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Kingdom Days is Coming to Breckenridge

Man mining in BreckenridgeThe first really big weekend of Breckenridge’s summer season is coming the weekend of June 15th through 17th. Many fun activities and events are taking place all over Summit County this weekend including the Frisco BBQ challenge, the opening of the Breck Connect Gondola the opening of the Peak 8 Fun Park and Kingdom Days in Breckenridge.

Kingdom Days is a celebration of Breckenridge’s Heritage and the event is comprised of a series of small happenings occurring all over town. The best part is that all of the events for Kingdom Days are free! All of the museums in town are free and hosting events. The historic tours of town are free; there is gold panning in the Blue River Plaza. You can have an old time photo taken, there are burro rides for the kids and best of all are the Outhouse races on Ridge Street. The Outhouse Race has become an annual tradition very much in the spirit of Breckenridge’s Ullr Fest. Teams of 4 build outhouses and race them in heats down Ridge Street competing for the “Golden Throne.” The outhouse must be occupied and human powered. Thousands come to Ridge Street to see this whacky annual tradition that celebrates and pokes fun at Breckenridge’s history.

Activities and Events During Kingdom Days Weekend Include

Annual Breckenridge Sidewalk Sale

June 15th – 17th

Tour Breckenridge’s historic museums Saturday and Sunday for free all weekend long! Museums include:

Barney Ford House Museum: Located at 111 E. Washington Avenue, see the home of Barney L. Ford, an escaped slave who prospered and became a prominent entrepreneur and black civil rights pioneer in Colorado. Call 970.453.9767 for more information.

Edwin Carter Museum: See the home of Breckenridge’s famous log cabin naturalist, Professor Edwin Carter who collected more than 3,000 Rocky Mountain animal specimens. Located at 111 N. Ridge Street, call 970.453.9767 for more information.

Summit Ski Museum: Located at 308-B S. Main Street, next to Hand & Glove, the Summit Ski Museum highlights the first 100 years of skiing in Summit County. For more info call 970.453.9767.

Rotary Snowplow Park: Learn about the history of the railroad and the perilour route the locomotives took over Boreas Pass to bring the mail, important goods and people into Breckenridge and Summit County. Stop in right on the corner of Boreas Pass Road and South Main Street nest to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena

Lomax Placer Mine: Come see a real placer mining boat and learn about placer mining in Breckenridge. To get there from Main Street turn west on Ski Hill Road, .3 miles to Lomax Mine on left. Call 970.453.9767 for more information.

FREE Historical Hiking / Walking Tours

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance will be hosting free walking tours of Breckenridge highlighting Breckenridge’s history. Come learn about how Breckenridge got it’s start, how it survived from its founding in 1859, unique character, interesting stories and so much more. Tours include:

  • Guided Historic Walking Tour of Breckenridge
  • Iowa Hill Tour
  • Washington Gold and Silver Mine Tour
  • Saloon & Breckenridge Distillery Tour
  • Haunted Tour of Breckenridge

Call the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance at 970-453-9767 for more information.

Kingdom Days Signature Events

National Repertory Orchestra Opening Night
Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Avenue W
When:  Friday, June 15th 7:30 p.m.
Info: Celebrate the opening night of the National Repertory Orchestra performance with Elgar’s Enigma Variations and more.

Welcome Proclamation
Where: Blue River Plaza
When: Saturday, June 16th 11:00 a.m.
Info: Relive the summer of 1936 when Colorado Governor, Big Ed Johnson and Breckenridge locals gathered on the Summit County Courthouse lawn, where a U.S. flag was raised, officially welcoming the Town of Breckenridge and Summit County into the nation.

Barney Ford BBQ
Where: On the lawn at the Barney Ford House Museum, 111 E. Washington Avenue
When: Saturday, June 16th 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.}
Info: Enjoy BBQ fare on the lawn of the Barney Ford House Museum. All proceeds go toward future museum exhibits and operations.

Old Time Photos
Where: Breckenridge Old Time Photo Studio 326 South Main Street
When: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Info: Dress up in historic costumes and have a professional photographer create your very own “Old Time Photo” with your family and friends. A great memento from the fourth annual Kingdom Days, fees apply.

Old West Burro Rides
Where: Barney Ford parking lot (corner of S. Ridge Street and Washington Avenue)
When: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Info: Enjoy Red Tail the Mountain Man’s old west burro farm and petting zoo as well free children’s burro rides.

Gold Panning
Where: Blue River Plaza on Main Street
When: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Info: Get expert instruction and see demonstrations by the Gold Prospectors of Colorado.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Where: Barney Ford parking lot (corner of S. Ridge Street and Washington Avenue)
When: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Info: Come by and see Rory May, with Dragon Forge Ltd. transform red hot metal on site. Demonstrations will include late 1800s and contemporary processes.

5th Annual Breckenridge Outhouse Races
Where: Ridge Street (between Lincoln Avenue and Washington Avenue)
When: Sunday, June 17th 2:00 p.m.
Info: Celebrate the hardships faced by our forefathers, Breckenridge hosts an event that combines a glimpse of our past in the spirit of today. There will be memorable prizes for first, second and third places as well as the People’s Choice Outhouse Award.

Edwin Carter Birthday Celebration
Where: On the lawn at the Edwin Carter Museum, 111 N. Ridge Street
When: Sunday, June 17th 12:00 p.m.
Info:  Come celebrate the Birthday of Edwin Carter. Birthday cake will be served.

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