, who travels from Lacrosse, Wisconsin to carry the torch of a family legacy; and Hal Walter, a family man with a true talent for the sport who is still discovering what burro racing truly means to him. They compete for the “other” Triple Crown of racing.

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